Fri October 11, 2013
Byline | Race Role in Shanklin Trial; Gay Officer Firing; License Plate Photo Tracking
Here's what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):
At the top - Was race a determining factor in Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s ouster vote this summer for ethics violations? According to councilman Kelly Downard, one member - Mary Woolridge - said she would not vote again to remove a black female from office, referring to the earlier ouster of Councilwoman Judy Green. We talk about that revelation and other political news with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey.
7:50 - This week, the Louisville Human Relations Commission found that the city of Audubon Park discriminated against police sergeant Kile Nave because he's gay, ultimately costing him his job. WFPL online managing editor Joseph Lord sits down to explain the case.
12:20 - The Louisville Metro Police Department is joining a growing number of law enforcement agencies in using a new tool to track down stolen vehicles or locate missing people. The department now has two automatic license plate readers mounted on vehicles. The devices have raised concerns among privacy advocates, who are worried about what’s done with the information gathered on innocent motorists.
Reporter Mike Wynn recently wrote about the license plate trackers in the Courier-Journal and he joins us for details.
17:30 - Julian Tackett, the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association caused quite a stir this week when he issued a directive regarding post-game handshakes. The announcement made national news when it was reported that Tackett said the association was banning post-game handshakes, blaming roughly 24 violent incidents in the past three years. The association is not banning handshakes, but there is a new policy. WFPL’s Devin Katayama reviews the story.
22:10 - Author and producer Stephen Jimenez has made some controversial claims in a new book about the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. Jimenez visited Carmichael's Bookstore Thursday night and spoke with Jaison Gardner, host of WFPL's Strange Fruit podcast. The discovery of an anonymous letter that changed the course of his research, and he chats with Jaison about the investigation.
30:20 - Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on typography, logo redesigns and design in general. Chip Kidd has worked in graphic design for decades. He designed the iconic book jacket for Jurassic Park, among many others. He's written a new book called Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, which offers a fairly advanced overview of the techniques of the field for children. WFPL's Gabe Bullard talks to him about some design topics.
36:30 - WFPL's arts and humanities reporter, Erin Keane, discusses some choice arts events in the area this weekend, then speaks with Terry Teachout and Paul Moravec, whose new opera The King's Man makes its world premiere with the Kentucky Opera this weekend.