All posts by Simon Isham

  • The state of the State of the Union

    By Simon Isham– At his State of the Union address on Feb. 13, President Barack Obama announced a plan to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour from $7.25 per hour. “Tonight, let’s declare that...

    • Posted February 19, 2013
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  • Election results delayed another week for third year running

    By Simon Isham– Monday, Feb. 18 was the U.S. federal holiday President’s Day, but the University of Louisville did not, at time of press, have a clear winner in the Student Government Association presidential election. Students who...

    • Posted February 19, 2013
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  • In The News: What you missed while you were in class

    By Simon Isham–   Pedestrian bridge opens downtown   After more than two decades in the works, the Big Four pedestrian and bike bridge that spans the Ohio River has now opened to the public– at least...

    • Posted February 12, 2013
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  • In with the new, out with the old: Properties on and around campus portend growth

    By Simon Isham– New developments at four plots on and around the Belknap campus  promise development with students in mind. These properties—the Solae plant on the east side of campus, the Chevron lot on the northwest side,...

    • Posted February 12, 2013
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  • Grappling with gun control

    By Simon Isham– The recent shooting at Hazard Community and Technical college forced many Kentuckians to evaluate where they stand when the national issue hit close to home. In a new poll by Survey USA of 700...

    • Posted February 5, 2013
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  • ‘Laogai’: Harry Wu, former political prisoner, speaks the forbidden word

    Chinese political dissident sheds light on re-education camps By Simon Isham– Laogai. It is a word that most outside of China have never seen before, and yet is a word that can be found in America’s Merriam-Webster,...

    • Posted January 29, 2013
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  • A healthy dose of how-to: avoid spreading the flu

    By Simon Isham– Getting a flu shot is an effective way to ward off the influenza virus, but it is not foolproof. These inoculations take an average of two weeks to immunize the body against infection, and...

    • Posted January 24, 2013
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  • Jewelry sales that fund scholarships

    By Simon Isham– How can a person encourage the arts, help those in need and make a profit at the same time? Brooke Mullen, a native of Lincoln, Neb., found the answer to this question in 2010...

    • Posted January 23, 2013
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  • A Hanukkah Story: How Louisville celebrates the Jewish Festival of Lights

    By Simon Isham– The story of Hanukkah About 2,000 years ago, Syria was ruled by a king named Antiochus. Antiochus worshipped the gods of the Greeks and wanted to make a shrine to the king of them...

    • Posted December 4, 2012
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  • Mark Barone paints the canine condition

    By Simon Isham– Painting 5,500 portraits in two years. That is the undertaking that local artist Mark Barone has committed to. These portraits are unusual, though, in that they are not depictions of or commissioned by people;...

    • Posted November 27, 2012
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