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Columns

  • Capital Gazette tragedy hits too close to home

    It happened more than nine hours away. But the tragedy at The Capital Gazette could have happened in any newsroom, including at The News-Democrat.

    On Thursday, June 28, five employees at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., were murdered by a man who held a grudge against the newspaper. The Capital Gazette ran a story in July 2011 about a criminal harassment case he was involved in, and he unsuccessfully sued the paper for defamation.

  • From a journalist, your friend.

    Journalists, at their core, have one of the most American jobs anyone can have. They help uphold the ideals of democracy, fairness and justice at home, and it is as important a job as any.

    When journalists are at work, though, they laugh with their friends. They make jokes. At the News-Democrat, they throw blue stress balls at each other. One is broken in half, but we still like to toss it around anyway. When they leave, they go to church. They go to the movies. They spend time with their families.

  • INTENSITY: Do you have enough?

    “Intensity” is a bit of a throwaway comment because people generally measure it the wrong way. They go off mental perception of how tough a workout was rather than analyzing how hard their body actually worked. While it is always good if you have to dig VERY deep to get through a workout, you still need to use real metrics to monitor training intensity.

    Before we go into that in more detail, we need to quickly outline the following point first…

  • Public-pension bill will head to Supreme Court

    For those of us who opposed this year’s public-pension bill, the court ruling that struck it down last Wednesday was cause for celebration.  It also re-affirmed something even more important: The people of Kentucky should never be shut out of the legislative process.

    Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s opinion is just the latest – but not the last – step in a saga that has been going on for more than a year.  The Kentucky Supreme Court will ultimately decide the law’s fate in the weeks ahead.

  • How to dispose of a found needle

    Summer is here! That means kids playing in parks; barefoot play, outdoor cleaning and river sweeps are here too. You’ve been asking: What do I do if I find a needle? How do I dispose of it?

    We have your answers and tips to doing so. According to The Department of Health, the recommended way to dispose of a discarded needle and syringe varies between cities and states.

  • Rand shares info on changes to taxes

    We may not think of mid-summer as tax season, but it’s something to keep in mind as an array of major changes in the state tax code is just days away from officially becoming law.

  • Don’t be lazy–Pick up your trash

    With the temperatures climbing into the 90s and humidity levels that could make anyone sweat, I think we can officially say that summer has arrived in the Bluegrass State. Summer is always a beautiful time to be outside with family, take long walks along country roads in the evening or even take a ride in the country with the windows down.

  • International House of Betrayal: How IHOb became the laughingstock of the dine-in world

    Nearly 60 years ago, The International House of Pancakes was started by Al and Jerry Lapin, opening their first restaurant in Toluca Lake, Calif., 11 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

    Since the iconic A-Frame building, which stopped being constructed in 1979, IHOP was always about breakfast. From the Rooty Tooty Fresh-n-Fruity to the stuffed French toast and stacks upon stacks of pancakes, IHOP has always been intended to give a good breakfast to those who want one at any time of day.

  • Is a matching 401k plan better than a company pension?

    Long gone are the days of companies offering monthly pensions to their retirees. While there are still some baby-boomers that have been grandfathered into these pension plans, most are left with only 401k plans.

  • Rand explains legislative process

    While much of the public’s interest in the General Assembly’s work is understandably focused on the first few months of the year, when new laws are adopted, most of the remaining weeks on the calendar play an important role as well in the legislative process.