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Outside of the mainstream, who has gone to bat over the last decade for people unable to find justice?

Who started the original University of Louisville scandal reporting and helped send Robert Felner to prison? Hint: That person put so much pressure on media outlets to cover education-related corruption that statewide newspapers started moving their star political reporters to ed spots – like Ryan Alessi at the Herald-Leader.

Got Steve Henry convicted?

Broke dozens of Louisville Metro Animal Services scandals resulting in numerous firings and lawsuits?

Reported on animal abuse and torture so thoroughly that REPUBLICANS were forced to take action in Louisville to create whistleblower protection laws?

Was the original Kentucky Retirement Systems scandal(s) screamer ten years ago?

Spent nearly five years reporting on one of the most massive education-related scandals in Kentucky (Joshua Powell – Montgomery County Schools), resulting in myriad lawsuits, millions in payouts, more than fifty firings and state and federal government investigations and sanctions?

Ousted Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday?

Covered so many Jefferson County Public Schools nightmares that everyone has lost count?

Held Jack Conway accountable during the 2010 U.S. Senate race despite non-stop Democratic Party backlash?

Broke countless stories about Rand Paul that garnered national and international coverage?

Broke story after story about Republican and Democratic candidates and elected officials with no consideration of their partisanship or whether they were friends/acquaintances?

Shook the Legislative Research Commission and Democratic and Republican leadership to their knees by publishing scandalous deposition testimony? (Legislators went to court to try to silence the reporting and failed. Miserably.)

And produced hundreds of other major stories?

Spoiler alert: it was me.

Did it all while asking for nothing in return. For a decade. 8-10 stories per day. Every day. More than 23,000 of them on Page One and The ‘Ville Voice. Love me or hate me, it was me. I’ve never started what I couldn’t finish and I’ve always gotten justice for people in need. I’ve pissed off and upset everyone from Matt Bevin to to my own mother (rest in peace) for shining sunlight on what needed to be exposed.

My body of work speaks for itself. That’s not just an opinion – you’re free to dig in to see for yourself.

While I no can longer physically produce hundreds of stories per month, I’m still working on long-term projects and digging in deep. My research is sometimes shared with other media outlets and has contributed to several major stories so far in 2017. When I discover something that I cannot ethically reveal myself, it gets tossed to countless reporters around the state.

Whether I’m focusing on Matt Bevin, uncovering shenanigans within a government agency or reporting on school district activity in order to stop corruption and abuses of power, I give it my all and provide the voiceless with an opportunity to be heard by the powerful. I get results. I’d like to continue those efforts here. Long-term, deep research efforts. It’s important in the an age of mainstream media abandoning efforts like this. It’s crucial when there are maybe two reporters at television stations in Kentucky with anything resembling historical knowledge of the Commonwealth or a working relationship with the key players in Frankfort.

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Your support doesn’t go to me. But it does go to help cover hosting costs, the thousands upon thousands per year in open record requests and government document pulls and to help sources in poorer Kentucky counties communicate safely and securely with people like me.

Thank you!

Some Fun Holiday Shootings & Stabbings

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Metro Police are on the scene of a double shooting at West Broadway and 24th Street. [WDRB]

Indiana was awarded nearly $18 million in grants this week to combat homelessness by the U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s your local media falling for Republican spin in giving Matt Bevin credit for something that wasn’t his, that he initially killed. [WHAS11]

Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign chairman, already convicted of conspiracy and charges related to false campaign reporting, is now accused of violating his probation and trying to help arrange a $2 million illegal contribution to a super PAC supporting President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. [H-L]

LMPD responded to a shooting in the Portland neighborhood Sunday. [WLKY]

The year-end stocks rally on the heels of the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was built on expectations of reduced regulations, big tax cuts and a large fiscal stimulus. [HuffPo]

One person was stabbed in the Park Duvalle neighborhood on Christmas morning. [WAVE3]

Yes, the Bevin crew is wreaking havoc. Read this scandalous coverage of the insurance shenanigans going on in Bevinistan. [Public Integrity]

For many, certain holiday foods say something about us as a person — our history, a family connection or deeper legacy. [WFPL]

The FBI kept a close watch on the activities of Muhammad Ali in 1966, with a particular focus on his links to the Nation of Islam, a black movement that the agency viewed as subversive, according to archival documents posted on the FBI website. [Reuters]

A 36-unit apartment complex is being proposed at 6710 Six Mile Lane, near Breckenridge Lane. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in the council chamber of the Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway. [News & Tribune]

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UofL Foundation Spending Is Unsustainable? Surprise! No One Could Have Predicted That

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The Department of Justice is facing off against two insurance giants. [WDRB]

Woah, a Jefferson County Public Schools lawsuit that wasn’t filed by Teddy Gordon. [C-J/AKN]

On a spring night nearly three years ago, then-15-year-old Maddie Dalton sat squinting at her phone — her fingers typing, deleting and rewriting. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities don’t want Gov. Matt Bevin or the Kentucky General Assembly to mess with the well-funded, solvent state County Employees Retirement System. [H-L]

The former leader of the Cornbread Mafia was arrested in Canada on Thursday. U.S. marshals picked up John “Johnny” Robert Boone in a small town outside Montreal after an extensive fugitive investigation. [WLKY]

So go buy the book about Johnny Boone ASAP. [Click Here]

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called on Thursday for the country to expand its nuclear weapons capabilities until the world “comes to its senses” – a signal he may support costly efforts to modernize the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville’s investment and endowment foundation has spent so many of its assets keeping the University growing and going that it’s unsustainable, the firm charged with managing its funds’ managers told directors Wednesday. [WAVE3]

Louisville’s Russell neighborhood has experienced unprecedented success during it’s two year quest to acquire grant funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. [WFPL]

An 11-year-old transgender Ohio child must be allowed to continue to use the girls’ restroom while her school district appeals a court ruling in her favor, a U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville College of Business has found a new dean. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council agreed on methods to raise sewer rates annually, better defining how the increases will be connected to inflation. [News & Tribune]

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What’s Not News: Public Displays Of Racism Here In Possibility Compassionate City

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The University of Louisville’s director of football operations was contacted by campus police after three people were shot Dec. 11 at the Retreat at Louisville apartments, according to a police report. [WDRB]

Her sophomore year at Valley High, Brooklyn Adams missed school more often than not. Her attendance problems began her freshman year when her mother, who is battling a bone disease, began getting sicker, Adams said. She said she was afraid to leave for school, fearful to come home one day to find her mother gone. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Well, that didn’t take long. The positive University of Louisville Foundation spin has taken hold of local television folks. Within a week, everyone will have forgotten about what a nightmare it’s all become the last decade. [WHAS11]

Pee alert! Some of the most corrupt members of the Kentucky Democratic Party have YET AGAIN (cough, cough) had to pay out a mountain of cash for defaming someone. [AP/H-L]

Let’s watch a bunch of local non-leaders feign surprise at public displays of racism in Louisville. As if it’s not widely known. Hell, Greg Fischer’s crew frequently reach out behind the scenes when we discuss public displays of racism. This is not a new thing. They’re just reacting because the city now has egg on its face nationally. [WLKY]

As President-elect Donald Trump’s economic team forms, it continues to be highly favorable to a key billionaire hedge fund donor who backed his candidacy when most on Wall Street wouldn’t touch him. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville’s director of football operations was notified about the shooting that involved two of the team’s players hours after Lamar Jackson won the school’s first-ever Heisman Trophy. [WAVE3]

After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they actually received. The overwhelming consensus: next to none. [NY Times]

The chair of Kentucky’s workgroup formulating potential changes to the commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations says he believes state laws adequately protect drinking water resources, even with the release of more details from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. [WFPL]

Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. [Reuters]

Um, only a few places? Talk about a gross understatement. This is what happens when people from inside the Watterson try to write about the rest of the Commonwealth without ever having been anywhere. There are only a few places where alcohol sales are still completely banned in the Bluegrass. [Business First]

It took about a year for Sid Peterson to build a village, and it started with a single train engine. [News & Tribune]

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Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [News & Tribune]

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Affordable Housing Is Not A Thing Here

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Domestic violence victims are about to get more support. [WDRB]

Affordable housing is not an actual thing in Louisville and progressives need to stop acting like it is. [C-J/AKN]

How is your local media failing you this week? By giving neo-nazi white supremacists airtime to share their “white nationalist” beliefs. [WHAS11]

How to know Kentucky Democrats are still dead and will remain dead: They selected Julian Carroll as a leader. Sorry for the lack of a pee alert. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed Saturday evening on Olive Street, Louisville Metro Police said. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump and some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives met at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday, a summit convened to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the election campaign. [HuffPo]

This is the first full day of operation for the newly opened the Lewis and Clark Bridge. For weeks, commuters have been saying the bridge will significantly cut commute times. [WAVE3]

This doesn’t make the Republican Party of Kentucky mouthbreathers/coal shills happy. Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation. [Fortune]

Are UofL fans outnumbered in Louisville? Hopefully, if we’re lucky. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to become his budget chief could represent a major shift for the incoming administration on tackling entitlement spending. [The Hill]

One of Louisville’s largest East End hotels has been bought for $45.3 million. [Business First]

The much talked about and anticipated money transfer has finally been completed. [News & Tribune]

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