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5:02 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Noise and Notes: With Ashley Judd Out, Where Do Kentucky Democrats Go From Here?

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell and Ashley Judd

Now that Ashley Judd is out, Kentucky Democrats are scrambling for a legitimate contender to take on Republican Senator Mitch McConnell next year.

The speculation is on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose every word is being examined.

But what if Grimes also forgoes a 2014 Senate bid?

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

For Some Louisville Cardinals Fans, Two Final Four Teams Means Twice the Travel

Jenny Sawyer and her daughter, Caroline
Credit Greg Echlin/WFPL

ATLANTA — The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team will play in the NCAA tournament's title game Monday night against the Michigan Wolverines at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. And in New Orleans tonight, the Cardinal women’s basketball team plays California in a semifinal.

A few ambitious Cardinal fans will be in the audience for both games.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Coach Jeff Walz: 'Our Ultimate Goal is to Win a National Championship'

Jeff Walz
Credit file photo/Creative Commons

The Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team is the surprise of women's basketball—but Coach Jeff Walz tells WFPL that they have no intention of being satisfied with a Final Four banner.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

What We're Reading | 4.7.13

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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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Photos | Louisville Cardinals Fans Celebrate Win Over Wichita State

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team advanced to the national championship game on Saturday night after defeating the Wichita State Shockers.

And, as expected, fans took to the streets throughout the city to celebrate.

The Cardinal Towne development was quickly flooded with students and fans after the game.

Here's what it looked like:

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Local News
8:38 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Advance to National Championship Game

The Louisville Cardinals advanced Saturday evening to the NCAA Tournament championship game, but not before getting a scare from the Wichita State Shockers.

The overall No. 1-seeded Cardinals trailed by a point at halftime and through most of the second half to the No. 9 seed Shockers, but managed to come back as the game closed.

The Cardinals won 72-68.

Russ Smith led UofL with 21 points.

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Strange Fruit
11:48 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Look at the Transatlantic Slave Trade through "Spirits of the Passage" Exhibit

"He looked at me and smiled and put his hand in the sand, and put some sand into my hand. I didn't think much about it. And I looked at it, and it was full of trade beads. It was  full of the beads that were actually traded for people."

Even after studying it for years, Madeleine Burnside says the reality and magnitude of the Transatlantic Slave trade hit her in this moment, at the bottom of the ocean, exploring the shipwreck site of the Henrietta Marie. Dr. Burnside is the Executive Director of the Frazier History Museum, and she curated their current original exhibit, Spirits of the Passage

Dr. Burnside has studied the history of the slave trade for the last twenty years. "It's one of those subjects that when you start at all, it will not let you go," she says. For her, the story begins once you get past the horrific (but dry) statistics you learn in school. "You start to think about maybe just 200 people on a ship," she explains. "You start to imagine that you know these people as individuals, and I really sort of started to feel a really big responsibility to tell that story."

This week we went to see the exhibit, then sat down for a chat with Dr. Burnside about putting it all together. She says for her, it's not about the past at all (strange words coming from a historian!). "There's only one reason to study history, and that's to understand the future, not the past." To that point, she draws comparisons between the rebellion and resistance of enslaved Africans straight through to the struggles we still face today. "There's Civil Rights, there's women's rights, there's gay and lesbian rights, and then there's ADA. All of those people really built on Civil Rights and that struggle. And the 1960s struggle comes out of the 1860s struggle comes out of the 1760s struggle."

  One disturbing part of the exhibit is a collection of shackles that were used on enslaved people during transport. Within this case, among the battered-looking metal ankle and wrist restraints, is one very tiny set of shackles that could have only been used on a very small woman or on a child. But even this somewhat heart-wrenching artifact points to a strength of spirit. "There's no reason to restrain someone who doesn't fight," Dr. Burnside points out. "These people fought back."

While at the museum, we also ran into friend to the show Brian Lee West (you might remember him from our conversation about his work in the play Top Dog/Underdog). For the Spirits of the Passage Exhibit, he portrays Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian man who was captured as a child and sold into slavery. Brian tells us the story of Equiano's life and the amazing series of events that lead to his eventual freedom and authorship of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, a major work among North American slave narratives.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Louisville Cardinals' Rick Pitino: 'Wichita State Can Beat Us'

Rick Pitino
Credit Creative Commons

Despite being the favorites to win the men’s basketball national championship, Coach Rick Pitino says his Louisville Cardinals face a tough challenge Saturday.

The Cardinals are the NCAA Tournament’s overall No. 1 seed. Pitino says he’s watched their opponent, the No. 9 seeded Wichita State Shockers, and is convinced that they’re underrated.

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Back to Their Roots: Louisville Ballet's Next Season Goes Back to Classics

Mikelle Bruzina and Joseph Nygren Cox in the 2010 Louisville Ballet production of "Swan Lake."
Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet returns to its classical ballet foundation for its 2013-14 season. Val Caniparoli’s “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” reprises its role as season anchor on December 3, bookended by full productions of “Swan Lake” and the Romantic classic “La Sylphide.”

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Environment
4:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Three Years Later

Courtesy of Sam Petsonk

Today is the third anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, where 29 coal miners were killed in Montcoal, West Virginia. On April 5, 2010—a Monday, the day after Easter—the Massey Energy-owned mine exploded.

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