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Float Like a 747: Louisville International Airport will now be known as Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, says NBC News, ESPN, CNN, NPR and Sports Illustrated.

Insider’s Caitlin Bowling covered the story on Wednesday.

The idea surfaced for the change in 2016; a committee was formed to study the move’s impact in 2017, and on Wednesday, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s board voted unanimously to honor Louisville’s most famous son.

The three-letter International Air Transport Association Location Identifier will remain SDF. ALI belongs to Alice International Airport in South Texas, about 45 minutes west of Corpus Christi.

Said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in a release:

Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people,” Fischer said. “It is important that we, as a city, further champion the champ’s legacy. And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.

His widow, Lonnie Ali, said:

I am happy that visitors from far and wide who travel to Louisville will have another touch point to Muhammad and be reminded of his open and inclusive nature, which is reflective of our city. Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start. It is a fitting testament to his legacy.

Ali died in June 2016 at the age of 74

The Washington Post pointed out a bit of irony in its headline: “Muhammad Ali was deathly afraid of flying. Louisville just named its airport after him.”

The champ was quoted as saying before a 1961 bout: “I’m not afraid of the fight — I’m afraid of the flight.”

Here he is in his own words:

In other news, The Wall Street Journal says Ali’s former Los Angeles mansion is on the market. If you have an extra $17 million lying around, it could be yours. Ali lived there until 1986; the current owners bought the place in the early aughts for $2.5 million.

Frances Irene Finley Williams with her husband, Bruce Williams. | Family photo

From the Great Beyond: The Courier Journal apologized this week for refusing to run an obituary unless the family removed a dig at President Trump, says USA Today, The Hill, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Guardian and NBC News.

Frances Irene Finley Williams passed away on November 21 at the age of 87. She loved flowers, Elvis and playing bridge. She was also an avid follower of all things politics, a staunch Democrat and far from a fan of the president, so when her family wrote her obituary, they included the line “her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump administration.”

The Cremation Society of Kentucky handled her arrangements. They turned the obituary over to the Courier Journal along with a check for $1,684.44 from the family.

But a few days before the obit was set to run, the paper said it wouldn’t print it unless the Trump line was struck. There’s a policy against allowing what the paper considers “negative content.”

NBC quotes her daughter Catherine Duff:

It had never occurred to us that this would be an issue. We thought it was just one more element of who she was. She was not shy about it.

But the family went along with it and removed the line. They’d just lost their mother the day before Thanksgiving — this wasn’t a fight they had the emotional energy to take on.

In January, however, Fran’s son Art Williams was still pretty upset. He posted what happened on his Facebook, which caused a social media stir. He wrote:

I was — and still am, dumbfounded, surprised — but most of all disappointed and aghast that a once historically- courageous American newspaper that exists by reason of freedom of speech would so trivially move to abate the free speech that it seems, when convenient, to hypocritically champion.

That led to the Courier’s Joe Gerth looking into what happened.

Turns out, the obituaries don’t get handled here in Louisville by editorial or staff; they’re handled by the sales department in Wisconsin.

Said Courier Journal editor Richard Green:

In this political climate we now find ourselves, partisanship should have no role in deciding what gets included in an obituary that captures a loved one’s life — especially one as amazing as what Mrs. Williams led.

To that end, The Courier-Journal has apologized and making good on the family’s wishes, is running the obituary in its original form and has offered to refund the family’s $1,684.44.

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Dark Days Ahead: As we get closer to the release of the next big Jennifer Lawrence film, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” some story tidbits are trickling out, including a big spoiler for a major event in the film, according to We Got This Covered and Comicbook.com.

Here’s some spoiler space for you, if you want to avoid this one. This is our last item today so thanks and see you next week and all that.

For the rest of you:

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According to We Got This Covered, sources confirm what we suspected a few months back: Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique will die at the hands of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as part of the latter’s turn to the dark side. Speculation of the character’s death has been rampant since they showed a big funeral scene with everyone present but her, so it’s not like we had to kick in the heavy sleuthing on this one, but there it is.

Also, Disney’s about to reboot the whole thing, so you may as well make some big moves. I’d go ahead and kill off everyone. Hell, I’d bring back characters from the other films just so I could kill them off in the last movie.

Like the porcupine guy from the third movie.

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He’s biting it for sure. And while I was looking up photos of him, I found this:

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“Trust a few; fear the rest.” Cool tag line, but the math doesn’t work. There are less people on the fear side than the trust side. Hard to make a case for underdog status when you have the other side outnumbered X-Men.

See you next week.

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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.