Lexington beautillion celebrates excellence for young black men

On Saturday night Lexington Center was the scene for a beautillion, a rite-of-passage celebration in which 39 young black men or “beaus” were introduced to the community. The event was the fourth organized by Black Males Working or BMW, a privately funded program that promotes excellence in African-American youths. Beautillions are more common in the South, but more are popping up across the country to counter negative images of black youths trapped in unemployment, violence and unintended fatherhood.

Forget basketball. Kentucky is hosting the world championships of mucking.

The University of Kentucky hosted the 39th International Intercollegiate Mining Competition, in which students competed in seven old-fashioned mining skills. The mucking competition began as a memorial to 91 miners who died in a 1972 Idaho mine disaster; now it helps students build teamwork and network for future jobs.

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College mining competition in Georgetown

Mining students from around the world compete in old-school mining skills at the 39th International Intercollegiate Mining Competition in Georgetown, Ky.
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College mining competition in Georgetown 1:34

College mining competition in Georgetown

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BMW Academy presents 39 in 'boys-to-men celebration'

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What Calipari and the Cats said of game against UNC

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Joel Berry: I believe we're the best team in the country