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Why Waste So Much Time & Energy On GLI?

April 16th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Suicide prevention sheds a longstanding taboo: talking about attempts. [NY Times]

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation is warning that gridlock in Washington could halt big transportation projects in Kentucky and across the country. [WDRB]

Drivers downtown can’t miss the progress being made on a new Interstate 65 bridge and its approaches. But work on the east end bridge and its $338 million tunnels near the Bridgepoint subdivision in Prospect has been largely out of sight — though, not out of earshot for neighbors. [C-J/AKN]

Governor Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will change the way aging bourbon barrels are taxed. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky and eight other universities in Kentucky and West Virginia announced a $2.5 million grant Monday to help more minority students graduate with degrees in math and science. [H-L]

Police made an arrest Tuesday in the beating death of an employee at Packaging Unlimited last week. [WLKY]

The Clark County Probation Department can take weeks, and sometimes even months, to activate monitoring bracelets on accused and convicted criminals assigned to the department’s home incarceration program, or HIP. [News & Tribune]

In celebration of the governor’s mansion centennial, Papaw & Jane held a contest for kids and the winners have finally been named. [Page One]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of Dejuan Hammond. [WAVE3]

Why was Coach Cal venturing into Fox News? Well, Cal’s got a book to sell, yo! After all, he lost out on an additional $375,000 bonus (in addition to the $275,000 he’d already earned as a result of the Wildcats’ deep tournament run and his $5.2 million annual salary) after losing to UConn in the NCAA finals. [TDB]

As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially. [WFPL]

Greater Louisville Inc.’s search for a new president and CEO admittedly has taken longer than expected, according to GLI board chairman Kerry Stemler. [Business First]

Pee Alert: staffers at A Kentucky Newspaper can’t access this site because they STILL have it blocked. [HAHAHA]

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More Of Same Nonsense From No Kill Louisville

April 15th, 2014 by admin · 3 Comments

No, nothing has happened with No Kill Louisville. Records have not been released. Nastiness and nonsense continue.

And unfortunately for the current NKL leadership, this is also nonsense:


Because 990s don’t cut it when former board officers, treasurers and attorneys allege wrongdoing and fiscal mismanagement. Particularly when tax dollars and government partnerships are involved.

The organization hasn’t returned emails from countless concerned citizens and refuse to “refute” anything damning.

But that hasn’t stopped the group from pretending to do work in the community:


That fundraiser? It reads like it’s for NKL but it’s actually for Derby City Dog Rescue and Hand-in-Paw.

Because obfuscation is the norm for that once-solid organization.

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We Can & Must Do More On The Suicide Front

April 15th, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

This is personal. If you don’t like it, that’s on you. That’s your bullshit to process. Getting nasty, as some weirdly jealous (?) folks in the Louisville media circle often do, only serves to make things worse. So really — if you don’t like to discuss matters like this in a personal way, it’s time to screw off.

Jefferson County Public Schools can and MUST do more to curb youth suicide. Hiding from reality and denial only exacerbates the problem.

From Toni Konz:

JCPS suspends Twitter, YouTube after suicide

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools have suspended district network access to Twitter and YouTube after a Louisville Male High School student posted a suicide note on YouTube and then killed herself Monday.


“Currently, we have taken down access to YouTube and Twitter, as we felt it was best for our students given the situation so the students who are not emotionally attached are not distracted by the video and the students who are grieving can get the help that they need,” Simpson said. “We are trying to support our students in any way that we can.”


Simpson said the district is also working with law enforcement officials to have the video taken down.

Really — hiding this from students only makes matters worse. Removing it? That’s some serious denial.

As someone who dealt with suicide as a young person and who sees rampant youth suicide in his community, I believe enough is enough.

Instead of blocking discussion on social media, let students focus on this openly.

Instead of hiding the video, SHOW IT TO EVERY STUDENT!

Removing it from YouTube?! What?! WHY hide this reality? Why hide this girl’s very real pain? Scrubbing the record of what she went through is as bad as the suicide itself. Rewriting history is, just like suicide, a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

This has to be discussed. It has to be relatable. It has to be honest and transparent.

Beyond JCPS, people like Toni Konz also have a duty to really dig into youth suicide for their readership. Any time youth suicide is mentioned? It should be a no-brainer that helpful resources are included. When people like Konz tweet their stories about youth suicide to their huge youth audience, they should include those same resources. Every time. (No, that’s not an attack. Just an example. Because she’s actually tweeted resources AND updated her story.)

When television stations like WHAS11 put people like Claudia Coffey on-air to hype up a potential suicide attempt as a young man is preparing to jump from a downtown parking garage, it is imperative that they don’t turn it into a disgusting spectacle. (That’s an attack, WHAS11 was reckless) It is just plain common sense that resources, help numbers, charities, organizations, web addresses be shared with viewership.

This is sickening. From trying to hide from what happens to hyping it up as media loves to do.

Do you have kids? Talk to them openly about suicide. Lend an ear. Don’t judge them. Help them.

Are you a teacher? Make sure your students know you can and will help them in any way possible. If you can offer resources in your classroom and don’t already do so? Remedy that this week.

Are you Donna Hargens? Then get your priorities in check. Make this a bigger deal than it’s been with your staff. Don’t you dare try to run from this. It’s not your fault but you damn well better treat it like it is. You have to set the right example and I KNOW you are capable and want to set that example. You have people just 20 feet from your office ready and waiting to help you. So do it. And the next time you have your staff yell at a journalist for trying to do the right thing? Or for running a story? Get ready for the public onslaught.

Are you the girl’s (name removed not by request but out of our own concern) parents? Leave the video on YouTube in order to help other kids. Use it as a tool to speak out. Use her life to help everyone else. There are kids who need her and who need you to introduce her and her plight.

Louisville is better than this.


Contact the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Seven Counties Services, as the C-J suggests, offers help: (502) 589-4313 or 1-800-221-0446 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Call via KY Relay @ 711

Know a gay kid who is struggling? The Trevor Project is a great resource.

UPDATE: JCPS says it has restored access to Twitter and YouTube. Toni Konz says that’s not the case at all schools.

UPDATE 2: Why on earth would a JCPS official pressure us to remove this story? Do these people have no sense? Unbelievable.

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Rep. John Yarmuth On Immigration Reform

April 15th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

In case you missed it, here’s John Yarmuth appearing on MSNBC to discuss immigration reform:

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Yes, Lexington Also Murders People In Its Parks

April 15th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Local ownership announced strides Monday morning towards locking in the necessary investments to bring a pro soccer team to Louisville. [WDRB]

If there’s one thing Louisville loves more than running over pedestrians or shooting folks, it’s a school bus crash. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police said they are pleased with the security measures put in place for Thunder over Louisville. [WHAS11]

Steve Beshear plans to meet with legislative leaders later on Monday to discuss a new financing plan for a renovated Rupp Arena and the attached convention center. [H-L]

A man severely beaten at a Louisville warehouse on Friday morning has died. As his family members search for answers, businesses in the area are stepping up security. [WLKY]

With a stellar weather forecast, Thunder Over Louisville’s 25th anniversary show was expected to be a big draw. [Business First]

Lexington, in its quest to be more like Louisville, has turned to murdering people in its parks. [WKYT]

A man went to work only to be brutally assaulted when he walked in on a burglary. The victim died over the weekend and now his family and police need your help solving this case. [WAVE3]

When you hear “Shelby County Animal Control/No Kill Mission” you automatically think warm fuzzies, right? [Page One]

Call it a fresh start between the city of Jeffersonville and the Clark County Commissioners. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a new interlocal agreement with the city of Jeffersonville for the funding of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter. The three-year deal will cost Clark County $90,000 per year. [News & Tribune]

Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month. [WFPL]

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Lame Duck Continues Dive Into Mythical Waters

April 14th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Here’s Steve Beshear continuing to pretend that Kentucky’s business climate is amazing.

If it were left to Beshear to write history, he’d claim this is the height of Kentucky’s economy.

Meanwhile, Kentucky just added (literally) a few hundred thousand hardworking, struggling citizens to its Medicaid rolls. Because business is clearly booming here.

→ No CommentsTags: Business · Economy · Hype · Steve Beshear · Video

Animal Care Atrocities Revealed In Shelby County

April 14th, 2014 by jake · Comments Off


When you hear “Shelby County Animal Control/No Kill Mission” you automatically think warm fuzzies, right? Because you assume animals are adequately cared for, well-fed and not euthanized. Because that’s what any sane person would do.

Unfortunately, the folks there — because they want to live up to being no-kill — are STARVING ANIMALS TO DEATH.

You’ll want to click here to read the rest…

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

April 14th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama discussed ensuring equal pay for equal work:

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Greg Fischer Won’t Hype The Urban Sprawl Study

April 14th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Louisville Metro officials have reached a deal with Underhill Associates to convert the historic Colonial Gardens property across from Iroquois Park into a development anchored by locally owned businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops. [WDRB]

It will probably come as no surprise to residents and visitors of Kentuckiana that Louisville has ranked poorly in a new study of metropolitan areas looking at sprawl. [C-J/AKN]

Wondering why Kentucky is being kept in the dark ages? It’s issues like this. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has made a ruling in the case of grocery stores and gas stations being able to sell liquor and wine. [WHAS11]

Louisville has the First Saturday in May for the Kentucky Derby. But Lexington has the second Saturday in April, the day when spring really starts, with Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland Race Course. [H-L]

Do area restaurants get a big boom of business during Thunder? Thunder Over Louisville could result in a day of record sales for Sidebar at Whiskey Row, said general manager Jason Pierce. [Business First]

Yum! Brands is teaming up with Dare to Care and Chenoweth Elementary fourth and fifth graders to fight hunger here in Louisville. [WLKY]

After a several year hiatus, Louisville has returned to the list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. [WFPL]

Picture-perfect weather lured a crowd of more than 650,000 to the waterfront for the 25th Thunder Over Louisville show. [WAVE3]

While judges typically serve in response to past criminal activity, Jeffersonville City Court Judge Ken Pierce is taking a proactive stance to prevent crimes, specifically, mob-driven violence during Thunder Over Louisville, he says. [News & Tribune]

Ruh ro moment. Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Inc. for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct in seeking shareholders’ approval for the Company’s 2007 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Business Wire]

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

April 11th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week the Transportation Lady highlights Enviroscape — a hands-on environmental activity presented to students by the Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network:

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