- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Man arrested after posting lyrics defended by ACLU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge.

James E. Evans was charged in late August with terroristic threatening and spent several days in jail. Evans had posted the lyrics from a song by the heavy metal band Exodus that included the words, “student bodies lying dead in the halls.”

Bill Sharp, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, says the case is a free speech issue. The ACLU announced Wednesday that it is representing Evans.

“At this point, we’re looking to have him completely exonerated,” Sharp said.

Evans was charged by a law enforcement officer for the Muhlenberg County schools, about 100 miles west of Louisville. Evans lives in the county.

County officials did not return messages seeking comment on Wednesday.


Burps ‘n’ fiddles mark 2nd Miss America prelims

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A supermodel ripped a massive burp onstage, a contestant who collapsed the night before made it back to the stage, and a fiddle-playing Kentuckian wowed the crowd in the second night of preliminary competition in this year’s Miss America pageant.

The night got off to a strange start Wednesday when pageant host Dena Blizzard, a former Miss New Jersey now working as a standup comic, challenged the celebrity judges to reveal something interesting about themselves that no one knows.

Model Kathy Ireland revealed that she could “burp the alphabet.”

Dared to come up on stage and do so, Ireland hesitated, then climbed the stairs to the stage and admitted she really couldn’t burp the alphabet. But at Blizzard’s urging, Ireland did rip a massive burp on demand, to peals of laughter from the crowd.

“You just made supermodels cool!” Blizzard said. “I love you!”

The actual talent competition was won by Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter, who played the fiddle.


Study: Sexual violence prevention program works

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - High school students at 13 Kentucky public schools who acknowledged they committed acts of sexual violence dropped by more than half over the past five years, according to a new $2 million study based on more than 80,000 anonymous student surveys.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paid for the study beginning in 2010 to test the effectiveness of the Green Dot violence prevention program created at the University of Kentucky. The program teaches students to recognize warning signs of potential sexual violence in others and how to intervene safely to prevent it from happening. The program’s name comes from turning potential instances of violence, often symbolized with a red dot on a map, into green dots.

In 2010, about 2.8 percent of students in the 13 high schools that used the program disclosed on anonymous surveys that they had either forced someone to have sex or took advantage of someone who was too drunk or too drugged to consent to sex. By 2014, that rate had dropped to 1.2 percent.

Meanwhile, that rate in 13 schools that did not include the program increased to 2.9 percent from 2.5 percent during the same time period, according to Ann Coker, a University of Kentucky professor in the school’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women.

“These increases are highly statistically significant and suggest that the program reduces sexual violence perpetrations,” Coker said.

The Green Dot program started at the University of Kentucky in 2004 after school leaders commissioned an anonymous survey of 1,000 female students about their perceptions of campus safety and the prevalence of sexual assault. About 5,000 students have participated in the program since then, according to University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.


Many dropped students return to Kentucky State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State University says 70 percent of the students who were dropped for nonpayment are back at school.

The school said Wednesday that 452 of the students have either paid their balances in full or registered for university payment plans.

Kentucky State says its current enrollment is 1,881.

Last week, the school said it was dropping 645 students for nonpayment.

Interim school President Raymond Burse says there’s more work to do, but says he’s thanking the students and parents who answered his call for accountability. Burse says that once students realized the school was serious about their charges being paid up front, many of them found the resources to meet their financial obligations to the university.

The school says the 193 students whose accounts remains unpaid are not enrolled in its classes.

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