Welcome Back to Work, You Worker Bees

Why is the school board discussing legislative priorities? Jefferson County Public Schools? Yeah, you’re right, state schools. And, really, pressing to allow closed-door meetings to discuss superintendents’ yearly evaluations? Somebody is in need of a serious wakeup call. Because this is a farce. [Nancy Rodriguez]

Have you heard the latest audio recording from Daniel Mongiardo? He compared being Lt. Governor to being married to a whore and, well, just give it a listen. [Page One]

Will Rick Pitino discipline the two players – Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings – for being arrested in Indiana? [C-J]

Remember when 10,000 people applied for 90 GE factory jobs in Louisville? Well, it’s so insane that the story has gone national. [HuffPo]

Decker College’s attorneys allege that a federal vendetta caused its collapse. It’s a long, six-page story. [Ralph Dunlop]

Sure, these silly “possibility city” ads are a total waste of money and shouldn’t be airing locally, but what’s with all the feigned outrage over the latest humor? [C-J]

Mario Lopez loves Louisville and its “little Main Street.” [USA Today]

Is the Highland Park neighborhood finally going to be put to good use? [C-J]

The University of Louisville has a fancy new research facility. [WHAS11]

Oh snap – “The West End does not know David Tandy.” This mayoral race is going to be a hoot, kids. More potential campaign finance troubles for Jim King, as well? [Joe Gerth]

13 thoughts on “Welcome Back to Work, You Worker Bees

  1. Wow, what a FAIL on WHAS’s part. There is no mention of the name or where this research facility is located, and the description of the research being conducted is confusing at best.

  2. For those interested, here’s the full press release:

    UofL research building opens new era
    Project demonstrates UofL impact in research, city

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The future of health sciences research in Louisville came closer today when the University of Louisville officially opened the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) building at the corner of South Hancock and East Muhammad Ali Blvd. The nearly 300,000 square foot-building houses researchers exploring ways to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact people throughout the world.

    “This building not only is the gateway to the medical center, but it is the gateway for UofL’s talented faculty to conduct research that will help change the world,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of UofL. “The building provides the research space necessary for us to continue to attract some of the very best researchers in the world to Louisville. These people are driving innovative cures to cancer and disease and will have a direct impact on the health and quality of life of people throughout the nation and the world. ”

    “Generous support from state and federal entities is critical to continuing our research efforts. The state, through the Bucks for Brains program, enables us to have the funding that helps these researchers establish their programs here when they arrive. Sen. Mitch McConnell was instrumental in obtaining a federal appropriation that helped us fund the construction of this magnificent facility.”

    Ramsey also noted additional federal investments in the university that McConnell has assisted with. These include funding for the construction of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and the Baxter II research buildings on the UofL Health Sciences campus, and the Belknap Research Building on the main campus.

    “Research taking place in the CTR has the potential to dramatically impact the lives of people not only in Kentucky, but throughout the nation and world,” McConnell said. “The investment we are making into the University of Louisville now will pay dividends for generations to come.”

    The CTR cost approximately $143.1 million including a project to extend the service tunnel and took more than two years to construct. It is the largest construction project to be completed in Louisville this year. Utilizing a modeling system designed to estimate economic impact of projects, UofL estimates CTR construction alone has had an impact of approximately $242.7 million. This includes approximately 1,795 direct construction jobs and an additional 1,030 spinoff jobs for the metropolitan economy. And this is just one of many projects the university has developed in recent history at the health sciences center.

    “CTR is part of the health sciences center’s master plan to create the physical and intellectual capital necessary to be the centerpiece for our premiere metropolitan research university,” said Dr. Larry Cook, executive vice president for health affairs at UofL. “Over the past decade we have seen unequalled growth in our biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health. As we continue to grow in this arena, our creation of new knowledge can be advanced by other entities, which can lead to more economic development for the city. And most importantly, will lead to better health for the people in the Commonwealth and beyond.”

    One of the significant features about CTR is the conscious effort inthe design and construction of the building related to sustainability issues. UofL has applied for LEED certification at the Silver level because of these efforts. Some examples include:

    ● A Whole Building Energy Model Simulation was developed to guide decisions toward a more energy efficient building. This performance model results in at least a 21% 24.5% energy cost savings to the owner as well as conservation of energy supplies.
    ● All regularly occupied rooms have occupant controlled lighting.
    ● The landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce water consumption for landscaping by 50% and the irrigation water used on site is supplied by a non-potable source a combination of captured condensation in the building air handlers and storm water. “We continually strive to help make our world a better place,” Ramsey said. “CTR helps us reach that goal in not only because of the research our faculty conduct in the building and the scientific knowledge they create, but because of our efforts to construct a building that is less harmful to our environment. Because of the work taking place inside, and the thought used in constructing it, this is a building everyone in Louisville can be proud.”

    The architect for CTR was Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. The Smith Group were the design and laboratory consults, while Staggs and Fisher were the engineering consultant. Messer Construction served as the general contractor.


  3. “Little Main Street”? Lopez, sorry that we all don’t have the same resume as you do. Like co-staring with freaking Screech! But I’ll take Louisville’s main over any other city’s main street. So you stay out there in La-La land doing your little entertainment show. Louisville will do just fine without your approval!

    Haven’t been this pissed since Michael Stipe called Louisville a third rate city in 1988.

  4. I’ll take what Lopez said as a compliment for our city. It is a little Main Street, assuming he’s referring to the West Main District. I’m sure he uses more expressive ideas when not having to be concise for a news article. He sounded like an ambassador to me.

  5. JCPS has always had a legislative slate for which Marty Bell and his buddy Clyde spend much of their time defending in Frankfort. Much of the same stuff appeared on that list over 10 years ago though, guess the guys in charge of our education system are slow learners – how ironic!

    All I want to say is “Would you like some cheese to go with that whine?” Wa, wa, wa, we send the most money to Frankfort and get the least back, wa, wa, wa…..

  6. Steve, I can remotely see where you’re coming from, but I’m sick of people on both coasts looking down at their nose at our fair city. I am very defensive about Louisville.

    Maybe I’m being thin skinned about it.

  7. Now that’s a snappy PR phrase:
    “The future of health sciences research in Louisville came closer today…”

  8. “Mitch, the Bloody Champion of Health?”

    So ironic that Ramsey applauds McConnell as “instrumental” in helping UofL gain funding for a “magnificent facility” to cure diseases around the world. Mitch won’t support universal health care in the slightest, but he backs research on health and quality of life. How nice of him. How humane. Of course, Ramsey would never say this about his High Priest, but ordinary KY citizens need to do so. And say it out loud.

  9. Yes, Novena. Cause Universal government run health care is not that answer. But the left will not even entertain pro-market solutions, even though they will work and everywhere universal is tried has failed.

    We are for true health care reform, but not for it to be Obama/Reid/Pelosi’s plaything for social justice.

  10. “It’s Socialism! It’s Social Justice!”

    syvyn11, how about Medicare? Not universal enough for you? It works. How about the VA system? It works. How about the rest of the civilized, developed world? It works there. And no one goes bankrupt due to health care costs in Europe. Zero, nada. Compare that with the great ole USA, where foreclosures are rampant because of our bloated medical expenses, private insurance rackets, and out-of-sight drug expenditures. Keep in mind that the World Health Organization ranks us #37, just ahead of Slovenia. Find that on a map? Find humane countries on an ethics chart that reads: We believe in health care as a basic human right (unlike the US of A, where greed is gospel).

  11. pro-Universe

    There’s a movie called “Sicko” that came out a couple of years ago. It delves into the human cost of the lack of health care in this country as compared to other developed nations around the world.

    I highly recommend it!

    Everyone has a right to the basics, including food, adequate shelter, and access to medical care. You are free to call it whatever you like. But it has
    nothing to do with your political affiliation
    or or your religion (if you have one).

    It is a basic human right.

  12. “Kudos to Marie”

    Marie, now I really know why you no longer work at UofL. The place was hazardous to your health. You are too humane and ethical for the place. You believe in human rights. And you have an open mind. Thank God there are people like you in the world, with or without UofL.

  13. Library of Babel

    Thank you, Novena.
    That is literally why I no longer work at U of L.
    You cannot be a “team player” (there) and care about people. You would naturally assume a team player would display qualities of loyalty, honesty, a good work ethic, etc.
    But at the U of L, everything means its opposite.

    Regarding health, some things are not easily reversible. You should not get post-traumatic stress disorder from working in a library, much less, laughably, a HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY.

    But here in Possibility City, all things, good and bad, are ‘possible.’

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