Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Local News
2:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Louisville is (Officially) Getting a Pro Soccer Team

Wayne Estopinal
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Starting next year, Louisville will host a professional soccer club in the Major League Soccer-affiliated United Soccer League PRO division.

Owners of the Louisville City Football Club announced Wednesday that the team will be relocating from Orlando before the 2015 season begins.  USL PRO is a second-tier affiliate of Major League Soccer, comparable to a AA minor league baseball team.

The team is based this season in Orlando, which is getting an MLS franchise next season. 

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Local News
6:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Louisville City Soccer Club Expected to be Officially Announced Today

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Professional soccer is coming to Louisville.

That's the announcement expected todday at a 2 p.m. press conference at Slugger Field, where the team's home matches would take place. They'll call the team the Louisville City Football Club.

Investors have been working for several months to move the team from Orlando to Louisville, but concerns arose this t week relating to scheduling.

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Education
6:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Atherton High School Upholds Addition of Transgender Protections to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Atherton High School
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Atherton High School's decision-making council on Tuesday evening upheld a decision to adopt an anti-discrimination policy with specific protections for transgender students.

The policy remained school policy after a special SBDM meeting was called to address complaints circulated after a vote to add the policy was made last month. 

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Local News
2:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Here's the Logo for Louisville's Expected Pro Soccer Team

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Here's an early look at some of the details of Louisville's expected new pro soccer team.

Wayne Estopinal, a local architect and minority owner of the current Orlando City Soccer Club who has spearheaded the effort of bringing the team to Louisville, said on Tuesday that he fully expects Wednesday’s announcement to be celebratory.

Louisville will officially be home to a USL PRO division soccer team, Estopinal expects.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Scheduling Concerns Lead Soccer Franchise to Ask Louisville to Adjust Its Plans

Rendering of soccer at Louisville Slugger Field.
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Scheduling concerns have led to a snag in the plans to bring a professional soccer team to Louisville.

The Louisville Bats' schedule would force the USL Pro soccer team to play as many as a third of its matches on weeknights, which may reduce projected attendance by 50 percent, said Wayne Estopinal a minority owner of the Orlando City SC who is leading efforts to relocate the franchise to Louisville.

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Local News
7:36 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Andy Murphy: A 'Poster Child' For Improving Fitness in Louisville

Andy Murphy (left) with his friend, Perry.
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Andy Murphy’s life changed when he met a 38-year-old man in the final stages of emphysema.

“Seeing that poor guy, all bent over—it was just one of those ‘aha’ moments,” Murphy said.

To that point, Murphy was two-pack-a-day smoker. He'd smoked since he was 14—for 35 years.

But, after he saw firsthand the effects emphysema can have on the human body, he quit smoking. He'd dedicate himself to improve his fitness.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said. 

It was 2006. Murphy had just been diagnosed with a mild case of emphysema.

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Local News
8:50 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Louisville Ranks 49th in Fitness Among U.S. Metro Areas, Report Says

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City officials say they weren't surprised by a recent report ranking the Louisville area's fitness 49th out of 50 American metro areas.

To compile the American Fitness Index, the American College of Sports Medicine said it considered preventive health behaviors, chronic disease levels, access to healthcare and policies that support physical activity.

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Education
6:57 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Needs a Better Budget Process, Some Board Members Say

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Jefferson County Public Schools' budget is its largest ever, and some school board members argue that the process for reaching future spending plans must be improved. 

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Local News
6:54 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Why Louisvillians Ride Their Bikes To Work

For Friday's Bike to Work Day, Louisville cyclists met up in area parks and rode downtown for free coffee and bananas before heading to their jobs.

Less than  2 percent of Louisville residents commute by bicycle, according to data compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine.  Some people cite safety concerns; others say the infrastructure just doesn’t suit cyclists.  But the city is working to change that. 

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Phoenix School of Discovery's Move to Myers Building a Homecoming for Principal

Myers Middle School
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When the Phoenix School of Discovery relocates to the Myers Middle School building next school year, it will be a homecoming for David Bennett.

Bennett is the principal of the Phoenix program. But, before that, he spent 18 years at Myers as a school administrator—four years as an assistant principal and 14 years as principal.

“It will be kind of odd,” he said.  “But, I am thrilled because I know it is going to be great for our school.”

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