Category Archives: Washington Post

01/13/17: Kentucky governor puts Louisville at risk of losing accreditation

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to appoint a new board of trustees at the University of Louisville set off alarms for the school’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This week, the head of the agency, Belle Wheelan, sent Louisville’s acting president Neville G. Pinto a letter clarifying SACS’s decision to sanction the university because Bevin has “considerable external control and influence” that “places in jeopardy board capacity to be… Read Article →

09/22/16: U. of Kentucky is suing its student newspaper, trying to block sexual assault reporting

The University of Kentucky is suing the school’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, in an effort to block the release of records related to a sexual assault investigation on campus, a rare move that the university says is necessary to protect victims’ private and confidential information. The lawsuit is unusual in a number of ways, in part because the university acknowledges it is reluctantly suing the student newspaper, which… Read Article →

06/10/16: Muhammad Ali’s final resting place will be among Confederates, Col. Sanders

As the body of Muhammad Ali journeys through Louisville on Friday — from the funeral home through the West End, past Ali’s boyhood home to Cave Hill Cemetery — it will travel along Interstate 264, known as the Watterson Expressway and named after Henry Watterson, editor of the Louisville Journal for half a century. Watterson, also a revered Confederate soldier, is buried at Cave Hill, too. And he is among… Read Article →

01/15/16: Kentucky governor challenges legitimacy of the University of Louisville’s board

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky’s new governor took a swipe at the University of Louisville’s board of trustees Thursday, filing motions in court calling into question the board’s legitimacy on racial grounds, saying it doesn’t comply with state laws requiring diversity. The governor’s actions came on the same day that a small faction of board members expressed displeasure in the university president’s leadership, circulating a proposal to reduce his powers. Read more… Read Article →

12/23/15: Another investigation into misuse of funds adds to University of Louisville’s recent turmoil

LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville placed two high-ranking officials on paid leave this month after local media reported that the FBI was investigating the officials for allegedly misappropriating federal grant money. The news followed a series of recent scandals and embarrassments at the university, including a string of criminal convictions of senior staff for financial crimes dating back to 2008. Read more at The Washington Post.

12/01/15: U. of Kentucky shrouds a 1934 mural that depicts African American slaves

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky has draped white sheets over a prominent indoor mural here that features images of African American slaves hunched in a field, black musicians playing for white dancers and a Native American wielding a tomahawk near a white settler. University President Eli Capilouto said the fresco at Memorial Hall was shrouded last week to give the community time to debate what to do about… Read Article →

10/29/15: Manhunt continues for fugitive accused of shooting at police officers three times in two states

LOUISVILLE — A manhunt for a fugitive accused of opening fire at police officers three times in two different states continued for a sixth day Thursday, continuing a search that has closed schools and stretched across a wide swath of this region. Two people believed by police to be the fugitive’s accomplices were arrested and taken into custody overnight, but Floyd Ray Cook of Lebanon, Ky., remains on the loose after he slipped through the… Read Article →

09/18/15: In rural Kentucky, in the shadow of Kim Davis, another county clerk quietly does his job

SPRINGFIELD, KY. — In Washington County, population 12,000 on a good day, two marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples and the world has not ended. The media and their satellite trucks have not overtaken the courthouse lawn. Federal judges have not imprisoned county officials. Preachers with megaphones have not proclaimed hellfire and damnation to the whole downtown. No, in Washington County, a rural outpost about 60 miles south… Read Article →

09/05/15: In Kentucky college town, license issue divides gay and church communities

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Square in the middle of embattled Rowan County is this college town in the Appalachian foothills — home to Morehead State University, a population that swells by 10,000 with the start of each school year, and an active LGBT community. Beyond the city limits, nearly two-thirds of the county is protected wilderness inside the Daniel Boone National Forest. Small, tightknit communities carry on an Appalachian tradition that… Read Article →