Sunday, July 03, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...7-4-'11
- The Bowling Green City Commission has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a resolution urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to move the case of Iraqi nationals Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Alwan, 30, and Hammadi, 23, were arrested May 25th in Bowling Green, and a federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the men May 26th. Both entered the country legally as Iraqi refugees, receiving publicly funded housing assistance and health care. Commissioner Melinda Hill says the commission is not trying to use the prosecution of Alwan and Hammadi as a political platform. If the resolution passes, the commission will join U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in calling for the two men to be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Lawyers for nine Amish men from western Kentucky filed an appeal Thursday asking the state Supreme Court to overturn their 2008 convictions for failing to display bright safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies, as required by state law. The men, all members of the strict Old Order Swartzentruber Amish sect, object to the triangles because their colors violated their modesty code. The men want the state to honor their strict religious convictions, which they say prohibit them from using the safety triangles in good conscience. The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the convictions June 3rd.
- A group called Preservation Louisville is taking aim at Louisville's historic shotgun houses, which have been prevalent in the city's urban neighborhoods for more than a century. The houses are deteriorating because of old age and neglect. The initiative, Preservation S.O.S. "Save Our Shotguns," will revamp the homes in neighborhoods such as Butchertown, Smoketown, Germantown and Portland. The first will be chosen by a panel in July, with work expected to start in the fall. The renovation work will be done using a grant from PNC Bank and volunteer help from Habitat for Humanity and others.
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