aurora http://wfpl.org en Noise and Notes: Shawnell Harrison's Concrete Dust and The Immovable Gun Debate http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-shawnell-harrisons-concrete-dust-and-immovable-gun-debate <p>When asked about his documentary debut, Louisville filmmaker Shawnell Harrison is direct about why he chose to tackle the <a href="http://leoweekly.com/news/rise-and-fall">razing of the historic Sheppard Square</a> housing complex as his first project.</p><p>The 35-year-old director wanted residents to purge their feelings about the demolition and life in the projects, and Harrison&#39;s style dived into the Smoketown neighborhood where he received a raw and emotional reaction. Several residents offered him their explicit love and disdain for the 70-year-old housing project, including criticism of how the housing authority, Metro Police and media view them.</p><p>The last resident was relocated in March and <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/sheppard-square-demolition-begins">demolition began in June</a>, which leaves Sheppard Square as mostly rubble now. Construction of new homes has recently started near the former housing development that will pave the way for a mixed-income neighborhood.</p><p>Below is an excerpt of Harrison&#39;s film.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1155 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Shawnell Harrison's Concrete Dust and The Immovable Gun Debate Beshear Orders Flags to Half Staff in Wake of Colorado Shootings http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-orders-flags-half-staff-wake-colorado-shootings <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering flags across the commonwealth to half-staff in wake of last week&rsquo;s shootings in Aurora, Colorado.</p><p>A lone gunman opened fire in a Colorado cinema last week, killing 15 people and wounding dozens more.</p><p>The flags will remain at half staff until sundown on Friday, exactly one week from the shootings. President Barack Obama ordered all flags at federal buildings to half staff in the aftermath of the shooting.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:20:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 1114 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Unsure Tighter Gun Laws Could Prevent Massacre http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-unsure-tighter-gun-laws-could-prevent-massacre <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear won&#39;t commit to additional gun control laws in light of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/us/suspect-in-colorado-shooting-in-court.html">shooting spree at a Colorado theater</a> last week.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1103 at http://wfpl.org President Obama, Senator McConnell React to Aurora Theater Shooting http://wfpl.org/post/president-obama-senator-mcconnell-react-aurora-theater-shooting <p>President Barack Obama has expressed his condolences for the victims of <a href="/post/real-life-horror-many-killed-dozens-wounded-colorado-movie-theater">a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado</a>. The president <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/obama-colorado-shooting_n_1688753.html?utm_hp_ref=politics">has also promised federal aid to Aurora officials</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:28:11 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1073 at http://wfpl.org