Every Monday, Mario Barela heads to a domestic violence shelter on the west side of Phoenix to teach children of abused women how to drum. Their instruments are old paint buckets. They circle up in the cafeteria of the shelter as Barela leads.
(For the safety of families residing there, NPR can't name or share the location of the unmarked shelter or disclose the names of any of the children there.)
After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.
"We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.
Come Christmas Day, they should be.
The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee triple-header Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.
The non-profit Heifer International is planning a project in Appalachia. Heifer International is best known for allowing people to “buy” farm animals to send to people in developing countries. The idea is that when a family gets a sheep or a cow, the animal provides them with a source of income as well as food.
It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods…the shotgun. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house.
A new bill that has been pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature for next year would block convicted methamphetamine offenders from buying key meth ingredients without a prescription, but not everyone is convinced the proposed law would be effective.
In Kentucky, more than 25 percent of children are considered to be living in poverty, according to data released this month from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Living in poverty is among the biggest barriers to academic achievement. Kentucky is one of 10 states, including Tennessee, with 25 percent or more of its children from birth to age 17 living in poverty. It’s estimated that a total of 262,000 Kentucky children were in poverty in 2010, an estimated 26.3 percent, up from 25.6 percent the previous year
A 20-page document with guidelines for closing achievement gaps in public schools was released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education. "Guidelines for Closing the Gaps for All Students" was authored by the Commissioner's Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Council, a group of 28 people representing schools, agencies and communities across the Commonwealth with an interest in equity and diversity issues.
A tattoo on the neck could prevent someone from serving in the military, and a Kentucky lawmaker wants to make sure people know this when entering tattoo parlors. State Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, pre-filed a bill that would require tattoo parlors to post a sign reminding patrons of the military restrictions.