3:45 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

JCTA Sending Mailers Asking Members To Vote On New Contract

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is sending mailers this week, asking its member to vote on the tentative contract agreement reached between the union and the school system.

JCTA and district officials have spent the last few weeks updating contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005.

JCPS and the union were under increased pressure from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and community groups that have criticized the union contract, saying it has  prevented students from reaching their full potential.

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The Salt
2:22 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'Heart Attack On A Hook': Meet America's 'Worst Restaurant Meal'

Long John Silver's Big Catch platter will net you 33 grams of trans fats in one meal.
Courtesy of Clare Politano Center for Science in the Public Interest

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 12:19 pm

Seafood is generally considered a more healthful choice when dining out — but not if you're battering and deep-frying it and serving it up with hush puppies and onion rings.

And that is precisely why the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition and health policy watchdog group, have named Long John Silver's new "Big Catch" meal the worst restaurant meal in America.

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Local News
1:01 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Southwest Louisville Breaks Ground On City's First Regional Library

Children read books on the lawn that will become Louisville's new Southwest Regional Library.

It’s Louisville's first regional library and will be Mayor Greg Fischer’s first large capital project that has broken ground.

Fischer was joined by Third District Congressman John Yarmuth and local officials at Tuesday’s ceremony kicking off construction of the Louisville Free Public Library’s Southwest Regional facility, which will serve around 100,000 residents within the five mile radius of its location on Dixie Highway near the Pleasure Ridge Park and Valley Station neighborhoods.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Baylor's Kim Mulkey Suspended 1 Game Following Comments on Upset Loss to Louisville Cardinals

Kim Mulkey
Credit Creative Commons

Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey will be suspended for a post-season game in the future because of comments she made following the Lady Bears' loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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Local News
11:41 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Few Indiana Businesses Cited in First Year of Statewide Smoking Ban

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Officials say only a tiny percentage of businesses covered by Indiana's first statewide smoking ban have been cited for violations in the year since the law took effect.

State Excise Police say just 108 of the 300,000 Indiana businesses covered by the ban have been written up.   The law took effect in July of 2012.

It bans smoking in most indoor workplaces, including all restaurants, and requires people to stand at least eight feet from an entrance before lighting up.

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Code Switch
9:46 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them?

Johnny Depp says that with his portrayal of Tonto in The Lone Ranger, he tried to "right the wrongs of what had been done with regards to the representation of Native Americans in cinema."

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:00 pm

The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty Indian guide, Tonto. The faithful companion helps the white man fight bad guys, and does so speaking in pidgin English.

Tonto made his first appearance on the radio in the 1930s, voiced by a non-Native American actor, John Todd. In the series, Western settlers face down what they call "redskins" and "savages." And trusty Tonto is always on hand to interpret the smoke signals.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The ZIP Code Turns 50 Today; Here Are 9 That Stand Out

Each black dot represents the geometric center of a ZIP code.
Matt Stiles U.S. Census Bureau

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:50 pm

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan, the network of ZIP codes we use for everything from mail delivery to credit card security.

The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit codes on July 1, 1963, hoping they would improve the efficiency and speed of mail sorting. Since then, the codes have assumed a role in the identities of many Americans, helping to define where they live or work.

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Planet Money
6:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

An MIT Project That Lets You Spy On Yourself

This is my (Gmail) life.

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:54 am

Of all the stuff on metadata I've seen in the past few weeks, this is my favorite:

It's my favorite in large part because it's my metadata. It comes from my Gmail account. The relationships it maps are, more or less, my life — orange circles for Planet Money, purple for Brooklyn, brown for college. The big red circle that gets cut off at the bottom of the screengrab is my mom.

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Local News
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Kentucky Improves Website to Look Up Prison Inmates


The Kentucky Department of Corrections has enhanced the website where people can look up the status of inmates in the state's prison system. It's providing a lot more details.

The old website gave basic information (which I was familiar with in my former life covering public safety)—the basics like the offense for which an inmate was serving, the length of the sentence and a photo (maybe). 

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5:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Comes Out Swinging Against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky U.S. Senate Race

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Speaking before a group of supporters, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes didn't waste time going after Republican Mitch McConnell's tenure.

Grimes, a 34-year-old Lexington attorney, made the announcement Monday afternoon that she is seeking the party's nomination.

A first-term secretary of state who coasted to victory two years ago, Grimes is the daughter of Jerry Lundergan, a former Kentucky Democratic Party Chair, who is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton. She was praised by political observers in 2011 for running a positive campaign ad featuring her grandmothers.

For months, Republicans have mocked Democrats in their search for a top-tier candidate. Many party officials and elected representatives have been outspoken in urging Grimes to run against the GOP leader in next year's election.

Long before Grimes announced, however, the McConnell campaign, GOP groups and conservative super PAC's were pummeling her in online and TV ads. And McConnell also has raised approximately $13 million for his re-election thus far, which gives him a fundraising edge.

Grimes says she is used to being an underdog, but is confident voters won't buy into McConnell's notoriously vicious and effective attack ads.

"His ads are based out of fear of losing his 30 year grip on power. And this Kentucky woman does not believe that the voters of Kentucky will be fooled that easily," she says.

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