Local News
5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott: West, Southwest Residents Should Weigh in on Vision Louisville Plan

  Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott wants residents of west and southwest Louisville to weigh in on the city's 25-year plan this week.

The mayor's office has been gathering citizen input on the city's future online and in a series of public meetings for a project called Vision Louisville. The ideas will be compiled and incorporated into a master plan for development.

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Media Critic
9:01 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Media Critic: Louisville TV Stations Missed Real Story Behind HIV-Positive Inmate

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, most people had no idea how AIDS was transmitted. Even as late as 1999, many people believed that they could get AIDS from public toilets or sharing drinking glasses with an HIV-positive person. These erroneous beliefs were at least partially attributable to homophobia, but misinformation from irresponsible news reporting was likely also to blame.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.28.13

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

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6:37 am
Sun July 28, 2013

How Americans Said No To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction

Narcotics officers in New York seized 3,586 pounds of cocaine and $1.3 million seized in 1997. Cocaine use in the U.S. has dropped by almost half since 2006.
Gino Dominico AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:56 pm

In the 1980s, if you moved in certain circles — or picked up the newspaper — a certain white powder was everywhere, common as dust.

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Local News
6:33 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Fairness Campaign Focuses on Discrimination Issues; Supports Ky. Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

Chris Hartman
Credit www.fairness.org

The head of Louisville's Fairness Campaign says a recent challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage may bring more attention to the disparity in rights that exists in the state.

The Fairness Campaign has long fought to pass city and state-level laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment. Now, Louisville residents Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke have filed suit on Friday challenging Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Louisville Zombie Attack Tries Crowdfunding to Cover Rising Expenses

The 2012 Louisville Zombie Attack
Credit Gary Quick

The Louisville Zombie Attack started in 2005 with a few dozen people.

Last year, an estimated 16,000 took part.

The costs of orchestrating a parade of people dressed (some cleverly!) as the undead have risen—and now the Louisville Zombie Attack's organizers are asking the public for help paying for it.

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Strange Fruit
12:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Strange Fruit: Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you've been singled out as different. 

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7:08 am
Sat July 27, 2013

After Five Years, Why So Few Charges In Financial Crisis?

Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, testifies before Congress about the program in 2010. Barofsky now says of the financial crisis: "The folks responsible for this incredibly painful economic damage that struck our economy have gone free."
Harry Hamburg AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

In the latest in a string of insider trading cases, federal prosecutors this week indicted SAC Capital, one of the most prominent and profitable hedge funds in the world.

But when it comes to the 2008 financial crisis that sent the economy into a tailspin, criminal prosecutions have been few and far between.

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NPR correspondent Chris Arnold is based in Boston. His reports are heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. He joined NPR in 1996, and was based in San Francisco before moving to Boston in 2001.

7:07 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Dancers perform George Balanchine's Serenade in a 2007 production staged by Francia Russell and Suzanne Schorer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Maxim Marmur AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:59 pm

Francia Russell hasn't performed in 50 years, but she says as soon as she hears the music for George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, her body starts to move: "I could do it in my sleep, you know, get up and sleepwalk and do it."

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