Local News
4:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Windy, Rainy Night in Louisville for Trick-or-Treaters

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Update 11:45 p.m. Thursday: The severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County and the surround area has expired, but a wind advisory and a tornado watch remain in effect until 2 a.m.

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Arts and Humanities
3:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Monsters, Faces, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: A Selection of Friday Trolley Hop Openings

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Skeletons, skulls, monstrous humanoids and just plain old monsters  – Louisville artist Patrick Jilbert's characters might skulk around society's margins, dodging daggers and coffins on motorcycles and skateboards, but they're also practically humming with whimsical humanity. Jilbert opens a solo show of all-new work, "Avoid Everything," Friday at Why Louisville Two (802 E. Market Street). 

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play

Scott Anthony and Douglas Scott Sorenson in "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."
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Theatre [502] has slowly rolled out its original serial play about magic and Louisville, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn," every first Friday since June, one fifteen-minute episode at a time. Ludlow Quinn is a fictional magician plying his mediocre craft in Louisville in the early 1900s when he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him unlock the secrets of great magic. The play travels back and forth in time between Quinn's life and that of Bonnie Burke, a contemporary teenager who finds a mysterious, powerful book in her great-grandmother's Old Louisville attic.

To catch the audience up, the play's first five episodes will receive a staged reading on Halloween, 7 p.m. at the Baron's Theatre in Whiskey Row Lofts next to the Second Street Bridge.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Independent Record Shops Come Roaring Back in Louisville

Record shopping at Modern Cult Records.
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The national decline of local independent record stores hit home two years ago this week when John Timmons announced that Ear X-tacy would close for good.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Jumping On 'Grassroots' Movement To Fund Public Education

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Some are calling the dozens of Kentucky school boards that have passed resolutions demanding more funding for public education in the next state budget cycle the largest grassroots movement by local districts in recent history.

“This really started with one school board, up in Morehead, the Rowan County board, that just got fed up,” says Brad Hughes, who has been with the Kentucky School Boards Association for 20 years.

Hughes says he’s counted over 60 school boards that have passed similar resolutions to boost funding for public education.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Wed October 30, 2013

75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic. Or Did It?

Invader? No, it's a man dressed as one in 1988. He was in Grovers Mill, N.J., at a 50th anniversary celebration of The War of the Worlds broadcast.
Chris Lischy AP

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 11:18 am

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special bulletin:

Martians have invaded New Jersey!

OK, as far as we know that hasn't happened.

But we wanted to issue that faux alert because 75 years ago tonight, as our friend Korva Coleman pointed out on the NPR Newscast, Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that our planet had been invaded.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Job Growth Slowed Further In October, Survey Signals

Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 11:21 am

Only a relatively low 130,000 jobs were added to private employers' payrolls in October and the labor market in September was even weaker than first thought, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

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NPR Story
6:42 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Perfect College Essay? Check Your Exaggeration, Drama And Self-Aggrandizing At The Door

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Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:18 pm

It’s that time of year again. Otherwise well-adjusted high school seniors melt down in stress-induced tantrums and parents hover over their desks demanding, “Is it done?”

The issue, of course, is the college application essay. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 750,000 students will be writing them this season, as they apply to anywhere between three and 15 school each.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Report Details Industry's 'Cutthroat' Fight Of Miners' Claims

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:06 pm

My investigative reporting colleague Chris Hamby at the Center for Public Integrity has a compelling and troubling follow-up to our jointly-reported series last year on the resurgence of the deadly coal miners' disease black lung.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Louisville Neighborhoods Are Affected by Traffic Exhaust? All of Them.

The Glaabs: Geoff, Charlotte, Cailin and Crystal.
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Louisville has always struggled with air pollution—from industrial parks and from the traffic-clogged highways. But while Metro Government's network of air monitors tests the air around the city, it’s harder to tell what residents are actually exposed to in their homes.

In the Portland neighborhood, I-64 rumbles past rows of shotgun houses, many with siding made grimy by the traffic exhaust. The highway is loud and dirty, but its pollution isn’t the primary concern for many residents.

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