Friday the 13th Bad Luck Edition

We’re predicting it will be bad luck for UK today when it faces LSU in the SEC Tournament at 1. Still, it’s a good excuse for you to goof off during the workday. The Cards play Villanova at 7 tonight. After both Connecticut and Pitt lost last night, they seem to be a near-lock for a #1 NCAA seed.

U of L vs. Free Speech: Jake’s got a blockbuster of a story on the University of Louisville suspending a nursing student for expressing her opinion on her MySpace page. Really. The student’s words didn’t cause a riot, hurt anyone or otherwise endanger the school. So she’s filed a lawsuit, alleging her free speech rights were violated. We agree. [Page One]

Grown-ups vs. Sexting: Speaking of ways to get in trouble, WAVE’s Maira Ansari explores the world of sexting for a sweeps piece, interviewing some identity-concealed high schoolers, attorneys and school officials about all kinds of dangerous results from kids sending nude photos to each other on their phones.  Advice to parents  — check your kids’ phone. [WAVE-3]

Joni Loves Coaching Change: Rep. Joni Jenkins says she’s got the votes to get a watered-down version of her bill calling for changes in high school athletics passed. Her original bill, created as a result of the PRP Max Gilpin tragedy, called for having defibrillators and ice pools on hand at football practices. UK football coach Rich Brooks’ testimony in Frankfort, calling for more training for coaches, swayed the legislators to pass the bill. [Courier]

Bad Things Happen to Good People: We’re saddened to see that bright young attorney Kungu Njuguna has resigned from his job with the County Attorney’s office. It stems from a January incident in which Njuguna was charged with wanton endangerment and fleeing from police. He was a Democratic candidate last spring for Metro Council in District 18. His boss, Mike O’Connell, released a statement: “I am saddened by the sequence of events that has led to Mr. Njuguna’s resignation. The responsibilities of the County Attorney’s Office to the public and his current legal issues make his continued employment with the office untenable. I wish Kungu a just resolution of those issues.”

Porter’s Incident Update: Metro Council president David Tandy has assured bar owners that he will look into the LMPD policy barring off-duty officers being paid by the bars from standing inside those bars during events. He’s asked Chief Robert White about it. Yesterday, police arrested suspect Delion Burke in the investigation of the shooting Sunday night at Jim Porter’s. [Courier]

Do Something…Yes, You…About the Environment: Getting some solar panels to heat your home or business isn’t as hard as you might think, and it’s the right thing to do. Here’s how. [Page One]

Numbing Numbers and How to Report It: We’re guessing that somebody at the Herald-Leader botched this one, and maybe it’ll be fixed by the time you look at the link. But under the headline “Kentucky Jobless Rate Highest Since ’87” there’s a listing of what appear to be notes for an incomplete but actual news story. Are the unemployment numbers or the incompetence at the newspaper more distressing?  [H-L]

I’m So Excited: The Pointer Sisters are in town Saturday for a show with the Louisville Orchestra at the Palace. You can still get tickets to hear the gals do hits like “Fire” and “Slow Hand.” [Orchestra]

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