It's All Politics
11:29 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Inaugural Hijinks: 10 Odd Photos From Ceremonies Past

Scott Stewart AP

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 5:53 am

The presidential inauguration is a solemn and important occasion, of course, steeped in history and pomp. But it's also a time for parades and balls — and, sometimes, a bit of tomfoolery. As we prepare for President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, a look back at a few funny and unusual moments:

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Hostages, Militants Reported Dead In Algerian Assault

British Defense Minister Philip Hammond (left) and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hold a joint press conference on the Algerian hostage crisis Saturday in London.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 6:51 pm

The four-day standoff in the Algerian desert came to a bloody end Saturday morning when Algerian forces stormed the gas plant where Islamist militants were holding foreign hostages.

Seven hostages were killed in the assault, as were 11 militants, Algeria's state media reported. In total, 32 militants and 23 other people died in the conflict, the Algerian interior ministry said in a statement.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville

Vicco, Ky., brought national attention to the state this week by becoming the smallest town in the United States to pass a fairness law. Like many of you (we're guessing), we'd never even heard of Vicco until the news broke. So we invited Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman to join us this week and tell us more. 

"It's about three and a half hours east," Chris explains, "and several hundred feet up."

Hartman and others from the Fairness Coalition worked directly with Vicco leaders on the law. He said folks in Vicco are what we might call "non-traditional allies" who may not fit our idea of what LGBTQ-rights supporters are.

"But that may just be because we all have some inappropriate stereotypes about what rural Americans are like, about what Appalachian folks are like, and about what people who live in coal country are like," Hartman said.

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9:03 am
Sat January 19, 2013

High School Basketball Hopes and Dreams: Outside Shot

In 2009, writer Keith O’Brien set out to tell the story of a Kentucky high school boys basketball team’s quest to win a state championship.   He spent the basketball season in Scott County, where there were high hopes the Cardinals would capture the school's third Sweet Sixteen title just down the road in Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

The team’s ups and downs are chronicled in O'Brien’s just-published book, Outside Shot:  Big Dreams, Hard Times and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness

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9:03 am
Sat January 19, 2013

'Algerian Style': Cooperative, To A Point

People gather Friday outside a hospital in eastern Algeria as they try to get information on those wounded during a military raid on a gas plant where Islamic extremists were holding hostages.
Anis Belghoul AP

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 11:19 pm

The Algerian government gave no advance notice that it was planning to launch a military operation to rescue hostages at the remote In Amenas natural gas field, despite offers of support and advice by many nations, including the U.S.

The anger and disappointment in Washington is muted, however, because the U.S. sees Algeria as a critical ally in the fight against terrorism.

Logistical Dependence

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6:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Rand Paul To Introduce Bill Directing Priorities if Debt Ceiling Not Raised

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal  government from defaulting if it fails to raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama and Congress are once again tussling over increasing the nation’s debt limit. The president says he won’t negotiate the issue, while the GOP wants to tie any change to spending cuts.

If an agreement isn't reached, the U.S. will be unable to pay its bills. Paul says his legislation will force the president pay debt interest, entitlements and the military before using remaining funds.

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Arts and Humanities
5:30 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Louisville Film Society and 'New Jerusalem' with Will Oldham

Today on Byline, WFPL's Arts and Humanities Reporter Erin Keane sat down with Ryan Daily of the Louisville Film Society. He discusses the functions of the Society, their newly-renovated cinema space, the Dreamland Film Center on Market Street, special Louisville screenings of New Jerusalem this weekend, and film noir.

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4:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

House Education Leader: Bills to Come Requiring Locked School Doors, Other Immediate Safety Fixes

Credit File photo

Lawmakers and educators who attended Kentucky’s special House Subcommittee on School Safety this week say they are pleased with results of the first meeting and the chairman says he plans to hold another meeting next week.

The temporary subcommittee was created by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, but a bill filed by subcommittee chair Rep. Richard Henderson, D-74, would make it permanent. The subcommittee was created in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month.

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Local News
3:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

UK to Take Over Management of Eastern State Hospital

A new Eastern State Hospital is under construction at UK's Coldstream Research Campus

The University of Kentucky will replace the struggling Bluegrass Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board in overseeing the Eastern State psychiatric hospital in Lexington. 

Officials announced the new agreement between UK and the state Cabinet for Health & Family Services today at the university’s Coldstream Research Campus, where construction of a new Eastern State complex is underway.

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Local News
3:21 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Byline | Fairness in Vicco; Judy Green's Legacy; Lynn's Paradise Lost; Scott Co. Hoops

Here is what we covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top - The Appalachian town of Vicco recently became the smallest municipality in the country to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.  We discuss it with WFPL’s Devin Katayama, who’s been talking with town officials.

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