March 23, 2023

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On the calendar today is National Puppy Day. Celebrate by cuddling up with an adorable little puppy and getting cozy with these headlines from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Lexington & Central Ky.

Parents of some cheerleaders at Frederick Douglass and Henry Clay high schools have enlisted the help of the local NAACP chapter in hopes of addressing concerns about how Black members of the schools’ cheerleading squads have been treated.

Multiple parents have expressed concerns about “a lack of equity, racial discrimination, classism, lack of inclusion, and separatism in regards to the operation of cheer programs.” Read more in this story from the Herald-Leader’s Karla Ward.

A viral TikTok challenge that encouraged thieves to target Kia and Hyundai vehicles led to an uptick in car thefts in Fayette County in February, the head of the Lexington Police Department’s property crimes division confirmed.

Herald-Leader reporter Aaron Mudd has the story.

And multiple men from Central Kentucky and Detroit were arrested Tuesday after a month-long investigation by the Madison County Drug Task Force.

Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, the popular four-day convention is back, here’s everything you need to know:

Around the Commonwealth

An all-ages drag show set to take place in Prestonsburg this weekend was canceled after organizers and supporters said they faced threats.

The show’s organizer said the threats are a “direct result” of recent anti-LGBTQ legislation in Frankfort.

From kudzu to your common backyard honeysuckle, invasive plant species are spreading unchecked across Kentucky, crowding out natives and throwing ecosystems out of balance.

We’ve rounded up some tips to help you identify and remove a few of these problematic plants this spring and get a handle on this seemingly never-ending battle.

More happening around Kentucky:

Sports

Even with the Kentucky Wildcats sitting at home, March Madness will go on.

And that’s the way it’s been at this juncture in the past three NCAA Tournaments, a forgettable stretch for the UK men’s basketball program amid worrying signs for the John Calipari era.

Kentucky has now gone three consecutive NCAA Tournaments without a trip to the Sweet 16. A look at some interesting numbers behind that drought.

Here’s what else to read in the world of sports:

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Lexington Herald-Leader audience growth producer Andrew Henderson
Lexington Herald-Leader audience growth producer Andrew Henderson