Local News
5:47 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Noted Journalist, Urbanist Grady Clay Dead at 96

Grady Clay
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Journalist Grady Clay, who wrote about landscape architecture and urban planning, died Sunday in Louisville, according to sources close to his family. He was 96.

Clay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree from Columbia University. He was the real estate editor and the urban affairs editor for the Courier-Journal until 1966, but his profile extended far beyond Louisville.

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12:13 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

Traffic drives through Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Ten years after the start of the war, bullet holes still mark buildings, and towers wrecked by U.S. missiles and tank shells have not been fully rebuilt.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

Ten years ago this Tuesday, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and by any count — and there have been many — the toll has been devastating.

So far, about 4,400 U.S. troops and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and the combined costs of the war come to an astounding $2 trillion, including future commitments like veteran care.

So where do we stand today?

Stephen Hadley was the national security adviser under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and part of the White House team that helped sell the war to the public.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun March 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.17.13

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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: If you're an avid WFPL listener, you probably know Jonathan Goldstein from his work on This American Life. But for years, Goldstein has hosted a terrific CBC show called Wiretap. I've been a fan of his since I first heard that show. Listen to Wiretap.

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It's All Politics
6:56 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Documentaries Help Amplify Conservative Voice

Phelim McAleer directed the film FrackNation, one of more than 20 documentaries screened at this year's CPAC.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 2:11 pm

A decade ago, there were only one or two documentary films screening at CPAC, the annual meeting of conservative activists. This year, there were more than 20.

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Local News
6:49 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Why Does Louisville Love Basketball So Much, Anyway?

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The bracket for the men's basketball NCAA Tournament will be announced this evening and, if recent history holds, Louisville will be watching.

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Local News
11:23 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Win Big East Tournament

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The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team won the Big East Tournament on Saturday—and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And possibly the No. 1 overall seed.

U of L defeated the Syracuse Orange 78-61 in the final Big East Tournament before the conference's seven Catholic universities split and several other teams leave as well, including the Cardinals in 2014.

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10:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Noise and Notes: Recaps and Leftovers from the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly

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The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly is nearing its end, but there are plenty of important issues still haven't been addressed.

At the beginning of the legislative session much was said about the improved personal relationships between Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers—particularly the GOP-controlled Senate. But if Frankfort is more collegial it hasn't improved productivity.

With two days left for veto days, thorny matters such as pension reform and redistricting haven’t been resolved. No deals are in sight, and there is talk of a special session to sort those priorities out.

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6:25 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll

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  Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, beating several high-profile names among his party's potential 2016 White House contenders.

Paul edged out GOP rival and fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida in the largely symbolic survey among a crowded field of two dozen candidates. Those Paul bested include former Republican vice presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan. 

Kentucky's junior senator won with 25 percent of the vote, ahead of Rubio who had 23 percent and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania who came in was third place with 8 percent.

From USA Today:

Lauri Dabbieri, a high school teacher from Fairfax County, Va., said she voted for Paul when she heard the senator say he would abolish the federal Department of Education, which she called "completely useless.' Education is a local issue, she said.

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2:15 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Talk Of Zombies Aside, Gun Bills Face Political Reality

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on gun control on March 7. The committee has since passed two bills on guns that are headed to the full Senate.
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Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 1:52 pm

Two more gun control bills are heading to the Senate floor after narrowly winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Sat March 16, 2013

REVIEW | 'Cry Old Kingdom' a Promising Debut

Andy Lucien and Natalie Paul in "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

“Cry Old Kingdom” is playwright Jeff Augustin’s professional debut, an examination of how artists function in times of oppression set in his family’s native Haiti. Directed by Tom Dugdale, “Cry Old Kingdom” is the ambitious story of three individuals searching for a clear pathway through a terrifying political climate. It’s a strong, if slightly uneven, debut from a young playwright with great potential.

Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, “Cry Old Kingdom” runs through April 7 in the Bingham Theatre.

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