Remembering The Big Stories From The Past Year

2010’s been a crazy year here at The ‘Ville Voice & Page One. Thought it’d be a good idea to take a look back at the most-read stories of from the past 12 months.

  • Dear John Boel: Please Let Us Get You Help & John Boel Is Finally Out At WLKY [November 8 & November 10]
  • John Belski Out At WAVE3, Too [August 18]
  • Real Story Behind The Mint Jubilee Mess [February 17]
  • Bobby Jack Gone from WAMZ Radio [October 2]
  • UofL: Land Of The Appearance Of Impropriety [October 25]
  • My Beloved Francene Cucinello [January 15]
  • Local TeeVee News People Rumor Fun [March 19]
  • The Entire Metro Government Audit Is Here [March 24]
  • Garson & Ivory Sink To Nasty New Low [October 28]
  • Dan Spangler Sues Station for Discrimination [January 21]

An honorable mention for what sparked a year of begging from local shoppers: ear X-tacy Faces Closure, Owner Speaks Out [February 9]

Thank you for sticking with us for so long – particularly to those who disagree with us most but still continue to read and contribute. I (Jake) don’t get too personal here on a regular basis, but… much love to you.

Hope you and yours have a happy new year!

Yet Another Metro Animal Services Mess Surfaces

Yet ANOTHER Metro Animal Services scandal to round out the year. Apparently, there was major concern among MAS employees that adoptable animals were going to be killed. And you wonder why I’m so adamant about changes taking place in management of that mess. [WAVE3]

The city is almost ready for Greg Fischer’s coronation. Just imagine how many mouths all that money could feed. [FOX 41 & WFPL]

Greg Fischer and Jim Gray have made a little bet over the UK-UofL game today. It involves stuffed animals. [Press Release & More FOX 41]

Wonder if that interview with him will be all puppies and rainbows? Don’t hold your breath. [Tom Eblen]

The Healing Place is in the midst of a very important fundraising campaign and you should consider giving back. Metro Council gave the organization a $30,000 grant, with the current total at $473,200. Today HP will be at Prime before and after the UK-UofL game and they may also be at 310 Bistro. So go give! [Hope Has A Name]

Turns out the destructive and environment-killing practice of mountaintop removal doesn’t do much when it comes to creating flat land for business. The Associated Press did a pretty big investigative piece on the matter. [Page One]

Much praise goes to LMPD for arresting Alex Phelps, the guy accused of torturing and killing cats. [WHAS11]

Could this be how America messed up its kids? And maybe how we can fix them? [HuffPo]

How do you feel about today’s game between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky? Should be crazy. [LEO Weekly]

Just a reminder that you should consider celebrating New Year’s Eve with THE PASS at Headliners. [Backseat Sandbar]

Mayor McCheese Bids A Fancy Pollyanna Farewell

LEO Weekly’s Phillip Bailey takes a look back at the Jerry Abramson kingdom:

Instead of pointing to a brick-and-mortar project as a signature accomplishment, Abramson serves up a spoonful of Pollyanna that has been a cornerstone of his image over the years.

“I remember this community when I ran in 1985. I remember the glass-half-full prescriptive that I heard from people in all areas,” Abramson says. “You don’t hear that anymore. Based on the successes that we’ve had, there is now competitiveness. You now have a spirit of the glass is more than half full.”

It’s a change he’s quick to take credit for: “I was that transition. I connected where we were — pretty much down on ourselves — to where we are today: a renewed spirit that this community is very special.”


But like any politician, he has his weaknesses, chief among them being thin skin.

Click here to read the entire thing.

Lest we forget the myriad scandals: the airport, playing pat-a-cake with fairness, Gilles Meloche and Metro Animal Services, Kimberly Bunton and Housing, The Cordish Cos, “Poorer, blacker and older,” public safety lawsuits and the millions he had to pay to the Cullinans for screwing around several years ago.

That Stripper Must’ve Been Really Upset

Oh, wait for this one, kids: a stripper was charged with arson after setting another stripper’s lingerie on fire. BEST. STORY. EVER. [WAVE3]

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s transportation division has released its winter newsletter. [External PDF Link]

Instant horsie racing passed in Kentucky, in case you were wondering. This is a good thing. [Paulick Report & Amanda Van Benschoten]

Louisville artist Stephen Irwin died a few days ago after suffering a heart condition. Irwin, many know, is one of the top artists in the city (and one of the top in the country, with a New York gallery, even) and is well-known throughout the national gay and lesbian community. [Sad Thoughts]

Here’s a fancy rumor for ya: We hear through the grapevine that the, ahem, infamous husband of Madonna Flood could be coming out of “retirement” to once again run the Property Maintenance Division of Codes and Regulations. [Fancy Rumors]

Dear Angie Fenton: There’s nothing new about this face. Also, which bridge? Wow. Why did we even bother reading this? [Angie Fenton]

Steve Wiser takes a look back at local architectural design for 2010. Interesting read. [External PDF Link]

A judge says the Louisville Orchestra has to stick to its contract. Because, wait for it: that’s how contracts work. [FOX 41]

Basically, you need to go to this New Year’s Even party at Headliners with THE PASS. Do it. It’s $10. [Backseat Sandbar]

What A Difference A Year Makes In Louisville

You know how just over a year ago Jim King was running for mayor and proposing the restoration of LMPD’s gang squad/street crimes unit?

At a press conference in the West End this morning, Jim King – part of his mayoral campaign – will announce plans to restore LMPD’s gang unit, revitalize the street crimes unit and identify more funding for the Metro Narcotics Unit. Joining him at the presser will be former FOP President David James, community activist Mattie Jones, Councilman George Unseld, et al.

Yeah. A Kentucky Newspaper and everyone under the sun was on the attack, claiming the idea was ignorant and short-sighted. Then, bam, it front page yesterday:

We couldn’t believe our eyes. Particularly because the paper’s editorial board used that very issue as a springboard for calling on King to exit the mayoral race.

And check this from WDRB:

“It creates stress,” he says, “but it’s what I would call good stress.” Chief White believes the stress and changes ultimately help reduce violent crime — but how? He says, “Because now everybody has to raise…their level of responsibility, and the level of aggressiveness because they don’t want to fail.”

Despite the decrease in violent crime, Chief White admits they have seen an increase in another areas such as home and car break-ins: “This year, we’re going to probably have a 9 to 10 percent increase in property crimes.” But the chief says the changes will help address that increase.

What was that, again, about the idea being a bad one a year ago? I mean, now that the new crew coming in is doing exactly what they criticized.

Talk about coming full circle.