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YOU RE FIRED! NBC dumps Donald Trump over immigrant remarks 7B TUESDAY, June 30, Vol. 119 No. 181 Greek crisis knocks stock prices down NEW YORK Fears that Greece s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated to the safety of government bonds. Measures of volatility spiked. In many ways, it looked similar to previous episodes in Europe s long-running debt crisis, except that this time, investors said, they weren t quite as worried. A series of events over the weekend left Greece perilously close to defaulting on its debts. Greece s Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, said his government would hold a referendum on budget proposals made by the country s lenders. European officials refused to extend the country s bailout program, which expires Please see CRISIS 10A Gearing up for July 4 KAT RUSSELL The Sun Rick Bisson (right) helps MiKiera Cork, 7, and KenDre Burks Sr., both of Paducah, pick out some fireworks at the tent in the Pizza Hut parking lot on Hinkleville Road. The fireworks were a treat for MiKiera, who stayed after summer school to help her teacher clean up. The tent is one of three owned by Randall Smith, who also has one set up on Irvin Cobb Drive outside of Wal-Mart and another which is open year round at the Traders Mall Flea Market on Benton Road. McCracken County Schools likely to change grading scale BY GENEVIEVE POSTLETHWAIT If approved, the proposed changes to the McCracken County Schools grading scale will likely eliminate the chance of another 20-plus valedictorian graduating class. As the McCracken County grading scale stands, in grades four through 12, a 94 to 100 constitutes an A, 85 to 93 a B, 74 to 84 a C, 65 to 73 a D and 64 and below a failing grade. Advanced placement and dual-credit LOCAL BUILDING REMOVALS COMPLETED The U.S. Department of Energy has recently completed demolition of the last of 32 inactive facilities to be removed as part of a cleanup scope. 2A courses are not given extra weight in students GPAs, though AP classes are graded on a 10-point scale. Using this scale, 24 members of MCHS s most recent graduating class were given the coveted title of valedictorian. To earn the honor students had to have the highest GPA in their class (with McCracken s current, unweighted grading scale, that s a 4.0), and that was it. McConnell touts trade deal success BY BRUCE SCHREINER LOUISVILLE The brief alliance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Barack Obama to pass trade legislation last week marked a triumph amid divided government, McConnell said Monday, and he offered to work together across partisan lines to shore up Medicare and Social Security for Bull s-eye future generations. The trade measure would allow Obama to negotiate global trade deals that Congress could approve or Please see GRADING 10A It was an accomplishment for the country, an important accomplishment. Mitch McConnell U.S. Senate majority leader reject, but not change. The administration was seeking the fast track as it works Please see DEAL 8A KAT RUSSELL The Sun Michigan scout Nick Wood, 13, fires a Mason.22-caliber target rifle Monday at the Roy C. Manchester Boy Scouts Camp. (See Page 2A for full story.) NATION PUERTO RICO SEEKS DEBT RELIEF Puerto Rico s governor says he will form a team to negotiate with bondholders on delaying debt payments and then restructuring $72 billion in public debt the island can t pay, left. 8A Justices ruling OKs use of controversial lethal injection drug BY MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethalinjection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it s highly likely the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. On their last day together until the fall, the justices voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The court also divided 5-4 in cases upholding congressional districts drawn by independent commissions and calling into question first-ever limits on mercury emissions from power plants. In addition, the justices also agreed to hear an important affirmative action case in the fall and acted to keep Texas abortion clinics open amid a legal fight that threatens to close most of them. In the dispute over the lethal-injection drug, midazolam was used in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma executions in The executions took longer than usual and raised concerns that the drug did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep. Forecast Today 88 Possible t-storms 10A Please see EXECUTION 8A Convention center set to get new management contract The Supreme Court also acted Monday to keep Texas 19 abortion clinics open. 8A BY DAVID ZOELLER The Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation Board is ending its facility management agreement with one group of developers, clearing the way to sign an agreement with a new one Aug. 1. The convention center board voted Monday to terminate the contract with Paducah Convention Hotel, led by Senate Hospitality, which has been managing the Julian Carroll Convention Center in partnership with the Carson Center, effective July 31. With the unanimous vote, the board will now negotiate an agreement with Paducah Riverfront Hotel, the group of developers led by LinGate Hospitality, of Owensboro, which plans to build an $18 million downtown hotel. City officials approved LinGate s plans for the 123- room Holiday Inn last week, making the convention center board s move Please see CENTER 10A Index Lineup... 2A Ask Annie... 7B Business... 8B Classifi eds... 9B Comics... 6B Crossword... 6B Deaths... 9A Opinion... 4A TV Listings... 5B Daily $1.00 Sunday $2.50 Have a news tip? Call Customer Service: or 2A Tuesday, June 30, 2015 The Paducah Sun Local The Lineup Today Senior Medicare Patrol, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive. Learn to detect potential Medicare errors, fraud and abuse. Report errors or suspected fraud to SMP. Call Paducah Lions Club, lunch, noon, Walker Hall. Call Mayfield Lions Club, noon, Rita s Cafe, 101 N. Seventh St., Mayfield. Paducah Singles, 7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Eighth and Broadway. Call or Wednesday Disabled American Veterans, Miles Meredith Chapter 7 of Paducah, weekly Commander Coffee Call, 8 a.m. noon. Service officer available. Paducah Senior Center, free low-impact exercise for people 60 and older, 10 to 11 a.m., 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, second floor. Hearts 4 Babies, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road. Call Traffic down to one lane for Eggners bridge project Through Thursday, the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora will be restricted to one lane starting at about 8 a.m. each day to facilitate the pouring of concrete for construction of the new bridge. The lane restriction began Monday, and is expected to be in place for about 12 hours each day. Concrete trucks are required to park on one lane of the old bridge to deliver concrete to the work site for the new structure, said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd. Motorists should be alert for oversized loads of steel heading to the construction site along U.S. 641 and Ky. 80 through Marshall and Calloway counties and from Interstate 24 along Ky. 453 and The Trace through Land Between the Lakes. Monday s lottery Kentucky Pick 3-midday: Pick 3-evening: Pick 4-midday: Pick 4-evening: Cash Ball: CB 10 Cash Ball Kicker: Card Cash: AD-3C-JS-KC-AS Illinois Pick 3-midday: FB 4 Pick 3-evening: FB 9 Pick 4-midday: FB 3 Pick 4-evening: FB 2 Lucky Day Lotto-midday: Lucky Day Lotto-evening: Lotto: Extra Shot: 25 DOE building removals completed Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Once the building was down, heavy equipment operators began top-down shearing to safely remove the remaining structure. Demolition debris were then downsized and loaded into rail cars for shipment off site. The U.S. Department of Energy has recently completed demolition of the last of 32 inactive facilities to be removed as part of the cleanup scope that existed before commercial uranium enrichment operations ended at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the plant facilities were returned to DOE. This is an exciting milestone for the Paducah site, and is a reflection of the exceptional work done by the men and women who work here, said Jennifer Woodard, the Paducah site lead for DOE s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. Since 2004, we have safely removed 4,700 tons of waste related to the C-410/C-420 buildings complex, and importantly, this work has been accomplished while maintaining our focus on safety. Constructed in 1956, the 116,000-square-foot C- 410/C-420 Feed Plant at Paducah was used to produce uranium hexafluoride (UF6) for uranium enrichment during the Cold War. Located in the center of the gaseous diffusion plant (GDP), the Feed Plant operated until 1977, when the GDP began receiving UF6 from other sources such as Honeywell in Metropolis, Illinois. Besides its role in the enrichment process, the Feed Plant included offices and a machine shop. Its footprint was originally almost five acres roughly equivalent to four football fields and its tallest building stood at 85 feet. Demolition included removal of 2,600 panels of cement asbestos siding and 9,000 feet of pipe. The siding panels are roughly 12 feet long by 3½ feet wide and weigh as much as 175 pounds each. Wearing protective equipment, workers manually removed the panels. Heavy equipment was used to lower the panels to the ground. Once removed, the remainder of the building was demolished to slab. The amount of waste generated from decontamination and demolition would be enough to cover one 15-foot deep football field. The completion of the highly complex, multi-story Feed Plant demolition project dramatically changed the skyline of the GDP, said Darl Anderson, project integration and operations manager for LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, DOE cleanup contractor at the site. This project was a major part of LATA s more than 3 million work hours without a lost workday accident. The return of the GDP at Paducah from the United States Enrichment Corp. was accepted by DOE in October 2014 and those facilities are currently undergoing deactivation in preparation for future decontamination and decommissioning. Boy Scouts grow through camping experience BY LILLY BURBA BENTON Ever since the Boy Scouts of America was founded, scouts have been retreating into nature by camping to learn valuable life skills. Some set off into the forest with just packs on their backs and compasses in their hands. Others choose to get their outdoor experience at campgrounds. Either way, camping is greatly beneficial for scouts. While camping, scouts form huge bonds with each other, said Daniel Roe, this year s camp director at Camp Roy C. Manchester on As part of its lineup of special programming for the Independence Day weekend, WKMS-FM will present the Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue on Friday from 7-11 Kentucky Lake. Typically, Camp Manchester hosts 250 to 300 scouts from all over the country during each one-week camping session. Roe said this year he s seen troops from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee, as well as Kentucky. He said they operate their campsites primarily by having older scouts instruct younger scouts, calling it youth-led and adult-guided. Without these bonds, camp would not run successfully, Roe added. Camping is not just an activity scouts enjoy doing; it s central to the mission WKREC sets annual meeting for July 11 The annual meeting of members of West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative will be held at Graves County Middle School in Mayfield on Saturday, July 11. Doors open at noon, and members who attend will enjoy activities for all ages, as well as live music, barbecue lunch, door prizes and gifts. The business meeting follows at 2 p.m. The meeting will include an overview of West Kentucky Rural Electric s current business and operation status, and a review of strategies and objectives for the year ahead. With no expiring terms among members of the WKRECC board of directors this year, there will be no officer elections during the meeting. Members who plan to attend the meeting are encouraged to make reservations with the cooperative by calling or p.m. Producer Bob Lochte calls it the greatest rhythm and blues festival that never happened. Live performance recordings from rhythm and blues artists such as Etta James, B.B. King and James Brown will be played alongside sound effects and announcers to create the feeling of a festival. The announcers will be John Johnny B. Griffin of scouting. In order to advance in rank, scouts need to complete a certain number of days and nights of camping. While camping, scouts learn valuable skills including water safety, wilderness training and plant science which can translate to badges earned. There are 120 badges Boy Scouts are eligible to earn, though a scout needs to earn only 21 to reach the highest rank. There are plenty of activities to keep scouts entertained and earning badges. On more than 400 acres, Camp Roy C. Manchester boasts shotgun, rifle, and archery ranges, as well as sailboats, kayaks and canoes. The campus has undergone many changes over the years, and progress continues to be made. The camp has undergone $2 million in upgrades just this year, including an updated trading post where scouts can buy everything from camping supplies to slushes. Additionally, the upgrades included two new staff cabins and new bath/shower houses. Those bath houses were a welcome upgrade here. Before this, we only had three flush toilets for the whole camp, Roe Man charged with assault after incident at restaurant A McCracken County man was arrested late Sunday afternoon on multiple charges including assault and evading police after an incident at a Subway restaurant. Officer Kevin Collins said Paducah Police officers were called to the Subway restaurant inside Lourdes hospital at 5:17 p.m. on Sunday. A female employee at the store said that Joseph T. Cerullo, 20, who has no permanent address, entered the restaurant in violation of an emergency protective order, police After entering the store, Cerullo jumped over the counter and begin hitting the employee in the head and face, officers A bystander at the store reported that he tried to prevent Cerullo from running away, at which point Cerullo pulled a knife and made slashing movements toward him. Officer Beau Green spotted Cerullo outside the hospital and ordered him to stop, but reported that Cerullo fled. Cerullo was arrested on charges of violating an EPO/DVO, fourth-degree assault, seconddegree assault, and first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot). Radio station slates holiday music festival for Friday and Jim Michigan Jimmy Carpenter, reuniting after 15 years, having previously co-hosted Stateline Blues on WKMS. For more information, visit Coming Up... WEDNESDAY Entertainment news from around the region. Current FRIDAY What s happening in the great outdoors? Outdoors SUNDAY Miss a day. Miss a lot. To subscribe, call See recent winners in local duplicate bridge. News TUESDAY Get the delicious details on all things edible. Taste THURSDAY News from the local church communities. Faith SATURDAY Stories that offer a personal touch. Life & Leisure MONDAY Current events of interest to youngsters. The Mini Page Local/Kentucky/Nation The Paducah Sun Tuesday, June 30, A Clerks halt marriage licenses State Briefs BY DYLAN LOVAN LOUISVILLE A few court clerks in Kentucky were refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple Monday as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court s ruling on same-sex marriage. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis said his Christian beliefs would not allow him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He says his office is no longer issuing licenses to any couple. The high court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in a 5-4 ruling Friday. My religious convictions will not allow me to in good conscience issue same-sex marriage licenses, Davis And I don t want to be discriminatory toward them, or anyone else, so I choose not issue a marriage license, period. Davis said he has had no samesex couple in his office to seek a license since the ruling was issued. The county in central Kentucky has a population of about 16,000. Gov. Steve Beshear ordered all the state s clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday. In a statement Monday, he said he expects all clerks, who are elected officials, to execute the duties of their offices as prescribed by law. While there are certainly strongly held views on both sides of this issue, the fact remains that each clerk vowed to uphold the law regardless of his or her personal beliefs, Beshear Clerks in Rowan and Lawrence counties also have halted issuing When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. The world has multiplied and changed drastically in their lifetimes. They have seen war destroy landmarks and cities and have seen them rebuilt. They witnessed the Gilded Age, a term coined by Mark Twain, and the dawn of civil rights, the rise and fall of the fascists and Benito Mussolini, the first polio vaccines and the first black president of the United States. Jones, who lives in New York, currently tops a list of supercentenarians, or people who have lived past 110, which is maintained by Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. The organization tracks and maintains a database of the world s longest-living people. Morano, of Verbania, Italy, is just a few months younger than Jones and is Europe s oldest person, according to the group. The group knows of no others born in the 1800s. Morano has lived on her own ever since she left her husband in 1938 because he beat her. Now 115, she resides in a neat one-room apartment in Verbania, a mountain town overlooking Lake Major in northwest Italy. She is cared for by her village: The mayor gave her a TV set, her niece stops in twice a day and her adoring physician of more than 25 years checks up on her regularly. Morano attributes her longevity to her unusual diet: Three raw eggs a day (now two raw eggs and 150 grams of raw steak after a bout of anemia) a diet she s been on for decades after a sickly childhood. Now 115 years old, Jones all marriage licenses in response to the Supreme Court ruling, The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Monday. Repeated calls to those offices were not answered. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky said its lawyers would be willing to represent same-sex couples who are refused a marriage license in Kentucky. It s our contention that government officials personal objections are insufficient to justify refusing to do what they have been elected by the people to do, in terms of issuing these marriage licenses, said Bill Sharp, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Kentucky. Sharp declined to say whether any couples have called the ACLU to say they have been denied a license. Two women born in 1800s still alive Cuomo says inmates had sights on Mexico but ride backed out BY MICHAEL BALSAMO PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition after being sh
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