Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and former Navy pilot Amy McGrath.Timothy D. Easley/AP; Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. When Amy McGrath, a former Navy fighter pilot, was first thinking about moving back to her home state of Kentucky to run for Congress after the 2016 election, she followed all the usual steps. She wrote to former Rep. Ben Chandler, the last Democrat to win an election in the sixth district, to ask for advice. She dropped by the Kentucky Derby. And she met with the highest-profile Democrat in the district—the popular, two-term mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray. “’You’re the man,’” McGrath recalled telling Gray when we met at her campaign office in April. “’You’re the Democrat in this area. Do you want this seat? Are you gonna run? ‘Cause if you are, I’ll do something else.’” When Gray, who had just come off an unsuccessful US … [Read more...] about As a Kid, She Petitioned Congress for the Right to Fly Fighter Planes. Now She’s Gunning for a Seat of Her Own.
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Backed by dark green trees and the shimmering surface of a lake, the two faces in the snapshot instantly grab your attention.Posing side by side, Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible sport carefree smiles.Their heads touch playfully. Lauria’s is cocked slightly back, meeting her taller friend’s at her temple.It’s the image from the high-profile case of the two missing girls that people are most familiar with. For almost 20 years now, it has circulated widely, staring out from flyers and billboards, and appearing in news stories and TV crime specials.But for those who knew the real people now reduced to crime victims in the headlines, it is both a happy and a haunting reminder.“I think about them every day and where are they? It just breaks my heart,” said Kathy Wood, their former teacher.Wood said the mystery of their disappearance hasn’t only haunted those who knew Bible and Freeman, but the entire area where they lived and died too young.“It hit … [Read more...] about Ashley Freeman loved to fish. Lauria Bible was a country girl who raised pigs. This is the story the family and friends of the missing Welch girls want to tell.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. —Proverbs 22: 6 My mom called recently and in the course of our conversation she said, “My friends all tell me they wake up withyou every day. And I thought to myself,You wake up with my daughter? But then it hit me. They were talking about your news show.” And then she added, “Honey, I think you might be famous.” “I know, Mom. It’s so crazy.” We both laughed at the idea. My mom wasn’t the first to say something like this to me. Not long after my daughter was born I was talking to a group of girlfriends about schools and I expressed my apprehension about getting Hayden into the right one. “Oh, you won’t have a problem,” one said. “You’re a daytime news anchor.” “Yes, but I don’t feel that makes … [Read more...] about Ainsley Earhardt: ‘God put me here for a reason’ — Read an excerpt from ‘The Light Within Me’
Richard Feloni, provided by Published 8:33 pm, Saturday, April 7, 2018 Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has a new memoir called "Make Trouble." Richards brought Planned Parenthood back to its movement roots and has defended it from members of Congress throughout her tenure. Planned Parenthood provides a wide variety of women's health services across the United States, but its abortion services have made it one of the most controversial organizations in the country. Richards told Business Insider that she's been inspired throughout her career by her late mother, Texas Governor Ann Richards, and her upbringing in an activist family. Cecile Richards has never shied away from controversy. Back in seventh grade, she got sent to the principal's office for protesting the Vietnam War. More recently, as president of Planned Parenthood, she defended the organization in a heated 2015 congressional hearing. For Richards, it's all worth it … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on stepping down this year, battling Congress, and why she’s a ‘troublemaker’ who’s never looking for a fight
Molly Hornbeck can remember the day several years ago when a fundraiser was held for a little girl being treated for leukemia.She didn’t know at the time that little girl would grow up to be a star basketball player for South Sioux City. And Hornbeck would be her coach.That girl is McKenna Sims, who earned All-Nebraska honors last year after helping the Cardinals capture the Class B state title. It was quite an accomplishment for a sophomore, and an even greater one considering her medical history. “I’m sure it was a scary thing for the family,” Hornbeck said. “To go through that when she was so young, but it’s pretty cool to see her now.”Sims was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) when she was 4. She underwent two years and three months of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha and has been cancer-free for almost 10 years.“I was pretty little but I can kind of remember what was … [Read more...] about ‘Fighter from day one’ — cancer survivor McKenna Sims now stars for state-bound South Sioux City
In mid-March, when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra tours Poland, it will be a time of celebration and, with luck, triumph. Cellist Robert Hausmann, though, will be making a poignant side trip. His mother, Britta, had been a little girl in Germany when Hitler came to power. She told him about how she had seen Hitler’s soldiers parading down the Kaiserallee, one of the city's main avenues. The family was Jewish, and Britta’s parents sheltered her from the terrible news of the growing Nazi threat. When they sailed to America on the Ils de France, Britta, then 9, saw it only as a happy event. They were leaving the past behind. One picture she kept, though, kept a bit of that past alive. It is a faded photograph of tiny Britta with her grandmother. The photo haunts Hausmann. Now 89 and with failing faculties, Britta always recalled her grandmother in the simplest of terms. “She just says, ‘I loved her,’” Hausmann said. BPO cellist Robbie Hausmann … [Read more...] about At Auschwitz, a BPO cellist to pause for a poignant – and personal – prayer
0 View Comments (RNS) — Kate Bowler is a wife, mother and historian who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Her new book, “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved,” is a heartbreaking and hilarious memoir about enduring and responding to tragedy. It’s a literary masterpiece bursting with wisdom. In this interview (and video), Bowler shares a glimpse of her wisdom with us. RNS: You’re an expert in the history of the prosperity gospel, which promises health and wealth to the faithful. In a recent Christianity Today article, you said that you reject the prosperity gospel, but you still crave its promises. Explain this tension. KB: I don’t believe that God guarantees every happiness to believers here on earth, but it’s such a delicious thought. There are so many beautiful things to love and enjoy, and I began to feel like perhaps I was entitled to them. I wrote this book as a kind of theological … [Read more...] about What living with a death sentence can teach all of us about life
Even while he was lying in a Philadelphia hospital last February with a bullet lodged in his knee, former Towson basketball star John Davis refused to give up on his professional hoops dream. He knew his college career was over. No doubt about that. There were only a few weeks left of a senior season in which he was moving up the Tigers’ all-time scoring and rebounding lists. He knew his life was no longer in danger, though it certainly had been a few hours earlier when a drive-by shooter sprayed Davis and a group of friends with gunfire outside his family home in South Philadelphia. He knew he was lucky. “No, blessed,” Davis said recently, like a young man of faith who knows that everything happens for a reason. He certainly could not have imagined that — almost one year later — he would be headed halfway around the world to resume his basketball career in the South East Australian Basketball League, which just shows how far he’s willing to go to … [Read more...] about Schmuck: Former Towson star, shooting victim John Davis going a long way to make a comeback
HARTFORD CITY – So, the kid.He’s sitting in the coaches’ office at Blackford High School, sitting there with bangs on his face and ice on his knees. This is where I find him a few minutes after the ninth game of his high school career, a game that has drawn a crowd of roughly 2,000 from a town of 5,900. Something special is happening with Blackford basketball in Hartford City, a team and a town where for so long special had been missing, and it centers on the kid with the bangs, the ice.His ninth high school game, he’s almost apologizing for it.“I missed a lot of shots I should make,” is what he says.“I’m glad we won, but I can play better,” is what he says.His name is Luke Brown. He has just scored 35 points and handed out 11 assists. He is a high school freshman.Here in Hartford City, something special is happening. The Crowd“Are you here to see the kid?”It’s the guy sitting next to me. Looks 50, maybe 55 years … [Read more...] about Doyel: Blackford freshman phenom taking a whole town for a joy ride
The pipeline of Lehigh Valley playmakers to Penn State won’t end after Saquon Barkley plays in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30. Nazareth star wide receiver Jahan Dotson announced on Wednesday that he has changed his mind and will head to State College to become a Nittany Lion. Dotson, an all-state wide receiver coming off a stellar senior season in which he caught 62 passes for 889 yards and had a District 11-best 15 TD receptions, had originally committed to UCLA. But a change of coaching staffs changed his mind and not even a call from new Bruins coach Chip Kelly could keep Dotson from changing direction and staying in Pennsylvania. “Family is the biggest thing in my life right now, they’re huge for me, and in talking it over with them, this was the right decision,” Dotson said. “The change in coaches persuaded me a little. I had a good relationship with one of their [previous] coaches. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. God makes things happen for a … [Read more...] about Nazareth’s Jahan Dotson changes mind, signs with Penn State