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.
immersion.mit.media.edu

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

Credit Shutterstock.com

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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Politics
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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Local News
4:42 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Metro Government Taking Bids for Redevelopment of Colonial Gardens

Colonial Gardens

Louisville Metro Government is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of Colonial Gardens.

The property has landmark status and has been empty for nine years. The city purchased the former roadhouse and beer garden last month for $430,000, hoping government ownership would spur development.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

U of L Hospital to Pay $2.8 Million to Settle Medicare Billing Case

University of Louisville Hospital has reached a $2.8 million settlement with the federal government to end allegations that it submitted false Medicare billing claims.

The agreement, announced today, covers a five-year period that began January 1, 2006.

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Local News
3:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Louisville Unveils 'Bike Box' Pilot Project in an Effort to Increase Cyclist Safety

Two Louisville intersections are getting new signage designed to make the roads safer for bicyclists.

Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth unveiled Louisville’s first ever ‘bike boxes’ today (Monday). These bike will be big green “L” shaped boxes painted on the road at the intersections of Adams Street and Story Avenue, as well as at Spring and Mellwood Avenue. They provide more space for cyclists to get out ahead of vehicles at intersections.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Indiana Laws on Vaccinations, Criminal Records Take Effect Today

New laws taking effect today  in Indiana allow pharmacists to offer more immunizations and let people convicted of most felonies and misdemeanors to petition to have their record expunged if they haven't re-offended in several years.

The new immunization law allows pharmacists to inoculate against pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV infections, and meningitis. It also lowers the age limit of those receiving vaccines from pharmacists to 11.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

JCPS' Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free District Policy Begins Now

JCPS is one of 28 school districts that have a smoke-free policy.

Jefferson County Public Schools joins the minority of Kentucky school districts that have implemented a district-wide smoke-free policy.

The policy was passed by the JCPS school board last year and is now in effect.

JCPS Spokesman Ben Jackey says the district wants to set a good example for students and faculty and says it will disallow anyone from smoking at all school facilities at any time. The JCPS policy will also extend to field trips and school parking lots.

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Education
12:39 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Elected Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board

Gov. Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the non-partisan Southern Regional Education Board, which aims to keep its member states focused on accountability and student achievement across the entire education pipeline.

Beshear succeeds Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose focus last year was on workforce readiness, an SREB spokeswoman says. Further, Beshear's focus will likely be on career and technical education, she says.

The following is an excerpt from a release sent out by SREB:

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