Local News
12:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Nothing But Net: Talking Referees and How They're Changing the Game

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This week we re-cap the Arizona vs. Duke game, and it's possible impact on the national rankings; the freshman of the year race; a look at how Kentucky  vs. Cleveland State caused tense moments for Big Blue Nation; and recap Louisville's easy win over Southern Mississippi.

A longtime favorite squad of ours, the Georgetown Hoyas, merit discussion. Plus the season is sure to have a long-running debate regarding tighter rules on defense and the deeper implications of these new changes. All this week on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Tue December 3, 2013

U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science

A graphic released with the 2012 PISA results shows the annualized change in performance in average math scores between 2003 and 2012. The chart includes only nations that have comparable data from both 2003 and 2012.
PISA

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:13 pm

American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, failing to crack the global top 20.

The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The latest results, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world's most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth

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Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.

When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers: Humana, Ford Motor Company, the University of Louisville.

Work.

It’s why many people come to Louisville and it’s sometimes why people leave—for better opportunities or more money.

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Local News
6:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis prays at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 12.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 7:50 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. It's suing the nation's Catholic bishops.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Comet ISON Is No More, NASA Says

NASA took a series of images to create this "timelapse" view of comet ISON's trip around the sun.
NASA

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 6:02 pm

Comet ISON, a "shining green candle in the solar wind," is no longer with us, NASA declared Monday morning in a tribute to what many hoped would be the "comet of the century."

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Local News
10:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

USC Professor's Work on Nuclear Proliferation Receives Grawemeyer 'World Order' Award

The University of Louisville’s 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order goes to a professor and researcher for his writings on nuclear proliferation.

Jacques Hymans is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California.  He’s being honored for his 2012 book, "Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation."

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Politics
6:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Purchases Puts Focus on Massive Sales Tax Evasion

A tax reform advocate is using Cyber Monday to call on Congress to pass a bill requiring Internet-based retailers to collect and remit sales taxes from online purchases.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City

Bourbon
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Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.

The plan will include creating a downtown bourbon tourism center for people to catch buses to visit distilleries throughout Kentucky. The idea is, in part, to make the city the "gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," which drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.

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Business
4:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Want an Amazon Prime Air Package in Kentucky? It'll Take A While.

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If the Monday morning reactions are right, Louisville and the surrounding area might be a good testing ground for Amazon Prime Air, the same-day delivery service the online retailer previewed Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fund for the Arts Connects Louisville Arts Groups With Potential Board Members

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Nonprofit cultural groups need active, invested boards of directors to help govern, hire leaders, and raise money. One of the Fund for the Arts’ goals is to prepare young professionals to serve on boards, and one way the Fund helps the two connect is the annual Community Arts Board Fair.

The concept is a little like speed dating – invite a smallish group of area arts organizations actively recruiting for their boards of directors to set up tables and meet young professionals who are ready to start becoming more actively involved. Hopefully, some matches are made.

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