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7:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Media Critic | Are The Courier-Journal's Opinion Pages So Liberal?

James Miller
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Conservative critics of The Courier-Journal, I have confirmed all of your suspicions: its editorial pages are quite liberal.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Ethics Questions Raised After Mitch McConnell's Chief of Staff Appears in Politico Ad

Josh Holmes in Politico's ad.
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A Politico video featuring the chief of staff for Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been removed by the Washington publication after ethical questions were raised.

In a story first reported by Roll Call, an idea was pitched to McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to appear in a video endorsing Politico's coverage. It shows Holmes explaining his vision for America, love of public service and why he reads Politico all while sitting in the senator's office.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charging Commitee Ready to Move On Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Removal Hearing

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The charging committee that petitioned to remove embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced it's ready to move forward with a hearing following its executive session meeting Thursday.

Shanklin was found guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code this year by Louisville’s Ethics Commission, which recommended she be removed from the council.

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kentucky Releases Preliminary Report on College Degrees, Showing Stagnant Results

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More than 61,000 students are estimated to receive a degree or credential from one of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities in 2013—slightly fewer than the year before, according to Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.

The CPE released its preliminary degrees report Thursday, you can find it here.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Area Code Overlay Recommended for Southern Indiana

Indiana's utility consumer advocate is recommending that regulators establish a new telephone area code that would overlap the existing 812 code that covers roughly the southern third of the state.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor said Thursday that similar overlay area codes are either used or being implemented in 24 states.

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Arts and Humanities
5:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections

A century after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate territories and states, New Albany’s Carnegie Center for Art and History explores the history of emancipation celebrations on both sides of the Ohio River with a talk by historian Pen Bogert.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

It's Bike to Work Day

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging commuters to think about making the trip by bicycle on Friday. It’s Bike to Work Day, and groups are meeting in six locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana to commute downtown together.

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Commentary
4:58 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

UofL's Brandeis School of Law Impresses Years After Adversity

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Thirty-one years had passed since the last time I slipped into a graduation gown. Last Saturday afternoon, when I participated in the commencement exercises for the Brandeis School of Law’s Class of 2013, I marveled at how much things had changed since my own law class of 1982 graduated. My role was to introduce the commencement speaker, my longtime friend and colleague from The Courier-Journal, Howard Fineman. Howard is one of the nation’s leading journalists, having excelled in 30 years as a top political correspondent for Newsweek, as well as a political commentator on MSNBC. Now he is a pioneer in another field of journalism—online—as editorial director of the Huffington Post Media Group. I think he and I share an admiration for the law school where we were trained over three decades ago, and we’re not embarrassed to tell others about the advances it has made.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Fundraising Deadline Looms to Save Historic Bardstown Birthplace of a Civil Rights Activist

The antebellum mansion called Anatok has been vacant for five years.
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Preservationists are racing to raise money for the restoration of a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown. If the $500,000 goal is not met soon,  most of the house will likely be dismantled to make way for a high school campus expansion project.   

The site in history-rich Bardstown has a storied past. The plantation was the birthplace of a one-time slave who became a leader of the nation’s black Catholics and a renowned civil rights activist.       

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Environment
3:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Louisville Zoo's Oldest Polar Bear, Arki, Dies

Arki
Kyle Shepherd Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo officials say the zoo's oldest polar bear passed away today from unknown causes.

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