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11:44 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Wins Academy Award for Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second-youngest winner in the category and the first Kentucky native to win an acting Oscar since George Clooney in 2006.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Auditor Adam Edelen Concerned With Kentucky's Cyber Security; Vows to Monitor

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Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen found a dozen issues with the state's cyber security efforts in the 2011-12 fiscal year—and he's vowing to closely monitor the state's measures in that area in the coming months.

The findings were reported in Edelen's statewide audit, in which he gave the state an "unqualified or clean" opinion of the state's finances.

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Local News
7:47 am
Sun February 24, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.24.13

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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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Arts
7:45 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence is the Favorite for Best Actress. But What Does That Mean?

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Going into tonight's Academy Awards, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is the favorite to win Best Actress—but no shoo-in.

Lawrence, star of Silver Linings Playbook, would become the second-youngest Best Actress winner in history and the win would be another indicator—on top of the $408-million domestic gross for last year's Hunger Games, in which she also starred—that the 22-year-old is among Hollywood's elite.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Little Hope Remains for Staving Off Child Care Subsidy Cuts in Kentucky General Assembly Session

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Little hope remains for staving off drastic cuts a child care subsidy program for low-income, working Kentucky families to pay for child care costs before the first round of cuts go into effect in April.

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Politics
10:28 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Noise and Notes: Congressman John Yarmuth

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Congressman John Yarmuth is the lone Democrat in Kentucky’s federal delegation.

That makes Yarmuth the only liberal voice arguably in the region, and the lawmaker that the Obama administration confers with over potential federal appointments in the state.

Now in his fifth term in Congress, Yarmuth is the co-sponsor of a number of progressive bills, including campaign finance reforms and gun control measures.

But since 2010, he has been in the minority railing against the Republican-controlled House.

In terms of politics, Yarmuth has been the chief cheerleader for Ashley Judd, who is the rumored top-contender to run against Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Strange Fruit: Penny Tration Waxes Philosophical on Drag Performance

Drag artist Penny Tration has a local icon to thank for her performing career. "I grew up in L.A., so I've seen a couple drag queens," she explains. But for the longest time, it wasn't something she thought of doing herself. "I've also seen people garden, but I'm not attracted to doing that."

All that changed one night at The Connection, the first time she saw our local Mistress of Mayhem, Hurricane Summers, on stage. "Hurricane kind of embodied for me, for the first time, somebody who wasn't just doing drag. She was hilarious. She picked up the mic, and she was really funny. And that's something I hadn't seen before."

Penny was a contestant on Season Five of RuPaul's Drag Race, and though she didn't win, she was a fan favorite, and says the experience opened up more opportunities to act, perform, and, according to some of her fans, even change lives. "Now let's be clear: how did drag change anyone's lives? I don't get it," she concedes. But she once met an audience member who told her she'd lost her partner two years before. "She hadn't been able to leave her house, and it was the first time she'd smiled in years."

Penny says she knows drag isn't forever, and like any job, it has its ups and downs. "It's kind of like being a nurse in a nursing home. Half the time your cleaning up vomit and poop, and then you'll get somebody who's like, 'Oh my god, you changed my whole day because you were here!'"

She's in town to perform tonight at Pandora Productions' fundraiser, Masquerade Fire and Ice, and she took a few minutes earlier this week to talk to us about her work.

Elsewhere in the news this week, President Obama gave a speech about violence, which seemed to implicate absent black fathers. As Kaila explained, this idea is nothing new. "This idea that the problem of the Black community is the problem of absent Black men—this has been reiterating and resounding commentary, probably since the Moynihan Report," she reminds us. In his report, Daniel Moynihan said the problem in Black communities was largely the fault of Black women. "They were too strong, they drove their men away, and their men either ended up in jail, on drugs, or absent fathers."

Dr. Brittney Cooper had some great analysis of the problems with Obama's speech, and we talked about it this week in our Juicy Fruit segment. Clive Davis came out of the closet as bisexual this week (at age 80!), and a gay porn star broke into a Louisville Fire Station and performed a lewd act over the equipment (yes, really!). And we wish Kaila bon voyage as she heads to Stanford this week to be a panelist at The Pleasure Principle: A Post Hip-Hop Search for a Black Feminist Politics of Pleasure! She'll be checking in with us by phone for next week's show, and we can't wait to hear all about her trip. Until then, have a great week, Fruitcakes!

Arts and Humanities
5:12 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker

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Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when Governor Steve Beshear appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

House Passes Bill Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

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The Kentucky House has unanimously passed a bill to create an external panel to review certain child death and near death cases.

A similar bill failed to pass last year, but Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order in the spring to create a temporary panel, which has since been reviewing certain cases.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Safe Neighborhoods; State Legislative Action; Academy Awards Preview: Today on Byline

Here's what you'll hear on this edition of Byline ('play' button below):

At the top - This week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the appointment of Anthony Smith as the city’s first Director of Safe Neighborhoods. It was a position recommended by a task force that’s been studying ways to reduce violence in the city.  WFPL's Devin Katayama discusses Smith’s appointment and his initial plans for the job.

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