Cordish Nightmare Continues With More Discrimination, No Consequences From Metro Government, No Leadership, No Nothing

Five black men have filed a lawsuit against the Cordish Company, which owns and operates 4th Street Live, claiming they were denied entrance to the premises because of their race. This is the millionth incidence of racial profiling at 4th St but the city continues to give hundreds of millions of dollars to Cordish. That shows what people like Jerry Abramson and Greg Fischer really think about Louisvillians. [WDRB]

Jeffersonville police say they’ve been “stretched thin” trying to provide around-the-clock coverage in the 34-square-mile city since thousands of walkers, runners and cyclists have crossed the Big Four ramp into downtown since it opened. [C-J/AKN

Horrible Jeffersonville mayor Mike Moore says he wants to hire more police officers. [WHAS11]

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers. [NPR]

The city of Jeffersonville is getting a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up some old industrial sites. [WLKY]

Most people could be more bored to tears about the latest EPA regulation announcement. Because they’re comfortable paying a few extra bucks a month in order to not die. [CN|2]

A family came together on Saturday to remember a loved one 10 years after her murder. Angela Nelson-Carroll’s body was found off the Gene Snyder Freeway near Dixie Highway in 2004. The 17-year-old died of blunt force trauma to the head. [WAVE3]

Just in case you missed the latest on Democratic sex scandals in Frankfort? You’ll want to check our latest videos out. [Page One Here & Here]

Jefferson County Public Schools’ budget is its largest ever, and some school board members argue that the process for reaching future spending plans must be improved. [WFPL]

Pay for fast-food workers is a hot topic nowadays, particularly in the battle over the minimum wage limit. Here’s John Schnatter defending Papa John’s pay practices. [Business First]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

A $400,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will allow Jeffersonville to make some of its otherwise unusable properties attractive to developers and businesses. [News & Tribune]

Woah! A Cordish Racism Mess In Kansas City

You know how Cordish has been mired in all kinds of racism-related scandals here in Louisville?

Get a load of what’s going on in Kansas City with the Power & Light District development operated by Cordish.

From the Kansas City Star:

The owner of the Kansas City Power & Light District is fighting back against a lawsuit that alleged a pattern of discrimination in the entertainment area with one of its own.

Countersuits are common. What’s unusual in this case is that Cordish Cos. and two related entities filed a defamation suit this week against the attorneys who filed the earlier lawsuit on behalf of a former district employee.

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The most damaging of those, Cordish officials say, are allegations that Cordish employed white people as “rabbits” to provoke altercations with black people as an excuse to eject minorities from district clubs in 2012 and 2013.

Cordish denies it did any such thing.

But on Thursday, Cusimano’s lead attorney, Linda Dickens, reaffirmed the allegations of discrimination, produced one of those “rabbits” for members of the news media to interview and called Cordish’s countersuit “a bullying tactic” meant to distract attention from her client’s claims.

“If they had real evidence to defend the lawsuit with,” she said, “they wouldn’t be wasting their time with this.”

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Jean Maneke, a Kansas City lawyer who specializes in free speech law, said she could not think of another example where a lawyer has been sued for repeating allegations made in a lawsuit.

“There is case law that says the material contained in pleadings contained in a case file is absolutely privileged,” she said.

In its lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Baltimore-based Cordish accuses Cusimano, Dickens and another attorney in her firm, Austin Johnston, of concocting the rabbit story as a way “to extort money” from the company.

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In his lawsuit, Cusimano alleges that he was the victim of the very tactic that he, an African American, had been ordered to use to reduce the number of black people in the entertainment district.

The man in handcuffs, he said, was probably a “rabbit” who’d picked a fight on the orders of district officials who wanted to get rid of him after he’d raised concerns about discriminatory practices.

In a letter to Cordish dated Dec. 10, 2013, and attached to the Cordish lawsuit, Dickens alleged that Mosaic used rabbits throughout Cusimano’s time there, starting in the summer of 2011.

“In the summer of 2013 alone,” Dickens wrote, “Glen used a rabbit, or saw one being used, approximately 20 to 30 times.”

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In a signed affidavit, Alexitch said that in exchange for starting fights that led to ejections, he was given free drinks and cash, ranging from $50 to $150 a night.

At a Kansas City coffee shop Thursday afternoon, Alexitch told The Star that one way he started trouble was to walk up to groups of black men and insult or flirt with their dates.

It’s a scandalous mess! So be sure to read it all.

And then ask yourself why your city continues to give that company hundreds of millions of dollars with no questions asked.

Study Isn’t Necessary: LMPD Needs More Help

It has hosted college and professional basketball games, high school graduations and roller derby clashes. Louis Armstrong played there, as did musicians from Elvis Presley to My Morning Jacket. [WDRB]

The Waterfront Development Corp. is scrambling to offset the legislature’s abrupt slashing of all state funding for the agency — $420,000 a year for each of the next two fiscal years. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another silly study in Louisville. A study will be conducted over the next several months to see if LMPD is a fully staffed police force. [WHAS11]

A Louisville voter filed a lawsuit Monday, claiming that this year’s Republican challenger against longtime state Democratic Rep. Tom Burch is not a qualified candidate because he doesn’t live in the district. [H-L]

Metro police are asking for help after a pedestrian was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in west Louisville. [WLKY]

Of course Kentucky’s in the national news again for something terrible. A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. [HuffPo]

A federal judge says attorneys defending Indiana’s gay marriage ban haven’t shown any good reason to not recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness. [WAVE3]

Ronnie Ellis once again says what anyone paying attention has been thinking: education is not an actual priority in Frankfort. [Ronnie Ellis]

It’s not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling. [WFPL]

If you missed it last week, go take a look at Reggie Meeks’ remarks on harassment and corruption in Frankfort. [Page One]

Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. will release its first-quarter earnings Tuesday, and the general consensus is that the company will see improved revenue this year compared to the first quarter of 2013. [Business First]

The number of former and current Clark County Drug Treatment Court participants involved in a class action lawsuit claiming mistreatment by Clark County employees recently doubled. [News & Tribune]

It’s Okay To Daytime Drink When It’s This Cold

It will cost less to build two new Ohio River bridges, but the savings announced Friday won’t necessarily translate into lower tolls for drivers. [WDRB]

When Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government issued a challenge last week for developers to develop a new mobile app or product using TARC’s real-time data, it had a clear goal in mind. [Business First]

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail had a record year in 2013. [WHAS11]

A Kentucky Newspaper and it’s sister, WHAS11, are on a mission to pretend that the paper is giving you MORE MORE MORE! What it’s really giving you is a bunch USA Today filler, some recycled columns from throughout the week and a small percentage of what the paper used to offer. [C-J/AKN]

University of Louisville students held a blanket drive Saturday evening. [WLKY]

Can you believe it? Cordish is having some fun in Las Vegas these days and locals aren’t happy. [Click the Clicky]

About 4,000 tons of salt look more like something you would see along the Rockies. “It looks more like snow capped mountains,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson, Andrea Clifford described. [WAVE3]

An overwhelming majority of Kentuckians support the state’s decision to expand Medicaid for low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act, including most self-identified Republicans. [WFPL]

The new US Ambassador to the UK says healthy debate between its citizens is vital to ensure the “special relationship” remains strong. [Northern Echo]

Just what students need in Kentucky – another fee. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System hopes to enact the first mandatory student fee in its 17-year history to pay for a proposed $145 million bond issue for construction projects at its 16 colleges statewide. [H-L]

The construction flotilla with cranes in the Ohio River says it all: Utica’s about to realize some big changes. [News & Tribune]

Let’s face it – we shill for the Kentucky State Parks for free and will promote them all until we can’t promote them any longer. Since everybody in the Commonwealth needs a vacation but can’t afford to fly over to Indier like Papaw Beshear or Old Yerp like everybody else? May as well take a trip somewhere in your own backyard. Specifically for Valentine’s Day. [Page One]

Some Freaking Out About Walmart In West End

Using federal funds for the Ohio River Bridges Project, Kentucky awarded a $1.9 million contract last year to Kentucky State University to oversee a program preparing workers for building a downtown bridge and new Spaghetti Junction interchange. But as it nears its one-year anniversary next month, Bridges to Opportunities has resulted in just three people working on the bridges project itself. [WDRB]

Federal appeals court Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr.’s decision to retire in August ended an investigation into allegations that he made “questionable travel reimbursement requests,” according to an opinion issued by an arm of the federal courts charged with evaluating judicial misconduct complaints. [C-J/AKN]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech is the main event at the Muhammad Ali Center as the nation remembers the civil-rights icon. [WHAS11]

A press release and YouTube video say JP Davis is running for Tina Ward-Pugh’s District 9 seat on Metro Council. Spoiler alert: he’ll lose to the million other candidates running unless Tina endorses him. Even then, he’ll be considered an establishment guy working to support whatever Jim Ramsey wants him to. And that’s a real shame. [Press Release & YouTube]

Allegations that Fourth Street Live! enforced its dress code based on race were addressed a year ago. [WLKY]

Greater Clark County Schools teachers and staff can now visit a new medical clinic for their basic health care needs. Officials say they hope the new clinic will save the district as much as $1 million in health care costs this year, while also having the potential to lower insurance premium costs for employees in the future. [WFPL]

Kentucky teachers are asking lawmakers to restore more than $850 million in funding for their pension system, as it slowly runs out of money. [WAVE3]

Lexington’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday included some new features. [H-L]

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reportedly considers putting a store in Louisville’s West End, not everyone sees the retailer as a welcome addition. [Business First]

Indiana’s casino tax revenues are falling faster than expected over the past six months, plunging nearly 15 percent amid more out-of-state competition and lagging admissions as consumers try to shake off the aftereffects of the recession. [News & Tribune]

This is the most important story you’re not hearing much about on television. Sure, it’s West Virginia, but the same issues plague Kentucky. [HuffPo]

Everything’s Still Puppies & Rainbows, Move Along

It’s tale of two Louisville shopping districts: one seeing a last minute frenzy, the other lackluster sales. The reason(s) everyone but the folks in television and at the newspaper admit: Jerry Abramson and Cordish. [WDRB]

Louisville International Airport is nearing completion of two taxiway projects that airport officials say will make it easier and safer for pilots to access runways. [C-J/AKN]

This is the latest from Possibility City. A man is recovering after being shot in the face in west Louisville. [WHAS11]

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation announced the successful completion of its $500,000 James Graham Brown Foundation challenge grant toward completion of the Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits. [News & Tribune]

A woman police say robbed the same bank twice and got away with more than $200,000 will spend the next 18 years behind bars. [WLKY]

Will Lexington’s downtown go the way of Jerry Abramson/Cordish? Hopefully not. In 2012, The Webb Companies of Lexington and Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc. of Cincinnati spent $1.7 million buying Victorian Square, a block of restored 19th-century buildings intended to be a mix of stores, restaurants and offices. On Saturday, much of the indoor mall space looked empty, marked by vacant glass storefronts and a chipped, gum-spattered tile floor. [H-L]

Business has taken off at Louisville International Airport, landing it at number seven on the list of world’s busiest cargo hot spots, according to Airport Council International. There are so many other stories we’d love to link you to but WAVE’s web writer is apparently the worst they’ve ever had. From making up county names (McQueen County is not in Kentucky) to leaving out entire sentences in big stories, it’s gotten bizarre lately. [WAVE3]

Remember when we told you a month ago that bond ratings would crumble in December? Sad that it actually happened. So much for a certain Democratic Metro Councilcritter telling us we were wrong. [WFPL]

Television reporters are less trusted than bankers, politicians and lawyers. Specifically, Americans believe they’re dishonest. Which comes as a surprise to exactly no one. [Gallup]

The Comedy Caravan has fallen into comedic hands. We’re trying not to hold our breath but hope this is a great move. [Business First]

Sanctions against the state’s child welfare agency for deliberately obstructing access to public records over child abuse deaths and injuries bring some real sticker shock for Kentucky taxpayers. [C-J/AKN]

Quick, Everybody Act Like Tolls Are A Surprise

Your fancy new toll rates have finally been announced. And for all of you nitwits complaining that the public had no input? Uh, you had several years. You are just brain dead and/or should be drowned in a bucket somewhere for not paying attention. [The ‘Ville Voice]

After years of research, the Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body has approved toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WDRB]

Are you excited to have even more of your money wasted by these Barbara Shanklin-supporting jokers? A 1 percent sales tax in Louisville would raise $138 million, 45 percent more than first estimated, and lift the tax burden higher than most of 14 other similar cities, according to a University of Louisville study commissioned by Metro Councilman Ken Fleming. [C-J/AKN]

A Franklin County judge is ordering state officials to rework a water permit for a Trimble County power plant that discharges into the Ohio River. [WHAS11]

Way to go, mindless idiots in Frankfort, for killing science standards for kids in school. Wondering why Kentucky kids tend to be the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet these days? That’s why. [Shame On You]

Speaking of drowning stupid people in a bucket… A father is under arrest after being accused of leaving his 5-year-old child in a hot car without the engine running. [WLKY]

The Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee turned thumbs down on adoption of new science standards for Kentucky schools Wednesday, but Gov. Steve Beshear will implement them anyway — which he has legal authority to do. [Ronnie Ellis]

We keep talking about this because it’s great news for the city. A Louisville group is about to be one step closer to turning an abandoned landfill into a botanical garden, although the process will take years. [WAV3]

Greg Fischer named Frankfort attorney Jeff Mosley as the city’s new director of economic growth and innovation on Wednesday, replacing Ted Smith who will focus on developing the city’s innovation strategies. Also on Wednesday, the mayor named Emily Liu as the director of planning and design services. [C-J/AKN]

Fourth Street Live! developer Cordish Co. has continued to delay the start of its planned Center City project in downtown Louisville, as Business First recently reported. [Business First]

Want to yell at one of the folks responsible for the bridges project mess an the expensive tolls? Here’s your chance. Diane Fischer is one of the excuse-makers. [News & Tribune]