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Entries from April 2009

Shaky Reporting on PRP Allegations

April 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The main story on Saturday’s front-page C-J was that parents in Pleasure Ridge Park have called the paper and complained that kids are being retaliated against for their testimony against Coach Jason Stinson. This story, placed more prominently than the Rick Pitino-Karen Sypher business, provided no details on what the retaliation was or who were [...]

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Tags: High School · JCPS · Journalism · Sports

CityBlock Owners Give Up

April 27th, 2009 · 19 Comments

The rumors that started two weeks ago became reality over the weekend, and no one knows what’s going to happen to the important downtown block that has housed the CityBlock entertainment complex. A hundred employees lost their jobs. Club owners Ward Plauche and Don Blackburn announced over the weekend that they weren’t re-opening the club [...]

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Tags: Business · Cordish · Criticism · Economy · Jerry Abramson · Keep Louisville Weird

Stamina Required for Derby Week

April 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

We feel like we just ran the Mini, but the week ahead requires extra stamina. As if it were a full week of weekend. And if you’re working, you know to get everything done early this week, because nothing gets accomplished around here Thursday and Friday. Commonwealth’s attorney’s office staffers get the whole week off…furloughed. [...]

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Tags: Art · Celebrity · Contests · Courier-Journal · Ethics · John Yarmuth · Kentucky Derby · Senate Race · University of Louisville · Weather

Louisville Metro Corrections Does It Again

April 25th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Remember the little mess Rick got into a couple months ago? The routine legal issue that landed him lost in the Louisville Department of Metro Corrections for nearly eighteen hours? Read all about it here, here and here. Remember the lines Chief of Metro Corrections Mark Bolton and his Spokesperson fed us at the time? [...]

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Tags: Criticism · Possibility City · Scandal

Local Group In the Running for CW Buy

April 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

A local group led by ad executive Larry Bisig and Metro Council member Jim King has submitted an offer to buy WBKI-TV, the CW Louisville television station, the V.V. has learned. Bisig is a principal in the local agency, the Bisig Impact Group.  King is president of King Southern Bank. The station announced on March [...]

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Tags: Advertising · CW · TV

Sypher Charged with Extortion, Lying

April 24th, 2009 · 12 Comments

It’s Friday afternoon, so here’s your big story. (Check out the C-J link, with a photo of Sypher arriving at the courthouse.) Karen Cypher arrived at the federal courthouse downtown about 3:00 today, where she was charged with extortion and lying to the FBI. The crimes carry potential penalties of two and five years in [...]

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Tags: Crime · Legal · Sports · University of Louisville

Lamb Answers Critics About Sypher Tape

April 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Bill Lamb, Fox41′s general manager, told viewers in a Point of View editorial yesterday why the station has refused to air Karen Cypher’s claims after it recorded an interview with her. In the piece, under the headline “Exercising Journalistic Intergrity,” Lamb explains that it would be unethical and irresponsible to air Sypher’s unsubstantiated claims. Obviously [...]

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Tags: Ethics · Journalism · Scandal · Sex · University of Louisville · WDRB

Listen to Joe Elliott — Online

April 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

Joe Elliott has launched a new website that will feature audio interviews with interesting personalities from the news. The site, launched last weekend, shows promise. Everybody likes Joe and he’s willing to ask tough questions. He knows how to get guests, and he’s still got influence as the host of the Sunday morning talk show [...]

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Tags: Internet · Radio · WHAS

Weather Without Wills

April 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments

1969. That’s when Tom Wills joined WAVE-TV to talk about the weather. He’s been doing it ever since. Wills will retire in July after 40 years of weathercasting. He’s been on air longer than any other local media personality. Wills’ retirement will bring back plenty of memories for media watchers, and especially those who have [...]

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Tags: Reporters · Retirement · TV · WAVE · Weather

Unimpressed with that Really Expensive Makeover

April 24th, 2009 · 16 Comments

We had spies at the Sports and Social Club‘s soft opening last night. The VIP party showcased the new nightclub at 4th Street Live and left us wondering — what did they do with the rest of the money? If you haven’t been paying attention, this is the Cordish project to renovate Lucky Strike Lanes.  [...]

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Tags: Cordish · Downtown · Economy · Jerry Abramson · Metro Council