Louisville Is Proof That Smoking Bans Do Work

Its doors won’t open for another two years. But don’t be fooled by the tarps, chain link fences, earth movers and hard hats – there’s a lot of work going on inside the currently-closed Speed Art Museum. [WDRB]

In a scene reminiscent of show-and-tell, about 30 adults sit in a circle in a cheerfully decorated room on Dutchmans Lane, displaying pieces of their lives from times gone by — a toy train, a horseshoe, pictures of relatives. [C-J/AKN]

Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville and Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington said Wednesday they will file statewide smoke-free legislation. [WHAS11]

Louisville is one of the top ten most affordable cities for living on a budget. This news doesn’t come as a surprise for many, as it’s one of the reasons so many people love our great city. [HuffPo]

Bobby who? We’ve never heard of this guy. No one has and absolutely no one at all is talking about it every other breath. [WLKY]

University of Kentucky officials will ask the General Assembly this year for more than $200 million in state aid for new construction on campus, including a law school renovation and a new science research building. [H-L]

Louisville Metro is trying it all — a violence prevention task force, Viper Unit — anything that might work to stop the city’s violent deaths. Now, police have a full time detective working to try to understand what causes the violence. [WAVE3]

February 1 is the annual Shop & Share day in Kentucky. Here’s your chance to give back. [First Lady Jane Beshear & Press Releases]

The Justice and Education departments unveiled guidelines on Wednesday to prevent schools from violating civil rights laws and keep students out of jail after data found minorities and the disabled were more likely than others to face discipline or arrest. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Public Schools is extending its initial school application and registration period by five days. [WFPL]

After an extended winter break due to extremely cold temperatures, I can officially say welcome back to the second half of the 2013-14 year! [Toni Konz]

Now that Damaris Phillips is fancier than ever (she truly deserves it), she’s representing Louisville like a champ. She goes out of her way to make sure Louisville spots get national attention. [Food Network]

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has a new chairman. Joe Fraser, vice president of operations at Heaven Hill Distilleries, will hold the role through the end of 2014. [Business First]

7 thoughts on “Louisville Is Proof That Smoking Bans Do Work

  1. “Bobby & UofL, a Perfect Match”

    Petrino & the Cards, ah, a re-marriage made in Hell! Sleaze follows sleaze, even when the sleaze is well known. What else would you expect from Jurich, Jimbo, etc., as the Board of Cadavers sleeps on?

  2. The return of “Bobby.” How pitiful. The retention of “Rickie.” How pitiful. The hiring of Hurrtt for $375k a year. How pitiful. The retention of Hurrtt after being found guilty of improper recruiting at Miami Univ. (even though he brought 12 recruits FROM Miami [including Teddy Bridgewater]). How pitiful.

    Anyone who still thinks the local university is a university – rather than an athletic club – with a university as a ‘sideline’ doesn’t have their brain plugged into reality.

    The place is a ‘mess.’ Comb-over should have exercised “institutional control” a long time ago. Instead he leaves the decisions to Tommy Turtleneck – while sniffing the jocks.

    It’s a 3 ringed circus.

  3. “Will Another ‘Bobby’ Emerge at UofL?”

    First, we have the return of the pathetic Petrino. Does that portend the re-emergence of prisoner par excellence, little Bobby Felner, when he is released to the civilian world in May? After all, there have been numerous failed searches for an Education dean. Crazier things have happened. If that one does, they should close the Belknap doors forever. You’re right, Highlander, the Card jock sniffing is an extremely smelly sport.

  4. Novena: Hadn’t thought about the possibility of Felner’s ‘re-emergence’ from ‘stripped suit’ to a stripped suit at Belknap. Why not? Everyone’s entitled to 2nd chances (to steal a bunch more money). If, in fact, Hurrtt was retained due to some form of ‘hush money’ mental hemorrhage , a re-emergence of Felner would be a concept – not to be ignored.

    The problem at Belknap appears to be endemic, derived from one absolution of moral transgression to another — until it gets to the point that the entire place is operated by 2nd chancers.

    What I don’t understand is — where is the professorial body politic in all this? At most universities of which I have familiarity — the professors or “Academic Senate” (or whatever) would have arisen, spoken and been accounted for.

  5. “In Reply to Highlander”

    Most faculty are like sheep (only a minority stand up for much of anything). In the Felner matter, the Academic Senate was about non-existent. And it took a few gutsy faculty to get the rest of them to vote no-confidence in the Psycho Dean (and then the vote was close). I’m afraid your confidence in professors is decades’ old. Faculty governance has declined sharply in recent times–during the age of the corporate “university.” Thus, the continued existence of folks like Comb Over (helped along by an even more dead-weight Board of Cadavers).

  6. While my experience has been limited to a private university, I am aware of public universities that have ‘awakened’ to their responsibilities. Most recent example is Penn State. A whole bunch of folks have taken a bath as a result of the football disaster — and it was initiated by the Board of Cadavers (even though that Board was probably as inept and as politically controlled as is the local sports university’s Cadavers). I refuse to believe that there are so many ‘Chickenschitz’ at Belknap.

  7. “Sorry, Highlander”

    Regrettably, what I said about the UofL Academic Senate and CEHD faculty is true. Nationally, the AAUP has also become weaker. We live in the age of the corporate campus–one of the big reasons for the decline in integrity and value in higher education in the last several decades.

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