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Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the 1974 Super Outbreak

Major damage in the Northfield neighborhood of Louisville, including a vehicle partially wrapped around a tree. | Via Wikipedia

April 3 marks the 43rd anniversary of the super tornado outbreak that swept through several states, including Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

In Cherokee Park, more than two thousand trees were uprooted. More than 900 homes were destroyed with hundreds more damaged. Four blocks of Bardstown Road were strewn with downed trees and debris. Most of the horse barns at the Expo Center were demolished and part of Freedom Hall. Audubon Elementary was mostly destroyed.

Despite the massive destruction, only three lives were lost in Louisville, although 234 more people were injured.

April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the second largest tornado outbreak after the 2011 Super Outbreak, which lasted from April 25 to 28 and killed a total of 324 people.

Washington Post takes a closer look at Kentucky judge’s Trump ‘incitement’ ruling

This morning, The Washington Post published “That unusual Trump ‘incitement’ ruling wasn’t just about one rally but a ‘multitude,’” about Kentucky U.S. District Judge David J. Hale’s decision Friday to allow a lawsuit against President Donald Trump to go forward.

The suit asserts that Trump and his campaign were responsible for inciting violence during a campaign stop at the Louisville Convention Center in March 2016. Trump shouted “get ’em out of here,” indicating protestors he wanted removed from the room. Trump supporters then are accused of roughing up at least three people who have brought the suit.

Fred Barbash of The Post wrote, Hale “cited in support of his decision a pattern of similar Trump campaign speeches submitted as examples by the plaintiffs, Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, to show that Trump knew exactly what he was doing and that the instructions were aimed not at security guards, as campaign lawyers claimed, but at people in the audience.”

Over the course of many months, according to the article citing Hale’s ruling, Trump instructed a crowd to “knock the crap out of” protestors, promised another that if they got in trouble with the law he’d pay their legal fees and urged a crowd to remove another protester saying not to hurt the person but “‘If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.’”

Barbash notes that the Supreme Court rarely holds any kind of expression of speech beyond the protections of the First Amendment.

“The exceptions have included ‘fighting words’ that ‘tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace,’ along with speech that ‘explicitly or implicitly’ encourages the use of violence, when the speaker intentionally uses it to do so and understands that the violence is ‘the likely result” of the speech.’

David Blaine coming to Louisville during his first American tour

Now, for something a little lighter.

Tickets are on sale for David Blaine Live at the Palace Theatre. Blaine, for more than 20 years, has been one of the vanguards of modern magic. His July 12 show is just three days before the largest annual gathering of magicians hits Louisville for three days.

This is his first American tour.

According to the news release, in addition to being a master of close-up and “street” magic, “Blaine’s nine primetime specials have seen him being buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days, survived standing atop a 100ft tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, endured 44 days inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water, and had over one million volts discharged at him continuously for 72 hours from seven Tesla coils. Blaine also spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, before breaking the world record for breath holding live on the Oprah Winfrey show where he held his breath for over 17 minutes.”

Several of Blaine’s stunts have been so punishing that medical researchers have asked to study him after them. He has performed in front of every sitting president since Clinton and has even stumped Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali.

Tickets range from $39.50 – $99.50. Showtime is 8 p.m. – Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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