Hey, Where’s That Fancy Metro Parks Review?

Thanks to a keen-eyed reader, we’ve been reminded of something!

Remember the ultra-transparent and objective reviews of Metro Government departments?

The Metro Parks review is apparently complete and senior staff have been notified.

Will the public ever see it?

Since we all know the drunk-driving director won’t be the scapegoat, let’s speculate about who’ll be chosen as the fall guy.

No Wonder Its Reporters Are Constantly Stressed

Mike Huot was the vice president for circulation at A Kentucky Newspaper and he was axed last fall. He’s still still listed as part of the paper’s circulation team:


His claim: He was wrongfully terminated because he was 62-years-old.

Why he’s claiming age discrimination: Because the paper told him the job was being eliminated. And then hired someone younger to fill the position.

Local media types are having a coronary over it all because the job pays a few hundred thousand bucks.

We’re rolling our eyes a bit because it seems Gannett has struck again. No wonder hardworking reporters there are always stressed out.

What’s your take?

UPDATE: That didn’t take long…

Thought the folks at the local paper didn’t read this nefarious, awful website? Interesting how that works.

City Is Really Compassionate With Its Shootings

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say about the selection of the new VA hospital site: “After a thorough review process that included public input from veterans, community leaders, and residents in the area, the VA has decided to move forward with the next phase of building a new, cutting-edge medical facility for our veterans,” Yarmuth said. “I have received personal assurances from Secretary Shinseki that the VA will continue to work with the state to mitigate traffic congestion in the area and any other concerns. The decision to build the new hospital at the Brownsboro Road/Watterson Expressway site ensures that state-of-the-art health care will be available as quickly as possible for current and future veterans.” [Press Release]

It’s absolutely hot as balls at the moment so please be sure you’re paying extra attention to meemaw and poppop. [FOX41]

What the hell is “chief of strategic initiatives” and why does metro government need one for $113,000 per year? Greg Fischer is worse than Jefferson County Public Schools when it comes to creating silly jobs. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another shooting in Louisville’s West End. Somebody ask Greg Fischer how he feels about that “compassionate” hype now. [WHAS11]

Here’s a tiny bit more on the position. Go ahed and let your outrage begin to fester. [WFPL]

That crazy constable who shot a woman was offered a plea deal yesterday. Though, details of the deal haven’t even been leaked. [WAVE3]

The Jefferson County/Louisville Democratic Party voted 16-3 to push for gay marriage. Unfortunately, it’s the only Democratic group in Kentucky that’s less influential than the party in Frankfort. At least that local party has more guts than the state party. [WLEX18]

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is horribly wrong about the realities facing Kentucky Retirement Systems. [Page One]

Questions remain after an off-duty Louisville firefighter was hit while on his bike. This is why Louisville can’t have nice things. [WLKY]

The Kentucky State Fair Board has approved the sale of the state-owned land under the Hyatt Regency Louisville hotel for $8 million. [Business First]

Greg Fischer: The City’s Newest Bridge Whisperer?

Here’s everybody’s best gal pal, Greg Fischer, saying something on Facebook about the bridges that maybe doesn’t sit well with everybody:

“Bridges enjoying Waterfront Wednesday and a nice sunset….”

Because we’ve received more than 20 emails complaining about the post and the Ohio River Bridges Debacle.

No mention by Fischer of multiple recent gang attacks at Waterfront Park, though.

Health Care? Interesting How That Worked

Seems like it was just yesterday that Todd P’Pool and other Republicans were going crazy over health care reform.

And just like that, the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld it all.

Looks like there may still be a rule of law that goes beyond partisanship.

Mouth-breathers freaking out in 3, 2….

UPDATE: Here’s what John Yarmuth has to say about today’s SCOTUS decision —

“Today, the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act that is in step with the Constitution and the majority of Americans.

“The law lowers costs, strengthens care, and – once fully implemented – will guarantee all Americans access to quality, affordable coverage while creating nearly 6 million new jobs in the health care sector. It is already saving seniors hundreds of dollars in prescription drug costs while offering free preventive services such as cancer screenings and routine vaccinations.

“Children can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition – a protection that will be extended to all Americans in 2014. More than 3 million young people have been able to obtain insurance through their parents’ plan. And hundreds of thousands of small businesses have used tax credits provided under the law to provide coverage for 2 million workers.

“During my time in Congress, an overwhelming majority of Louisvillians have told me they want guaranteed access to health care, lower premium costs, and more choice in the insurance market. The Affordable Care Act accomplishes each of these goals. Casting my vote in favor of the law was my proudest moment in Congress, and today I join millions of Americans to celebrate again.”

Please Don’t Overheat Out There Today, Folks

Here comes Greg Fischer pushing for a local option sales tax. It’ll go over about as well as the bungled library tax campaign – and probably not just because the library tax plan was jacked up and dishonest to begin it. [C-J/AKN]

You can’t even go to Waterfront Park these days without getting attacked by a gang in broad daylight. Lots of compassion here in Possibility City! [FOX41]

The Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System is in worse shape than it appears on the surface. It’s a look at the rest of the state’s mismanaged retirement systems. [Page One]

It’s official – you can’t even drive Downtown these days without falling into big holes in the street. [WAVE3]

Reggie Meeks has now harped his story all the way to the Associated Press. Maybe he wouldn’t have lost his job and University of Louisville officials wouldn’t have been so comfortable letting him go if he wasn’t campaigning on the clock so frequently? [H-L]

The Shelby County “No Kill” Animal Shelter could soon by forced to euthanize animals, unless there more people come forward to adopt. [WHAS11]

This mess involving Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens and all of her controversial (translation: inexperienced, overpaid friends and children of power brokers) new hires is turning into an absolute disaster for Louisville. [The ‘Ville Voice]

If you don’t have access to air conditioning during this crazy heatwave, there are resources available to help you. [WLKY]

Stephen Daeschner has finally revealed that Greater Clark County Schools wouldn’t even renegotiate his contract after he offered to work for less money. That’s how badly the district wants to get rid of him. [C-J/AKN]

Steve Clements Catering Inc., which had based its operations at the Kentucky Derby Museum, no longer is providing catering services at the facility. [Business First]

Several Jefferson County elementary schools will continue participating in the fresh produce program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture next school year. [WFPL]

Urgent Note To Animal/Dog Lovers

If there’s anyone reading this who has the means to help a 9-week-old Dachshund puppy that’s positive for Parvo receive the treatment that it needs (i.e., pay for it), please contact Metro Animal Services immediately: 363-6609/361-1318.

Otherwise, you know what’s going to happen to it.

Surely there’s someone out there who can pay for its care and eventually foster it or take it in. If you can afford to pay for its immediate care, finding it a home once better likely won’t be much of an issue and several rescue organizations in town can help.