News in Brief – 2/3/10

Published 9:56 am Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Beatles tribute makes its debut at Paramount

ASHAND, Ky. — The award-winning Beatles concert, Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles, makes its debut at Paramount Arts Center for one show only, Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m. In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” Rain boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.”

Rain covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days.

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Rain is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience…a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.

For the four longtime band members — Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison), Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) and Steve Landes (John Lennon), with a little help from their friend Mark Lewis (keyboards, percussion) – the music is first and foremost.

For more than two decades, Rain has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance. All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.

Tickets are $35, $40, $45 and can be purchased online at or by calling our box office at 606.324.3175 option 2.

Judge moves chemical leak trial

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has moved the second civil trial stemming from a 2004 chemical release at a DuPont plant in Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning ordered the case moved from Ashland to Covington for the start of proceedings on Friday. The Independent of Ashland reports the suit is being tried in four phases. In the first trial, a jury awarded about $1.3 million to six plaintiffs suing the company.

Neighbors of the company’s plant in Wurtland in Greenup County sued over a leak in a cracked pipe at the plant on Oct. 11, 2004. The jury found DuPont liable for skin burns, eye irritation and respiratory and eye problems the neighbors suffered.

DuPont argued that it gave warnings to neighbors about the leak and was not responsible for any injuries.

U.S. Census Bureau announces job fairs

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for qualified people to work as census takers for Census 2010. The bureau will hire more than 10,000 people to help conduct the census, many of them right here in eastern Kentucky.

In the next two weeks, officials will hold a series of recruitment job fairs. They will take place at the following times and locations:

Feb. 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., East Carter Adult Education Center, 520 East Main St., Grayson, Ky.;

Feb. 9: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lewis County Courthouse, 112 Second St., Vanceburg, Ky.;

Feb. 12: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, 138 College St., Pikeville, Ky.;

Feb. 13: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lawrence County Courthouse, 125 South Main Cross St., Louisa, Ky.;

Feb. 13: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Roy F. Collier Community Center, 1200 Main St., Inez, Ky.

To sign up for a test or request more information regarding job opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau, please call 1-866-861-201. If you have any questions about employment, contact Gary Wollenhaupt, U.S. Census Bureau at 606-314-3192.