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8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Turning to Older Volunteers for Help

With hundreds of at-risk children on its waiting list to be paired with adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has launched a program aimed at recruiting older volunteers.

With the help of Humana, which is studying the effects of volunteerism on well-being, Big Brothers Big Sisters has begun what it calls the Legacy Program, which seeks mentors 55 and older. The organization’s Kristen Milosevich says such pairings have already produced positive results.

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Local News
8:41 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Cleanup Underway in Flood-Stricken Areas of Louisville

Some Louisville-area residents have begun assessing and cleaning up flood damage to homes and other property. Authorities say six inches of rain fell on parts of the city over the weekend, prompting dozens of evacuations and rescues from flash flooding in low-lying areas, mainly in south-central Louisville.

MetroSafe officials say they helped more than 80 people escape water that was waist-deep in spots. Some evacuees took shelter at Atherton High School and others in a church.

There were no reports of injuries.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Neill Robertson (Aiden Ainsley), Erica McClure (Amelia Ainsley) and Cara Hicks (Annalee Ainsley) in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
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Memories are woven into the things we hold onto — we don’t get souvenir from memory for nothing. How do some objects end up telling the story of a family and others put out with the trash? When we forget the story behind a thing, does it become just another useless trinket? Can we neutralize a memory’s power by destroying the stuff to which it clings?

Laura Schellhardt explores these questions and the lingering effects of guilt and resentment on adult children of a domineering father and emotionally-absent mother in “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a play about a traumatized family of auction house professionals who can’t separate themselves or their stories from their stuff.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, Theatre [502] closes its third season with a touching and darkly funny production. Strong work by a cast crackling with chemistry and an elegantly restrained production team ground Schellhardt's poetic script and its many magical moments in emotional realism. 

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

What We're Reading | 10.6.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Education
6:35 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Public Opposition to Kentucky's New Education Science Standards Delays Process for Creating Tests

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Public opposition to Kentucky's new science standards has delayed the process for creating student tests tailored to the new material, a state education official says.

The Kentucky Department of Education now plans to delay testing (or assessments) on the Next Generation Science Standards until 2016, at least,  the official says.

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Local News
5:39 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Evacuations, Road Closures in Louisville

Flooding caused by heavy rains overnight across the Louisville area has led to numerous road closures and some evacuations.

Most of the evacuations occurred in the Whispering Hill, Guardian Court, Rockliff and Peabody areas of southeastern Louisville, MetroSafe says.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up for the evacuees at Atherton High School. Overnight, Louisville Fire & Rescue had 12 rescue runs and 250 assist runs because of the rain, MetroSafe says.

Authorities caution against driving vehicles onto roadways covered in water.

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Local News
10:28 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Louisville for Sunday Morning

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Louisville is under a flash flood warning early Sunday after torrential rain fell on the city.

The flash flood warning is in effect until 2 a.m.the National Weather Service said.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

St. James Court Art Show Ends Prematurely

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The St. James Court Art Show—which last year drew more than 200,000 people over three days—ends prematurely at 5 p.m. Saturday, organizers announced on the fair's Facebook page.

The fair won't open at all on Sunday, the announcement said.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Overwhelm Temple Owls; UK Falls Short at South Carolina; IU Beats Penn State

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Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep No. 7 Louisville undefeated with a 30-7 win over winless Temple on Saturday.

Bridgewater made it look easy against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead.

The Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) lost a bid for their second straight shutout when Temple scored with 38 seconds left.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

College Football: Cards Visit Temple; UK at South Carolina; IU Hosts Penn State

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In college football, the Louisville Cardinals return to action after a week off.  Number seven U of L opens conference play against the Temple Owls in Philadelphia Saturday,  with kickoff set for noon.

The Kentucky Wildcats are trying to get back on the winning track after two straight losses, but they’ll have their work cut out for them tomorrow night at South Carolina.

South Carolina is 3-1 on the season.   Coach Steve Spurrier’s team is ranked 12th in this week’s coaches’ poll.   UK is 1-2 and coming off losses to Louisville and Florida.

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