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10:59 am
Fri May 3, 2013

O'Neill Seeking Derby Repeat With Goldencents

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Trainer Doug O’Neill will join some elite company if Goldencents wins the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.

O’Neill  is trying to become just the seventh trainer to win back-to-back Derbys.      

Last year, he trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Goldencents will break from the number eight post, which came as a relief to O’Neill  as he watched this week’s post position draw.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Listen | Luhrman's 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack

F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his scant month in Louisville in the cold, punishing days of March and early April, when spring's promise still feels quite remote to those left weary by the winter. But his sumptuous descriptions of Jay Gatsby's glittering parties in West Egg remind us of something ... a certain handful of nights in early May, when the city knots its bowties tighter and grips its champagne and bourbon cocktails with a fierce determination to wring the very life out of Derby week: 

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Local News
10:23 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Field for 139th Kentucky Oaks Down to 10

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More than 110,000 fans are expected at Churchill Downs Friday for the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

Oaks Day has long been considered “Louisville’s Day at the Races,” and in recent years has also become platform to heighten awareness of breast cancer and raise money for research.

As for the Oaks itself, the field is down to 10 filles after Flashy Gray was scratched, reportedly because of a bruised heel. The morning line favorite is Dreaming of Julia.

Environment
4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

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Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry interviewed food journalist Michael Pollan last night in Louisville. (Pollan stopped by the WFPL studios earlier in the day for an interview as well). Over the course of the evening, they discussed Pollan's new book "Cooked" and the bigger issues it raises. Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Occupy Louisville Member Running for Mayor

Longtime social justice advocate Ike Thacker announced this week he is running for mayor of Louisville as an independent.

Thacker is a local writer and community activist who serves on the boards of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He also served as a spokesman for Occupy Louisville, which held a six month long protest in downtown against U.S. economic policies.

Thacker says he is running to help the poor, and plans to advocate for cuts to military spending as mayor to help invest in low-income parts of the city.

"I simply believe that all 7 billion of us on this planet and the 750,000 or so of us in Louisville are absolutely, equally human regardless of everything. That’s every black or brown person in west or south Louisville just as much as the Ivy League east enders," he says.

Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer announced last month he is seeking re-election.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours.

In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention.

She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

“She became a fan favorite," Jones told WFPL.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Made Glorious Summer: Shakespeare Behind Bars' 'Richard III' Open to Public in June

Shakespeare Behind Bars 2009 production of Macbeth at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky.

Louisville's Shakespeare Behind Bars is in its 18th season producing the works of Shakespeare with a company of incarcerated men. In June, they’ll open “Richard III,” the Bard's dramatization of the rise and fall of Richard, the Machiavellian Duke of Gloucester, and England's House of York, at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence Uninjured in Traffic Accident

A spokeswoman for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says Pence's state sport-utility vehicle has been involved in an accident but the governor was not injured.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says neither the governor and nor any of the other passengers required medical attention following Thursday morning's accident, which occurred in Indianapolis as Pence was heading to a bill signing in Fort Wayne.

Local News
12:14 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Compassionate City: Louisville's Father Joe Mitchell

Father Joe Mitchell
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Here's the latest installment of our interviews with spiritual leaders as Louisville prepares for the Festival of Faiths conference and a visit by the Dalai Lama.

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Education
11:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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