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Feature Long Reads Place story Sille Veilmark Spring 2018 Senior Show

World’s largest cave system battling deadly bat disease

By Sille Veilmark

The rocky chamber in the world’s biggest cave system, Mammoth Cave, is dimly lit. The echoing chatter from 107 mouths dies out as the flock approaches a slim man with red beard. He is wearing a stiff park ranger hat, and the glue in his hiking shoes are not holding the sole together completely anymore. The air is cold, dry, and tastes slightly of stone. Visitors over the years have burned their names in the flat cave ceiling with torches, in a font that looks like a typewriter.

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James Humphrey Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

A History of Car Safety

By James Humphrey

Car crashes remain a leading cause of premature death, with 37,461 people being killed in crashes in the United States in 2016 – 1.18 per 100 million miles traveled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-24-year olds. But things used to be far worse. In 1966, the year the first federal motor vehicle safety standards were issued, the death toll was 50,894 – 5.50 per 100 million traveled. Had that death rate held in 2016, there would have been 174,606 deaths – nearly five times as many!

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Casey McCarthy Long Reads News Politics Spring 2018 Senior Show

WKU Students Rent Without Protection

By Casey McCarthy

Courtney Thompson, a senior at Western Kentucky University, was having a birthday party for a pair of friends at her house in October 2016. All night, people complained that the toilets were taking forever to flush in her house on Ogden Avenue in Bowling Green. Thompson brushed the  comments off and chalked them up to her house being old. She and her roommates were going to bed that night when they heard running water.

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Alexandra Sandefur Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Mystery on the Bourbon Trail

By  Alexandra Sandefur

On a warm late April day in 2018, Sherry Ballard pulls off onto the shoulder of the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown, Kentucky. The spot is just past mile marker 13. The strip of land on the other side of the guardrail dips down to a little valley with a small creek and pond.

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Long Reads Monica Kast Spring 2018 Senior Show

Rights for Rent

Bowling Green renters face risk of eviction, homelessness and unsafe housing conditions without legal protections

By Monica Kast

Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the third largest city in the state, home to a university, the only Corvette plant in the world and a high rate of people who rent housing instead of buying.

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Feature Long Reads Profile Spring 2018 Senior Show Srijita Chattopadhyay

Rising from the ashes

By Srijita Chattopadhyay

The walls of faded blue were plastered with posters of bands and TV shows, from Panic at the Disco to Supernatural. The smell of rich sandalwood filled the air inside the room. A heap of colorful stuffed animals were piled in a corner. A small Zen fountain gurgled on a bookstand next to a blue-orange wristband that read “We are Marshall Strong.”

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Feature James Humphrey Quick Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Leisa Hutchison: A Life Devoted to Helping the Disabled

By James Humphrey

At a table in the middle of a large room at Thanksgiving dinner for Best Buddies, the organization’s president, Leisa Hutchison, 55, scooped food from her son Ben’s plate and fed it to him.

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Amelia Epley Long Reads Small business Spring 2018 Senior Show Trend

Ayurveda in the West


Jenna Wolf, Nashville Ayurveda counselor and entrepreneur, suggests eating an easily digestible breakfast with garnishes like Ashwaganda Spiced Ghee that give the meal an added boost of antioxidants, healthy fats and many more digestive benefits. Recipe Courtesy of The Lotus Room. Photo Credit: Hannah Stalnaker.

By Amelia Epley

When an upscale boutique in trendy East Nashville hosts an event called “Managing Anxiety with Ayurveda,” they offer rosé.

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Feature James Humphrey Quick Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

The Corvette Museum – A Car Enthusiast’s Dream

An entrance to the Corvette Museum.

By James Humphrey

Before you step through the doors of the National Corvette Museum, you know that this is a haven for car enthusiasts. A conspicuous yellow dome is designed to evoke the taillight of the Corvette Stingray. Vintage Corvettes sit out front; the signs on their windshields advertise rides for $20. The crossed flags in the logo evoke racing.

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Essays Kacie Brockman Spring 2018 Senior Show

My small, black suitcase

By Kacie Brockman

I remember the continuous packing. Every Friday afternoon I would gather up my clothes for the coming school week and my ratty, stuffed golden retriever, Shadow, who was my riding companion from house to house. I would cram my belongings into my small, black suitcase that rested at the end of my twin-sized bed. I would say my goodbyes to whichever parent I was parting from for those seven days, always ending with a kiss on the cheek and an “I love you.” That was my weekly routine for as long as I can remember. From the age of 5 on, I lived out of that small, black suitcase.