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April 24, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted unanimously to raise the dropout age to 18 for students starting in the 2015-16 school year, which they plan to make official after July 1 when the new state law allowing the move goes into effect. The board also voted to request state Auditor Adam Edelen conduct yet another audit of JCPS, which we’re sure will solve everything this time.

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Law enforcement nabbed the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers last week once they came out of hiding to inexplicably rob a 7-11, killing one and capturing the other. Despite the protestations of some conservatives not familiar with a document called the Constitution, the surviving sociopath was read his Miranda Rights and will be tried in criminal court like any other citizen, because that’s how we do it in America.

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The same day three were killed in the Boston bombings, 11 Americans were murdered with a gun. But whereas we completely shut down a major metropolitan city in response to the bombings, 45 U.S. senators in fear of the NRA went against the will of roughly 90 percent of Americans by blocking an extremely tame gun control measure to expand background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. Unfortunately, that’s also how we do it in America.

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Our formerly beloved mustachioed basketball wiz-kid has taken another step toward making the starting lineup in the big house. Former commissioner of agriculture Richie Farmer was indicted on five felony counts by the feds for treating the office like his own personal fiefdom. He could face up to 50 years in prison, and Kentucky could have faced 50 years of humiliation had they elected him lieutenant governor.

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