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7:46 am
Sun February 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.17.13

Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton
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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:

Gabe Bullard: The Paul Harvey "God Made a Farmer" pickup truck Super Bowl Ad (isn't that the title of a Tom Wolfe book?) is now famous. It's certainly stirring. But Alan Guebert at the Daily Yonder points out that it's not entirely accurate. Read It Takes a Myth to Sell a Myth.

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Arts and Humanities
7:41 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Oscars, Talk Show Nerves and Persistent Paparazzi; The WFPL Interview

Credit Tom Sorensen/Creative Commons

Calling Jennifer Lawrence a "Hollywood It Girl" doesn't come close to encapsulating what the Louisville native has become in her short career. "It Girl" implies an ingenue, untapped potential, an uncertain future. For a two-time Oscar nominee who also starred in a film that's grossed $408 million domestically, "It Girl" doesn't quite cut it—even if Lawrence is only 22.

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Politics
10:40 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Man Behind Team Mitch

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For Tea Party strategist Jesse Benton, politics and family are one in the same.

The grandson of former Congressman Ron Paul and nephew of Senator Rand Paul, Benton was hired to run the re-election of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last fall.

Three years ago, Benton worked on his uncle's successful Senate bid that included a primary victory over a McConnell-backed GOP candidate.

It was a shrewd move on Team Mitch's part to blunt vocal criticism from the Tea Party.

Like his boss, Benton acknowledges the campaign still has Tea Party critics, however, he doesn't expect a credible primary challenger will arise.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Very Catholic Episode

It's been a whirlwind week to be a Catholic! The church was shocked by the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would retire, due to ill health. Popes don't retire! At least not in the past 600 years.

But retire he did, and the question on everyone's mind is, who will be the queen bee of the Vatican? Some have mentioned Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, who'd be the first African pope— a cool prospect, except he has defended the so-called Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda. 

Let's face it: none of the papal contenders are likely to stick a rainbow flag sticker on the bumper of the Popemobile. But that doesn't mean all Papists are anti-LGBTQ. In fact, right here in Louisville we have a group of Catholics for Fairness. This Sunday they're holding a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Assumption, urging the Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to support statewide Fairness via Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 171.

We spoke with one of the organization's leaders, Father Joseph Fowler, about the pilgrimage, and why he felt called to anti-discrimination activism. Jai also talked about growing up in the Black Catholic Church, and how faith can coexist with critical thinking.

Local News
5:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Failing Schools; State News; Pondering Taxes; Downtown Vacancies: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown for Byline today:

At the top - Kentucky’s education commissioner says some low-performing Jefferson County public schools face a state takeover if they don’t show progress soon.  We discuss the status of the schools, his remarks, and the JCPS response with education reporter Devin Katayama.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Section of Louisville Loop Near Cane Run Closed for Two Weeks

A section of the Louisville Loop will be closed for two weeks, starting on Monday.

The Louisville Loop is the partially-finished bicycle path around the city. When it's finished, it will be about 100 miles, but right now it's only continuous along the Ohio River near downtown and into Southwest Louisville.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Indiana House Budget Plan Doesn't Include Pence Tax Cut

A state budget plan put forth by Indiana House Republicans would swap a $500 million tax cut sought by Gov. Mike Pence for new spending on education and transportation.

Details of the two-year budget proposal released today  would increase K through12 funding by 2 percent the first year and 1 percent the second year.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee

Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet."
Credit Paul Natkin / Broadway Across America

Ben Goddard, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis (and plays piano like him, too) talked with WFPL's Erin Keane yesterday about the touring life, acting vs. impressions, playing an American icon and growing up in England with rock and roll. The show plays at the Kentucky Center through Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

JCPS Board to Holliday: Talk to Us Before Media

Commissioner Terry Holliday used the words "academic genocide" while referring the JCPS' failure to adequately turn around student achievement at some schools.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials have released the following letter to media regarding comments made by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Pitino Again a Finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

WFPL file photo
Rick Howlett

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is once again a finalist for election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pitino is among 12 finalists for the Class of 2013; others include former players Tim Hardaway and Gary Payton, and former coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis.

The U of L coach, who has taken three different schools to the Final Four and won a championship at Kentucky in 1996, was also a finalist last year but did not make the final cut.

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