A beloved and embattled Louisville artist died Monday – WHAS11

By |2022-12-01T06:21:32-05:00December 1st, 2022|COVID-19|

Mark Anthony Mulligan was unlike any other. He had his struggles, neighbors who loved him, and God. It's all in his art. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A beloved local artist died on Monday. Mark Anthony Mulligan depicted Louisville like no one else could. Through his experience with mental illness and houselessness, he brought a new perspective to our city's art scene. But, his battle with COVID-19 ended Monday.  Mulligan was impossible to describe, even for Al Gorman who was there from his first gallery in the '80s to his retrospective in 2005. "'Who was Mark Anthony Mulligan?' is kind of a complex question," Gorman said. "He, for me, was one of the best artists I knew here in Louisville."  He was most known for his complex drawings of cities and their signs that somehow always feel like Louisville.  Gorman said Mulligan's work described "how the interstates kind of fly over the downtown and parallel to the river and through the city to other destinations."  [embedded content] His life was as complicated as the city he drew; Mulligan was often houseless and banned from businesses and Transit Authority River City (TARC) busses for scenes he'd make during mental health episodes.  But, his charisma and joy came through just as strongly.  Mulligan's life was documented years ago in a documentary called 'Peacelands/Mark Anthony Mulligan' made by social worker and filmmaker Greg Mattox. Mattox said he did not profit from the film. He visited Mulligan in a nursing home last week and recorded a short interview. "Don't give up on life," Mulligan told him, with a smile on his face. "No matter what problem you have, take it to your Lord above."  "We're all shocked and saddened, we all knew this day would come," Mattox said. At 59 years old, Mulligan died in a nursing home after battling COVID-19. He continued writing a book of poetry into his final days. The artist hoped for wealth and fame which never came. Instead, he leaned on the love of God and a caring community.  "Sometimes I would come up upon him on a bench and I would hear him talking to God," Mattox said. "Carrying on a full-blown conversation with God."  Mulligan found God, from the bus stop to the birds-eye view. If you didn't see the signs, he did.  In one of the hundreds of letters Mulligan wrote Gorman over the years, he defined the "Gulf' sign that appeared in many of his drawings.  Rather than a corporation, Mulligan saw a holy acronym. "God's Unique Love Forever," he wrote.   He shared and celebrated that love, for a short time in his life, and forever in his art. Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Kim Schatzel named next University of Louisville president – WFPL

By |2022-12-01T06:21:37-05:00November 30th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, COVID-19|

Last updated at 5:01 p.m. The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has named Kim Schatzel as the institution’s next president. Schatzel comes most recently from Towson University in Maryland. She is the 19th president to lead the university. The board approved Schatzel in a unanimous vote. She’ll start her new job Feb. 1. Schatzel’s salary will be $925,000 a year, in addition to $200,000 annually into a retirement plan. Her contract, which includes benefits, extends for five years. After that period, the Board of Trustees can choose to renew it. “My husband Trevor and I are thrilled to be joining the U of L community and look forward to embracing the university community, the City of Louisville and the commonwealth of Kentucky as our new home,” Schatzel said in a news release. “And we look forward to joining the more than 169,000 U of L alumni from around the globe in cheering on our Cardinals.” Schatzel is a first-generation college student. She grew up in New York and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she got a bachelor’s degree in biology and economics. She received a doctorate in business administration with focuses in marketing and management of technology. She is also a marketing professor. A key part of the Board of Trustees search was finding a person who would commit to the university long-term. Schatzel said she was ready to do that. “You’re stuck with me. This is a fabulous institution, this an opportunity of a lifetime,” Schatzel said. “I also know to make the kind of transformational change everyone wants to participate in … it takes time, so I am committed for that time.” Schatzel said she plans to use her first few months as president to meet with faculty, staff, students and the Louisville community to identify the university’s needs. One ongoing challenge Schatzel will be tasked with is diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly in the wake of the police killing of Breonna Taylor and the subsequent racial justice uprisings. She was awarded by Maryland’s Associated Black Charities for her work in diversity and inclusion at Towson. While under her leadership, Towson saw an increase in equity, including Black, Latino and Pell Grant students having the same graduation rate as the overall student population. Schatzel said she plans to bring the same work to U of L. “The first and most important thing is to make a commitment to the fact that you want inclusive excellence on a campus —  that all students, inclusive of all demographics and all identities, thrive inclusively and that they succeed at the institution itself,” Schatzel said. U of L has been looking for a new president since last December when Neeli Bendapudi left the role to accept the president position at Penn State University. Following Bendapudi’s departure, the Board of Trustees named Executive Vice President and University Provost Lori Stewart Gonzalez as the school’s interim president. Gonzalez held leadership positions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University of North Carolina, Appalachian State University and the University of Kentucky. “While this is a period of change and transition, I can speak with absolute confidence that our work will continue and that the spirit of the U of L community will continue to shine as it has throughout centuries,” Gonzalez said when she was appointed to the position. Gonzalez had been at the university since April 2021 when she was appointed interim president in December. “She has proven already in the short time that she’s been here to be a courageous, principled leader. She’s developed deep relationships everywhere she’s been,” Board of trustees chair Mary Nixon said at the time of Gonzalez’s appointment. Gonzalez said, at the time, her focus would be addressing the ongoing funding challenges and issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gonzalez also planned to focus on the school’s anti-racism work. “We want to make sure that it’s an equitable campus, where no matter where you start or where you come from, you will thrive on this campus,” she said. As her first act as interim president, Gonzalez appointed Deputy Athletic Director Josh Heird as interim athletic director. Heird has since filled that role permanently. Gonzalez will return to her role as executive vice president and university provost for U of L. Those weren’t the only shake-ups in key positions at the university in recent months. In January, U of L men’s basketball former head coach Chris Mack left his position. Heird later appointed former U of L and NBA player Kenny Payne to the head coach position. Rebecca Feldhaus Adams contributed to this story.

Reeves scores 18, No. 19 Kentucky tops Bellarmine 60-41 – Spectrum News

By |2022-12-01T06:21:39-05:00November 30th, 2022|COVID-19|

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Antonio Reeves scored 18 points to lead No. 19 Kentucky to a 60-41 win over Bellarmine on Tuesday night.Jacob Toppin had 12 points and CJ Fredrick finished with 11 as the Wildcats (5-2) overcame a slow start. Bellarmine, which defeated Louisville 67-66 it its season opener on Nov. 9, wasn’t intimidated in its first meeting with the Wildcats and controlled the tempo until Kentucky wore down the Knights in the final 14 minutes. “That's a hard game to play,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “We had guys cramping up (in the locker room). ... We worked three days (on) how we finish off the game. ... We went to our grind it stuff (in the second half), which we had worked and in some games, you've got to do it." Trailing 32-28 with 15 minutes left, Kentucky used a 23-3 run to pull away. Fredrick and Toppin combined for 16 points during the decisive spurt. Reeves said the Wildcats were surprised by the Knights' ability to control the pace in the first half, which resulted in a 21-21 deadlock at the break. “They definitely move the ball with all the cuts they do and it’s definitely difficult to guard, and they go deep into the shot clock,” Reeves said. “Not many teams do that and we tried to do what they were doing a little bit and try to grind it out, so we could do the same thing they were doing to us.” The Knights (2-6) shot 30.4% from the floor. Curt Hopf led Bellarmine with 15 points and Bash Wieland scored 10. ACROSS THE POND The Wildcats will take their longest trip of the season — across the Atlantic — when they play Michigan in London in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kentucky will be playing its third regular-season game outside the United States and its first in Europe. “It will a great experience for these kids, really hard game,” Calipari said. “We better not play how we started this game. ... When you're doing what I'm doing, you're trying to put these kids in different situations, where they learn and grow.” BIG PICTURE Bellarmine: The Knights completed a six-game trip that included games at Clemson, No. 17 Duke and No. 21 UCLA. Bellarmine played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Pauley Pavilion and Rupp Arena in the same season for the first time. Bellarmine, which traveled 5,633 miles in nine days, closes out the calendar year with five home games, including four in a row during the next two weeks. “To have us here, this is incredible,” coach Scotty Davenport said. “These young men will never forget this experience for the rest of their lives. Nine days — Cameron, Pauley, Rupp Arena, that’s Bellarmine University. People say why? Because that’s what I believe a program is about.” Kentucky: The Wildcats had a size advantage over the Knights but managed just four blocks, two in each half. Kentucky came into the game averaging seven blocks per game, second nationally behind Southeastern Conference rival Auburn, which is averaging 8.3 blocks through its first seven games. Kentucky finished with 16 assists after managing six in the first half. The Wildcats came in averaging 19.7 assists per game, seventh in the nation. UP NEXT Bellarmine hosts Alice Lloyd on Sunday. Kentucky plays Michigan in London on Sunday.

Louisville-area experts say housing market is shifting, but it’s still a seller’s market | Business

By |2022-11-30T04:20:56-05:00November 29th, 2022|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When it comes to buying or selling a home, there can be many questions surrounding the current market. According to Micala Blincoe, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in southern Indiana, this is currently a seller's market. But things are shifting. "You're still going to make fantastic money in this market right now," Blincoe said. "The only thing is you're going to have to give a little, whereas the market before, sellers were getting everything." Blincoe became a licensed agent at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. During that time, she said buyers were waiving inspections, waiving appraisals, sometimes paying $50,000 over asking price for a home. Now, that's not necessarily the case."Sellers, like I said, are a little bit more lenient in the aspect of — they understand the shift market," she said. "So they're willing to help out a little bit more." Driving through southern Indiana, there are still a plethora of "For Sale" signs in front of houses.Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell in October for the ninth consecutive month to the slowest pre-pandemic sales pace in more than 10 years. But despite the slowdown, home prices continued to climb in October, albeit at a slower pace than earlier this year. The national median home price rose 6.6% in October from a year earlier, to $379,100.Mortgage rates are more than double what they were a year ago, so many homebuyers are looking for ways to put off some of the pain for a few years. Last week, the average rate for a 30-year mortgage fell to 6.58 %, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago, it was 3.1%."We are at a very normal rate right now," Blincoe said. "I think we all got a little spoiled with those 2-3% interest rates, myself included." Josh Gillespie, a mortgage broker for Kentuckiana Mortgage Group, said it's important to remember that, historically, home values almost always increase. "Buy the house now," he said. "Refinance when rates go down, and your house will be worth more."Blincoe said it's important to start conversations with agents and lenders early, even if the buyer feels they're not ready just yet. "The market is still good," Gillespie said.As for the future, Bilncoe said sliding into a buyer's market is possible."If interest rates continue to increase, that's going to force us into a buyer's market," she said.Copyright 2022 WDRB Media. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allergy Program Helps to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

By |2022-11-30T04:20:57-05:00November 29th, 2022|COVID-19|

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allergy Program can overcome vaccine misinformation and improve COVID-19 vaccination rates among vaccine-hesitant health care workers (HCWs) through a shared decision-making process, according to study findings presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, held from November 10 to 14, in Louisville, Kentucky. Researchers sought to improve COVID-19 vaccination rates among vaccine-hesitant HCWs via the COVID-19 Allergy Program. A total of 38 vaccine-hesitant HCWs were enrolled in the program, where their vaccine-related risks and the nature of their concerns was assessed via questionnaire. Enrollees then were offered a COVID-19 vaccine evaluation and skin prick test (SPT). The most common concerns related to vaccine refusal were side effects (47%), fear of allergic reaction (26%), underlying medical condition (18%), and previous COVID-19 infection (18%). Questionnaire results indicated that if HCWs were not required to receive COVID-19 vaccination, 71% of enrollees said they would categorically not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 21% reported they were not likely to receive the vaccine, and 8% said they were likely to receive the vaccine. Researchers noted 11% of participants had no interest in the SPT whereas 89% (34) of participants expressed interest in the COVID-19 SPT; of the latter group, 31 participants followed through. The SPT showed 97% were negative and 3% — 1 participant — was positive. Follow-up revealed 71% then received the COVID-19 vaccine, 23% rejected the vaccine, and 6% were lost to follow-up. Our study showed a preponderance of HCW who were unlikely to get the vaccine, and subsequently agreed to receive it after negative SPT. Thus COVID-19 Vaccine Allergy Program can be used to dispel misinformation and help HCW in the shared decision-making process to improve vaccination rates. Those participants who declined the vaccine cited religious exemptions (86%) and medical exemptions (14%). Researchers discovered among the participants who said they were not likely or definitely not likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 69% actually did receive the vaccine.Related Content Researchers concluded that “Our study showed a preponderance of HCW who were unlikely to get the vaccine, and subsequently agreed to receive it after negative SPT. Thus COVID-19 Vaccine Allergy Program can be used to dispel misinformation and help HCW in the shared decision-making process to improve vaccination rates.” This article originally appeared on Pulmonology Advisor References: Mohammed S, Kaunang J, Zeana C, Grodman H, Purswani M, Persaud Y. Using COVID vaccine skin testing in shared decision making to address vaccine hesitancy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2022;125(5):S16. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2022.08.545

There is no such thing as ‘herd immunity.’ Why the ongoing dangers of COVID-19 are real

By |2022-11-30T04:20:59-05:00November 29th, 2022|COVID-19|

We all need to recognize the dangers of COVID-19 and the risks it imposes to our long-term health and our country’s workforce. Long COVID occurs in approximately 30% to 35% of cases. It commonly occurs with even mild disease and with reinfections. The severity is additive with each exposure and the symptoms can often persist for over a year (the longest patients have been followed). There is no such thing as “herd immunity” and I beg to differ with the CDC regarding “immune debt” causing the increase in respiratory infections, and there statement regarding Respiratory Syncytial Virus infections: “And so these children, if you will, need to become infected [with RSV] to move forward because it’s a disease very common in children.” “Immune debt” is just another push for “herd immunity” and to use this to explain the increase in RSV infections is mind boggling, since we had a significant number of infections last year. At the end of Nov. 2022, Pediatric hospitals were filled with RSV, but at that time there were corresponding more RSV infections in the previous year. We are on track to have an even larger RSV season, but “immune debt” is an unlikely etiology.Another explanation for rising RSV hospitalizations is “immune theft” due to COVID-19 which as of last March had infected over 75% of children. Mounting research has shown that COVID-19 is associated with immune dysfunction which can persist for at least 8 months (the longest time studied).For Subscribers:$58.8 million: 8 ways Louisville could spend its remaining COVID moneyPoor VentilationWhy not make indoors as safe as outdoors? Unfortunately, increasing ventilation alone is unlikely to stop the spread of COVID-19. But poorly ventilated areas are by far the least safest places. Consumers can use a portable CO2 monitor to at least make sure minimum non-pandemic standards are being met.  We do have the technology to greatly improve indoor settings. It is decades old and has an excellent safety record. It is called upper room Germicidal UV-C lighting.We also need to use well fitted N95 masks whenever possible, especially when encountering others on short exposures during store pickups. The public repulsion to masking is both social and based on fake science. The viral particles which float in the air are droplets, not a solitary dry virion. They are much larger than one micron. But most importantly, an N95 mask is not a strainer. N95 masks work more like flypaper, trapping viruses because they stick to the fibers, and not because they are blocked by them.   N95 masks are extremely good at capturing very small particles.Proper and clear messaging to retailers regarding standards for indoor safety and N95 masking needs to be made. In contradistinction, the CDC is airing a commercial which appears to promote mask-less congregation in crowded indoor settings (elevator, public transportation, etc.) for those who have been boosted. This messaging ignores the suboptimal efficacy rates of boosters in preventing symptomatic disease, spread and even Long COVID. For Subscribers:Nurse practitioners can help address Kentucky's doctor shortage. State law stands in the wayVaccinationsVaccinations and boosting do provide another layer of protection, but according to a large NIH study, they only provide 34% to 38% protection against Long COVID. They also do not eliminate symptomatic infections and spread. These are all too common sequelae. However, vaccines do provide good protection against hospitalization and death. What is needed is a mucosal vaccine which produces large quantities of IgA antibodies inside the nose, which should stop the spread of disease. There are promising vaccines being studied. The absence of an “Operation Warp Speed” initiative for these mucosal vaccines is one of the greatest failings of our pandemic effort. Whenever possible consumers should use online shopping, curbside pickup and as a last resort in-store pickup. Retail establishments need to offer these options, plus make sure their personnel are wearing N95 masks.  Rapid testing is also important. We all should be testing immediately before indoor gatherings and family events. A recent study from Yale found this strategy could decrease spread by 40%. Thus, testing, masking, avoiding indoor crowded settings along with keeping vaccinations and boosters up to date are the best strategies we have to stay safe during times of high viral spread. These strategies will also work with the seasonal flu and, with the exception of not having a RSV vaccine, will also help to protect against RSV, which is filling our pediatric hospitals.  Above all, we need to have clear and comprehensive public health messaging. We must be willing to make a few compromises in the way we live, for the safety of others and ourselves.   Kevin Kavanagh is a retired physician from Somerset, Kentucky, and chairman of Health Watch USA.

TSA records highest number of air travelers since before pandemic Sunday – wdrb.com

By |2022-11-29T00:25:55-05:00November 28th, 2022|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Holiday travel demand has come roaring back.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said officers screened more than 2.5 million people nationwide Sunday, the highest checkpoint numbers since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The previous high was July 1, when just less than 2.5 million people were screened.Copyright 2022 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

Fayette County Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud Related to COVID-19 Relief | USAO-EDKY

By |2022-11-29T00:25:56-05:00November 28th, 2022|COVID-19|

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Lexington man, Shaan Ti Diyali, 37, was sentenced on Monday to six months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for wire fraud.Evidence presented at trial established that Diyali’s personal information was used to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for an insurance business via an online portal.  Diyali received an EIDL of $49,000.  Once he received the funds, Diyali placed the funds in Robinhood, a stock exchange.  Ultimately, Diyali lost all of the money he received from the EIDL.  The evidence further established that the insurance business never conducted any business and never made income, rendering the income that was stated in the EIDL application false.  Diyali testified that he had no intent to defraud the United States, that a friend, whom he trusted, told him that the money was “free money,” and that his friend used Diyali’s personal information to apply for the loan. However, Diyali also admitted that he actually received the funds into his personal bank account and placed the funds into his Robinhood account.  Diyali was convicted in August 2022. Under federal law, Diyali must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  He will also be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for two years after his release from prison.  Diyali is also required to pay restitution to the United States.  Carlton S. Shier IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Louisville Field Office; and Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General, jointly announced the sentences. The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and the United States Small Business Administration.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ken Taylor and Andrea Mattingly Williams.  — END —

Louisville Chorus to perform free Christmas concert in December | whas11.com

By |2022-11-29T00:25:57-05:00November 28th, 2022|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christmas is about family, presents, and most of all: attending free, holiday-themed concerts in your city. The Louisville Chorus is performing 'A Family Christmas Holiday Spectacular' on Sunday, Dec. 4, no tickets required. The show starts at 3 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in the Galt House. Doors open at 2 p.m. and admission is completely free, according to a press release. Louisville Chorus will be joined by the Oldham County High School Choirs, Director Sarah Coleman, Beargrass Christian Church Choir, Voces Novae Ensemble and the Louisville Philharmonia. Initially planned prior to COVID-19, Louisville Chorus is presenting this concert free for everyone, as a gift to the city, according to the release. Daniel Spurlock, Louisville Chorus Music Director, said music is a powerful tool. "We understand what music can do for people and we hope that you, too, will experience the power of music. Christmas and the Holidays are wonderful times that can bring us all together; it is through music that we get there," Spurlock said. Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed. [embedded content]

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