Local News
4:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Features Mine That Bird's Unlikely Kentucky Derby Victory

Chip Woolley and Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs
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When the thoroughbred Mine That Bird entered the starting gate at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the odds certainly were not in his favor.

Being ridden by renowned jockey Calvin Borel, the horse was nearly eight lengths behind the field at one point of the race.  But, just as trainer Chip Woolley began losing hope, Mine That Bird made a move.

Here is the memorable race:

“It got better as it went along,” Wooley said.

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Remembrances
4:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

Admirers ask Gabriel Garcia Marquez --€” seated alongside his wife, Mercedes Barcha €-- to sign books in Santa Marta, Colombia, in 2007.
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Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:06 pm

Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.

His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.

A Writer Shaped By His Beginnings

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Politics
3:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book

Matt Taibbi talks to WFPL about his new book "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"
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Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"—as a journalistic revelation of sorts.

Originally, "The Divide" was going to focus on Wall Street criminals and why those behind the economic downturn haven't been imprisoned.

As Taibbi started researching how the criminal justice system operates, it became difficult to ignore how the sentences and treatment of average Americans were far more punitive than wealthier culprits of far worse crimes.

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Commentary
12:44 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville

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On April 26, The Courier-Journal will publish its final book review page, ending a tradition that has been part of the newspaper’s DNA since at least the Roaring Twenties. I know. I was a major part of it.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Louisville Takes a Step in Quest for Faster Internet

An internet speed test
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Louisville officials are taking another step in an effort to bring ultra high speed internet service to the city.

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All Tech Considered
6:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

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Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 8:20 pm

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.

Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.

A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.

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Local News
5:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Louisville Metro Police officer Barron Morgan
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The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.

The lawsuit—filed initially by one-time narcotics detective Barron Morgan and later joined by Lt. Richard Pearson—also alleged that the state police trooper who led that investigation lied under oath, tampered with evidence and intimidated a witness to maintain the questionable conviction.

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language

"Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín" at El Delirio Producciones.

Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class

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The University of Louisville has admitted the  first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program.  The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall. 

The University of Kentucky offers  the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property

Officials with a local development company say they’re eager to get started with the revitalizaton of the historic Colonial Gardens property in south Louisville.     

Louisville-based Underhill Associates reached an agreement with the city last week to redevelop the long-vacant complex at the corner of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive adjacent to Iroquois Park.

The city bought the property for $430,000 last year and is providing the site and a construction grant to Underhill.   

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