Two children were pronounced dead at the scene of a bus crash Monday afternoon in Carroll County, Ky., not far from the scene of a 1988 bus crash that killed 24 children and three adults.Three children were flown by helicopter to Kosair Children's Hospital and one child and an adult were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, state police said. Three children were examined at the scene and released to their parents; the driver was uninjured.The bus left Boone Road, partially overturned and hit a tree, state police said. Investigators do not yet know why the bus left the roadway, state police said. Authorities were dispatched at about 4:30 p.m.Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said the three children — ages 3, 4 and 5 —suffered broken bones and head injuries, and at least two will treated in the critical care unit.Carrollton was also the site of a school bus crash in 1988 that killed 24 children and three adults. That bus was being used for a church activity and was returning after a day at an amusement park when it was hit head-on by a drunken driver. It remains the nation's deadliest drunken-driving collision.
Excerpt from Justin Torres' new novel, We the Animals."Never-Never Time"We all three sat at the kitchen table in our raincoats, and Joel smashed tomatoes with a small rubber mallet. We had seen it on TV: a man with an untamed mustache and a mallet slaughtering vegetables, and people in clear plastic ponchos soaking up the mess, having the time of their lives. We aimed to smile like that. We felt the pop and smack of tomato guts exploding; the guts dripped down the walls and landed on our cheeks and foreheads and congealed in our hair. When we ran out of tomatoes, we went into the bathroom and pulled out tubes of our mother’s lotions from under the sink. We took off our raincoats and positioned ourselves so that when the mallet slammed down and forced out the white cream, it would get everywhere, the creases of our shut-tight eyes and the folds of our ears.Our mother came into the kitchen, pulling her robe shut and rubbing her eyes, saying, “Man oh man, what time is it?” We told her it was eight-fifteen, and she said f---, still keeping her eyes closed, just rubbing them harder, and then she said f--- again, louder, and picked up the teakettle and slammed it down on the stove and screamed, “Why aren’t you in school?”It was eight-fifteen at night, and besides, it was a Sunday, but no one told Ma that. She worked graveyard shifts at the brewery up the hill from our house, and sometimes she got confused. She would wake randomly, mixed up, mistaking one day for another, one hour for the next, order us to brush our teeth and get into PJs and lie in bed in the middle of the day; or when we came into the kitchen in the morning, half asleep, she’d be pulling a meat loaf out of the oven, saying, “What is wrong with you boys? I been calling and calling for dinner.”We had learned not to correct her or try to pull her out of the confusion; it only made things worse. Once, before we’d known better, Joel refused to go to the neighbors and ask for a stick of butter. It was nearly midnight and she was baking a cake for Manny.“Ma, you’re crazy,” Joel said. “Everyone’s sleeping, and it’s not even his birthday.”She studied the clock for a good while, shook her head quickly back and forth, and then focused on Joel; she bored deep in his eyes as if she was looking past his eyeballs, into the lower part of his brain. Her mascara was all smudged and her hair was stiff and thick, curling black around her face and matted down in the back. She looked like a raccoon caught digging in the trash: surprised, dangerous. “I hate my life,” she said.That made Joel cry, and Manny punched him hard on the back of the head.“Nice one, a--wipe,” he hissed. “It was going to be my f---ing birthday.”After that, we went along with whatever she came up with; we lived in dreamtime. Some nights Ma piled us into the car and drove out to the grocery store, the laundromat, the bank. We stood behind her, giggling, when she pulled at the locked doors, or when she shook the heavy security grating and cursed.She gasped now, finally noticing the tomato and lotion streaking down our faces. She opened her eyes wide and then squinted. She called us to her side and gently ran a finger across each of our cheeks, cutting through the grease and sludge. She gasped again.“That’s what you looked like when you slid out of me,” she whispered. “Just like that.”We all groaned, but she kept on talking about it, about how slimy we were coming out, about how Manny was born with a full head of hair and it shocked her. The first thing she did with each one of us was to count our fingers and toes. “I wanted to make sure they hadn’t left any in there,” she said and sent us into a fit of pretend barfing noises.“Do it to me.”“What?” we asked.“Make me born.”“We’re out of tomatoes,” Manny said.“Use ketchup.”We gave her my raincoat because it was the cleanest, and we warned her no matter what not to open her eyes until we said it was OK. She got down on her knees and rested her chin on the table. Joel raised the mallet above his head, and Manny squared the neck of the ketchup bottle between her eyes.“On the count of three,” we said, and we each took a number — my number was last. We all took the deepest, longest breath we could, sucking the air through our teeth. Everyone had his face all clenched up, his hands squeezed into fists. We sucked in a little more air, and our chests swelled. The room felt like a balloon must, when you’re blowing and blowing and blowing, right before it pops.“Three!”And the mallet swung through the air. Our mother yelped and slid to the floor and stayed there, her eyes wide open and ketchup everywhere, looking like she had been shot in the back of the head.“It’s a mom!” we screamed. “Congratulations!” We ran to the cupboards and pulled out the biggest pots and heaviest ladles and clanged them as loud as we could, dancing around our mother’s body, shouting, “Happy Birthday! . . . Happy New Year! . . . It’s zero o’clock! . . . It’s never-never time! . . . It’s the time of your life!”
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will address the Rotary Club today amid a heated campaign season, with a closely contested presidential race and a heated race for U.S. Senate just north in Indiana.Paul, a Republican elected in 2010, is scheduled to speak at 12:15 p.m. at the Galt House and will be available to speak to the media after the event, his office said. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will be there.
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a national controversy during a debate last night when he said:"I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother. I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."The fallout began soon afterward. Here's a rundown of what's happened since:Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's full statement in response to WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey's request for comment: "It's incredibly irresponsible for anyone to take what Richard said about his views on life to demean his opposition to the detestable act of rape. We're at the end of an election season here and I understand each side is looking to make hay out of every comment, but sharing the view of millions of Americans that life begins at conception is Richard's deeply held personal belief that shouldn't be misconstrued by partisans to imply something it does not."Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign issued a statement saying Romney disagreed with last night's statement. But Romney is still supporting Mourdock.Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence called on Mourdock to apologize. Indiana Right to Life "commended" Mourdock's stance on abortion.National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas told The Hill that the attacks on Mourdock's comments were "irresponsible and ridiculous."The CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund said the group was "proud to stand with Richard Mourdock.Richard Mourdock spoke to the news media, and said his statements were being misconstrued.We'll update as more react.Mourdock's comment also launched a flurry of attention on Twitter -- and his name even became a Trending Topic. See the slideshow for a sampling.
Louisville Metro Police and other authorities will discuss the "growing problem" of people using laser pointers on aircraft, which LMPD says can lead to "catastrophic results."LMPD pilots will be joined at a news conference Wednesday by representatives from the FBI and the University of Louisville Police, a news release said. Authorities will urge people to be aware of the dangers laser pointers pose to aircraft, and they'll also discuss a recent arrest.
Economist and Nobel Prize laureate James Heckman will speak Wednesday in Louisville during an event co-hosted by the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development.Heckman is an economics professor at the University of Chicago, where his recent research has focused on inequality, human development and "life-cycle skill formation, with a special emphasis on the economics of early childhood."He shared the 2000 Nobel Prize for economics "for his development of theory and methods for analyzing selective samples," according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is also co-hosting the talk, which will begin at noon at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St. Reservations are required.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent gay Republican group is hesitantly backing Mitt Romney for president, calling it the right decision for the nation even as it slams his opposition to gay marriage and civil unions.Log Cabin Republicans says it's supporting Romney to put America and the economy first, but is only offering him a "qualified endorsement." The group says it will focus its efforts instead on House and Senate candidates.In its endorsement, Log Cabin Republicans says Romney might not be the candidate for voters who prioritize gay and lesbian issues. The group has long been critical of Romney and says it will continue challenging his support for a federal amendment banning gay marriage.The group is also condemning aspects of the GOP platform that, quote, "work to exclude our families."Rep. Barney Frank, a retiring Massachusetts congressman who is openly gay, immediately issued a video statement via Mitt Gets Worse, a political project focused on gay and lesbian issues supported by American Bridge 21st Century and the Courage Campaign Super PAC. Watch below:
This position reports to the Vice President for Development and Marketing, and coordinates with the management team to plan, implement and report on a variety of marketing functions, programs, events and strategies to grow audience and increase loyalty to our organization and programming streams. The ideal candidate will know how to build a brand, possess excellent communication skills, love contact with the public and be comfortable working towards specific goals.Responsibilities:Develop and oversee the execution of a comprehensive marketing plan that incorporates Louisville Public Media’s institutional, audience building and developmental communication needs, on a limited budget.Ensure consistency in branding and messaging throughout the organization and content for all internal and external communications, including press releases social media and membership/underwriter e-news.Develop relationships with key community media and institutional contacts.Create and coordinate advertising for trade partnerships and for other organizational promotions.Manage media placement and messaging.Help facilitate on-air promotional partnerships.Coordinate and manage on-air and digital promotional inventory and messaging to address the ongoing needs of programming and development departments.Coordinate with programming and development departments to research, organize and implement surveys as needed.Participate in membership campaigns as needed.Required Skills:Demonstrated ability to initiate, lead and delegate, and the ability to direct resources to support marketing initiatives.An understanding of how to use research to inform marketing strategy and develop measurable goals.Proven ability to be flexible, multi-task and manage multiple projects successfully.Detail oriented and well organized, with the capacity to develop, plan, coordinate and report on projects.Strong analytical, research, organizational and time management skillsStrong work ethic, accountability and self-motivationExcellent verbal communication skillsHighly effective writing, presentation and analysis skills.Proven success developing and managing relationships with media, art & culture and human service organizations is essential.Team-oriented work style with strong relationship building, people and management skills.Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing and occasionally stressful environment.Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office software products, and be willing to learn new software applications.Relevant product and industry knowledge, including evolving digital media.The ability to lift, transport, set up, attend to, dismantle and remove tables, chairs, small tent, display materials and other items that accompany off-site visibility.Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in marketing and/or communications, or 5+ years related experience and/or training; or combination of education and experience in a similar capacityApplication Please send resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or, Louisville Public Media, 619 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.Louisville Public Media is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in the workplace to reflect the community it serves.
Louisville Public Media (LPM) is searching for a Major Gifts Officer to identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit major donor prospects for LPM, alone, and in consultation with the President, Development and Marketing Director, and members of the LPM Board of Directors. This position must be able to prioritize prospects, research their interests and capacities, and identify individualized strategy for solicitations and follow-up. The successful candidate will develop written strategies in consultation with the Development and Marketing Director; coordinate nature of contacts that prospects receive; facilitate relationships between potential and current donors and LPM’s staff and board; review prospect strategies regularly for LPM capital and annual campaigns; work with LPM management to create and supervise implementation of small targeted events for assigned prospects and donors.Requirements:Bachelor’s degree preferred.Five to seven years fundraising experience required with three to five years in major gift fundraising. Demonstrated experience and ability to be successful in face-to-face solicitation.Strong oral, written, presentation, and organizational skills.Ability to work effectively with volunteers.Ability to work independently and as part of a team.Willingness to travel throughout the region.Excellent computer skills, such as Word, databases and internet. Application:Please send resumes and cover letters to email@example.com or, Louisville Public Media, 619 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Louisville Public Media is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in the workplace to reflect the community it serves.