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11:54 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The White House and How It Almost Ceased to Be

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Last Sunday afternoon I was reading The Washington Post and found a review for a new book, Robert Klara’s “The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence.” For those of you who are not students of Washington in the 1940s and 1950s, the near collapse of the White House in 1948 may be completely unknown. This new book—which I quickly bought and have been reading with interest—wittily lays out the crisis (and it was a crisis) which President Truman faced after he and his family moved into the presidential mansion following Franklin Roosevelt’s death in April 1945. The bad news came quickly. Days after FDR’s funeral, his widow, Eleanor, strolled over to Blair House—where the Trumans were staying during the early days of his presidency—to give them a bit of bad news:

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Local News
11:47 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Bullitt County Passes Smoking Ban, Private Businesses Don't Have To Comply

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Smokers, including those using electronic smokeless cigarettes, can no longer light up on Bullitt County government property.

The county’s fiscal court approved a smoking ban Wednesday 4-1, with some residents saying the new measure doesn’t go far enough.

The ordinance says using tobacco products within "15 feet of any public entry or exit point." This includes the use of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff and e-cigarettes.

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Arts and Humanities
8:47 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Nominated for Academy Award for Third Time

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For the third time, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is an Academy Award nominee.

This time, the 23-year-old actress got a nod in the supporting actress category for her role in "American Hustle," a fictional take on the 1970s Abscam scandal from director David O. Russell. Russell also directed "Silver Linings Playbook," for which Lawrence won last year's Academy Award for best actress.

Lawrence first gained national acclaim in 2011 with her Oscar best actress nomination for her breakout role in the indie drama "Winter's Bone."

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Louisville Program Founded by J. Blaine Hudson on African-American Issues to Return

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Update 5 p.m. Jan. 24: UofL officials have canceled the Saturday Academy session this Saturday because of winter weather concerns. They hope to reschedule it. 

Earlier: A longtime endeavor of the late University of Louisville dean J. Blaine Hudson is set to resume later this month.

For years, Hudson led the Saturday Academy—a free lecture and discussion series focused on African-American issues.

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Politics
6:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Proposes Expansion of Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky

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The Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky will expand to four lanes in the coming years under a proposal from Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear's proposal will be paid for with nearly $600 million in state and federal highway funding, and more than $150 million in funds recovered by toll revenues.

“The Kentucky Highway Plan that I will be recommending to the General Assembly will include a series of construction projects by which the Mountain Parkway will be four-laned, lengthened and thoroughly modernized by the year 2020," Beshear says.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Considers Expanded Gambling

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The latest round of efforts to expand gambling to casinos in Kentucky has begun.

A House committee heard testimony on the issue Wednesday. During the meeting, Democratic gambling bill sponsor, state Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, told lawmakers that he will likely collaborate with Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, who has filed similar legislation in the Senate.

State Rep. Dennis Keane, the committee chair, says the spirit of cooperation between the two parties will likely help when gaming comes up for a vote.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers React to Ruling on Grocery Store Liquor Sales

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FRANKFORT — A federal appeals court has struck down a 2012 decision that lifted a ban on Kentucky grocery stores selling liquor and wine.

On this issue, the chatter in Frankfort suggests that a legislative challenge to that ruling, if it happens, isn’t likely to fare well.

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Arts and Humanities
5:37 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sound on Film: 'Mandela,' 'Escape From Tomorrow'

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Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

On this episode, our reviews of the Idris Elba-starring biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and no-budge psychological horror “Escape from Tomorrow,” which was secretly shot inside Disney World without the company’s permission.

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Education
3:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott

University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto blogged about his opposition to the Israeli academic boycott this week.

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association.

The ASA National Council recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities, which they did last month.  The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on Israel’s policies against Palestine.

From the ASA website:

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Arts and Humanities
3:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

State-wide Exhibit Showcases Kentucky Artists With Disabilities

"The Queen," digital image printed on masonite, Thaniel Ion Lee, 2013.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is curating a traveling exhibit of visual art by Kentucky artists with disabilities, and the first stop is Louisville.  The “identity” exhibit will open first at Weber Gallery, the storefront gallery run by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The gallery specializes in collaborations between Louisville’s professional artists and artists with disabilities. But the 30 artists in this juried show represent a diverse body of Kentucky artists - some well-established, others showing for the first time -  who self-identify as a person with a disability.

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