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Entries from May 2009

OK, Read This First, then Start the Weekend

May 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We’re on the patio at the Gardiner Lane Heine Bros. because, well, it was impossible to stay indoors any longer. Join us at the Dan Dry photo exhibit at the ArtXP Gallery in Butchertown tonight. Meanwhile, here’s some stuff to end the week on…. Posing for Vogue: Fashion photographers for magazines like Vogue are probably [...]

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Tags: Health Care · Horse Industry · Kentucky Derby · Magazine · Photo · Steve Beshear · TV · University of Louisville

Beshear Calls Special Session

May 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here’s this week’s big Friday at 4:30 story — Gov. Steve Beshear has called for a special session to deal with the predicted $996 million shortfall in the next fiscal year budget.  The session will begin June 15. That anticipated report from the state’s economic forecasters is just as bad as politicians were predicting –  [...]

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Tags: Economy · Greg Stumbo · State Government · Steve Beshear

Smart-Aleck Responses to Budget Highlights

May 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Just for fun, let’s take a look at the official highlights of the Mayor’s budget, accompanied by our own editorial comments. Preserves basic services despite rising costs and declining revenues Anticipates 1.4 percent decrease in General Fund revenues Predicting future revenue is risky, as we learned the hard way. Last year’s decrease was 2 percent, [...]

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Tags: Art · Bikes · Construction · Economy · Housing · Jail · Jerry Abramson · Metro Government · Parks · Police · TARC · Transparency · West End

Opposition Fires Volley in Slots Issue

May 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Let’s be clear on this. Most people in Kentucky won’t really be affected if a few of the state’s racetracks offer slot machines as a way to gamble. It’s one of those issues, like watching certain shows on TV, that you can choose to ignore if you want. But opponents of slots aren’t going to [...]

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Tags: Economy · Ethics · Gambling · Horse Industry · State Government

Getting a Late Start

May 29th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Sorry for the late start, but wasn’t everybody up late watching Southern Belles to hear Kellie’s so-called matchmaking business customers describe what kind of sex they wanted? Sorry, our local sources say the business was fake, fake, fake. They had to give Kellie something to do for the show. Yes, we had to throw up. [...]

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Tags: Metro Government · Sports · WAVE · Wayside Mission · WHAS

In Non-Layoff News…

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

We’re sorry for the 119 folks losing their jobs in Metro Government, but still think that layoffs should have been an option taken a while ago… Flagged: There’s been so much national buzz about the Kindred Hospital in Texas, in which an employee was asked to remove an American flag from her workspace, that the [...]

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Tags: Dan Mongiardo · Dixie Highway · Documentary · Green · Health Care · Jack Conway · Movies · Radio · Senate Race · Zoning

Layoffs Coming to Metro Government

May 28th, 2009 · 12 Comments

During the budget crises of the last year or two, as Metro Government has repeatedly cut back services, closed parks and instituted hiring and salary freezes, the one area that seemed to be off-limits to the budget ax was personnel. Mayor Abramson made several budget announcements in which he was able to say, proudly — [...]

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Tags: Alcohol · Construction · Housing · Jail · Jerry Abramson · Metro Government · Neighborhoods · Parks · Police

Secret of Secret Meeting Revealed

May 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments

As you know, we’ve been following the case of the Javanon Soccer Club’s building in the East End. When the Board of Zoning Adjustments held a secret, illegal meeting (a clear violation of the state’s Open Meetings law) prior to its April 20 meeting, it was hard to get answers from officials about how the [...]

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Tags: Bad Behavior · Legal · Transparency · Zoning

Arena Contractor Likely to be Cited

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Officials with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are meeting today with executives from the downtown arena’s general contractor, Mortenson Construction, and Wilhelm Construction, the subcontractor blamed for the April 27 mishap on the site. The meeting is expected to set the groundwork for a final report on the concrete accident, and Wilhelm will [...]

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Tags: Arena · Construction · Sports · WHAS

The Honeymoon is Definitely Over

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Party is Over: Remember when basketball coaches were given a free pass by fans at least until their first loss? The news of the day isn’t good for John Calipari, who sure sounds guilty of impropriety at Memphis. And Billy Clyde wants $6 million from the school. Billy Reed has all you need to [...]

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Tags: Charity · Dining · High School · Homeless · JCPS · John Schnatter · Scandal · Sports · TV · University of Kentucky · WAVE · Zoning