The Two-Way
8:26 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Ecuador Says NSA Leaker Has Asked For Asylum

A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Sunday.
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Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 5:20 pm

(This story was last updated at 5:17 p.m. ET)

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified surveillance information, has asked Ecuador for asylum, the country's foreign minister says.

Snowden left Hong Kong earlier Sunday bound for a "third country," the government in the Asian hub said. He later landed in Moscow.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino Aroca, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, said:

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.23.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: My wife recently went to San Francisco for a work trip. What made the most jealous about her trip, though, was that she arrived just in time to catch a Gary Winogrand exhibit. I could look at his street photography all day. Fortunately, I got the next best thing, a lengthy post on the Awl about Winogrand and his photography. Read 

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Commentary
7:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Summer Reading a Grand Louisville Free Public Library Tradition

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The coming of warm, humid weather sends some Louisvillians running for the comfort of air-conditioning or the solace of backyard swimming pools. But this seasonal turn has always meant one thing for me: The beginning of summer reading season, and long afternoons in swings or window seats, reading as the warm breeze keeps the air moving.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report Into Plane Crash at Seneca Golf Course

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report from the June 11 crash of a Cessna 172 M at Seneca Golf Course. The report doesn't outline a cause for the crash, but it does note the the plane was doing touch-and-go landing—and that the crash happened on the fourth attempt.

Here's the narative from the NTSB:

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Education
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Expected to Increase Dropout Age to 18 Beginning This Week

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Beginning this week, several Kentucky school boards are expected to adopt new policies increasing the dropout age for students to 18.

For decades, Kentucky students have been allowed to drop out of school at age 16. Under new state law, local districts now have the option to change that. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the new dropout age, all districts will have four years to follow suit.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Strange Fruit: Black Gay Southern Men, Podcast Crossovers, Afro-Puffs & (of course) Paula Deen

This week we're joined by Linda Golden and Melissa Chipman from the Louisville Not Kentucky podcast! They interviewed us for an upcoming episode of their show, so we invited them to sit in for Juicy Fruit this week.
 

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Local News
7:13 am
Sat June 22, 2013

A Bunch of People Dressed Like Col. Sanders Will March on Market Street

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The store WHY Louisville will be celebrating its eighth anniversary with its Inaugural March of the Colonels.

That means a procession of people dressed like Colonel Harland Sanders will march Saturday afternoon on Market Street, starting at WHY Louisville's NuLu store.

The March of the Colonels starts at 2 p.m.

The group will be led by a wax figure of Sanders, the iconic KFC founder, clad in one of the Colonel’s original suits, riding in a Hoveround.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Unbound: Tania James and Kyle Minor on 'Alternate Histories'

Today’s episode considers the alternate history. What if things had been different in our lives? What if the people we think we know, know nothing about who we are, or were? And what happens when they try to find out?

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The Two-Way
9:29 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Feds Charge NSA Leaker With Spying, Theft

A woman in Hong Kong walks past a banner displayed in support of Edward Snowden this week.
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Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 8:10 am

  • Carrie Johnson speaks with Robert Siegel about the charges on "All Things Considered"

The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden — the former NSA contractor who leaked classified information on secret U.S. electronic surveillance operations — with espionage, theft and conversion of government property.

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Education
9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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