Joseph Lord

Online Managing Editor

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. 

 Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal. Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood.

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Local News
7:09 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Sleet, Freezing Rain Hits Louisville Friday Morning; Accidents Slow Morning Commute

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Sleet was falling early Friday morning in the Louisville area in a system that could also bring snow and freezing rain into the early afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 4 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. It covers Jefferson County and Kentucky counties to the south and east, plus Floyd, Clark and other Indiana counties to the northeast.

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Local News
12:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Reports: Catholic Health Initiatives Claims Fetuses Not 'Persons' in Wrongful Death Suit

In November, state officials announced a partnership between the Catholic Health Initiatives-controlled KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville Hospital.
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A Colorado family is asking that state's Supreme Court to consider whether twin fetus who were lost when a pregnant woman died can be part of a wrongful death lawsuit against Catholic Health Initiatives — which has thus far successfully argued that the fetuses were not "persons," The Colorado Independent reports. 

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Local News
2:03 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Rev. Bojangles Blanchard: Hopeful Sit-In, Arrest Inspire Calls for Change in Gay Marriage Ban

Maurice
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The Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard spent Tuesday evening in jail.

The charge? He and his partner, Dominique James, asked for a marriage license — and were denied —  at the Jefferson County Clerk's Office in downtown Louisville.

"We were told by the manager of the office that she was unable to provide that for us," Blanchard said in an interview Wednesday with WFPL

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Local News
6:50 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Former Chinese Political Prisoner Harry Wu: U.S. Companies Too Cozy with Communist China

Harry Wu
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Communism in China brought mixed reactions for a young Harry Wu.

When he visited poorer regions of the country, Wu could see some benefits for the poor. But Wu's father was a banker, among the capitalist class who were being persecuted in Mao's China. He considered leaving — maybe going to the then-British controlled Hong Kong — but he decided to stay in China and study. 

His family's past wealth caused him harassment until, in 1960, he was shipped off to a labor camp. And in labor camps he'd stay for the next 19 years.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Tickets to Hear Dalai Lama at KFC Yum Center on Sale Wednesday

The 14th Dalai Lama
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Tickets to hear the Dalai Lama speak in May in Louisville  go on sale Wednesday morning.

The Buddhist leader and Nobel laureate will speak on May 19-20 at the KFC Yum Center in an event called Engaging Compassion, focusing on "how an individual can engage with compassion from within his or her own religious tradition in order to build world peace from the local level to the world community," according to a news release from the KFC Yum Center. The Monday talk will be a two-part public Buddhist teaching called "Attisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment."

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Local News
11:15 am
Tue January 22, 2013

NYT: Kentuckian Matthew Barzun Frontrunner for U.S. Ambassadorship to Britain

Matthew Barzun
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Kentuckian Matthew Barzun will be the U.S. to the United Kingdom if he wants the job, The New York Times has reported, citing donors and adviser to President Obama.

Barzun, a former tech executive and major Obama fundraiser, has been the front-runner for the prestigious post since November, The Times reported. If the reports are true, he'd beat out for the job the famed editor of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

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Local News
11:46 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Activists Call on Cordish to Implement Policy Changes at Fourth Street Live to Address Race Concerns

Activists gathered at Fourth Street Live on Monday to speak about concerns over racial discrimination.
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Updated:  In his time as a security supervisor at Fourth Street Live, John Michaels often was called to the entertainment district's entry points to mediate dress code issues, he said. He said he quit in 2009 out of concerns that that dress code wasn't being enforced fairly. Were people being denied entry out of race or legitimate concerns over dress at the privately operated district? 

"I think it was a little bit of both," Micheals said.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

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With the Academy Awards campaign season in full swing (yes, non-Oscars buffs, there is such a thing), Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week. Lawrence, an Oscar nominee and recent Golden Globe winner for Silver Linings Playbook, appeared in several segments. Here are a few highlights.

Hunger Games press conference:

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Local News
8:23 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What Would a Downtown Casino Do for Louisville?

Will Louisville roll the dice on a downtown casino?
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Suddenly, something that didn't seem possible became, however slightly, a possibility.

In an interview with WFPL, Mayor Greg Fischer said downtown Louisville would be a good spot for a casino.

"That could change a whole lot of the dynamics downtown," Fischer said earlier this month.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.20.13

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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:

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