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John G. Heyburn II, Judge in Civil Rights Cases, Dies at 66

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Keith Runyon

One October morning in 2012, my cell phone rang. It was John Heyburn. In his genial, straightforward manner, he asked, "Can you meet me for lunch in ten minutes at Austin's?"

How Harmony and Health Are Making Louisville Healthier

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Keith Runyon

Just over a month ago, Louisville, Kentucky was host to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who came to this city, in part, to help launc...

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

Debtor's Prisons in Kentucky and Other Horrors of the Justice System

Don McNay | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Don McNay

What is going on in Kentucky is apparently going on in various pockets of the nation. It has to stop because it is wrong. It also has to stop unless the rulings of the Supreme Court mean nothing to people charged with upholding them.

Jill Abramson and Carol Sutton: Some Notable Parallels

Keith Runyon | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
Keith Runyon

When the bulletin crossed my cellphone Wednesday evening announcing that Jill Abramson -- The New York Times' first female executive editor -- had been fired, I couldn't helping thinking of another editor at another newspaper, one from here in Louisville.

How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

Don McNay | Posted 06.22.2014 | Media
Don McNay

It took a journalist with Mark Hebert's talents, and courage, to dig out a scandal about a sitting Governor and make it a national story. With a long-term national impact.

A Book Page Dies, and the Celebration of Books Falters

Keith Runyon | Posted 06.18.2014 | Books
Keith Runyon

On April 26, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., will publish its final book review page, ending a tradition that has been part of the newspaper's DNA since at least the Roaring Twenties. I know. I was a major part of it.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter Joel Brinkley Dies at the Age of 61

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Keith Runyon

Brinkley had a crisp and witty sense of humor. He recoiled at identification as "the son of," but he inherited an inheritance from his father that served him, and his readers, well for more than thirty years.

Rattling the Chains of the Cold War

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the baby boom generation -- one of which I am and so is President Putin -- those crises were critical to the formation of our views of the world.

Love and Marriage: Fifty Years of Steady Change

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty
Keith Runyon

I am not sure when it all began, but the shift between the classic American family of the 1950s -- a working dad, a stay-at-home mom, and dutiful kids who grew up to go on chaste dates, then repeat their parents pattern -- and the generation of the 1960s and 1970 would be fundamental.

CVS Decision on Tobacco Sales Prompts Memory of Life With Cigarettes

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Keith Runyon

Deep down, I knew, and I think most everyone around me knew, that cigarettes were coffin nails.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Living Pioneer Journalist

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Molly Alexander Darden

Charlayne just knew she was going to be a reporter like Brenda Starr, her hero in the comic books. Never mind that Brenda was a red-haired white girl. Never mind that most people, except her mother and grandmother, thought she didn't have a chance in the world of accomplishing that.

JFK Offered a Generation a Chance to Fly

Keith Runyon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

President Kennedy, frozen in time at the age of 46, with much promise on the horizon and smiling into the Dallas sunshine, is with us still. Like Peter Pan, he never ages, while all of the rest of us, like Wendy, grow old.

In the Gunman's Path: Painful Parallels Between the Navy Yard and Standard Gravure Shootings

Keith Runyon | Posted 11.20.2013 | Crime
Keith Runyon

The tragic shootings in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday were for some of us a searing reminder of another mass murder, nearly a quarter century ago this month, at Louisville's Standard Gravure printing company.

4 Appreciations For Sherwood Schwartz's Work And Career

Danny Groner | Posted 09.16.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

After Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created and produced Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, died on Tuesday, fans flocked to the internet to express their appreciations for the fallen TV icon.

The Politics of Mayor Bloomberg's Snow Removal Response

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

There is such an uproar over the snowy residue that some believe the storm could grow political. So where has Mayor Bloomberg gone wrong?

Byron Crawford, Bard of the Backroads

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

Crawford's new book, Kentucky Footnotes, appears to be anthology of some his most interesting columns from his 29 years as an award-winning columnist. It's more than that.

City Shaping, Change and Continuity

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

While Detroit is contemplating a shrinking of that city through wholesale demolition of historic neighborhoods, Louisville, Kentucky has opted for a very different approach.

Facebook's Greed

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charles Warner

More money for Facebook equals less privacy for its members. When Zuckerberg had a mission of connecting people, privacy was virtually sacrosanct, but when greed crept in, it looks like priorities, missions, and ethics became compromised.

Kentucky's Ultimate Watchdog Journalist

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

In April, Al Cross is being inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. No one worked harder or longer to gather all the nuances of a story than Al Cross.

Empathy for Society's Child

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

I want someone on the United States Supreme Court who can look back at actions that were wrong, feel a sense of injustice and make amends, even if the act happened forty or fifty years ago.

Louisville's Courier-Journal Front Page Completely Drawn By Artist

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Courier-Journal of Louisville handed over its front page Friday to Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya, who created a hand-drawn replica of the newspaper...