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7:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.30.12

Shakespeare's Falstaff, by Eduard von Grutzner.
Credit Wikipedia Commons/Public Domain

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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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Noise and Notes: LEO Weekly's Winners and Losers

Noise and Notes: Looserville

At the end of every year LEO Weekly publishes a controversial edition that it dubs 'Loserville', which is a list of individuals and stories that the staff scorns.

It includes a who's who of Democratic and Republican elected officials, various organizations and topics, and this year was no different when it targeted Papa John's founder John Schnatter on the 2012 cover.

The staff argues that the penance is a sign that their issue is trying to make locals do better, but the very next week LEO comes out with an issue that highlights the good work of organizers, local business owners and journalists.

Among those represented on that list were the Rev. Pat Delahanty, who is leading a charge to abolition the death penalty in Kentucky.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Louisville Cardinals, with Dieng, Beat Kentucky Wildcats 80-77

Credit University of Louisville athletics

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team on Saturday defeated the Kentucky Wildcats the first time since 2009 in a game that featured the return of center Gorgui Dieng, who was sidelined in November with a wrist injury.

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Local News
2:25 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

It Snowed, It May Snow More, Heavy Accumulation Unlikely

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

This morning, as Louisvillians pulled up their Facebook feeds, they found, mixed among the expected taunts about the upcoming UK/U of L basketball game, photos of local snow accumulation.

The National Weather Service says more snow may fall throughout Saturday, tapering off after sundown. There is a slight chance of snow on Monday and Tuesday, but the heaviest is likely passed, says the NWS.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

U.S. Coal Industry Not Well-Positioned to Benefit From Increased Short-Term Global Demand

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency released its medium-term outlook on coal...and concluded that countries like India and China will be burning more coal over the next five years. So much, in fact, that coal could even surpass oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. But that rise in coal production doesn't mean that any of it will come from Central Appalachia.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Former U of L Football Player Sues Over Alleged Locker Room Beating

A former University of Louisville football player is suing the school and coach Charlie Strong and claims he was coerced into covering up a beating in the locker room by a pair of teammates.

Former Cardinals defensive lineman Patrick Grant of Sunrise, Fla., alleges two teammates attacked him Oct. 24, 2010, in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and, according to the lawsuit, beat him "so badly that he required immediate, urgent care and nearly lost his left eye."

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Local News
4:15 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

New Albany Gun Buyback Ends Six Hours Early After Funds Run Out

Credit Creative Commons

That didn't take long.

A New Albany gun buyback program ended in less than two hours Friday after police accepted about 250 firearms and ran out of money.

"We had a big turnout," said Maj. Keith Whitlow, a New Albany Police spokesman.

"If we do it again in the future, we can learn from our mistakes ... and try to get more people involved."

People were lined up hours before the buyback began, he said.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Speaker Greg Stumbo Joins Calls for National Debate on Gun Issues

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is joining calls for a nation debate about gun issues in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shootings, and also said that violent video games are a cause of such violence.

Stumbo says he’s a lifelong National Rifle Association member and an avid outdoorsman — and he has helped many NRA-friendly bills pass in Kentucky. But he’s joining other rural Democrats in their call for a discussion on gun control.

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Local News
2:08 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Loretta Rush Formally Installed as Indiana Supreme Court Justice

Indiana Supreme Court

The second woman appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court has been publicly sworn in as a justice.

Justice Loretta Rush told about 200 people who filled the court's Statehouse chambers for Friday's swearing-in that she hopes to serve a long time on the high court.

"I promise to be fair and impartial as I respect and protect the rule of law in Indiana," she said.

"I look forward to the day that a woman’s appointment to this court is unremarkable."

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Local News
12:59 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Dieng to Return For Cardinals's Game Against Wildcats

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats square off tomorrow in their annual regular season basketball battle.

U of L has lost four straight to the Wildcats, including their Final Four matchup back in March in New Orleans, but the Cardinals are back this season with an experienced team and bring a 11-1 record and No. 4 ranking to the game.

It will also mark the return of Cards’ center Gorgui Dieng the lineup. He’s missed the last seven games with a broken hand.

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