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10:42 am
Fri September 21, 2012

WFPL's Park(ing) Day Park is Now Open

WFPL is participating in this year's Park(ing) Day. We've claimed a spot in front of our building on the 600 block of S. 4th Street. We're recording 15-second interviews with anyone who wants to sit down and we'll broadcast Byline live from the space at 1:00 today. Stop by to talk, eat lunch or see the show. 

Environment
10:26 am
Fri September 21, 2012

First "CycLOUvia" Will Close Part of Bardstown Road to Vehicles Oct. 14

Ciclovia in Bogota.
MacAllenBrothers Wikimedia Commons

Louisville will block off parts of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue from Broadway to the Douglass Loop on one Sunday in October to encourage walking and biking.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

IdeaFestival: Are We Hardwired to Bully?

Alex in 'Bully'

When she was a child, Cynthia Lowen was painfully shy. She avoided clubs and sports, to her parents’ disappointment. She was most comfortable around books and horses—maybe most comfortable sitting quietly by herself reading books about horses. Lowen spent her childhood and teen years at a farm, mucking out stables and riding horses. The horses didn’t call her “giraffe neck,” she says, like her peers did.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Poet Nikky Finney to Speak at IdeaFestival

Poet Nikky Finney
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Nikky Finney established herself as one of America's preeminent poets after winning the National Book Award last year and delivering a rousing speech that paid tributes to her forebears. (Watch it here, read it here)

Local News
12:08 am
Fri September 21, 2012

IdeaFestival: Thursday Highlights

Peter Sims
IdeaFestival

When the organizers for IdeaFestival said that most events were sold out, they truly meant it. All of Thursday’s presentations were standing-room only.

Some highlights:

Peter Sims—Little Bets

When Kris Kimel introduced Sims, a best-selling author and entrepreneur, he said, “[Sims has] used the words ‘cool’ and ‘I love it’ and ‘awesome’ hundreds of times since he arrived in Louisville.” And indeed, Sims led his presentation with a discussion of Wednesday night’s dinner at Smoketown USA with Kevin Colleran, formerly of Facebook.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Hoosier Smokers Offered Chance At Cash To Give Up Habit

The Indiana Department of Health is again offering a monetary incentive for smokers and other tobacco users to kick the habit.

The Quit Now Contest challenges users to give up tobacco during the month of October, making them eligible for cash prizes of up to $2,500

Danese Pease with the Harrison County Tobacco Prevention Consortium says participants will have to prove they abided by the rules.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Artwithoutwalls Commissions New Art for IdeaFestival

Ben Beres at work on "Small Moons."
artwithoutwalls

Two large-scale, site-specific art installations by the Seattle-based art trio SuttonBeresCuller are opening at IdeaFestival. The artists created “Trailer Park,” a mobile city park traveling Main Street during the Festival and "Small Moons," an installation opening at Land of Tomorrow gallery on Broadway tomorrow.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Unmanned Drones To Be Tested In Indiana Airspace

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with SpaceAge Control air data probe mounted.
BAE Systems

Indiana is bringing unmanned drones to the state for testing, as a part of a plan to market the state’s defense operations more aggressively throughout the U.S.

Indiana’s National Center for Complex Operation, which was established at the beginning of this year,uses the state’s military bases to test military equipment and technology that before it is put into practice.

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Local News
2:33 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U of L Medical Center Taking More Time to Find Partner

The University of Louisville Medical Center is going to take more time searching for a new business partner.

The UMC put out a request for proposals for a new partner earlier this year, with a goal to finish the deal by the end of this month. But today (Thursday), officials released a statement saying they need more time. They stress that talks have been productive, but say it may take until the end of the year to secure a deal.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Policy Group Uses Census Data to Encourage Medicaid Expansion

A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.

The drop was mainly attributed to a large number of young adults who are staying on their parents’ insurance thanks to one of the law’s provision.

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