89.3 WFPL http://wfpl.org Louisville's NPR® News Station Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:57:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia http://wfpl.org/muhammad-ali-hospitalized-pneumonia/ http://wfpl.org/muhammad-ali-hospitalized-pneumonia/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:56:52 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28734 A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight boxing champion has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday night that the 72-year-old boxing great is being treated by his team of doctors and … Read Story

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Ceremony for the Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight boxing champion has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia.

Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday night that the 72-year-old boxing great is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition. Gunnell says Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital on Saturday.

He says Ali’s prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early and that a short hospital stay is expected.

He says no other details are being released due to the Ali family’s request for privacy.

Ali has battled Parkinson’s disease. He appeared in public in September to attend a ceremony in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

Ali lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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Diplomatic Changes Mean Cuban Cigars Will Go Out of Style Eventually, Louisville Shop Owner Says http://wfpl.org/diplomatic-changes-mean-cuban-cigars-will-go-style-eventually-louisville-shop-owner-says/ http://wfpl.org/diplomatic-changes-mean-cuban-cigars-will-go-style-eventually-louisville-shop-owner-says/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:40:43 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28635 More people will soon be able to travel to Cuba, purchase $100 worth of the country’s once-banned cigars and bring them back home. Under new policies introduced by President Obama last week that seek to normalize relations with the communist country, … Read Story

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More people will soon be able to travel to Cuba, purchase $100 worth of the country’s once-banned cigars and bring them back home.

Under new policies introduced by President Obama last week that seek to normalize relations with the communist country, the mystique of Cuban cigars may soon taper off. That’s the take from one Louisville cigar seller.

“It’s something you haven’t been able to get for so long, that you want it,” said Gayle Sallee, owner of Kremer’s Smoke Shoppe on Brownsboro Road. “But once you try it, I think you’ll realize that it’s not it’s not much better.”

WFPL spoke with Sallee, who has been in the cigar business for decades, about what this change in policy could mean for the world-famous Cuban cigars.

Do Cuban cigars still have an allure among cigar aficionados?

“They used to be the most elite cigar back in the day and now there are so many other companies, say for instance Fuente [cigars]—their dad came from Cuba. Their factory and everything is Dominican Republic … and they basically make the same quality of cigars that Cubans used to be.”

Do you Obama’s new policies to impact the way people perceive Cuban cigars?

“I think a lot of people will want to try it because they’ve heard about it from their grandfather, their father or they maybe tried it. So, it will become a very good selling cigar starting out. But there’s so many good quality cigars of other companies.”

Sallee believes if they are eventually sold in the U.S. they may cost as much as $25, which is around what they cost in Cuba, according to NPR.

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Gayle Sallee

Is it hard to get Cuban cigars illegally?

“You have to go to Canada, you have to go to South America, buy it and then sneak it in, so it would be pretty hard now. Some customers have told me that they have figured ways to get them. They’ll order them from Canada, a friend of theirs will go up, bring it across the border and then ship it to them or something.”

Have you tried a Cuban cigar?

“I have in the past. I thought it was good but it wasn’t great.”

 

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Police Brutality Protest Shuts Down Busy Louisville Intersection http://wfpl.org/police-brutality-protest-shuts-busy-louisville-intersection/ http://wfpl.org/police-brutality-protest-shuts-busy-louisville-intersection/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:31:01 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28709 A protest against police brutality briefly shut down a busy Highlands neighborhood intersection early Saturday afternoon. About 50 protestors halted traffic near Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. They held signs aloft, carried replica caskets and cited several recent, high-profile police shootings and an … Read Story

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A protest against police brutality briefly shut down a busy Highlands neighborhood intersection early Saturday afternoon.

About 50 protestors halted traffic near Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. They held signs aloft, carried replica caskets and cited several recent, high-profile police shootings and an in-custody death in cities across the country.

Police made no arrests and issued no citations issued during the hourlong protest.

Travis Mayberry said he was doing his “due diligence” when he stood in the middle of the road with the intention to stop traffic.

“Black lives matter, all lives matter,” Mayberry said.

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Protesters gather at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway to mourn the victims of police killings.

 

All who took part chanted the now common phrase: “No justice, no peace.”

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Protesters gathered at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway on Saturday afternoon, stopping traffic for nearly an hour.

 

Police peacefully disrupted the gathering shortly after 2 p.m.

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Louisville Metro Police disperse a protest Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.

 

The gathering was similar to other protests that have popped up around the country in recent weeks after grand jury decisions to not indict police officers responsible for killing unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

 

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Protesters lined Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway Saturday afternoon.

 

Mayberry, 25, said stopping traffic is a way to “disrupt business as usual” and show that changes need to happen.

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Travis Mayberry, Louisville native.

Those changes, Mayberry said, include making sure local police officials to equip officers with body cameras.

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A protester stands with her hands above her head as Louisville Metro Police keep watch Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.

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Strange Fruit: Going Home Gay for the Holidays http://wfpl.org/strange-fruit-going-home-gay-holidays-2/ http://wfpl.org/strange-fruit-going-home-gay-holidays-2/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:01:53 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28665 Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful. For some queer folks, they also mean deciding whether to go home to a family who doesn’t fully embrace them. This time of year, we like to listen back to … Read Story

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Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful. For some queer folks, they also mean deciding whether to go home to a family who doesn’t fully embrace them.

This time of year, we like to listen back to a conversation we had with Dr. Stephanie Budge, who has taught workshops on coping with the holidays as an LGBTQ person.

She said while some families do overtly antagonistic things (like using the wrong pronoun for trans folks, yelling, or refusing to let their LGBTQ family member bring a partner to holiday functions), what she hears about the most is simply ignoring. A person might come out as queer to their family, only for the response to be silence and an unwillingness to acknowledge their identity.

Dr. Budge gave us some coping strategies we can all use during moments of holiday stress and family conflict, how to take full advantage of your chosen family’s love when your family of origin doesn’t support you, and how to tell when things are so unhealthy or unsafe it might be better to skip going home altogether.

If you are experiencing a crisis, The Trevor Project can help. Call their lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or visit the website for instructions on how to text them or chat online. Stay safe, Fruitcakes. We love you.

In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we continue to indulge in our end-of-the-year-list mania with 2014′s top Google searches, both nationally and globally. Last year, everyone was asking Google how to twerk. This year, we really just wanted to know whether we had Ebola. Also on the list was Ray Rice, Ferguson, the Sochi Olympics, the missing Malaysian airliner, and the World Cup (a sports competition that doesn’t involve Wade Davis, Britney Griner or Michael Sam, so we don’t know much about it).

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Is Kentucky Prepared for an Infectious Disease Outbreak? http://wfpl.org/kentucky-prepared-infectious-disease-outbreak/ http://wfpl.org/kentucky-prepared-infectious-disease-outbreak/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:01:26 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28561 Yesterday, NPR reported on a study that found many states are not prepared for outbreaks of infectious diseases. The report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, issued failing grades to half of the states and the District of Columbia on 10 … Read Story

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Yesterday, NPR reported on a study that found many states are not prepared for outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, issued failing grades to half of the states and the District of Columbia on 10 measures of preparedness. They looked at state’s efforts to get half the population vaccinated for flu; reduce the number of bloodstream infections caused by central lines for people in the hospital; and response time for emergency laboratory tests.

Kentucky scored three out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks like ebola, enterovirus and superbugs.

Indiana scored five points on the report.

Rich Hamburg, deputy director of the non-profit Trust for America’s Health, said the report was designed to look at the underlying gaps that may exists in a state’s preparedness.

“These are indicators that are important to have in place to prevent the spread of disease, detect, diagnose and respond to outbreaks,” he said. “If you don’t meet them all or you meet a smaller amount does it mean you’re unprepared? No, not necessarily.”

But the report may be still concerning, he said.

The state received a total of three points for meeting the Healthy People 2020 target:

  • 90 percent of children ages 19-35 months receiving recommended doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • conducting an exercise or utilizing a real event to evaluate the time for sentinel clinical laboratories to acknowledge receipt of an urgent message from laboratory between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014;
  • and meeting the national performance target of testing 90 percent of reported E. coli O157 cases within four days.

Public health funding in the state has decreased by 8.1 percent from fiscal year 2012-2013 to 2013-2014.

The report also said the state has made budgetary cuts for public health the last three years.

“Funding is absolutely an important component, if not the most important component, in emergency preparedness,” he said.

Hamburg said that there have been dramatic improvements in state and local capacities, but state officials still need to be vigilant.

“We have formerly deadly diseases—polio, mumps, measles—that we thought were eradicated that you see coming back because there isn’t a prioritization of those outbreaks since we’re confronting other outbreaks,” he said.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

The report was issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health.

It also outlined actions state public health officials could adopt to manage potential outbreaks, such as quickly diagnosing outbreaks with laboratory testing and having investigators who can tract contacts.

Testing and contract tracing were used to contain the Ebola cases in Texas, and are used routinely by state and local health department to combat outbreaks of food-borne illness and containing outbreaks with vaccines, medications and other countermeasures, including quarantine.

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