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Louisville announces plans for six-week summer festival to recognize Muhammad Ali
The one year anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing is June 3. In efforts to keep his spirit alive in his hometown, the “I am Ali” festival was announced Wednesday morning. What was originally supposed to be a 10-day event has now evolved into a six week celebration of his life and everything he was passionate about. The first night of the celebration will kick off at the Louisville Slugger Field where a “Muhammad Ali Appreciation Night” will be held and Bats players will wear special jerseys in his honor. The festival will end with a 10-day women’s basketball tournament, mostly held at the Ali Center, with the theme “Celebrating service to others”, something Ali was passionate about. Officials are hoping the momentous event will draw many tourists into the area to celebrate his legacy with the locals. (WDRB)
Water found in gasoline causes serious damage to Louisville man’s car
After filling up, Frankfort man Paul Bradley, couldn’t even make it out of the parking lot. Not knowing there would be a problem with the premium gas he started his car to exit the parking lot and his sensors were going off; 30 seconds later followed by uncontrollable shaking of his car before it completely shut down. About 10 days later a local mechanic got back to him and informed him that his gas tank had been filled with mostly water. The owners of the station say the problem has been fixed after they discovered water getting into the premium storage tank. The gas station is offering to pay for the cost of the repairs. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says it is looking into what happened, and the station cannot sell premium gasoline until the pumps are tested showing the state standard is being met. (WDRB)
Clark County needle exchange program started Jan. 26
The Clark County needle exchange program started Jan. 26; the program applied for the approval of the program in 2014 and is finally underway. Clark County’s rate of HIV and Hepatitis C are both about 30 percent higher than the state average. Scott County has had the same program since 2015 and has given out more than 400,000 clean needles. This also gives advocates the opportunity to talk to advocates about recovery.
Trump says he will send in feds if Chicago doesn’t fix “horrible carnage”-
Trump tweeted about the shootings in Chicago in early January, saying at the time as President-elect: “If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for federal help.” Tuesday night he wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds.” The Chicago Police Department told CNN in an interview that there have been 38 homicides and 182 shooting incidents in the city so far in 2017. Chicago Police only report homicides, not necessarily all shooting deaths. (CNN)
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect pleads not guilty
Esteban Santiago, the man accused of killing five people inside a Fort Lauderdale airport, pleaded not guilty to all charges Jan. 23 in federal court.The 26-year-old Iraqi war veteran killed five people and wounded six others when he opened fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6, shooting until he ran out of ammunition, authorities said. Santiago was charged in the federal indictment with 11 counts of performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused death or serious bodily injury, six counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence — and five counts of causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.