April 24th, 2014 by admin · No Comments
With opening night just three days away, the finish line is fast approaching at Churchill Downs. [WDRB]
KFC Yum! Center officials say they don’t intend to pay $7.5 million the Kentucky State Fair Board claims it’s lost since the new arena began siphoning business from Freedom Hall when it started hosting University of Louisville basketball and other events. [C-J/AKN]
Federal agents and local police are investigating after search warrants were issued for the Physicians Primary Care offices in Indiana and Kentucky. [WHAS11]
The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has hired as its interim executive director Ted Nicholson, who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit after being fired without explanation in 2012 from his job as general manager of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. [H-L]
Two school employees in Oldham County resigned after officials said they left a child on a bus alone for hours. [WLKY]
We’ve been hearing from both Democrats and Republicans all over the state that Katie Stine sabotaged the bipartisan heroin legislation she helped create with fellow legislators. [Page One]
The doctor fired after an inmate’s death at Kentucky State Penitentiary will keep his private practice but may hire a lawyer as the state’s investigation continues, his wife said Tuesday. [WAVE3]
In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month. [HuffPo]
There are still a few days left for the public to submit comments on the proposed new Robley Rex VA Medical Center facility. [Business First]
In 1953, Memorial Hospital of Floyd County opened its doors at 1850 State St. in New Albany. At the time, it was state-of-the-art and was larger and more advanced than the facility it replaced, St. Edward’s Hospital. [News & Tribune]
The Butchertown Neighborhood Association and Andy Cornelius, its president, have appealed a Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment decision allowing an expansion at the JBS/Swift pork plant on Story Avenue in Butchertown. [More C-J/AKN]
Tags: Arena · Bad Behavior · Butchertown · Churchill Downs · Health Care · Horse Industry · Indiana · Oops · State Government
April 23rd, 2014 by admin · No Comments
On Tuesday, the Fund for the Arts Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Christen Boone as Designate President and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, according to a news release. [WDRB]
They prayed, they sang, they held up signs and they made demands — for an end to zero tolerance policies in Jefferson County Public Schools that have resulted in 9,093 suspensions so far this year — 68 percent of them of students who are black. [C-J/AKN]
Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. [The 'Ville Voice]
The Jefferson County Public Schools board is exploring the option to close Myers Middle School in Hikes Point next school year, but many parents said they are unhappy with that option. [WHAS11]
A group of University of Kentucky students are continuing their fight against the administration’s decision to outsource the school’s dining services. On Monday, about five UK-United Students Against Sweatshops held a protest outside the Administration Building before holding a sit-in at UK President Eli Capilouto’s office. [H-L]
Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility Compassionate City. [WLKY]
A committee of state lawmakers wants the Energy and Environment Cabinet to explain apparent inconsistencies between its position and that of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency on a new regulation governing how much selenium mining operations may release into Kentucky streams. [Ronnie Ellis]
A group of Jefferson County Public Schools students have teamed with a Louisville organization to bring safe, pure water to children clear across the world. [WAVE3]
An ordinance on sign usage in Clarksville that was before the town council Monday night had at least one council member concerned. [News & Tribune]
Many investors and analysts will be taking a close look at Churchill Downs Inc.’s casino business when the company reports its financial results for the first quarter late Wednesday. [Business First]
Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? [WFPL]
Tags: Art · Bad Behavior · Charity · Churchill Downs · Education · Gambling · Guns · Indiana · JCPS · Music · Race · Scandal · State Government · University of Kentucky · University of Louisville · Water
April 22nd, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments
REFRESHER: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine
Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. Should you require a refresher, please see the links above.
NKL’s leaders (just a husband and wife remaining) love to claim that 100% of all contributions go to help animals in need:
That claim is not based in reality.
It appears, based on financial documents from June, July and August 2013, that NKL leaders pulled in thousands of donations in cash and PayPal funds, totaling at least $39,071.77. $34,151.71 came from cash and checks and $4,920.06 from PayPal.
Some of the documents we have:
Contrary to denials made by Rebecca Ficklin and her hateful apologists, funds appear to have been spent inappropriately. Along with somehow sending at least one NKL account repeatedly into overdraft. All while withdrawing hundreds of dollars from ATMs at a time with no supporting documentation.
Undocumented and suspicious purchases were made at Groupon, Google, Dairy Queen, USPS/FedEx (when the organization, according to all involved, had nothing to ship), Amazon Marketplace, Sam’s Club, Kroger and Walmart.
Some of the transactions:
06/06/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GROUPON INC XXXXX7858 IL — $148.38
06/24/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 USPS XXXXX1192 LOUISVILLE KY — $46
07/05/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 FEDEXOFFICE 00016139 LOUISVILLE KY — $48.18
07/08/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 DAIRY QUEEN #41541 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.32
07/08/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GOOGLE *Siyami Apps GOOGLE.COM/ CA — $21.19 (appears to be for pet tracking software for her Android device)
07/22/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 OFFICE DEPOT #2511 LOUISVILLE KY — $102.05
07/29/13 — POS PURCHASE POS22258532 0835626 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $1.38
07/29/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 XEROX CORPORATIONCRED XXXXX6100 OR — $159
07/29/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 LONGHORN STEAK00051714 LOUISVILLE KY — $102.58
07/30/13 — N0730 4045 PAYMENT POS00000101 0236793 AMAZON.COM SEATTLE WA — $9.64
07/31/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 AMAZON MKTPLACE PMTS AMZN.COM/BI WA — $55.12
08/01/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $108.97
08/07/13 — POS PURCHASE POSKLO76484 0246434 KROGER LOUISVILLE KY — $18.62
08/12/13 — POS PURCHASE POS21501199 0853514 USPS XXXXX6955 LOUISVILLE KY — $23
08/12/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX8290 WAL-MART #3610 LOUISVILLE KY — $34.82
08/13/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 FEDEXOFFICE 00016139 LOUISVILLE KY — $51.94
08/13/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36
08/15/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $116.98
08/23/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $56.70
08/23/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36
08/26/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GROUPON INC XXXXX7858 IL — $29
08/26/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18031552 0892289 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.08
08/26/13 — CONTINUOUS OD CHARGE – 01 DAY — $7
08/27/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36
08/27/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18501277 0257367 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $63.52
08/30/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18211776 0327715 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $53
08/30/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18362608 0327716 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.60
Note: The Longhorn dinner covered Rebecca, her husband (not on the board at the time), two volunteers and one of their wives. Everyone else — all other board members and volunteers — paid for their own meals.
In August alone there were several truckloads of food that were sold that totaled thousands of dollars. Those transactions weren’t documented and it appears funds did not get deposited. There’s no way to confirm the funds were handled appropriately because NKL refuses to answer questions or to provide records and documentation backing up their claims.
On August 14 there was a yard sale held to benefit NKL that generated at least $2,000. Funds were to support the organization’s foster/adoption program but that never occurred. But on August 20, an odd $814.85 was deposited and then immediately withdrawn in cash. On August 27, another $250 in cash was withdrawn. A total of at least $2,803.69 in undocumented purchases and ATM withdrawals were made during the three month period we examined that we have not already reported.
We previously told you about NKL continuing to raise funds for the non-existent Hope Fund. Specifically, Ficklin had a little girl make and sell bracelets for the purpose of contributing to the fund. However, according to financials for three months, there was a $1,151.96 outstanding Hope Fund debt.
NO KILL LOUISVILLE DEBTS
Our sources have preserved these documents and all records they had access to while involved with NKL in order to provide them to any law enforcement or investigative agency for the purposes of forensic accounting and document chain of custody verification.
So let’s quit with the hand wringing and concern trolling.
No Kill Louisville needs to put up or shut up (or just shut down).
Because there appears to be overwhelming evidence to suggest financial mismanagement on the part of the organization’s leaders — after they took over, not prior, as they love to claim — has occurred.
Tags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Dogs · Scandal
April 22nd, 2014 by admin · No Comments
Mapping Poverty in America, via the New York Times:
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Some neighborhoods exceed 75% and 80% poverty rates.
But some people think it’s a good idea to pump hundreds of millions into Cordish and to install a ferris wheel.
Tags: Maps · Possibility City · Poverty
April 22nd, 2014 by admin · No Comments
It has hosted college and professional basketball games, high school graduations and roller derby clashes. Louis Armstrong played there, as did musicians from Elvis Presley to My Morning Jacket. [WDRB]
The Waterfront Development Corp. is scrambling to offset the legislature’s abrupt slashing of all state funding for the agency — $420,000 a year for each of the next two fiscal years. [C-J/AKN]
Another day, another silly study in Louisville. A study will be conducted over the next several months to see if LMPD is a fully staffed police force. [WHAS11]
A Louisville voter filed a lawsuit Monday, claiming that this year’s Republican challenger against longtime state Democratic Rep. Tom Burch is not a qualified candidate because he doesn’t live in the district. [H-L]
Metro police are asking for help after a pedestrian was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in west Louisville. [WLKY]
Of course Kentucky’s in the national news again for something terrible. A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. [HuffPo]
A federal judge says attorneys defending Indiana’s gay marriage ban haven’t shown any good reason to not recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness. [WAVE3]
Ronnie Ellis once again says what anyone paying attention has been thinking: education is not an actual priority in Frankfort. [Ronnie Ellis]
It’s not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling. [WFPL]
If you missed it last week, go take a look at Reggie Meeks’ remarks on harassment and corruption in Frankfort. [Page One]
Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. will release its first-quarter earnings Tuesday, and the general consensus is that the company will see improved revenue this year compared to the first quarter of 2013. [Business First]
The number of former and current Clark County Drug Treatment Court participants involved in a class action lawsuit claiming mistreatment by Clark County employees recently doubled. [News & Tribune]
Tags: Bad Behavior · Business · Cordish · Downtown · Education · Gays · Indiana · LMPD · Oops · Politics · State Government
April 21st, 2014 by admin · No Comments
On Friday, Governor Steve Beshear’s office released this video about high-tech industry in Kentucky:
Tags: Business · State Government · Steve Beshear · Video
April 21st, 2014 by jake · No Comments
Look, there’s no way to explain the latest in Kentucky’s gay marriage legal battle.
Put down your beverage and get a load of the latest.
It’ll be the hardest you’ve laughed all day.
Tags: Gays · Legal
April 21st, 2014 by admin · No Comments
This week President Barack Obama offered Easter and Passover greetings:
Tags: Politics · Religion · Video
April 21st, 2014 by admin · 2 Comments
The secret to Derby Pie’s success: magic, obviously. Don’t even try explaining it. [WDRB]
Looky there, it’s Mitch McConnell spreading minimum wage fear. Instead of spreading racially-charged anti-Obama rhetoric (and that’s what it is— fear of a black man or a scary Muslim, at least in Kentucky), Granny Mitch ought to focus on ripping apart Alison Grimes’ lack of substance. [C-J/AKN]
Another day, another pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Possibility Compassionate City. [WHAS11]
Watching Keith Runyon continue to defend the dying beast and Gannett never stops being entertaining. Blaming changing technology is just an excuse. Not adapting is the real sadness here. The book industry, much like the music industry, has evolved. Just like the news industry. This bizarre bitterness at the younger generation taking over does nothing but encourage resentment and bitterness. [HuffPo]
Thousands of runners took part in the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon and mini-marathon on Saturday. [WLKY]
We linked to this story about school segregation last week but feel the need to promote it again. Louisville gets a significant mention. [ProPublica]
Witnesses said a 24-year-old was speeding and driving erratically before he drove over a curb, hitting and killing a 5-year-old boy. [WAVE3]
Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. [CN|2]
After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district’s code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval. [WFPL]
Metro United Way has announced the results of its 2013 annual campaign. The organization raised about $28.1 million, down from the $28.9 million a year ago. [Business First]
Three very different Democrats with different experience levels, different skill sets and different outlooks have one thing in common — they all want to serve as Clark County Commissioner. [News & Tribune]
Tags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Death · Derby Festival · Education · Hype · Indiana · JCPS · John Yarmuth · Mitch McConnell · Newspaper · Possibility City · Race · Senate Race
April 18th, 2014 by jake · 8 Comments
You know what’s crazy? That anyone thinks Angela Koshewa is worthy of any amount of sweet cash. What a terrible lawyer (in our opinion) — from countless internal matters to Nina Yoder.
But what’s crazier? That the University of Louisville is getting its ass handed to it for unchecked corruption. Again.
The University of Louisville is paying another large settlement in connection with the retirement of a high-ranking official — this time, $346,844 to its top lawyer.
University counsel Angela Koshewa is on a three-month leave of absence before she officially retires June 1. Documents obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act show the university is paying Koshewa — who has questioned some expenditures and proposals backed by President James Ramsey and Dr. David Dunn, the executive vice president for Health Affairs — twice her final salary.
A five-page separation agreement, which was signed by Koshewa and Provost Shirley Willihnganz in February, called for her to be paid $50,000 on March 15 and the balance on June 15. It says the parties “desire to settle … any and all possible claims and differences among them.”
Two university officials who declined to be named because they aren’t authorized to comment said Koshewa had raised questions with Ramsey and Dunn about expenditures, real estate deals, and university compliance issues.
It’s like Jim Ramsey’s administration is a never-ending series of awful. Robert Felner, Nina Yoder, the equine sciences mess, various sports scandals, law school mess, this.
But everybody in this town continues to give him a reach-around because they all want some of the deals that come from being ‘in’ with Jimbo. Like that time the local newspaper’s education reporter sat on her hands and half-assed the Felner coverage only to be awarded a high-paying job at the Dept of Ed, thanks to Jimbo.
This is why UofL can’t have nice things.
Tags: Scandal · University of Louisville