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Rand Paul and Marco Rubio take shots over Cuba

courier-journal.com — The 50-year-old cold war between the United States and Cuba has turned into a shooting war -- between a couple of Republican members of the U.S. Senate who disagree over whether relations with the island nation should be normalized. Over the past few days, the battlefield has moved from radio to television and now to Facebook and Twitter, where U.S.

Farm saves retired racehorses from slaughter

courier-journal.com — At the Old Friends equine retirement facility, Arson Squad played seeing-eye horse for his blind buddy I'm Charismatic. Special Ring raised his lip, upon command, to show off his tattoo. His paddock pal Popcorn Deelites - one of eight stand-ins for Seabiscuit in the movie - tried futilely to do the same.

Rick Pitino asks top 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton if he'd like to reclassify to 2015

courier-journal.com — University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has a creative idea in his search for another lead guard in his 2015 recruiting class: Ask the nation's best point guard in 2016 to come a year early. This week Pitino visited and watched five-star junior Derryck Thornton Jr.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @SteveJones_CJ: Derryck Thornton Jr. will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky for the Jan. 13 game vs. Missouri cjky.it/16AH6HE via @courierjournal

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SteveJones_CJ: Derryck Thornton Sr: "If you can't give Cal credit for what he's doing (w/platoons), then you just don't understand" cjky.it/16AH6HE

Dec 19, 2014

Derryck Thornton Sr: "If you can't give Cal credit for what he's doing (w/platoons), then you just don't understand" cjky.it/16AH6HE

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SteveJones_CJ: Derryck Thornton Sr.: "Pitino feels like the Louisville style of play fits Derryck, and we feel the same," cjky.it/16AH6HE

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SteveJones_CJ: Derryck Thornton Sr.: "Pitino feels like the Louisville style of play fits Derryck, and we feel the same," cjky.it/16AH6HE

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Louisville business coalition undecided on suit against city over minimum wage increase

courier-journal.com — Passage of a "compromise" ordinance to eventually raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour in Jefferson County has not diminished concerns of opponents, and a lawsuit over the Metro Council action is possible but not a certainty, business leaders said Friday.

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, a Chicago product, returns to city as Cats face UCLA

courier-journal.com — Tyler Ulis represents the challenge facing UCLA today against the top-ranked University of Kentucky basketball team in the CBS Sports Classic at Chicago's United Center. The Bruins (8-3) barely have a bench, while the Wildcats (11-0) have multiple McDonald's All-American subs, including the 5-foot-9 Ulis, a second-stringer who slings perfect passes, harasses ball-handlers and buzzes around like a bumblebee in basketball shoes.

Churchill Downs names Travis Stone is next track announcer

courier-journal.com — Churchill Downs on Friday named Travis Stone, Monmouth Park's race-caller as well as the New York Racing Association's backup this winter, as its next track announcer. Stone, 30, will start April 25 when the Spring Meet kicks off at Churchill Downs.

House Bill 1 offers constitutional amendment to let communities vote on local sales tax

courier-journal.com — Louisville and other Kentucky communities eventually may be able to raise their own sales tax under legislation that House leaders are prioritizing as House Bill 1 for the 2015 General Assembly. The bill, which died in the House this year, proposes a constitutional amendment that would let residents in local communities vote on whether to levy a temporary sales tax of up to 1 percent.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @MikeWynn_CJ: Local sales taxes might increase under proposals in House Bill 1 cjky.it/1AOFOBG via @courierjournal

Dec 19, 2014

Local sales taxes might increase under proposals in House Bill 1 cjky.it/1AOFOBG via @courierjournal

WKU basketball playing better but Louisville a huge challenge

courier-journal.com — After a slow start, Western Kentucky University is playing better basketball but will that be enough against the University of Louisville? WKU (5-4) will take on No. 4 UofL (9-0) on Saturday at noon pm. EST. The Cardinals will be the highest ranked team to visit Diddle Arena since No.2 Georgetown came to Bowling Green on Dec.
Dec 19, 2014

From @MichaelGrant_CJ: WKU is improving, but Louisville presents a significant challenge on Saturday - cjky.it/1Cd2gpu

TV info, projected starters and storylines for Louisville-Western Kentucky basketball

courier-journal.com — Game time: 12:05 p.m. Site: E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green. Line: TBD. Series: WKU leads 39-38, though U of L won the last meeting 79-63 on Dec. 14, 2013, at the KFC Yum! Center. Television: Fox Sports 1. Radio: WKRD-790. FOLLOW THE GAME HERE: WKU (5-4) On the new Cards HQ app from The Courier-Journal Pos.-Player Ht.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @jeffgreer_cj: A few stats stick out when you look at the Louisville-WKU matchup: Three things to watch in tomorrow's game - cjky.it/1v8yUDT

Dec 19, 2014

A few stats stick out when you look at the Louisville-WKU matchup: Three things to watch in tomorrow's game - cjky.it/1v8yUDT

Dec 19, 2014

Here's all your TV/radio info, projected starters and storylines for tomorrow's Louisville-WKU game: cjky.it/1v8yUDT

TV, lineups and keys to the game

courier-journal.com — VS. NO. 1 KENTUCKY (11-0) Game time: 3:30 p.m., Saturday Site: United Center (20,500), Chicago Favorite: Kentucky by 15 Series: UNC leads 6-4. Last meeting: UCLA won 73-68 on Nov. 21, 2006, in Maui Television: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Greg Anthony, Allie LaForce) Radio: WHAS-AM 840 (Tom Leach, Mike Pratt, Matt Jones) UCLA Pos.

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Filson Historical Society chief Wetherington plans lesser role

courier-journal.com — Mark V. Wetherington is moving into a lesser role after 22 years of leading the 130-year-old Filson Historical Society. Wetherington, director of the Filson, has a 30-year career in historical research and in promoting history education. The Filson's holdings include more than 2 million documents and other historical items. The Filson's board plans a national search for a new staff director.

Last-minute (local) gifts

courier-journal.com — If you, like me, are still a few dozen errands shy of being ready for Christmas, I have a gift for you: I've rounded up some locally made items sold in local boutiques that could work for a variety of people in your life.

Louisville basketball readies for first true road game

courier-journal.com — Conference play is just about two weeks away, and the annual rivalry game against Kentucky is next week, so University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino wanted to test his team with its first true road game just before the meat of the Cardinals' schedule. Saturday's noon tip-off against Western Kentucky at E.A.
Dec 19, 2014

[new story] U of L preps for first true road game of the season after a week of getting right on offense - cjky.it/1sQgqwN

Nebraska, others interested in Louisville transfer Akoy Agau

courier-journal.com — Nebraska has already reached out to Akoy Agau's former AAU coach about landing the ex-Louisville basketball player, and so have multiple other programs, the Omaha World-Herald reports . Louisville announced Thursday afternoon that Agau planned to transfer out of the program at the conclusion of the fall semester and that U of L would not block his release.
Dec 19, 2014

Per the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska is among the teams interested in landing Louisville transfer Akoy Agau: cjky.it/1sHDOqv

Video | 'The Colbert Report' boasts epic celebrity sendoff

courier-journal.com — Stephen Colbert bid farewell to 'The Colbert Report,' after 9 years on Comedy Central, in his typical over-the-top satirical style. A slew of famous friends stopped by for the final show. Colbert will begin hosting CBS' late show in September.

Al Cross | Holiday gifts for Kentucky pols, newsmakers

courier-journal.com — Christmas is a lot about traditions, and for 30 years the proprietors of this space have continued the tradition started in 1981 by the late Ed Ryan, then the chief of The C-J's Frankfort bureau, who thought Kentucky's political figures deserved some holiday gifts in return for all the news they had created for the Frankfort press corps in the year ending.

John Calipari's toughest task may be finding flaws with Kentucky

courier-journal.com — Like the public defender of a guilty-as-charged criminal, John Calipari is duty-bound to construct a case. He doesn't have to be logical or even lucid, and he need not present definitive proof or expert testimony. The University of Kentucky's head basketball coach need only develop enough reasonable doubt to keep his team from buying into its burgeoning hype.
Dec 19, 2014

From the incomparable @TimSullivan714: John Calipari's toughest task: finding flaws with his Wildcats. goo.gl/FRSe8D

Dec 19, 2014

Today's column on #Kentucky coach John Calipari's toughest task: finding flaws with his Wildcats. #BBN #UK goo.gl/FRSe8D

Dec 18, 2014

Column on #Kentucky coach John Calipari's toughest task: finding flaws with his Wildcats. #BBN #UK goo.gl/FRSe8D

Hal Mumme, Air Raid guru, has been a fan of Kentucky's new coordinator for years

courier-journal.com — LEXINGTON, Ky. - The first time new University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson met Hal Mumme, the former was begging for a job a dozen years ago. The latter, the man who popularized the "Air Raid" offense with the Wildcats in the late 1990s, was doing all he could to scare off the poor kid.
Dec 19, 2014

Now that he's official, one last plug. Hal Mumme raves, tells great stories about Shannon Dawson: courier-journal.com/story/sports/c…

Dec 19, 2014

Dawson, UK's new OC, suggested winning play in first game as Hal Mumme's unpaid assistant. Air Raid papa loved it. courier-journal.com/story/sports/c…

Dec 19, 2014

#ICYMI: Hal Mumme calls UK's new offensive coordinator "brilliant," tells funny stories about Dawson's early years: courier-journal.com/story/sports/c…

Dec 18, 2014

Mumme: What Shannon Dawson is doing coming to UK is like what Mike Leach did leaving Lexington: making his own name. courier-journal.com/story/sports/c…

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