KERS pension plan still worst-funded in the country, as KTRS asks for bonds to avoid becoming worst-funded teacher plan Thursday, Nov 20 2014 

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 11.29.22 AMKentucky Retirement Systems revealed this week that funding for its largest pension plan — the Kentucky Employees Retirement System for non-hazardous workers — has fallen to 21 percent this year, from its already worst-in-the-nation 23 percent last year. At the same … Continue reading

Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center to close Nov. 24, get complete redesign by Solid Light Thursday, Nov 20 2014 

A rendering of the Devonian Sea, which will be part of the redesign of the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. Photos courtesy of Solid Light.The lifespan for a typical museum exhibit, according to Dani Cummins of the Falls of the Ohio State Park, generally falls between five and 10 years; the exhibits within the walls of the park’s Interpretive Center in Clarksville are now … Continue reading

U of L med school brings LGBT training to its curriculum Wednesday, Nov 19 2014 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleThe University of Louisville School of Medicine is launching a new first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to focus on the specific needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT), or gender nonconforming communities. This program also will seek to treat those … Continue reading

Lilly’s, U of L to mark legacy of Edwin Hubble, raise funds for local school on Nov. 20 Tuesday, Nov 18 2014 

The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.Edwin Hubble, legendary astronomer and former Louisville resident, will be remembered on Thursday, Nov. 20, on what would be his 125th birthday with a fitting event to raise money for a local elementary school science program. “Hubble Rumble in the Hood” … Continue reading

U of L hires new general counsel from the center of UNC’s storm of controversy Monday, Nov 17 2014 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleThe University of Louisville has approved the hiring of Leslie Strohm as the university’s new general counsel and vice president for strategy beginning in February. Strohm has held a similar position at the University of North Carolina since 2003, where … Continue reading

Tribes at Actors is a Focus on Family Dynamic Sunday, Nov 16 2014 

John Judd, Ryan Spahn, Alex Olson, Meg Thalken, Monique Barbee_Tribes_Photo by Bill Brymer

John Judd, Ryan Spahn, Alex Olson, Meg Thalken and Monique Barbee in Tribes
Photo by Bill Brymer

Tribes, now playing at Actors Theatre, is about a really loud family in which Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister don’t hold back in expressing themselves, while a younger brother who’s deaf must find  his place at the table.

The play, by English writer Nina Raine, opens at a family dinner with a spirited discussion among four family members, while Billy tries vainly to keep up with what everyone’s talking about. Later, Billy, who’s been deaf since birth, meets a girl, and brings her home to meet his family.

For anyone who’s experienced being around the deaf community, the play will be hit close to home. But for others, it’s an examination of how we communicate, or fail to, especially within the surroundings of our family, our tribe.

The play’s entertainment value comes in the form of memorable characters who express their views in a strong and often hilarious way. They insult each other, they scream, they curse and they laugh. Billy gets little slack from his family members, who don’t consider his deafness a handicap.

The play is performed in the round at the Bingham Theatre, and at some points includes subtitles projected above.

Tribes is at Actors Theatre through Dec. 8. For more information, click here.

Opinion: New JCPS Board of Education — Just do it! Tuesday, Nov 11 2014 

JCPSBy Kent Oyler, CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. It was close, it was hard fought, it was expensive, and it was worth it. After one of the most contentious, publicized and important races in Louisville history, the polls have closed, … Continue reading

Louisville teacher files lawsuit against Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System over troubled pensions Monday, Nov 10 2014 

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 11.29.22 AMManual High School history teacher Randolph Wieck filed a class-action lawsuit this morning against the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, alleging their administrators have been negligent in protecting teachers’ pensions from chronic underfunding by the state and bad investments that now … Continue reading

Journal: Luke’s Three-Day Week; Homecoming with the Pikes Sunday, Nov 9 2014 

Our Journal:

LUKE: Entry for 11/6 thru 11/7. This week was a short week so my teachers see this and decide “We need to give them enough work for a 5 day week isntead of 3.” So I’ve been very busy with not only schoolwork but also this is a fairly important time for my game. This is because on midnight Monday the “season” ends and you can no longer climb up the competitive ladder for that season. I want to get the highest rank of diamond but I’m fairly far away so I have been very busy with that and schoolwork.

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RICK: We had a big crowd in Bowling Green for Homecoming at WKU. By that, I mean we had a gang of my PiKA fraternity brothers converging on campus. We came with our graying hair, growing waistlines and either our 1st, 2nd or 3rd wives, girlfriends or just our selves. And we hung out, calling each other by nicknames earned in college — “Otis, my man!” —  and telling all of those not in on the jokes how crazy we were three decades ago.

We saw the new Pike house, a structure way cooler than the ramshackle place we remembered at 1366 College Street. Oddly, there was a composite photo from my freshman year on the wall, so we had to rush over and take pictures. As current students rushed by us in front of Diddle, we ate and drank at a tailgate party, stopping people we knew on the way in. We watched the Hilltoppers conquer UTEP in exciting fashion in a fancy, half-empty stadium.  I can’t understand what it is people in Bowling Green do that they don’t fill this wonderful place up 6 times a year.  And they sell beer at the games.

There were 35 of us at dinner in downtown Bowling Green. Conversations weren’t about what we’re doing with our lives, but what we did in our college lives. We talked about the dozens of brothers who didn’t make this trip, and what all those guys were doing. And we hugged each other, laughed and told stories on each other. We replayed embarrassing escapades I can’t imagine any of the current Pikes doing.

When I was pledging back in the fall of 1978, I remember being impressed by what some alumnus told me — enjoy your college years because it’s the only time in your life you can drink like an alcoholic and not be called one — and that the guys you’re living with in the fraternity will be in your life until you die. Truth.

 

Louisville Free Public Library director to retire Saturday, Nov 8 2014 

Louisville_Free_Public_Library,_Western_Colored_BranchThe Louisville Free Public Library system has announced that Craig Buthod is retiring at the end of the year from his post as library director, a title he has held since 1998. Buthod has worked as a librarian for 42 years. Buthod was … Continue reading

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