Another Fischer Effort Gets Bipartisan Opposition

Here’s Eric Crawford’s first column for his fancy new non-newspaper employer. Probably not one that will make Gannett very happy. [FOX41]

Republicans Kelly Downard and Jerry Miller, along with Democrat Mary Woolridge, said putting $500,000 of city tax dollars into the project is unacceptable to them, especially because the city has already committed to a $1.5 million forgivable loan for the project. [C-J/AKN]

Hundreds of people in favor of mountaintop mining in Eastern Kentucky started congregating for a rally in the state Capitol before 5 p.m. Tuesday. While that rally went on, a group of about 75 people opposed to surface mining held a news conference nearby. [H-L]

A show of support in West Louisville as a large group came together for an anti-violence rally. [WAVE3]

Eat at Penn Station in Louisville? Your credit card information could have been breached. Several locals have written in to tell us about their experience. [Click the Clicky]

What’s the important news you can’t get anywhere else? Why, none other than a syndicated story about snake handlers from The Tennessean. [C-J/AKN]

Pro-tip to Renee Murphy: one isn’t “anti-coal” merely because they oppose mountaintop removal. But we’re not worried about your station issuing a correction and remember what happened the last time the station was wrong – it paid Ed Hart millions.  [Deep Teevee Thoughts]

What? They’re still “anti-coal” because they oppose mountaintop removal? Okay. Good job, teevee folks. [WHAS11]

As Gannett newspapers relinquish longtime columnists to layoffs and buyouts, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., has joined many of its sister papers in devising a new low in cheap, replacement labor. [Gannett Blog]

The Louisville Metro Council will give the public a chance to comment on Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget Wednesday. [WFPL]

One can only wonder if the mainstream media in Kentucky will make note of the Kentucky Retirement Systems scandals if something happens on a national level. [Page One Here & Here]

Makers of Kentucky’s signature beverage — bourbon — might see more intense competition in emerging markets from Diageo plc, the world’s largest distilled spirits company. [Business First]

What Eric Crawford Says About Leaving The Paper

In his own words:

WHY WDRB?

The tool of choice in journalism today is the knife. Staffs are cut. Coverage areas are constricted. Employees are furloughed. Some of the most seasoned journalists are bought out. It is not just here. It is everywhere. Every sports staff in the city is smaller today than it was three years ago, or at least no larger. Except one. And that one just hired me.

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I have read The Courier-Journal every day for as long as I can remember. I always will.

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And whether it is a “newspaper” site or a “TV” site or whatever you want to call it, I have craved that chance to not just do what I have always done, which I love, but to create, shift, adjust and innovate on the fly, and based on the desires and interests of this city. I have a great many ideas for the way this kind of local sports operation might evolve and work. The time came for me to do something bold and try them, and I have taken that opportunity. If that makes any sense.

Click here to read the entire post from Crawford.

Everybody Wants To Ignore The KRS Scandal(s)

You’ll likely want to read this article about the cost of being number one in mountaintop removal. [The Hill]

Nope, FOX41/WDRB still isn’t back on your teevee. Time Warner has way more money and power so you can bet the company will win. [FOX41]

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE OF THE GLOBAL WARMING!!!1! [WFPL]

We hear through the A Kentucky Newspaper rumor mill that circulation is down about 10,000 from last week. Only a matter of time until the paper cuts print days. [Things We Hear]

Here’s another absolutely splendid story for Louisville. A body was recovered from the Ohio River at Shipping Port Island near the Portland Canal. [WAVE3]

Now you know why all the feathers at the paper got ruffled yesterday, forcing paper folks to melt down in our comments section. It’s because everything – including sports – can be read elsewhere. [The ‘Ville Voice]

You know something is a hot mess when the Secret Service is investigating a lady after a traffic stop. This story is going to be entertaining. [WHAS11]

It’s beyond crazy that PARC owes Metro Louisville nearly $4 million for parking garages it never paid for. Stories like this make it clear that Jerry Abramson’s crew had their teeth in deep and still do. [C-J/AKN]

Animal care advocates are targeting an Indiana animal shelter with a high kill rate. You’d think folks would notice that Louisville Metro Animal Services is also a killing disaster. [WLKY]

Here’s a look at how the mainstreamers are digesting Larry Hayes’ new role as Grease Bucket Authority boss. [Business First]

Experts say beavers are not a threat to this St. Matthews park. Please, hold your awesome jokes. [WFPL]

Southwest Airlines is adding new nonstop jet service between Louisville and Denver later this year. [WLEX18]

The mainstreamers don’t want to talk about the mess that still exists at Kentucky Retirement Systems. [Page One]

Will The World End If Fox Isn’t On Your Cable?

Ford Motor Co will pursue its boldest attempt yet to tackle a nearly $50 billion risk to its business when it begins offering lump-sum pension payout offers to 98,000 white-collar retirees and former employees this summer. [Reuters]

Guess who got removed from Time Warner/Insight/Whatever Cable. Yep, WDRB/FOX41. [FOX41]

The bonds issued to build the KFC Yum! Center are now classified as “junk” status by Moody’s Investors Service, meaning the rating agency thinks the bonds are particularly risky investments. [C-J/AKN]

Just what Louisville needs! Another deadly shooting. This time near Iroquois Park. [WAVE3]

This should send Marilyn Parker and crew into a fit of rage. Mitch Daniels is a member of the Bilderberg Group. [Dahahaha]

Ruh ro, an appeals panel scolded Karen Sypher’s attorney for repeatedly making assertions that weren’t backed by evidence in the trial record. Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey said the argument “appeared to be a waste of everybody’s time.” [WHAS11]

Nolan offered claims that Sypher wasn’t properly represented by attorney James Earhart, and that he didn’t call witnesses who might’ve testified positively about the ex-trade show model. [84WHAS]

Kentucky officials signaled Thursday they will change how prisoners are executed, opening the door to using a single drug instead of the current three-drug method that has been challenged by inmates who call it cruel and unusual punishment. [H-L]

Some lady was hoarding cats in J-town. Because that is apparently a nice life to live. [WLKY]

The top pick of Kentucky Retirement Systems to lead that organization has once again been sued. That’d be the guy Greg Fischer’s honcho wants to pick, obviously. [Page One]

A federal judge has given the Environmental Protection Agency one week to set standards for fine particle pollution across the United States. These are the fine particles that come out of factories, power plants and automobiles. [WFPL]

Greg Fischer can afford to spend $450,000 of your tax dollars to buy land near Fairdale for a park but can’t afford to feed the animals at Metro Animal Services. That’s compassion, right? [Business First]

Locals Realize Mainstream Dropped Tornado Ball

We’ve been harping on local media for dropping the ball when it comes to coverage of tornado devastation in Kentucky. The focus has primarily been on Henryville, Indiana because it’s in the metro area.

We thought things would change. But. Uh. Not so much. All you ever hear is, “Henryville, Henryville, Henryville.” Despite damage in Kentucky being far worse.

Then we saw this story about an elementary school reopening in Jake’s hometown of West Liberty. Quick and easy. A blip on the radar.

Didn’t take long to notice some of the comments on the story:


And then we were reminded why no one had a clue such a disaster had taken place in their very own state: because local media (not singling out FOX41/WDRB/whatever) only focused on the quick and easy.

It’s why Henryville will have everything it needs to recover. The area will likely be rebuilt in a matter of months. While the majority of damaged areas in Eastern Kentucky will be suffering years from now. Much of it will never be rebuilt. And no one in the metro area will be any wiser.

Interesting Note On WDRB’s Parent Co. Moves

Looks like the FOX41/WDRB affiliate situation isn’t unique when it comes to Block Communications:

KTRV, an independent station in Boise, shut down news operations on Monday and announced plans to shrink production staff this week.

The Block Communications-owned station, formerly a Fox-affiliate, became independent earlier this fall after Fox gave its affiliation to KNIN

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“A network affiliate requires a different business model than does an independent station,” said Bill Lamb, vice president of Block Communications. “As a result, a reduction in staff is taking place this week.”

Here’s hoping news cuts don’t take place in Louisville. This city can’t afford it.

This Will Freak The Mouth-Breathers Out…

Haha, so, funny story…

All the mouth-breathers in town are going to freak out when they learn Betty Winston Baye will soon be appearing on FOX41/WDRB/whatever the hell station it is beginning December 12 during the 10:00 P.M. newscast. She’ll be delivering fancy “Point of View” editorials.

“We originally created ‘Point of View’ almost ten years ago with the intent of offering a perspective on the news that better reflected the values and opinions of our viewing public than the other available alternatives,” said Lamb. “Instead of being slavishly devoted to intensely conservative or liberal positions, we’ve always tried to put common sense above dogmatism, and I think we’ve succeeded in that regard.

More from Lamb: “But even though we’ve always welcomed dissenting opinions, airing scores of guest editorials and responses over the years, this latest step will represent the first time we’ve ever featured the opinions of another individual besides me on a regular, ongoing basis. I think it’s safe to say that Betty may look at many things differently than I do, and I think our audience will benefit from the even wider spectrum of opinion she’ll be providing.”

Those who hated her at A Kentucky Newspaper will surely hate her on the teevee.

We’re glad to have another voice on-air.

Some People Need To Get A Major Flipping Grip

We feel that you definitely need a reminder what about kind of overpaid shysters are running the state’s educational system. [Page One]

Really? November is King James version of the Bible Month? What the fuck kind of crack is Steve Beshear smoking? This is one of the most offensive things he’s done. Fucking pandering hack that the Democrats only love because he isn’t David Williams. Worse than promoting the goddamn Ark Park in front of an Orthodox Jewish crowd. [SoS]

We’ll be foaming at the mouth about this all week. Corrupt Keith Hall has been reprimanded and fined by the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission for being corrupt as all hell. To think this guy had the nerve to accuse everyone of lying about him. [H-L]

So the guy’s father is prominent, we get it. And we get that this is a domestic violence issue. But what does it have to do with his father? It’s not like this incident is getting covered up like the last. It’s not like Jerry Abramson covering up for his son. [C-J/AKN]

Accusing this girl of being a racist even AFTER seeing video and learning she didn’t say a word some asshat thought she said? Really? Calling the NAACP? This shit is out of control and people need a reality check. [FOX41]

No, WHAS, it’s not that she says she didn’t say the n-word. She didn’t say it. Watch the video. Jesus flipping christ. [WHAS11]

We’re pretty excited that yet another store is opening on East Market Street. But organic towels and eco-friendly bathroom accessories? You know what we’re thinking (it’s not good) and we’re fans of that sort of stuff. [Consuming Louisville]

Last night Steve Beshear said Louisville bridge construction would begin within a year. Louisville residents know that couldn’t be further from reality. We know those bridges aren’t getting built. [WAVE3]

Yep, this is what Greg Fischer spent your tax dollars on. He even held a press conference to promote it. [C-J/AKN]

Younger workers in Louisville are beginning to be happier but they’re still looking to leave. When will we stop this brain drain nightmare? Why are we ignoring this mega issue? [Business First]

Casino revenue and patrons dropped like flies when the Sherman Minton closed. Proof Kentuckians gamble like woah. [WLKY]

Look What Greg Wants To Spend Money On Now

Don’t forget to add your two cents by making nominations for the Third Annual Golden Poo Awards. [Page One]

Today at 1:00 P.M. John Yarmuth will announce a “major federal investment” to increase the graduation rate in Louisville. He’ll be at Fairdale High School. The new JCPS supe will be there and so will Greg Fischer, despite him having nothing to do with local education and no one in his family going to public schools. [Press Release]

Yesterday marked the 112th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “Jack Conway admits he knew that his brother’s investigation was compromised and yet he refused to notify law enforcement of this matter,” said Robertson. “Any prosecutor worth his salt knows that is wrong. It’s time Jack answer the tough questions instead of faking outrage that this is being discussed.” [Press Release]

Really, Greg Fischer? Spending $30,000 in discretionary funds that should be spent on the community that needs that money? And offering publicity for council members who pony up the cash? For WorldFest? It’s nice and all but are you out of your mind? Spend your own damn money. You have mountains of it. [C-J/AKN]

John Yarmuth talks jobs, budgets and political spending. Give it a watch. [FOX41]

How much time will Len Peters spend spinning over this today? Predictions? [H-L]

Thank goodness WDRB renewed its Fox affiliation. From a release: “We’re extremely happy we were able to reach this agreement with Fox and I believe the network is equally pleased,” said Bill Lamb, WDRB President and General Manager. “WDRB has been one of Fox’s strongest affiliates since we began our relationship when the network launched in 1986, and the partnership has been very beneficial to both parties for a quarter of a century. We look forward to continuing to bring Fox’s quality lineup of programs to Louisville viewers for many years to come.” [FOX41 Press Release]

The Louisville Orchestra has canceled concerts for September and October. We’re not sure what it says about our community when we get the strong sense next to no one will notice. [WFPL]

Everybody is still freaking out about the penis amputation case. [WAVE3]

Check out these fancy waste and recycling bins on Fourth Street. [Broken Sidewalk]

Not everybody is happy with the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan. “Not everybody” includes an appeals court. [C-J/AKN]

The Hummingbird Festival at Yew Dell Gardens is pretty cool and you should go. But you’ll have to pay to get in. [Consuming Louisville]

Bets On How Long It Takes For MSD To Stink?

Museum Plaza will not be built. Land now reverts to the city. 7th Street between Washington and River Roads will be restored and reopened. [Damnit]

You’d think the editorial board could get its facts straight by now. No Kill Louisville has tons of shelter management experience. One of its top folks has decades of experiencing running a large facility. Justin Scally definitely deserves the opportunity to do a good job. But people – particularly the apologists at your failing local paper – need to quit acting like Sadiqa Reynolds’ “with us or against us” way is supreme. Legitimate concerns, questions and disappointment should not be tossed aside. You cannot expect this community to come together overnight after Greg Fischer and crew spent a year ripping everything to shreds. [Short Sighted Editorial]

Get a load of Jack Conway in 2002 versus Jack Conway in 2011. [Page One]

The elephant in the room is FOX41 slowly referring to itself as “WDRB” more and more. Like with this Emmy story. [FOX41]

Are water main issues a preview of the future? [Broken Sidewalk]

Will the Rupp Arena task force cause Lexington as many headaches as the arena shenanigans caused Louisville? [H-L]

Remember the Louisville Zoo train crash? Turns out an employee disabled the train’s warning light prior to the accident. A light that could have alerted folks to problems with the brakes. [WKYT]

Wait, what? Free hot dogs at the Frazier Museum? [Consuming Louisville]

Little by little, problems at the Metropolitan Sewer District are floating to the surface like, well, you know exactly what we’re talking about. [C-J/AKN]

A fundraising event at Central Park tried to change the reputation of pit bulls. [WAVE3]

Kentucky is among the 10 states where government-sector jobs have grown the fastest over the past five years. [Business First]

Wait for this one: a Seymour police officer crashed a DARE trailer while allegedly driving drunk. [WHAS11]

Friday marked the 86th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway: “We will hold Jack Conway’s feet to the fire each and every day until he answers our questions surrounding this controversy,” said Robertson. “For a man who supposedly believes in transparency and accountability, this situation represents the height of hypocrisy.” [Press Release]