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Health
2:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cancer Research Partnership Between U of L and Owensboro Gets $5.5 Million Grant

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville has been partnering with Owensboro Health in an effort to create new cancer vaccines.
Credit The University of Louisville

One of Kentucky’s most well-known cancer treatment centers is receiving a multi-million dollar grant to find new treatments and vaccines.

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville announced Friday that they have been given a three-year, $5.5 million dollar grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The Center’s director, Doctor Donald Miller, says the grant will help continue a partnership between U of L and Owensboro Health that is exploring the use of plant-based pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

“We have two vaccines--one for cervical cancer, one for colon cancer that are ready to move forward  into early phase clinical trials, and this grant will primarily support the testing of those vaccines over the next three years,” Dr. Miller said.

The grant will also seek to further develop plant-based drugs that would allow a higher concentration of anti-cancer drugs to be delivered to tumors.

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Education
6:29 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

UK and U of L Presidents Oppose Academic Boycott of Israel

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The American Studies Association passed a controversial resolution last month that rejects Israel’s policies against Palestine and calls on members to boycott the country’s colleges and universities.

That’s drawn a sharp response from U.S. college presidents and education groups who oppose any such ban.

Last week, University of Louisville President James Ramsey said any boycott could hinder academic collaboration and prevent positive outcomes, like cures for new diseases.

This week, University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto joined Ramsey and nearly 200 other college presidents, saying campuses should by a place for civil discourse and dialog.

“I think the opportunity to foster those discussions on a campus should be something that is precious," the UK president said.

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Sports
7:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: WKU's Bobby Petrino Has Interviewed for Louisville Coaching Position

Bobby Petrino recently finished his first season as head coach at WKU.

ESPN is reporting that WKU football coach Bobby Petrino interviewed Tuesday for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Louisville.

Petrino, who previously coached at U of L and led the Cardinals to a BCS bowl game victory, recently concluded his first season at WKU.

The Louisville spot opened up when head coach Charlie Strong left the Cards for the head coaching job at the University of Texas.

Sports
9:07 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Louisville's Strong to Texas? Cards Coach Interviews with Texas AD

Louisville coach Charlie Strong has interviewed for the coaching position at the University of Texas.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Texas.

The Austin American-Statesmen confirms that Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson interviewed Strong at an undisclosed location Tuesday. Strong has been rumored as a possible coaching candidate at Texas after the school announced Mack Brown would not return next season as head coach following 16 years in Austin.

Officials at the University of Louisville, however, say they never granted Texas permission to speak to Strong about their opening.

A Texas spokesman says their athletic director won’t release any names related to their search until a decision is made.

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Sports
1:55 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Cardinal Star Behanan Dismissed from School for Rules Violation

Junior power forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the University of Louisville.

A basketball star from last season’s national champion Louisville Cardinals has been kicked out of school.

U of L head coach Rick Pitino announced Monday that junior power forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the program for an undisclosed violation of university policy. Pitino said he was told Sunday night that the university was dismissing Behanan.

While saying Behanan is a “terrific young man in many respects”, Pitino added that he and athletic director Tom Jurich “had gone to the mat” for Behanan following his recent month-long suspension from the team for undisclosed violations of rules.

Behanan was a Cincinnati native who played his senior year of high school at Bowling Green High. He averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game during Louisville’s 2013 national championship season.

Regional
10:39 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Iconic U of L Silos Near I-65 to Be Torn Down

The silos sit right off of I-65 in Louisville.
Credit flickr

A row of towering concrete silos bearing the name and mascot of the University of Louisville is destined for the wrecking ball.

If you’ve ever driven on I-65 into Louisville, you’ve surely seen the row of 11 concrete silos that sit right off the interstate. The silos have been an area landmark for 94 years, but the Courier-Journal reports University of Louisville officials have reached a deal to pay $3.3 million for the property that borders the school’s Belknap Campus.

The silos will be torn down and replaced with classrooms and academic facilities. A master plan developed by U of L calls for the property just north of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to be used for unspecified academic or research purposes.

The 15-acre parcel of land where the silos sit became available for purchase when the company that owned it shut down an industrial plant in January.

Sports
2:54 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

ESPN: Louisville Cards Nation's Wealthiest Men's Basketball Program

The KFC Yum! Center was packed for virtually every U of L home game last season.
Credit gocards.com

The wealthiest men’s college basketball program resides in the Bluegrass State.

A new ESPN report puts the University of Louisville at the top of the list, with the program bringing in about $35 million in profits during last season’s title run.

The Louisville Cardinals had several things going for them last season that helped them earn the title of “wealthiest program” in the nation. They were at, or near, the top of the national rankings last season as they won the school's third NCAA championship, they had the third-highest attendance of any program in the country, and they benefited from the income generated through 71 luxury box seats at the KFC Yum! Center.

Seating a little over 22,000 fans per home game, the Yum! Center was filled to an average of 97.6% capacity last season during U of L’s home games.

One ESPN analyst wrote in the report that the Cardinals’ financial clout was enough to make “even some NBA executives envious.”

Health
2:24 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Norton Healthcare Files Lawsuit Against U of L in Battle Over UK Partnership

A lawsuit has been filed in the wake of a partnership announced by Kentucky's two children's hospitals.

Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington said last month that both institutions had signed a letter of intent to partner.

The announcement brought a quick reaction from the University of Louisville, which said the partnership could jeopardize U of L's relationship with Norton Healthcare, which owns Kosair. U of L then accused Norton of violating a land-lease agreement by entering into the partnership.

The Courier-Journal reports Norton Healthcare filed suit on Friday and requested the court "to declare (University of Louisville) threats against Kosair Children's Hospital to be without legal basis."

U of L called the filing of the lawsuit "unfortunate."

Health
1:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Continue Argument over Partnership with UK

Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville
Credit Norton Healthcare

Officials with Norton Healthcare have rejected the University of Louisville’s request that they end their recently announced pediatric services partnership with UK Healthcare.

University of Louisville’s health care entity  partners with Norton, which owns Kosair Children’s Hospital. The hospital sits on state-owned land and under state rules it  must be used for the benefit of U of L and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

U of L officials say Norton’s partnership with UK violates that agreement, and last week they sent Norton a letter demanding that they end the agreement with UK within 30 days and instead negotiate a new contract with U of L.

This week Norton sent its own letter saying there are no legal grounds for the demands, adding there’s nothing in the agreement with the state that gives U of L a monopoly on Kosair Children’s Hospital.

U of L is threatening legal action once the 30 days are up and has requested that the Attorney General’s office look into the matter.

Regional
6:44 am
Tue February 19, 2013

U of L's First African-American Football Player Dies in House Fire

A family member said the University of Louisville's first African-American football player, Laurence Simmons, was killed over the weekend in a house fire.

Maj. Henry Ott, of Louisville Fire & Rescue, said the 79-year-old Simmons was living in a basement bedroom when a fire started Saturday morning likely due to a frayed extension cord used to power a space heater. No one else was injured.

His brother, Norman Simmons, told The Courier-Journal that Laurence Simmons played offensive lineman for the University of Louisville in 1952 and was a standout football player at Central High School.

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