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L E X I NG TO N Competition strong among UK running backs SPORTS, C1 LIFE + NEIGHBORS, B1 CLOGGERS PUT THEIR FEET DOWN IN IRELAND AUGUST 22, 2012 » Business, C5: Water-saving device recalled for toilet-explosion risk » Business, C5: Sales of erotic novels give Barnes & Noble a boost | WEDNESDAY | METRO FINAL EDITION $1.00 1 TEA PARTY RALLIES IN FRANKFORT Mo. Senate candidate defies GOP, stays in race Fayette fireworks ban proposed ROMNEY, MCCONNELL HAD URGED AKIN TO EXIT By Jonathan Weisman The New York Times WASHINGTON — Rep. Todd Akin on Tuesday ignored a deadline to abandon Missouri’s Senate race and vowed to remain the Republican nominee in defiance of his party’s leaders, including the presidential standard-bearer, Mitt Romney. “I believe the defense of the unborn and a deep respect for life, which underlie all of America, those are important parts of who we are. And they’re not things to run away from,” Akin said on the radio program hosted by Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor. Akin touched off a firestorm of criticism after he said in a television interview on Sunday that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy. The congressman’s decision to remain in the race against Claire McCaskill, the incumbent Democratic senator, came the same day the Republican Party’s platform committee endorsed a constitutional ban on abortion that does not include an exception for rape. Less than a week before the national party gathers in Tampa, Fla., to formally nominate Romney as its presidential candidate, the national conversation has turned sharply to the kind of social issues the party has tried to avoid. “We can’t run from our shadows every time someone says abortion,” Akin told Dana Loesch, a conservative talk radio host, on Tuesday. PUBLIC SAFETY PANEL ALSO WANTS HARSHER PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING POLICY By Josh Kegley jkegley@herald-leader.com PHOTOS BY PABLO ALCALÁ | palcala@herald-leader.com A Tea Party supporter who identified herself only as Mary Ann chastised Dave Cooper of Lexington for bringing a pro-Obama sign to the front of the party’s rally on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort. ‘Obamacare’ bonds Paul, McConnell SENATORS IN SYNC OVER REPEAL OF LAW By Jack Brammer jbrammer@herald-leader.com FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s two Republican U.S. senators — one a Tea Party darling and the other whose ties to that conservative movement are tenuous at best — lambasted President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday at a Tea Party rally. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green, who rode into office in 2010 on a Tea Party tidal wave, told a crowd of more than 300 on the steps of Kentucky’s Capitol that he still thinks “the whole damn thing is unconstitutional.” The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal Affordable Care Act earlier this summer. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Louisville, who has been visiting hospitals across the See GOP, A2 Rand Paul spoke out against the federal Affordable Care Act that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Paul still insists the law is unconstitutional. SEE A PHOTO GALLERY ONLINE See TEA PARTY, A2 Fayette County residents will no longer be allowed to buy or set off aerial fireworks such as bottle rockets and mortars, or loud explosives such as firecrackers, if a new ordinance moves forward. The proposal, which was presented Tuesday afternoon during the Urban County Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting, would subject those who set off powerful fireworks FIREWORKS in Fayette County to COMPLAINTS stiffer fines than what currently is on the The number of combooks. The new penal- plaints about fireworks ties would range from called in to police and $250 for a first offense firefighters in the last to $1,000 for a third six years: offense. 2007 .......................... 301 Nine members of 2008 .........................262 the Public Safety Com2009 .........................249 mittee voted unanimously to send the 2010 ..........................323 ordinance to the full 2011 ...........................897 council for a vote. 2012 (to date)........ 2,187 Council members Diane Lawless, Bill Farmer, Julian Beard, Chuck Ellinger, Jay McChord, Kevin Stinnett, Peggy Henson, Doug Martin and Chris Ford all voted in favor of the new ordinance. The full council will have to vote it into law. If the ordinance passes, it would take effect immediately, superseding an ordinance put into effect late last year that limited the days and times aerial fireworks and firecrackers could be detonated. “I think it’s time for the council, unfortuSee FIREWORKS, A2 Woodford Reserve travels 200 years back to its beginnings DISTILLERY HOLDING SPECIAL EVENTS FOR ITS BICENTENNIAL Lynne Tondreau as Sarah Pepper provided a picnic snack in front of the 200-year-old Elijah and Sarah Pepper family house during a 200th anniversary tour Tuesday. By Janet Patton IF YOU GO Woodford Reserve 200th Anniversary Bourbon Feast: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 25. Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. $150 per person. Reservations required. For menu and more info, visit Woodfordreserve.com.; (859) 879-1812. History hike: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 27-30. Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles. $125 per person; includes unique whiskey tastings and gourmet 1812-era lunch. Must be 21 or older. Reservations required; call (859) 879-1934. jpatton1@herald-leader.com VERSAILLES — Woodford Reserve Distillery is offering a peek into the past to celebrate the 200th anniversary of making bourbon on Glen’s Creek. Before there was Woodford Reserve (owned and made today by Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp.), there was Labrot & Graham, which Watch a video and see more photos of the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery grounds. bought the distillery in 1878. Before Labrot & Graham, there was the intrepid Pepper family. In 1812, Elijah Pepper be- See WOODFORD, A4 Delivery: 1-800-999-8881 Classified: 1-800-933-7355 News: (859) 231-3200 dealsaver.com/lexington $69 For The Grilling Sensation From MeatHub.com ($169 value) CHARLES BERTRAM | STAFF Weather, Page C8: Sunny skies with light winds from the southwest. 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