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UofL Lawyer Made Bank But She’s Still Awful

April 18th, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

You know what’s crazy? That anyone thinks Angela Koshewa is worthy of any amount of sweet cash. What a terrible lawyer (in our opinion) — from countless internal matters to Nina Yoder.

But what’s crazier? That the University of Louisville is getting its ass handed to it for unchecked corruption. Again.

The University of Louisville is paying another large settlement in connection with the retirement of a high-ranking official — this time, $346,844 to its top lawyer.

University counsel Angela Koshewa is on a three-month leave of absence before she officially retires June 1. Documents obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act show the university is paying Koshewa — who has questioned some expenditures and proposals backed by President James Ramsey and Dr. David Dunn, the executive vice president for Health Affairs — twice her final salary.

A five-page separation agreement, which was signed by Koshewa and Provost Shirley Willihnganz in February, called for her to be paid $50,000 on March 15 and the balance on June 15. It says the parties “desire to settle … any and all possible claims and differences among them.”

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Two university officials who declined to be named because they aren’t authorized to comment said Koshewa had raised questions with Ramsey and Dunn about expenditures, real estate deals, and university compliance issues.

It’s like Jim Ramsey’s administration is a never-ending series of awful. Robert Felner, Nina Yoder, the equine sciences mess, various sports scandals, law school mess, this.

But everybody in this town continues to give him a reach-around because they all want some of the deals that come from being ‘in’ with Jimbo. Like that time the local newspaper’s education reporter sat on her hands and half-assed the Felner coverage only to be awarded a high-paying job at the Dept of Ed, thanks to Jimbo.

This is why UofL can’t have nice things.

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

April 18th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week the Transportation Lady is excited about the Milton-Madison bridge:




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Indiana Side Of The Bridge May Never Open

April 18th, 2014 by admin · 3 Comments

The Kentucky State Fair Board is seeking to team up with additional corporate sponsors — both large and small businesses — for the state fair. [WDRB]

Eighteen months after Stan Curtis was charged with stealing $183,354 from a national charity he founded, leaders of another food charity he started years before — Kentucky Harvest — say it has largely recovered from the scandal. [C-J/AKN]

A tuition increase is on the way at the University of Louisville but they aren’t saying by how much. [WHAS11]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he has a history of handling sexual harassment cases the right way, and Frankfort Democrats are “scrambling to try to belatedly get it right.” [Sam Youngman]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway renewed his fight against child abuse during a stop in Louisville on Thursday. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t really a stop, as he already lives in Louisville. [WLKY]

Segregation now. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened. [ProPublica]

Tempers flared as would-be neighbors and veterans met to discuss plans for a controversial VA hospital in eastern Jefferson County on Wednesday. [WAVE3]

The latest appointment to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees by Steve Beshear is unsettling, to say the least. [Page One]

Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—”The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”—as a journalistic revelation of sorts. [WFPL]

As part of the state highway construction plan approved this week by the Kentucky General Assembly, a total of $38 million in road projects were approved related to the University of Louisville’s main Belknap Campus. [Business First]

Imagine that… Now that permanent lighting rails are being installed on the Big Four Bridge ramp, Jeffersonville’s April 30 opening date will have to pushed back, according to an Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield. [News & Tribune]

→ 3 CommentsTags: Charity · Democrats · Indiana · Jack Conway · Mitch McConnell · Ohio River Bridges · Race · State Government · University of Louisville

WHAS11 Made A Great Call Removing This One

April 17th, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Dozens of people have written in to ask about this:


FROM FACEBOOK

Do we really need to count all the reasons she needed to be let go as a journalist?

REALLY?

No, we don’t.

Because character assassination — the kind she jealously practices when it comes to her colleagues and a certain future political candidate/current officeholder — is not a game worth playing.

Though, the shady and unethical way she reported on the sidewalk expansion on Lower Brownsboro is a good place to start if you’re looking for one.

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GE Conquered Local News Outletts Yesterday

April 17th, 2014 by admin · 2 Comments

GE is launching a new way to do business and has chosen Louisville to be the city that leads it. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Government has agreed to pay $450,000 to a former police detective who says he was demoted to patrol officer on the graveyard shift for trying to help an imprisoned woman prove her innocence on a homicide charge. [C-J/AKN]

As deadline negotiations continued on a Kentucky road plan at the state capitol on Tuesday, the nation’s top transportation official visited Louisville touting a $302 billion road plan to be proposed later this month by the Obama administration. [WHAS11]

Wild Turkey, one of the most down-home of Kentucky bourbons, officially debuted a sophisticated new face Tuesday. [H-L]

A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemptively block or to revoke permits for mine waste disposal. [HuffPo]

The teen whose body was found in the Ohio River has been identified. [WLKY]

It’s tough to believe but Kentucky’s state government officials are “celebrating” Earth Week. Yes, one of the most environmentally irresponsible administrations in history is playing pat-a-cake again. [Page One]

The teevee thought this was urgent, breaking news and treated it as such. It’s about a Derby party… just in case you don’t want to click the link. [WAVE3]

Clark County Probation and Supervision wants to buy more ankle bracelets to monitor juveniles sentenced to its home incarceration program, or HIP, but the Clark County Council couldn’t muster enough support to approve the appropriation Monday. [News & Tribune]

She’s against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education, didn’t always feel this way. [WFPL]

The Kentucky General Assembly closed its 2014 legislative session late Tuesday after passing a two-year transportation budget and six-year road plan to guide transportation infrastructure improvements over the next few years. [Business First]

By partnering with Local Motors on FirstBuild, GE signals its desire to develop new, innovative large appliances quickly. [CNET]

→ 2 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Business · Death · Education · Hype · Indiana · LMPD · Metro Government · State Government · WAVE

KHS To Take Over Metro Animal Services?

April 16th, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

That’s what we hear will occur at an all-staff meeting that employees of Louisville Metro Animal Services have been advised not to discuss.

The Kentucky Humane Society has tried to take LMAS over since 2011 — with Lori Redmon and Allison Woosley desperately wanting control of the Animal House facility — and it appears it’s finally happening. They think they’ve found a loophole in the union contract to get by with it. That means lots of layoffs and all kinds of legal drama.

To get a taste of what could occur, let’s refer to this 2011 draft we got our hands on:


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So, if you’re not paying attention, let’s recap:

  • A non-profit is being given complete control over government facilities and services ($$$) and there has been absolutely no bidding process.
  • Sadiqa’s been attempting to play kingmaker, ignoring any and all help all kinds of people have offered for LMAS. But she can eat it, as we have also obtained recorded telephone calls involving her that she’ll hate to see be made public.
  • Jobs can and will be eliminated.
  • They’re trying every way in the world to eliminate union jobs.
  • Greg Fischer thinks this is a genius plan, as you can imagine.

Who wants to bet this turns into an all-out disaster before the month is over?

D — I — S — A — S — T — E — R.

Note: We actually hinted at this in 2011. If you’re interested in the KHS-LMAS history, use the search function. It’s a hot mess.

UPDATE @ 9AM THURS:

A meeting scheduled for this morning was abruptly cancelled. Wonder why???

UPDATE @ 12:50 THURS: Meeting rescheduled for 2:30.

In case you were wondering? KHS didn’t think this through. All KHS records, email accounts and such could potentially be forced open to the public because LMAS has value and a huge government-funded budget.

Get the popcorn…

→ 2 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Dogs · Metro Government · Scandal

Come On: Don’t Use Uniformed Folks To Campaign

April 16th, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Thought using uniformed police officers and firefighters in campaign material was frowned upon?


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FIREFIGHTERS — ENLARGED

If this involved police officers, the FOP would be popping a vein over the Hatch Act.

We reached out to Attica Scott/her campaign for a response but have received none.

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Why Waste So Much Time & Energy On GLI?

April 16th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Suicide prevention sheds a longstanding taboo: talking about attempts. [NY Times]

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation is warning that gridlock in Washington could halt big transportation projects in Kentucky and across the country. [WDRB]

Drivers downtown can’t miss the progress being made on a new Interstate 65 bridge and its approaches. But work on the east end bridge and its $338 million tunnels near the Bridgepoint subdivision in Prospect has been largely out of sight — though, not out of earshot for neighbors. [C-J/AKN]

Governor Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will change the way aging bourbon barrels are taxed. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky and eight other universities in Kentucky and West Virginia announced a $2.5 million grant Monday to help more minority students graduate with degrees in math and science. [H-L]

Police made an arrest Tuesday in the beating death of an employee at Packaging Unlimited last week. [WLKY]

The Clark County Probation Department can take weeks, and sometimes even months, to activate monitoring bracelets on accused and convicted criminals assigned to the department’s home incarceration program, or HIP. [News & Tribune]

In celebration of the governor’s mansion centennial, Papaw & Jane held a contest for kids and the winners have finally been named. [Page One]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of Dejuan Hammond. [WAVE3]

Why was Coach Cal venturing into Fox News? Well, Cal’s got a book to sell, yo! After all, he lost out on an additional $375,000 bonus (in addition to the $275,000 he’d already earned as a result of the Wildcats’ deep tournament run and his $5.2 million annual salary) after losing to UConn in the NCAA finals. [TDB]

As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially. [WFPL]

Greater Louisville Inc.’s search for a new president and CEO admittedly has taken longer than expected, according to GLI board chairman Kerry Stemler. [Business First]

Pee Alert: staffers at A Kentucky Newspaper can’t access this site because they STILL have it blocked. [HAHAHA]

→ No CommentsTags: Art · Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Contests · Death · Downtown · Economy · Education · Greater Louisville Inc. · Indiana · Ohio River Bridges · Race · State Government · Steve Beshear · University of Kentucky

More Of Same Nonsense From No Kill Louisville

April 15th, 2014 by admin · 3 Comments

No, nothing has happened with No Kill Louisville. Records have not been released. Nastiness and nonsense continue.

And unfortunately for the current NKL leadership, this is also nonsense:


FROM FACEBOOK

Because 990s don’t cut it when former board officers, treasurers and attorneys allege wrongdoing and fiscal mismanagement. Particularly when tax dollars and government partnerships are involved.

The organization hasn’t returned emails from countless concerned citizens and refuse to “refute” anything damning.

But that hasn’t stopped the group from pretending to do work in the community:


FROM FACEBOOK

That fundraiser? It reads like it’s for NKL but it’s actually for Derby City Dog Rescue and Hand-in-Paw.

Because obfuscation is the norm for that once-solid organization.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Dogs · Hype

We Can & Must Do More On The Suicide Front

April 15th, 2014 by jake · 4 Comments

This is personal. If you don’t like it, that’s on you. That’s your bullshit to process. Getting nasty, as some weirdly jealous (?) folks in the Louisville media circle often do, only serves to make things worse. So really — if you don’t like to discuss matters like this in a personal way, it’s time to screw off.

Jefferson County Public Schools can and MUST do more to curb youth suicide. Hiding from reality and denial only exacerbates the problem.

From Toni Konz:

JCPS suspends Twitter, YouTube after suicide

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools have suspended district network access to Twitter and YouTube after a Louisville Male High School student posted a suicide note on YouTube and then killed herself Monday.

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“Currently, we have taken down access to YouTube and Twitter, as we felt it was best for our students given the situation so the students who are not emotionally attached are not distracted by the video and the students who are grieving can get the help that they need,” Simpson said. “We are trying to support our students in any way that we can.”

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Simpson said the district is also working with law enforcement officials to have the video taken down.

Really — hiding this from students only makes matters worse. Removing it? That’s some serious denial.

As someone who dealt with suicide as a young person and who sees rampant youth suicide in his community, I believe enough is enough.

Instead of blocking discussion on social media, let students focus on this openly.

Instead of hiding the video, SHOW IT TO EVERY STUDENT!

Removing it from YouTube?! What?! WHY hide this reality? Why hide this girl’s very real pain? Scrubbing the record of what she went through is as bad as the suicide itself. Rewriting history is, just like suicide, a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

This has to be discussed. It has to be relatable. It has to be honest and transparent.

Beyond JCPS, people like Toni Konz also have a duty to really dig into youth suicide for their readership. Any time youth suicide is mentioned? It should be a no-brainer that helpful resources are included. When people like Konz tweet their stories about youth suicide to their huge youth audience, they should include those same resources. Every time. (No, that’s not an attack. Just an example. Because she’s actually tweeted resources AND updated her story.)

When television stations like WHAS11 put people like Claudia Coffey on-air to hype up a potential suicide attempt as a young man is preparing to jump from a downtown parking garage, it is imperative that they don’t turn it into a disgusting spectacle. (That’s an attack, WHAS11 was reckless) It is just plain common sense that resources, help numbers, charities, organizations, web addresses be shared with viewership.

This is sickening. From trying to hide from what happens to hyping it up as media loves to do.

Do you have kids? Talk to them openly about suicide. Lend an ear. Don’t judge them. Help them.

Are you a teacher? Make sure your students know you can and will help them in any way possible. If you can offer resources in your classroom and don’t already do so? Remedy that this week.

Are you Donna Hargens? Then get your priorities in check. Make this a bigger deal than it’s been with your staff. Don’t you dare try to run from this. It’s not your fault but you damn well better treat it like it is. You have to set the right example and I KNOW you are capable and want to set that example. You have people just 20 feet from your office ready and waiting to help you. So do it. And the next time you have your staff yell at a journalist for trying to do the right thing? Or for running a story? Get ready for the public onslaught.

Are you the girl’s (name removed not by request but out of our own concern) parents? Leave the video on YouTube in order to help other kids. Use it as a tool to speak out. Use her life to help everyone else. There are kids who need her and who need you to introduce her and her plight.

Louisville is better than this.

— DO YOU NEED HELP? —

Contact the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Seven Counties Services, as the C-J suggests, offers help: (502) 589-4313 or 1-800-221-0446 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Call via KY Relay @ 711

Know a gay kid who is struggling? The Trevor Project is a great resource.

UPDATE: JCPS says it has restored access to Twitter and YouTube. Toni Konz says that’s not the case at all schools.

UPDATE 2: Why on earth would a JCPS official pressure us to remove this story? Do these people have no sense? Unbelievable.

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