Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

First Friday Five: November

Bob Thompson's "The Entombment"

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Education
12:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

JCPS Ranks In Bottom Quarter in New Kentucky Accountability Measure

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Jefferson County Public Schools are performing worse than nearly 75 percent of Kentucky public school students outside the district, according to new state accountability measures -- including tests, graduation rates and other indicators -- released Friday. 

JCPS is ranked in the 23 percentile in Kentucky under the new "Unbridled Learning" school accountability model -- part of the state's most sweeping education reforms of the past two decades.

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Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Did Each Jefferson County Public School Do?

Here are the rankings for all Jefferson County Public Schools, including labels as determined by Kentucky's new accountability system.

Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Jefferson County Public Schools Did, by Subject, Grade Levels

How Jefferson County Public Schools performed on new state tests, by grade and subject matter:

Politics
6:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Judge to Rule on Friday Whether Thieneman Can Stay on Ballot

A Jefferson County Circuit judge is expected to rule Friday on whether Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman will be on the ballot next Tuesday.

Thieneman is challenging Democratic incumbent Perry Clark in a tight race that could give the GOP a larger majority in the chamber. Thus far, Thieneman has raised over $172,00 compared to $85,000 from Clark and observers are paying close attention.

Last week, a Democratic activist Robert Walker filed a lawsuit against Thieneman that questioned his residency in the 37th state Senate District in south Louisville.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Pay Phones Are Suddenly Important Again Because Of Sandy

A woman uses a pay phone in the Lower East Village in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Carlo Allegri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:24 pm

"After Sandy, Wired New Yorkers Get Reconnected With Pay Phones: Coin-Eating Retro Devices Baffle Some, Frustrate Many; Moment Merits a Tweet."

That Wall Street Journal story today, about folks in lower Manhattan who have been forced by the power outages and damages in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to seek out an old-fashioned way to make a call, has struck a chord.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure

Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.

The GOP cannot name a new president until lawmakers convene again in January, but current Stine will assume the duties and serve as temporary co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.

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Education
4:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Gets "C" On State Report Card

Greater Clark Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin

Greater Clark County Schools has received a "C" on the Indiana Accountability Report Card, remaining unchanged from last year.

The grading system was implemented two years ago to make it easier for parents to understand where a district and school rank. It’s based off results from the previous year and measures student test scores, graduation rates and other growth measurements.

But Superintendent Andrew Melin says the accountability system measures schools on a curve, which makes it more difficult to show how individual schools have improved.

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Arts and Humanities
3:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

New Women's Theater Company Debuts with Ephron Show

The Eve Theatre Company, a new women's theater company, opens its first production this week. Their first show is “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the Drama Desk Award-winning anthology of monologues that the Los Angeles Times calls “a cross between ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and ‘What Not to Wear’.”

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