New Albany Bought Guns Back. Will Louisville?

It’s the final round-up of the year. We’ll be back to normal on Wednesday.

A former University of Louisville football player has filed a lawsuit claiming he was asked to cover up an attack perpetrated by two of his teammates — and he claims his University and his coach failed to live up to their end of a bargain. [WDRB]

Remember Todd Eklof? He’s performing his first marriage since 2003! [Salon]

Louisville Metro Police were called to the scene of a stabbing in the 900 block of West Florence Avenue near Churchill Downs. [WHAS11]

Legislative leaders are at odds on whether to postpone the divisive issue of redistricting for another year to avoid gumming up an upcoming session already chock-full of hefty issues, including how to fix a $30 billion shortfall in a pension system for government retirees. [H-L]

A young man is murdered during the holidays and while police search for the shooter, the victim’s family is opening up. It happened Saturday morning in the Southland Park neighborhood. [WAVE3]

Greg Fischer has marked the mid-point of his term with the release of a report that highlights what he says are the achievements of his administration’s first two years in office. [C-J/AKN]

To continue the state’s health exchange, part of the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will probably have to re-issue his executive order. [Business First]

Categorized, stacked and with firing mechanisms secured, the city’s (New Albany) first gun buyback program finished with 249 weapons purchased from residents Friday. [News & Tribune]

A man who pleaded guilty in the 1994 slaying of a University of Kentucky football player has been seriously injured in an auto accident. Shane Ragland was hurt Saturday afternoon in an accident that shut down part of the Snyder Freeway. [WLKY]

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Louisville Wants To Be The Gun Death King

It’s Holiday Week so we’re on a limited post schedule. So here’s a pointless round-up.

The growing role of class in academic success has taken experts by surprise since it follows decades of equal opportunity efforts and counters racial trends, where differences have narrowed. It adds to fears over recent evidence suggesting that low-income Americans have lower chances of upward mobility than counterparts in Canada and Western Europe. [NY Times]

Another day, another gun death in Louisville. Homicide detectives spent the early hours of Christmas investigating a fatal shooting. [WDRB]

She was sick, tired and had Christmas and her 60th birthday looming this week, on back-to-back days. [C-J/AKN]

It’s snowing and that means you should avoid Kroger like the plague today. [WHAS11]

This week’s case came from Janice Purdy, a social worker at Hospice Palliative Care program. [H-L]

Okay, so it’s time for some positive Indiana-related news. Paoli Peaks is set to open on Sunday. [WAVE3]

According to the city, New Albany property owners considered to be protected by the flood levee are now considered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as secure from Ohio River flooding. [News & Tribune]

“Gannett” is not exactly a beloved thing to utter in Louisville these days. Especially not with former staffers of A Kentucky Newspaper. So they’ll probably love this latest mess. [CNN & Gannettblog]

As violence erupts in Louisville and across the nation, many reached for ways to express sympathy. [WLKY]

A Louisville lawmaker says she plans to re-introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session to institute a statewide energy portfolio standard. [WFPL]

Preliminary holiday shopping data appears to show the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. [Business First]

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It’s Your Christmas Eve Round-Up Funtimes

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

You have to believe to receive from Saint Nick. Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with an elf to see what kids want from Santa this year. [WDRB]

This was the biggest duh moment of the entire holiday season. It was supposed to be a reliable way to help cover the cost of a new downtown arena: The building’s events would bring throngs of people downtown who would eat, drink and shop nearby. Their sales taxes would be captured to help pay for the KFC Yum! Center. But the arena hasn’t added as much to tax revenues as expected during its first three years — producing less than one-third of the amount originally projected. [C-J/AKN]

Is the answer to gun crimes, more guns? The comments are causing quite a stir and even UofL Coach Rick Pitino is sharing his opinion. [WHAS11]

How dark money helped Republicans hold the House and hurt voters. In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. [ProPublica]

A 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting in a parking lot near a busy intersection in Shively. It happened around 4:00 pm Sunday near in the 4000 block of Dixie Highway near Garr Lane in a parking lot between Beverage World Superstore near Shear Wizardry Hairstyling. [WAVE3]

For more than 20 years, Louisville artist Ed White has led River City Drum Corps to teach children and young adults about the arts. [WFPL]

Another day, another Greater Clark County Schools employee is arrested. [WLKY]

A joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment has completed a purchase of the harness racing licenses and certain assets held by Ohio-based Lebanon Trotting Club Inc. and Miami Valley Trotting Inc. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council may take a more aggressive role in union contract negotiations. With the payment of $300,000 in retroactive salary benefits to city police officers still in question, council members discussed last week ways they can play a greater part in the bargaining process. [News & Tribune]

In his last few years, Adam Lanza shut himself off from the outside world almost completely, his troubles slowly escalating as his family splintered. [WSJ]

Here’s a five-page story about how glorious and amazing Jim Ramsey is from Joe Gerth. Not a single mention of the Robert Felner scandal or any other behemoth of a mess Ramsey has been involved in. [C-J/AKN]

Maker’s Mark Blames Cordish Cos. For Mess

Of course it is Cordish that is responsible for that mess (even if the guy is a bit nutty, allegedly).

From Maker’s Mark:

We wanted to share our response to media stories regarding the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge. Be assured that Maker’s Mark will take the appropriate actions in this situation.


Maker’s Mark licenses its name and trademark to a third party appointed by Cordish Operating Ventures, LLC, which is solely responsible for the ownership, operation and management of the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville Kentucky. Maker’s Mark has no ownership or involvement in the Lounge whatsoever. Maker’s Mark was unaware of the complaint filed by Andre Mulligan against the Lounge until it was covered in the media and, contrary to a published report, no one from Maker’s Mark has had any dealings with Mr. Mulligan.

“The allegations in the complaint are extremely serious and, if true, reflect behavior that is abhorrent and unacceptable, as well as absolutely contrary to the core brand values of Maker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark does not accept, and will not tolerate, discrimination in any form, and has so notified and warned the company which is solely responsible for the operation of the Lounge. While not involved in the litigation, Maker’s Mark will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take all actions it feels necessary under the circumstances.”

Bill Samuels, Jr.
Rob Samuels

Maybe MM will man up and terminate its agreement with Cordish.

Or maybe Metro Government will finally tire of the mountain of mess Cordish has created in this town and kick them out.

Haha, we know, fat chance.