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Worldfest Expands to Three Days for 9th Year

Louisville’s cultural diversity is being celebrated this weekend at the 9th annual Worldfest. The event, which takes over the Belvedere for 3 days on Labor Day weekend, both educates Louisvillians about the city’s diverse culture and provides visitors with diverse food, shopping, and music.

Worldfest will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and will include live musicians, international foods, and information on Louisville’s global connections.

Half of Louisville’s population growth in the past 15 years has been international, and over 90 languages are spoken by JCPS attendees.

This year’s is the largest Worldfest yet, covering 3 days instead of 2, and with more vendors than ever.

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Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle at Waterfront on Monday

Thousands of Louisvillians are expected to head to Waterfront Park on Monday to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle. The event’s goal is to encourage fitness through outdoor activities. Louisville was recently ranked second-to-last on the American Fitness Index’s ranking of 50 major U.S. cities.

Free shirts will be given to the first 3000 people to arrive at the event, which begins at 8:30 AM. Participants have the choice of a 5k hike around Waterfront Park, a 10 mile bike ride to Shawnee Park, or a 2.6 mile paddle.

The bike and paddle will start at 10:00, and the hike will begin at 11:00.

The event, which used to be simply the “Mayor’s Hike and Bike,” was expanded to include paddling on the Ohio River earlier this year. The Memorial Day Hike, Bike and Paddle had the highest turnout ever for bikers.

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Seventh Annual Louisville Zombie Attack Hits Bardstown Road Tonight

Tonight thousands of the undead will walk down Bardstown Road, participating in the seventh annual Louisville Zombie Attack. The Attack, which begins at 8:29 PM at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road, started as a birthday gathering for John King and Lyndi Curtis, who now organize the event.

Participants in the Attack will walk from Eastern Parkway to Bearno’s Pizza, a few blocks away, for a party with live music and awards for the best zombie costumes.

The Louisville Zombie Attack will try for the Guinness World Record for most participants in a zombie walk, which is currently held by a Seattle zombie walk that drew 4,500 participants.

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Kentucky Office for the Blind Holding Focus Groups

The Kentucky office for the blind is holding two public focus groups as part of its triennial statewide needs assessment. The office for the blind provides many services to visually impaired Kentuckians, including job counseling, education, and assistive technology.

The focus groups will survey eye physicians, educators and employers of the visually impaired, and individuals receiving services from the office. “We’ll look at all the information we get, and identify any trends from what we receive, and it may be that we would position ourselves to look at how we can improve those current services or what additional services we can provide that will assist individuals,” says Cora McNabb, an Office for the Blind staff-member.

The focus groups will be held in Louisville on July 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Charles W. McDowell Center (8412 Westport Road), and in Lexington on July 12 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bluegrass Council of the Blind (1093 S. Broadway, Suite 1220).

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Environmental Association Restates Position Against Planned Renaming of East End Parks

The Floyd’s Fork Environmental Association has recently taken a position against a proposal from 21st Century Parks to rename both Floyd’s Fork Park and William F. Miles Park.

21st Century Parks’ is creating a new public park system in the east end of Louisville that will incorporate both Floyd’s Fork and Miles Park into new, larger parks.

Mike Farmer is the co-president if the Floyd’s Fork Environmental Association. He supports 21st Century Parks, but says they shouldn’t have to change the names of public facilities.

“I’m all for the new park system, but you’re talking about two parks that are already well named; everyone knows them by Floyd’s Fork Park and Miles Park. 21st Century Parks has a lot of information, but none of it really makes sense or makes any rationale for the name changes,” he says.

Metro parks will hold a public hearing to discuss the renaming at the Floyd’s Fork Park Community Center at 6:00 pm on Thursday.

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Attorney Agrees Wal-Mart Case Too Large For Class Action

A Louisville attorney who has worked extensively in employment litigation says he agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a sexual discrimination case against Wal-Mart.

The court ruled this week that the case involving more than 1.5 million plaintiffs cannot proceed as a class action.

The case has become the largest civil rights class action suit in American history, and accuses Wal-Mart of discriminating against women, giving them lower pay and fewer promotions. The ruling against the women stated that the individuals in the class came from too many different backgrounds and situations to sue Wal-Mart as a class.

Louisville attorney Jon Fleischaker says a huge class action suit is not the right approach in this case.

“There may be defenses, for example, one woman may have been promotable, while another woman may have not been promotable, and should have been discharged, and, it is very hard to deal with those differences in a class action mechanism, and it’s very long, and very drawn out, and very expensive,” he said.

Fleischaker says the plaintiffs may still pursue individual or smaller class action suits against the company.

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Carmichael’s Partners with American Booksellers Association to Sell Google E-books.

Carmichael’s Bookstore, one of the leading independent booksellers in Louisville, has recently begun selling e-books through their website through a partnership with Google and the American Booksellers Association. More than 250 booksellers nationwide are using the system, which allows independent bookstores to make money from e-books, a market previously reserved for giants like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The e-books can be downloaded through Carmichael’s website, and the store has also linked to books online through QR codes—a type of square barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone—which have been posted on their shelves next to bestsellers or staff picks.

“We have agreements with almost all of the major publishers now. The vast majority of titles are available through our website, and they are the same price as anyone else. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, anyone like that,” says Carmichael’s manager Kelly Estep.

Google e-books can be viewed on an number of devices, including Android phones and tablets, Apple’s iOS devices, Nook and Sony e-readers, and personal computers.  They are saved in the cloud, and not limited to a single device. When downloaded from an independent bookseller’s website, both Google and the bookseller get a cut, with the publisher keeping the majority of the money.

“[What Carmichael’s receives is] usually less, the e-books are typically priced a lot less, but again that’s something that varies by publisher, that’s up to the publisher really as to what percentage they split with us, and Google is also a part of that,” says Estep.

Carmichael’s is currently the only bookstore in Louisville using the system, but Poor Richard’s Bookstore in Frankfort Ky has also adopted the system.