Florence Freedom stadium in jeopardy
FLORENCE - The Florence Freedom owes more than $1.7 million to contractors building the team's new stadium.
The debt is a violation of the team's lease with the city of Florence. If it's not paid after a 30-day grace period, the city will evict them, said City Attorney Hugh Skees.
The team has six home games remaining after the grace period ends.
In addition to the money owed to the contractors, the team's first lease payment of $197,617 is due to the city Aug. 10.
Though the stadium is privately owned, it is built on land the city bought for $5 million.
The 4,500-seat stadium opened June 18 to its largest crowd of the season - 4,453.
Before that game, the owners said the Frontier League team needed to average 2,500 fans per game to break even. It's averaging about 1,800 per game.
New students at NKU face tougher standards
Northern Kentucky University's board of regents has adopted minimum grade-point averages and composite ACT test scores.
School officials are hoping the new rules will boost sagging graduation rates. The new, tougher standards could cut NKU's 2005 freshman enrollment by 10 percent.
"Our goal is to have every student at the university succeed," President James Votruba said. "I see this as being the university's effort to ensure that students admitted here have the wherewithal to be successful."
Clooney gets fewer Hollywood donations
The famous appear to be fading from Nick Clooney's fund-raising efforts.
The 4th District Congressional candidate's latest report, for May and June, includes about $10,000 in contributions from people tied to the film industry. Most of the $236,112 raised came from Kentucky residents - though Catherine Zeta-Jones and Warren Beatty were among contributors.
That's a switch.
When actor George Clooney's dad filed his first-quarter fund-raising report, the list of contributors was heavily star-studded, including nearly 120 people connected to the film industry. Paul Newman, Michael Douglas and Cincinnati native Steven Spielberg were just a few of the famous who pitched in.
Republican candidate Geoff Davis, of Boone County, is using Clooney's Hollywood ties as ammunition for his run.
"The elites of Hollywood, led by Nick Clooney's movie star and liberal activist son, George Clooney, have been unloading truckloads of money into this race for the sole purpose of defeating me and the conservative values I stand for," Davis said last week.
Davis campaign manager Justin Brasell announced the Republican had raised $373,143 over the past two months.
Officials investigate fire at Ludlow home
Fire officials were investigating a fire in Ludlow that started outside an occupied home Monday night and quickly spread to the frame house and to two unoccupied homes.
Neighbors say three children had been left alone in the home where the fire began, on a couch on a deck behind 314 Poplar St. The children escaped unharmed. All three homes were a total loss, said Ludlow Fire Chief Terry Bandy.
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