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9:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

As Stroke Risk Rises Among Younger Adults, So Does Early Death

When Melissa McCann (left) suffered a stroke in 2007, her twin sister, Terry Blanchard, helped her make a full recovery. McCann is now back to work as a flight nurse with Life Flight at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
David Wright/Redux Pictures for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:50 am

Most people (including a lot of doctors) think of a stroke as something that happens to old people. But the rate is increasing among those in their 50s, 40s and even younger.

In one recent 10-year period, the rate of strokes in Americans younger than 55 went up 84 percent among whites and 54 percent among blacks. One in 5 strokes now occurs in adults 20 to 55 years old — up from 1 in 8 in the mid-1990s.

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Local News
8:45 am
Mon April 1, 2013

U of L Center to Host 'Awful Truth About Hazing' Forum

The University of Louisville’s Center on Race and Inequality is holding a public forum on hazing injuries and deaths among student organizations.

In 2011, hazing gained national headlines after Florida A&M University came under sharp scrutiny for the death of marching band member Robert Champion, who was beaten after a football game. The school has suspended its world-famous marching band and prosecutors have pressed misdemeanor charges against more than a dozen students.

UofL Pan-African Studies Professor Ricky L. Jones is director of the center. He says Louisville has also seen  violent hazing incidents on its college campuses, which occur more often than people realize.

"We’ve had a number of suspensions over the last decade and a half. We had one student almost die, who suffered from kidney failure in 1997. We’ve had extended suspensions going from seven to ten years of Greek-lettered organizations here," he says. "So it’s not an issue that’s just relegated to Florida A&M and people need to understand that."

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8:32 am
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Developing 'Score Cards' to Close Equity Gaps

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Jefferson County Public Schools is developing a new initiative aimed at specific student groups to ensure the right resources are going to the right students.

Officials are working with community leaders to develop Equity Score Cards, which will consider trends and data related to gender, disability, race, and geographic regions.  

Eventually, the idea is to provide each school with recommendations and ways to close equity gaps among various groups of students that are struggling, says JCPS assistant superintendent John Marshall.

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7:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Wendell Berry Conference Will Explore Challenges, Potential in Rural America

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Writers, environmentalists and farmers will gather in Louisville next weekend for the first-ever conference organized by the Berry Center, which address land use, agriculture and food.

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Local News
6:27 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware has Successful Surgery on Injured Leg

Kevin Ware

Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery late Sunday on his right leg broken during an Elite Eight game and is expected to remain in Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital until at least Tuesday, the university said.

He's hopeful to return to Louisville mid-week and join the team for next weekend's Final Four in Atlanta, the university added. 

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Local News
9:30 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Upset Top-Seeded Baylor to Reach Women's Elite Eight

Monique Reid hit two free throws with two seconds remaining Sunday night to lead the Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team over the top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears.

The No. 5-seed Cardinals led throughout the game until the final seconds, when Baylor took a one-point lead and Reid hit her fateful free-throws to go up 82-81. Louisville held Baylor star Brittney Griner, AP Preseason Player of the Year, to just 14 points. 

Baylor entered the game as the defending national champions and the nation's top-ranked team, having lost just one game during the regular season.

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Local News
7:46 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Advance to Final Four, but Ware Seriously Injured

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team advance to its second straight Final Four on Sunday, but a serious injury in the first half cast a pall over the game.

With about 6 minutes to go in the first half, guard Kevin Ware broke his right leg—a  serious injury that visibly upset the Louisville players and coaches a caused a lengthy break in play.

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12:11 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Pope's First Easter Mass Sends Messages Of Peace

After celebrating Mass along with more than 250,000 faithful, Pope Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decrying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula.
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Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 6:19 pm

Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass praying for world peace and urging a diplomatic solution to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

Only two weeks after his election, the first pope from the developing world continues to make his mark on the Catholic Church.

St. Peter's Square was bedecked with flowers and packed with joyous pilgrims and tourists as Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass.

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The Salt
12:11 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling

In 2012, an Italian chocolatier presented Benedict XVI, now pope emeritus, with a 6.5-foot-tall chocolate Easter egg weighing some 550 pounds.
L'Osservatore Romano AP

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 5:42 am

In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans.

Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that now fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians' food gift of choice at this time of year. And each one comes with a surprise tucked inside.

"You want something that really gives a big effect," says Rome-based food writer Elizabeth Minchilli.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Louisville Slugger Bat Gets New Logo Design

Credit Hillerich and Bradsby Co.

The company that makes Louisville Slugger baseball bats is unveiling a new logo for the iconic brand.

Hillerich and Bradsby Company Vice-President of Marketing Kyle Schlegel says this is the first new look for the logo since 1980.

"What we’ve tried to do is hold true to those pieces of the mark that really speak to the legacy, so the oval is still there but we wanted to introduce a lot of new modern elements to it that allow the brand to really come into the present day," he said. 

Previous logos over the years can be seen below:

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