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Bowling Green fire department accused of lacking diversity and acceptance

By Brittiny Moore

Jeff Queen stood silent as his fellow firemen debated their course of action concerning the unconscious man lying on the floor of his home. Another man who the firefighters suspected was the partner of the victim, hovered around the group anxiously, frantic about his partner who laid unconscious and unattended to.  According to a statement written by Queen, he and other members of the Bowling Green Fire Department had entered the home of the resident in response to a medical emergency call of a man suffering from heart complications. All of the responding firefighters were CPR trained, a life-saving technique, and after minutes of life threatening hesitance, Queen decided to step in.

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Redevelopment threatens historic black community in Bowling Green

By Brittiny Moore

The sun sets on vacant buildings and dilapidated homes that now rest along the north end of State Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The area known as the Shake Rag Historic District – once a bustling section of town and a thriving African American community – is desolate and laden with the tarnish of edifices that have long sat unused. To the farthest north extent of the district, the Southern Queen Hotel, although closed, still stands with white tables and chairs sitting idly on the wrap-around porch. Across the street, the old State Street High School gymnasium, once serving an all-black school, stands as a blemished brick structure that is now empty on the inside. On the same street sits 136 State St., the home of sisters Vivian and Harriet “Baby Love” Hampton.

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Sinkholes present an unregulated risk in Bowling Green

By Brittiny Moore

Just over two years ago, on Feb. 12, 2014, the floor of the Corvette Museum Skydome collapsed into an underlying cave system, creating a 30-foot deep sinkhole and swallowing eight corvettes.