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The Queen of Soul Takes Final Bow

Detroit’s own, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made her final curtain call August 16, passing away at home from pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET). She was 76. Franklin set herself apart from contemporaries and across generations with her boundless singing … Continue reading

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Radiohead Makes Return Trip to Cincinnati

Radiohead brought its alt-rock mastery to U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on July 25, as part of a North American extension added to its A Moon Shaped Pool tour that began in May of 2016. Total disclaimer here: It has … Continue reading

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Kentucky Bourbon Bandit Sentenced to 15 Years

File this under the “Only In Kentucky” category. Bourbon Bandit Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, the ringleader in the “Pappygate” bourbon heist, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the theft of more than $100,000 worth of liquor from the Buffalo … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain Says Goodbye to the Mortal World

On June 8, an important voice of generosity and tolerance was silenced. Anthony Bourdain, the renegade chef, globetrotter and storyteller, succumbed to whatever demons haunted his earthly domain, as he took his own life at the age of 61. Bourdain … Continue reading

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Shack in the Back BBQ is Hickory Smoked Perfection

There is something instantly recognizable about a plume of hickory smoke filling the air. That’s barbecue baby, and that distinct fragrance means it’s close by. On a recent jaunt to Jefferson Memorial Forest, located just south of Louisville off I-265 … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Visit to Frankfort Cemetery

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Santa Fe Texas High School Shooting Leaves 10 Dead

Another Friday, another 10 people killed in a school shooting. This one in tiny Santa Fe, Texas, ┬ápopulation 12,222, located 35 miles southeast of Houston. Here a scorned 17-year-old, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, smuggled a shotgun, .38 revolver and improvised explosive devises … Continue reading

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