Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

What Are Louisvillians Saying They Want for the City?

When Metro Government first began collecting public input on the city's 25-year plan, dubbed Vision Louisville, the Mayor's spokesman said suggestions about public transit (light rail, better bus service) were among the most popular.

Based on the suggestions the city has collected online, that seems to be the case.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Commentary | Louisville's Crumbling Eastern Cemetery Desperate for Attention, Care

Credit Google Maps

It was around 11 in the morning a few weeks ago that Joel Berndt and I picked through the bushes in Eastern Cemetery. Neighbors complain about pests that come from the cemetery’s overgrowth. When we cut away branches and bramble, there’s a 50/50 chance that we’ll either find trash left from somebody’s party or a headstone that’s been damaged or vandalized. We had a trash bag full of empty six packs, candy wrappers, crushed cigarette packs and bike parts.

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The Two-Way
10:17 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Jury Acquits Zimmerman Of All Charges

George Zimmerman, right, is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty of all charges in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday.
Gary W. Green AP

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 1:14 am

Updated 10:27 p.m. ET

The jury in the murder trial of George Zimmerman on Saturday acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer of all charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle in a gated Florida community.

The six-woman jury announced its verdict of not guilty at about 10 p.m. ET, after more than 16 hours of deliberations over two days.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Forecastle Fest Temporarily Evacuated Due to Impending Severe Weather

Forecastle Festival

UPDATE 5:24pm: Forecastle Festivalgoers are being allowed to re-enter Waterfront Park, after a 20 minute evacuation due to a severe storm in the vicinity. The festival said via social media that it would release an updated schedule for tonight's shows soon.

Original post: Severe thunderstorms in the vicinity caused the organizers of this weekend's Forecastle Festival to temporarily evacuate the music festival's venue at Waterfront Park.

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Education
3:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Members Ratify New 5-Year Contract

Jefferson County Teachers Association members have ratified a new five-year contract with the school district, which includes no cost-of-living pay increases next year and gives principals more flexibility in hiring.

The JCTA asked its over 6,000 members to vote over the past week and union officials now say 84 percent approve of the contract.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Sat July 13, 2013

With 500 'This American Life' Episodes, Ira Glass Shares His 10 Favorites

Ira Glass
Credit This American Life

With our 500th show approaching, people keep asking me about my favorite episodes over the years. Here’s a short list.

Some are listener favorites:

Notes on Camp 

Harper High School One and Two 

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Sat July 13, 2013

5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

Many criteria — from blood type to body temperature — can play a role in affecting who attracts mosquitoes.
abadonian iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:48 pm

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant or holding a beer.

That's some of what we take away from a post today on the Surprising Science blog from the Smithsonian.

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Around the Nation
7:13 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Community Leaders Brace For Fallout From Zimmerman Verdict

Chimurenqa Waller leads demonstrators in a chant in front of the Seminole County Courthouse while the jury deliberated in the trial of George Zimmerman on Friday
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 7:30 am

As the nation waits for the jury's verdict on George Zimmerman, community leaders in Florida are in place, prepared for a big public reaction.

Government and law enforcement officials say they're hoping for the best with any demonstrations that may come after the verdict. But they're also preparing for the worst – rising tensions that could escalate violently.

An 'Opportunity' For Peace?

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

U of L President James Ramsey Rejects Higher Pay Raise, Trustees Approve 4 Percent Increase

Credit University of Louisville

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a 4 percent pay raise Friday for President James Ramsey, who rejected a higher raise recommended by the compensation committee this week.

Trustees’ Vice Chair Robert Hughes says Ramsey voluntarily rejected a 6 percent raise, despite meeting all but one of the 50 goals set by the board and the U of L Foundation--the school's private funding arm that supports around half of Ramsey's salary.

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