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Jacob Dick Long Reads

Legalizing alcohol sales divides Russell County residents

By Jacob Dick

Every September, Lake Cumberland Poker Run brings a surge of boaters to the docks and marinas of Russell County, Kentucky. Spectators and competitors alike crowd the concrete boat ramp with trucks and bright-colored power boats to load supplies and cases of beer aboard to take across the lake.

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Austin Rutland Long Reads Top Post

Restoring the fifth sense

By Austin Rutland

Mylan Larsen, sporting a black “Deaf and Loud” t-shirt, darted his eyes back and forth between the Applebee’s waiter and his friend, Rebekah Thompson, as he tried to keep up with Thompson’s sign language interpretation of what the waiter was saying. Eventually he gave up, looking down at his plate and swirling a burnt French fry in a puddle of ketchup.

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Lindsay Whittington Long Reads Top Post

Historic Bowling Green church transforming into restaurant

By Lindsay Whittington

Standing in front of his pulpit on Sunday, July 1, 2012, Pastor R.B. Adamson of Victory Baptist Church reminded his congregation that people said their church would never make it.

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Long Reads Mollie Moore

Community still recovering 15 years after environmental disaster

By Mollie Moore

Abraham Chapman started Oct. 11, 2000 like he does most fall days. Planning to go bow hunting, he woke up around 4 a.m. and was out of the house, driving up the road on his four-wheeler before daybreak.

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Ally Griggs Long Reads

Recovery: WKU student fighting for a healthy body, mind

By Ally Griggs

Seven. Zero. Zero. Start. Inside the microwave, a fairly large sweet potato sits centered on a revolving plate. Turning back to the stove, placing one hand around the arm of the skillet and using the other to grasp the spatula, 21-year-old Hillary Bacon watches thin traces of olive oil spit into the air surrounding her pan-seared chicken breast.

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Eric Zimmer Long Reads Top Post

Professional game developers struggle to turn profit

By Eric Zimmer

It’s about six in the evening, and a group of high school freshmen were at a Chipotle close to school after band practice. They’re clustered together, noses buried in their phones as they go back and forth about the new apps they’ve discovered.

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Long Reads Shantel-Ann Pettway

The Move Toward Her Dreams

By Shantel-Ann Pettway

Tears of defeat were flowing through Lauren Cunningham’s fingers as she explained to her mother figure, Lynne Holland, how she’d lost sight of her vision when she lost her dream job in 2009. In hopes to comfort her colleague and friend, Lynne, a co-worker at Housing and Residence Life at the time, leaned up from her chair and pushed a box of tissues to the edge of her desk as she gave Lauren counsel.

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Long Reads Tanner Cole

How a traditional Tennessee church grew into a modern megachurch

By Tanner Cole

HIXSON, TENNESSEE — A golf cart unloads passengers from the far reaches of the parking lot onto the church steps. Greeters wielding pamphlets line the immediate interior. The high-ceilinged room is filling with members of the congregation.

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Kyle Williams Long Reads Sports

That’s the ticket: Section 105, Row F, Seat 1.

By Kyle Williams

The man walks into a basketball arena on a cold, early-November night while the home team gears up for its lone exhibition game of the young season.

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Long Reads Taylor Harrison

Law to shield student privacy is often misused, critics say

By Taylor Harrison

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act became law in 1974 and required schools to enforce policies to protect the privacy of students’ education records.