Carrying On May Be Off, and More Celebs

Who’ll Stop the Gun Show? According to a piece on the front page of today’s New York Times, the insurance company covering New Bethel Church smartly canceled the church’s policy for Saturday, and Pagano said if the insurance is not replaced, people won’t be allowed to openly carry their guns. He did get the quote of the day in the paper’s news alert, saying “I don’t see any contradiction in this. Not every Christian denomination is pacifist.” [NYTimes]

Another Cover-Up: Before the Lexington newspaper exposed rampant misuse of funds, the Kentucky League of Cities was voluntarily responding to open records requests. Now the League, funded in part with membership dues from 382 cities, says it’s not a public agency and not subject to open records laws. In other words, they’re hiding something. Jack Conway, please step up. [Herald-Leader]

Saying So Doesn’t Make it True: David Williams squared off with Lachlan McLean on, of all things, his sports talk show last night.  He had the nerve to say that surronding states that have expanded gaming are not better off financially than Kentucky, that slots would hurt the poor and that gamblers from other states wouldn’t spend any money in Kentucky. Especially since Kentuckians spend so much time crossing our borders to wager. [WHAS]

Terry on TV: Speaking of WHAS, Terry Meiners got some extended airtime on the Southern Belles episode last night, trying out Emily Gimmel as a sidekick. Of course, she was stumped on questions like “Who won World War II?” and said if it didn’t involve celebrities, she didn’t really know about it. And Kellie compared herself to her dog, which can’t seem to stop humping a toy.

Millionaire News: U of L’s Terrence Williams was the 11th pick in the NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, the first senior picked. Earl Clark was snapped up by the Suns three picks later. Good for them. [USA Today]

Yes, We Have a Budget: Few surprises as the Metro Council approved the city’s budget. The Mayor is happy, the Council is happy, and for no good reason Doug Hawkins was the lone vote against it. [Courier]

Celebrate Krekel at the Vernon:  It was a touching day of radio at WFPK yesterday, realizing just how many people were touched by Tim Krekel in his 58 years. Sunday there’s a celebration of his life at the Vernon Club at 4.

Media Death Watch: Guess who was the first to report Michael Jackson’s death? Right, TMZ. 18 minutes after he passed. And other media wouldn’t cite them as a source. It beat the LA Times by 7 minutes, which prompted a story about the coverage in the paper, and tells you how competitive entertainment reporting is. We know the feeling, since we were first to report that guns in church story and never get cited, and yes, we’re bitter. NBC’s Jackson tribute last night, hastily assembled, sure brought back memories. [LA Times]