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In Memory

Retired UK journalism professor (and longtime writer/editor) Maria Braden, 57, died earlier this week; she had been battling colon cancer for some time.

The well-known journalist and teacher was with the Associated Press for ten years. She also wrote three books and countless articles for numerous publications and was recently inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Braden was a longtime friend and advisor to Ace, as well as an occasional contributor. Her daughter Mia interned here in the 90s.

Our staff, contributors, and readers extend our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Her impact on journalism—and particularly women in journalism—will be felt for years to come.

There will be a memorial service at 2:30 on Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church downtown.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center.

Defrocked But Not Forgotten

Earlier this week, Chris Platt was formally deposed as a priest. In a July 20 memo from the Bishop to the Clergy, Executive Council, and Standing Committee, the Bishop wrote, “You will shortly receive notice of the sentence that I imposed on Christ [sic] Platt this morning. As usual, the newspaper may choose to report the event so I want to make sure that you are aware of it first. I held a hearing at 10:00. Chris attended and was given the opportunity to speak. He declined the opportunity, and I excused him from further attendance. At that point I pronounced a sentence of deposition in the presence of two priests of our diocese….”

Platt will respond to the sentence in further detail at a later date. At press, his only comment was “At 10:22am yesterday I became an ex-priest.”

Ag Development Funds

The Community Farm Alliance would like you to tell Kentucky’s Agricultural Development Board how you feel these funds should be spent. For more info, you can visit them at www.communityfarmalliance.com. Or you can call CFA organizer Shana Herron in Frankfort at 502/223-3655 to join CFA’s Political Action Network.

Steer Clear

S. Limestone St. will be blocked from S. Upper St. to Euclid Ave. thru Sept. 7, to install a steam/utility tunnel and water line.


The Mayor’s Water Authority Task Force meeting that had been scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2004, has been canceled.

The meeting is open to the public.

Back to Schoo

Not all Fayette County parents can afford to outfit their kids with back-to-school clothing. There will be a Clothes for Kids booth at Fayette Mall through July 31.

Just visit the booth; pick up the name of a child with age and size info, and shop. Info, 272-3495.

Get Your Protest On

The United Mine Workers of America gathered to protest Horizon Natural Resources decision to slash benefits for retirees.

Approximately 1,000 protesters gathered on Vine Street in front of the Community Trust Bank.

Public Shower

Mayor Teresa Isaac was on hand to commemorate the unveiling of the new fountain in front of the new courthouse downtown.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.