Rick Howlett http://wuky.org en Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky http://wuky.org/post/soon-be-big-japan-jim-beams-roots-stay-kentucky In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.<p>Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.<p>For more than a century, Suntory has been in the beer and spirits industry in Japan, but what many Americans think of when they hear the name is the scene from the 2003 film <em>Lost in Translation</em>, in which Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 43217 at http://wuky.org Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse http://wuky.org/post/how-louisville-went-little-brother-powerhouse University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball.<p>Monday's big victory by Louisville's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for the school and for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.<p>In January, the football team upset fourth-ranked Florida to win the Sugar Bowl, and coach Charlie Strong turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Tennessee to continue rebuilding the Louisville program.<p>Louisville also fields some of the nation's best teams in other sports, like s Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 29828 at http://wuky.org How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse The Modjeska: A Star On Stage, Sweetly Remembered http://wuky.org/post/modjeska-star-stage-sweetly-remembered In the back room of Muth's Candies in Louisville, Ky., Jonathon Skaggs and Bobby Masterson are busy dipping marshmallows into a copper pot.<p>The pot is filled with a top-secret hot caramel mixture. Skaggs and Masterson tap the excess golden caramel off each candy before placing it on a board to cool.<p>Masterson says it's a rhythm repeated hundreds of times each day.<p>"They're good ... they're a big-time seller in here in Kentucky, especially right here in Louisville," Masterson says. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:06:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 17807 at http://wuky.org The Modjeska: A Star On Stage, Sweetly Remembered