Things have been a little challenging around here, but it’s time to get back to the wit and sarcasm. Here’s some things:
I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me Than a Frontal Lobotomy: Big controversy brewing between U of L and Norton Hospital over brain surgeons. Seems Norton’s efforts to build its lineup of neurosurgeons included recruiting some from U of L. And they’re in short supply. So U of L’s all ticked off, because it is losing its faculty for brain operating. The C-J editorial board takes Norton’s side. We’re looking into some other details of the story. Stay tuned. [C-J]
King-dom Questions: Both the C-J and WLKY are looking at the financing of Katie King’s political campaign, spurred by a KREF complaint filed by ex-Mayoral candidate Ed Springston. Jim King tells me that everything is legit. He says his daughter had an additional income source, from a private law practice, and that the reason she’s moving (her house if for sale) is that she’s ready for a move up. He says she’s got great credit, and couldn’t have been turned down for a loan. [C-J, WLKY]
Don’t Like It, Don’t Use it: Does it ever seem to you that government exists to impede business? Seems every session there’s some politician trying to attack the payday loan industry’s practices with the idea of dictating what they can charge. This time the House wants to create a database to monitor the industry. OK. But remember that no one is forced to use these guys. [C-J]
Shooting For Overtime: It’s hard to believe that a single Jefferson County Public Schools’ employee made $70K in overtime. In all, the system spent $900K. JCPS says it’s a good business practice and cheaper than hiring contractors, but that’s a hard one to believe. Eastern principal James Sexton, who tells WHAS that he has a secretary coming in two extra hours a day, calls it money well spent. Time for an investigation. [WHAS]
Flooded with Conflict: Ed Springston (see item 1) had a big news day yesterday. He talked with WLKY about the dismissal of those false swearing charges against IPL administrator John Flood, who happens to be married to Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood. We think it was a deal to dismiss the case only if Flood agreed to retire. Springston thinks Flood picked on South End residents. Check our previous coverage. [WLKY]
False Alarm, But: They had a false alarm today at Manual High School, but it provided a good test for the school’s new alert system. There were e-mails, text messages and phone calls to parents letting us know that everything was safe at the school.