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L E X I NG TO N HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL Cards fans snap up tickets » JOHN CLAY, C1: Fast sale of UK’s returned seats indicates expectations » UK FOOTBALL, C1: Freshman punter has the look and sound, Phillips says Our eight-part preseason coverage begins with the Bryan Station Defenders. Sports, C1 FOOD FOR THOUGHT, C5: Where you eat offers clues to your political leanings » UK BASKETBALL, C2: Top signee Nerlens Noel declared eligible to play AUGUST 9, 2012 | THURSDAY | METRO FINAL EDITION $1.00 1 Month goes in books as hottest ever London Olympics LIFE’S A BEACH » BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor defend gold » MEN’S BASKETBALL: Another slow start, but U.S. blows out Australia » DECATHLON: American Ashton Eaton breaks 100-meter dash record » WOMEN’S LONG JUMP: Brittney Reese is only second American to win » MEN’S 110M HURDLES: Merritt takes gold, Richardson silver for U.S. » WOMEN’S 200 METERS: U.S.’ Allyson Felix cruises to win in final JULY RECORD IS JUST ONE MORE FOR 2012 SPORTS, C1 By Seth Borenstein Associated Press WASHINGTON — This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. And even less a surprise: The United States keeps setting records this year for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures and storms. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the record from July 1936 by 0.2 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Records date to 1895. For Lexington, July’s average temperature of 80.5 degrees made it the secondhottest July on record, WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey said. The hottest month ever for the area was Brothers journey from NFL to Lexington to Mecca PHOTOS BY MARK CORNELISON | Sidrah Malik, left, and former Minnesota Viking Husain Abdullah, center, chatted with diners Wednesday at the Jacobs Hope Center Cafeteria. Abdullah and his brother Hamza, also an NFL player, helped serve a meal provided by the Muslim community’s Share Center. Detour during Ramadan includes Hope Center PLAYERS HELP MUSLIM GROUP SERVE DINNER By Josh Kegley See a photo gallery online. Two professional football players who are traveling the country during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan joined members of Lexington’s Muslim community Wednesday to help feed the needy. Brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah, both National Football League free agents, helped pass out trays of food and clear tables at the Jacobs Hope Center Cafeteria on Loudon Avenue. The meal was donated by the Share Center, a social-services group on Georgetown Street sponsored by Lexington’s Muslim community, with help from the University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association. Leanna Allouch, left, and Hadeel Ali, both 21, worked the serving line. The Share Center plans to make the meal a monthly event. See BROTHERS, A2 Buy One Sandwich, Get One FREE for $7.00 (Value $14) Like on Facebook and enter to win prizes worth nearly $1,500 from Readers’ Choice favorites. August 1936, with an average temperature of 81.6 degrees. The new national record in July is “a pretty significant increase over the last record,” said climate scientist Jake Crouch of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In the past, skeptics of global warming have pointed to the Dust Bowl to argue that recent heat isn’t unprecedented. But Crouch said this shows the current year “is out and beyond those Dust Bowl years. We’re rivaling and beating them consistently from month to month.” Three of the nation’s five hottest months on record have been recent Julys: This year, 2011 and 2006. Julys in 1936 and 1934 round out the top five. Last month also was 3.3 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average for July. Thirty-two states had months that were among their 10 warmest Julys, but only one, Virginia, had the hottest July on record. Crouch said that’s a bit unusual but that it See HEAT, A2 Census hopes to change ethnicity, race questions UNDERCOUNTING SEEN AS BIGGEST CONCERN By Hope Yen Associated Press WASHINGTON — To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would end use of the term Negro, count Hispanics as a mutually exclusive group and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners. The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation’s demographic groups. Still, it could face stiff resistance from some race and ethnic groups who worry that any kind of wording change in the high-stakes government count could yield a lower tally for them. “This is a hot-button issue,” said Angelo Falcon, president of the National Institute for Latino policy in New York City and a community adviser to the census. “The burden will be on the Census Bureau to come up with evidence that wording changes will not undermine the Latino numbers.” The research is based on an experiment conducted during the 2010 census in which nearly 500,000 households were given forms with the race and ethnicity questions worded differently. The findings show that many people who filled out the traditional See CENSUS, A2 Delivery: 1-800-999-8881 Classified: 1-800-933-7355 News: (859) 231-3200 Weather, Page C10: High 88, Low 65 Vol. 30 No. 220 © 2012 Currently Recruiting Experienced Nurses We are fortunate to attract people who believe in our mission and who are dedicated to the service of our patients and their families. To learn more or to apply online, visit We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits. EOE

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