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San Francisco s Tim Lincecum victorious over Cards again, pitches Giants to 3-0 victory. 1B SUNDAY, April 20, Vol. 112 No. 121 Singh: Inn renovation a done deal BY BILL BARTLEMAN After months of speculation and promises, Executive Inn owner Bhupinder Singh said a deal is in place with three new partners that will allow the long-promised renovation of the hotel to begin this summer. Space Coast Hospitality of Cocoa Beach, Fla., will take over management of the hotel in about a month and oversee the renovation design, Singh said. Also, Tom Green of Owensboro will serve as the construction manager. Green is the son of the late Bob Green, who built the hotel 26 years ago. Singh said Saturday that contracts have been signed. It is a done deal, he said. It is going to happen. Bill Parsons, president of Space Coast; Green; and Alan Minor, a financial investor from Richmond, Va., are Singh s new partners. Parsons said the plan is to divide the 436-room Executive Inn into three separate facilities. The section near the Julian Carroll Convention Center will be renovated into a 267- room, four-star hotel with suites; the center section into a 130-room extended stay hotel; and the section that includes the swimming pool will be converted into 73 apartments. Green anticipates that renovation will begin no later than July and that most of the work on the Please see INN 8A Determined to succeed Earthquake costs start before first tremor felt Home, commercial construction prices can double when quake a possibility Photos by JOHN WRIGHT The Sun Tony Cain plays Monopoly with sons Johnny (middle) and Zachary while youngest son Oscar crawls on a chair during their stay at the Harrah s Riverfront Hotel in Metropolis, Ill., left. Stenographer Linda Seed types every word of West Kentucky Community & Technical College professor Stephen Ballard s lecture so the information can be transferred to a portable computer for Cain during a class at the college, right. Deaf student works hard for collegiate triumph BY ANGIE KINSEY Tony Cain misses most of his compliments. Classmates talk glowingly about his determination, focus and drive to succeed right in front of him, but Cain can t hear the accolades. He crushes everything he gets in, fellow student Randall Barnes said with admiration. When Cain, 33, realized Barnes was praising him, an embarrassed grin formed on his lips, and he seemed to brush the compliment Tony starves for education. He wants to learn. He took an algebra class, and it was very challenging for me, but not for him. away with a wave of his hand. I ve always just looked at you as another student, Barnes told Cain. You re no different. There Linda Seed Tony Cain s stenographer have been a lot of people apprehensive about talking with him. They don t understand the hearing-impaired. Cain, who was born deaf, understands the apprehension. He has struggled his whole life to communicate and soon he will graduate with honors with a degree in visual communications (multimedia) from West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Cain, who has limited speech, has been chosen to be one of two student speakers at the college s graduation at 7 p.m. May 9 at Paducah Tilghman High School gymnasium. Please see STUDENT 9A BY JOE WALKER Some construction firms say stringent earthquake requirements in the Paducah area can add 50 to 100 percent to the cost of building, depending on various factors including location. The standards mean greater expense the more irregularly a home is built. Expensive wall ties for bricks, deeper and continuous footings, and reinforced porches, decks and glassy areas can add several thousand dollars to the cost of some houses. Commercial construction is affected even more because of sheer size. Codes require deeper footers, heavier steel, bigger anchor bolts, more bracing and thicker concrete. Design and building take longer and are much more expensive. Morsey Constructors of Calvert City learned that lesson building a fortresslike spent uranium recycling factory in front of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Company spokesman Brian Sayner said the seismic ratings at the plant are different from the foot of Broadway about 10 miles away. It s the safest building during an earthquake in our region, he said. It s built to withstand 200 mph winds, Please see QUAKE 9A Quilt show s early birds get jump on activities BY LEIGH LANDINI WRIGHT Almost every day last week, Pat English greeted an out-of-town quilter at her shop in downtown Paducah. We had a woman in here on Tuesday, and she said they were staying a month, English said as she took a break in her shop, Quilters Alley. They ve been coming in for a good two weeks. The signs around town are unmistakable. Large white tents went up at Carson Park late last week, and They re getting here early so they can check out Hancock s and the quilt museum before the crowds get here. teacher Eleanor Burns offered earlybirds special classes beginning Saturday. Vendors at her Quilt-in-a-Day venue transformed Floral Hall from a white-walled exhibition space into Bonnie Browning American Quilter s Society a colorful display of quilts. Sharon York of San Diego, Calif., arrived last week to help stock one of Please see QUILT 8A STEVE VANTREESE The Sun Eleanor Burns works on a quilt block during her Eleanor Burns Fabric Frenzy and Sewing School on Saturday at Carson Park. The school was a prequel to this week s American Quilter s Society Show and Contest. 1. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and Barack Obama traded barbs heading into Tuesday s primary. 7A 2. Police find marijuana during a home search. 2A Five Things That Will Make You Smarter 3. Sandra Bullock (left) and her husband were uninjured after a car wreck Friday night. 7B 4. An Illinois man was killed in a Friday night wreck in Lyon County. 2A 5. If the draft has become the NFL s second-most anticipated event after the Super Bowl, it s also one in which many future Hall of Famers turn out to be duds. 9B Today Forecast 9B 74 Tonight 52 Daily 75 Sunday $2.00 2A Sunday, April 20, 2008 The Paducah Sun LOCAL paducahsun.com The Lineup Today Blood drive, 10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Reidland Baptist Church, 5559 Benton Road. Monday Paducah Toastmasters Sam Sloan Chapter, noon, Farm Bureau Building, 1600 Broadway or Recycle Now quarterly meeting, 6 p.m., McCracken County Library, second floor meeting room. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, assistance filing benefit claims, 9 a.m. to noon, Human Resources, 343 Moss Drive, Clinton Ups and downs for charity Illinois man dies in Lyon wreck Staff report LAMASCO, Ky. An Illinois man was killed Friday night when his car crossed the median of Interstate 24 and was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer rig in eastern Lyon County. Kentucky State Police said Brandon L.S. Keppler, 23, of Decatur, Ill., died shortly after 8 p.m. when his Mitsubishi Eclipse left the westbound lanes at mile marker 53 of the interstate highway, plunged across the grassy median and into the path of an eastbound 18-wheeler driving by Scott A. Benter, 41, of Zuni, N.M. Police said Keppler s sliding car was struck on the driver s side door by the tractor-trailer. Both vehicles then left the roadway and came to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes, police said. Benter was taken to Caldwell County Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. Investigators did not determine why Keppler s car left the highway and crossed into oncoming traffic. One-lane traffic, U.S. 45 three miles north of Brookport, Ill. Barkley Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors special working session, 3 p.m., Midwest Aviation, 200 Hardy Roberts Drive, West Paducah. Items for the Lineup must be received in writing. Mail to: Lineup, The Paducah Sun, P.O. Box 2300, Paducah, KY ; fax the newsroom at ; or Announcements are published day of event. Information: PMS students earn Duke talent honors Seventeen seventh-grade students from Paducah Middle School took the ACT or SAT college entrance exam this year, with six achieving scores which qualify them for state recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Those qualifying for state recognition are: Bobby Caldwell, qualifying in English; Avery Harriman, with qualifying scores in English, reading, and science; Alexis Lindsey, qualifying in reading; Catherine Miller, qualifying in English, reading, and science; Victoria Potter, qualifying in English and science; and Caroline Washer, qualifying in English. Other qualifying seventh grade students who took the ACT or SAT were: Jordan Batchelor, Shelby Johnson, Joseph Kelly, Grace Leatherman, Kelly Mogan, Maddie Morris, Meredith Morris, Zach Morris, Juanya Moss, Lydia Wiggins, and Seth Wyatt. The Duke Talent Identification Project has identified academically talented students for over 28 years. Students qualify for the program by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade level standardized achievement, aptitude, mental ability test battery or approved state criterion-referenced test, while in the fifth or sixth grade. Index Business... 1D Classifieds...1C Comics...Inside Deaths... 10A District Court... 8A Entertainment... 7B Life... 5D Movies... 7B Stocks... 3D TV Listings... 8B Weather... 9B Catherine Bondurant, a junior from Kevil, rides a teeter-totter and has fun with other members of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority Friday during their Teetering for Tots fundraiser, a tribute to the Special Olympics. Marked as a day of fun and activities, the students spent 24 hours, in shifts, on the teeter-totters. The annual event is held in the MSU quadrangle between the Price-Doyle Fine Arts Building and Pogue Library. State student-aid agency facing financial difficulties LOUISVILLE, Ky. The agency overseeing Kentucky s college-loan program says it will suspend making loans to first-time borrowers on May 1 until it can secure additional financing. The Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp. said Friday it s unable to secure money for new loans right now, meaning thousands of students may have to turn to private lenders to pay for their education. The announcement is adding to Staff report The McCracken County Public Library and Friends of the Library have scheduled the following Evenings Upstairs programs, all beginning at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Admission is free. May 8: Kentucky in World War Two, with state historian James C. Klotter, a Georgetown College professor whose appearance is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Klotter looks at those who fought abroad, those who did their part at home and the price paid by both. He will also examine the results of war and use them to take a look at what lies ahead for Kentucky. June 12: Forensics, with Rob Estes of the Paducah Police Department. July 24: TV Back Then, the financial worries of some collegebound students. Christina Filer, 17, a senior at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, said she was looking into taking out a loan through the state to attend the University of Louisville in the fall. It s crazy, she said. We ve all worked hard, and we want to continue our education. The corporation, also known as The Student Loan People, said it will continue to make loans to previous borrowers, based on availability of funds. Staff report A burglary in Lone Oak last Sunday led to the eventual arrest of a man on drug trafficking charges. According to McCracken County Detective Sgt. Matt Carter, last Sunday the department took a burglary report from a victim on Lovelaceville Road after the person noticed items missing. The previous day at 8:55 p.m., Lone Oak Police Capt. Philip Williford encountered Michael L. Lakin, 45, of Oriole Lane in the same area. Williford believed Lakin was acting suspicious and kept a record of his information, Carter said. When Williford found out the next day that a burglary had occurred in the same area, he passed along the details of his account with Lakin with the sheriff s department. On Friday, sheriff detectives went into Lakin s home at 329 Oriole Lane in Lone Oak to investigate on suspicion that Lakin may have been involved with the burglary. Detectives found items that had been taken out of the building on Lovelaceville Road, Carter said. When detectives entered WWII is next library evening topic with Bob Swisher and Don Alvey. Aug. 7: Tracing Your African American Roots, with Stefan Jagoe. Sept. 11: Paducah in Klotter the Whiskey Business, with author B.J. Summers, president of Market House Museum. Oct. 9: An Archaeologist s Perspective on Global Warming, with Kit Wesler, professor of archaeology at Murray State University. Nov. 13: Native Americans in Kentucky, with Momfeather Erickson of the Mantle Rock Native Education and Cultural Center. Dec. 4: Blood River to Ber- Police say pot found during burglary arrest lin: The World War Two Journal of an Army Medic, with author Mike Freeland. In a Discussions from Off the Shelf program at noon Halford May 7, Andrew Halford, a West Kentucky Community & Technical College English professor, examines the nonfiction The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew Three Women Search for Understanding. After 9/11, authors Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner began meeting to craft a book for kids about their respective religions Muslim, Judaism and Christianity and how much they have in common. Paducah Police Department photo Paducah police say they found this marijuana during a search of a home Friday. Lakin s home to search for possible additional stolen items, they found marijuana in different areas in the home in plain view, Carter said. About pounds of marijuana was found in the freezer, a 6-foot marijuana stalk was found in the back and several items of drug paraphernalia were found inside the residence, Carter said. The marijuana was packaged in 10 separate bags. Lakin was arrested and taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail, charged with marijuana trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carter said the burglary and Lakin allegedly in possession of stolen property were pending further investigation. Saturday s lottery Kentucky Pick 3-midday: Pick 4-midday: Illinois Pick 3-midday: Pick 4-midday: Late results were not available because of production deadlines. They are available at and Friday s lottery Kentucky Pick 3-evening: Pick 4-evening: Cash Ball: CB 10 3-Line Lotto: Illinois Pick 3-evening: Pick 4-evening: Little Lotto: Coming Up... Miss a day miss a lot. To subscribe, call MONDAY Paducah s Gross shows off new work in home. Posh WEDNESDAY A look back at opening day of 2008 Quilt Show in Paducah. FRIDAY Preview of Lower Town Tour of Homes. Home SUNDAY Roundup of Duplicate Bridge competitions from across the area. TUESDAY Boom-a-Ring! Circus hits Murray this weekend. Current THURSDAY Stories on electronics, gadgets. Download SATURDAY Recap of annual Tilghman Track Meet. Sports paducahsun.com REGION The Paducah Sun Sunday, April 20, A Lawmakers need to make better use of their time Hopefully, the turmoil at the end of legislative session is a wake-up call for lawmakers that they need to make major changes in the way they operate. The problem is that lawmakers meet for 60 working days in even-numbered years and 30 days in odd-numbered years, but do most of their work during the final five or six days of a session. Most of the time, lawmakers have little knowledge of the bills they are voting on because they don t have time to read them. In theory, they are supposed to study issues between sessions to prepare compromises to save time during the relatively short sessions. It also should improve the quality of legislation. BY BRETT BARROUQUERE LOUISVILLE, Ky. A federal judge has recommended a $34.3 million award to a group of former landowners in western Kentucky whose property was taken to create a World War II-era military training post. Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., recommended that Congress appropriate at least $34,303, in restitution for land and mineral rights lost by the landowners when the government appropriated their land to create Camp Breckinridge. Braden issued a 53-page ruling late Friday, saying the amount represents only 27 percent of the $127 million benefit the government received from taking the land and mineral rights. In considering this recommendation, Congress should be mindful that the entire amount of revenue that the Government received for the lease and Bill Bartleman But the theory doesn t work. One example: A year ago, lawmakers knew that reforming the state employee pension systems would be a major issue in the 2008 session. A bipartisan task force studied the issue and made recommendations that were crafted into a bill that was introduced Feb. 24. A week later, the House approved the bill and sent it to the Senate. On March 12 the Senate approved the bill with several major changes. It would seem that with nearly five weeks left in the session, there would be plenty of time to resolve the differences on an issue of such importance. But the five weeks passed with little accomplished toward reaching a compromise. Tuesday night, during the final hours of the session, House and Senate leaders thought they had a compromise. But the deal fell apart, and the bill died when the session ended. Now there is talk of a special session to consider pension reform, ethics reform and other bills that weren t approved during the turmoil of the final days of the session. That would cost at least $60,000 a day, and such a session would last at least a sale of these rights is unknown, because the Government failed to produce or destroyed relevant documents that would verify the correct amount, Braden wrote. The former landowners and their heirs were finding out about the decision Saturday. We ought to get more than that, said William Griggs, 83, whose grandparents were forced off their land in But, if we get that much, we re fortunate. Braden s decision now goes before a three-judge panel. If the panel approves of Braden s recommendation, the measure will go to Congress, which must appropriate the money before the landowners are compensated. The long-running dispute over Camp Breckinridge involves more than 1,000 former landowners and their families in western Kentucky brought against the U.S. government in The former landowners and their heirs, some of whom are in their 80s, week and probably longer. House Speaker Jody Richards thinks it s time to change the process to set a cutoff time for considering bills to stop the end of session rush. Again in theory, legislators have such a deadline. They are suppose to stop passing bills in the 56th legislative day. The legislative rules say the 57th and 58th days are reserved for considering compromises on bills and the 59th and 60 days for considering the governor s vetoes. Those rules and deadlines are routinely ignored, and most of the bills are passed during those final four days. New rules most likely would also be ignored. The process of passing the budget is also flawed. The Judge advises $34 million to former landowners want a share of more than $34 million in profits as compensation for the mineral rights under what used to be their farmland. The case was filed in 1993 on a referral from Congress. Braden s recommendation covers about 75 percent of the land taken, but excludes 67 parcels the military took after going to jury trials with the landowners. Attorney Steve Pitt of Louisville, who represents the former landowners, said he will ask the three-judge review panel to include the currently excluded landowners in any award. The government, fearful of naval attacks on the coast, built Camp Breckinridge as an inland military training post. About 40,000 soldiers trained at Camp Breckinridge during World War II. The camp, which covered 35,850 acres in three counties near Morganfield,
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