Louisville news: Can you hear the thunder? edition [News]

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  • "Winds in excess of 60 mph downed trees and power lines during last night’s storms, and knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes in the metro area.
    As of 5:30am, LG&E and KU report that about 7,000 customers are without power, as crews work to restore electricity." [WFPL]
  • "The story of Douglas Boulevard Disciples of Christ Church’s decision to promote marriage equality is blowing up on the Internet. An article by the Courier-Journal’s Peter Smith detailing the church’s decision to stop issuing marriage licenses so long as same-sex couples cannot marry has made the front page of the LOLcat-friendly website Reddit, so it appears Kentucky is getting nationally recognized for religious tolerance, for a change." [LEO Weekly]
  • "The Ford Ironman Louisville will be here through 2016. The Louisville Sports Commission and World Triathlon Corporation announced today a five-year extension of their 2007 agreement to continue the Ford Ironman Louisville through 2016." [Courier-Journal]
  • "Kentucky freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins are heading to the NBA. Maybe. The school announced Wednesday all three players have declared for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, clearing the way for them to return to school next fall if they change their mind by May 8." [ESPN]
  • "After a 14-year-run, Louisville Public Media canceled 'State of Affairs' Tuesday, WFPL's local news call-in show. The final show will be broadcast Thursday." [WFPL]
  • "In a Dec. 21, 2010, post appearing on the political news website Page One Kentucky, moderator and de facto editor Jacob Payne criticized state Rep. Rick Nelson, D-87, for filing legislation that would require anonymous bloggers and commenters to register with the state or face stiff fines: 'Requiring us to disclose the identifies (sic) of commenters? HA!' Payne wrote. 'Requiring us to pay a fine if we refuse to disclose? … Say it with me: IDIOT. Hahahahaha … this is an invitation for you to say just about everything you can possibly think of about Rick Nelson. Anonymously, of course.' Interestingly, Payne, who also runs the Louisville-centric The Ville Voice blog, has recently attracted the ire of an anonymously run blog dubbed 'Jake Payne Watch,' which surfaced on March 27 with the stated intention of '(highlighting) the hypocrisy of Jake Payne, and to subject him to the carefully calibrated innuendo and ad hominem attacks he uses so gleefully.' But instead of engaging in a war of words, Payne filed a lawsuit on April 11 in Jefferson County Circuit Court asking that a judge order the 'anonymous blogger(s)' behind Jake Payne Watch to reveal their identity, discontinue operations, and pay compensatory damages." [LEO Weekly]
  • "National magazines just can't get enough of Jennifer Lawrence, from Teen Vogue to People's “Most Beautiful People 2011.” Now the Bluegrass beauty is in the GQ spotlight. The mag's May issue features the Louisville native in a sassy-n-sizzling spread." [Courier-Journal]

 

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About Zach Everson
Travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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