Compassionate Shootings & Racist Statues

The Muhammad Ali Center has received a $500,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to honor the boxer’s legacy, according to a news release. [WDRB]

A citizens’ petition requesting landmark designation for a house threatened with demolition in the Upper Highlands has halted the issuance of a wrecking permit for the site on Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Leave it to E-town to burn down a restaurant with a cancer stick. Firefighters say an ignited cigarette thrown into a bed of dry mulch is believed to have started a fire that destroyed a McDonald’s restaurant in Elizabethtown. [WHAS11]

Ford Motor Co. executives spared no expense in overhauling the crown jewel of their empire, the F-150. They gave the truck a new aluminum body, smaller turbocharged engines and a lighter and stronger steel frame – all with an eye to appease U.S. regulators demanding cleaner vehicles. The initiative took six years and cost Ford more than $1 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County judge has ruled that a Confederate monument near the University of Louisville can be removed and relocated. [WLKY]

A top official in the George W. Bush administration has become the most prominent Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

A South Louisville woman trying to keep someone from getting into her apartment was shot late this past week. [WAVE3]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

While Republicans and Democrats differ wildly on firearms issues in Congress, opposition to gun control measures transcends political parties in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. [Reuters]

Ford is shortening its traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week at its sport utility vehicle manufacturing plants in Louisville, Chicago and Oakville, Ontario, according to a news release. [Business First]

The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana has to wait at least until next month for the New Albany City Council’s funding resolution to go for a final vote. [News & Tribune]

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Just Bulldoze The Damn Racist Statue

The city’s parks department has pledged to change how it collects money at Iroquois Amphitheater after an audit found cash management practices there were “inadequate.” [WDRB]

Richard Braudus stood outside Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in the Parkland neighborhood holding a portrait of the boxing legend and talking about their friendship as dozens gathered to take photographs and mourn the former heavyweight champion’s death. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was another successful year for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The annual campaign raised more than $5.4 million this year. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky has spent more than $5 million in the last year to fix federal billing issues involving a Hazard cardiology practice it acquired three years ago, but UK officials have declined to provide documents detailing problems that led to the payments. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after shots were fired near Algonquin Park, sending people running in fear. [WLKY]

Muhammad Ali was a man made of love, kindness and faith. In a 1974 interview with journalist David Frost, Ali said these were three of several qualities that he hoped people would always remember about him, long after the day he died. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Thomas McAdam, notorious for saying some of the most heinous, racist shit you can imagine, is dropping a racist as a client? Please. [WAVE3]

This should make the Beshear Family happy. New payday loan sharking rules won’t stop predatory lenders. [The Intercept]

Maybe it was the way his life transected areas that define America – race and religion; war and sports – or perhaps it was his own love for words. Whatever the reason, Muhammad Ali’s life and career inspired writing that was nearly as captivating as the man himself. [WFPL]

Muhammad Ali crafted the plan for his final tribute years ago, long before he died. On Friday, his family will honor him just like he planned, with a global celebration in his hometown. [Richmond Register]

Louisville vegans, rejoice: The partners behind NOLAfare are opening their first restaurant. [Business First]

Individual health insurance costs are expected to climb across Indiana in 2017 as insurers continue to grapple with rising health care expenses and a market that was only recently overhauled by the federal Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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Hot Brown Spring Rolls? Someone Should Be Punished Quickly And Harshly

Another day, another fun double shooting in Compassionate City! And just before Derby, no less. [WDRB]

With litigation pending, a potential buyer of the Galt House and possibly other large real estate holdings owned by the Al J. Schneider Co. is finding it difficult to secure title insurance needed to finance the purchase of the property. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Claudia Catfish is back on the teevee again and this time she’s got a story about JCPS. Here’s hoping she’s got her ducks in a row this time. [WHAS11]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo raised concerns Thursday about how Gov. Matt Bevin handled vetoes of several bills approved by the state legislature and indicated he may ask a court to determine if the governor acted properly. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Teachers across Jefferson County protested a potential wage freeze at several JCPS schools.[WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party’s convention in July, promising not to give up even if he continues to trail Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates. [HuffPo]

Okay. Enough is enough. Hot Brown SPRING ROLLS? Jesus H, what is this world coming to?! [WAVE3]

House Republicans threw a temper tantrum over a rule that bans financial advisers from scamming retirees. [ThinkProgress]

The seven Democratic candidates vying for the District 8 seat on Louisville’s Metro Council don’t disagree on much. [WFPL]

ProPublica is launching a new interactive database that will help you keep track of the officials who represent you in Congress. [ProPublica]

A national retailer is set to open its first store in Louisville at Shelbyville Road Plaza. [Business First]

No plans for Pleasant Ridge Subdivision redevelopment or revitalization are on the books yet, though city officials likely will present their version soon. [News & Tribune]

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Attacks On Ricky Jones Are Just Dumb

Sitting near the corner of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive, a new business is getting ready to open in the Highlands. But the new development is also sparking concern among some neighbors. [WDRB]

Watching people pile on to attack Ricky Jones is bizarre. All he did was speak up with a bit of common sense and people lost their minds. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A member of an advisory committee that is reviewing the allegations of strippers and escorts for the University of Louisville men’s basketball program says he is surprised by the school’s decision to self-impose a ban on postseason play. [WHAS11]

If you missed it, this is one of the most important stories in the history of ever. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The man charged with killing three people on Wheeler Avenue over the weekend knew at least one of his victims. [WLKY]

As president, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would expand the federal government’s role in reforming criminal justice across the country, they told The Huffington Post in answer to a 20-question survey last month. What would the Republican candidates do? They didn’t say. [HuffPo]

From behind the shadow of the Economy Inn, another hotel is coming into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. [WAVE3]

Marco Rubiobot on Monday insisted the immigration reform bill he helped spearhead through the Senate was never intended to become law and that the authors of the bill expected conservatives in the House to make it “even better.” [NBC News]

A renovated warehouse in the Portland neighborhood will be the new home for the University of Louisville’s art studios. [WFPL]

A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule’s survival. [Reuters]

Jennifer Lawrence and her foundation have given Kosair Children’s Hospital an early Valentine’s Day gift. But at $2 million, the award-winning actress and native Louisvillian’s gift is a tad more generous than the traditional roses or chocolate. [Business First]

Southern Indiana residents are being asked to give their input into a region-wide arts project as part of a 14-month process that will result in a masterplan to better connect and strengthen the area’s arts and cultural assets over the next decade. [News & Tribune]

Surprise! More Bad UofL & JCPS News

A lawsuit against “Breaking Cardinal Rules” author Katina Powell may never see the light of day. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer made two key additions to his administration Wednesday in areas dealing with Louisville’s public safety and public assistance. The mayor announced Rashaad Abdur-Rahman will be the new director of the Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods office and Eric Friedlander will serve as acting director of the Community Services department. [C-J/AKN]

Data from Jefferson County Public Schools shows that a new grading scale appears to have increased the number of students getting A grades in classes. [WHAS11]

Glad to see there’s nothing important left to worry about. The University of Kentucky has sometimes been criticized for being a campus of independent units, with academic, athletics and health care divisions operating more separately than together. On a symbolic level, UK officials have decided that will no longer be the case. [H-L]

What the hell is this story about the guy killed in the Highlands? What? No, really, what the hell is that story? [WLKY]

The “Seinfeld” writer who coined “Festivus” wants Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) to stop tweeting about his beloved secular holiday. [HuffPo]

A JCPS bus driver was assaulted and robbed by students. The incident, according to the bus union president, happened on Friday at the Detrick Nichols compound off Taylor Blvd. [WAVE3]

While pretty much every aspect of the global ecosystem has been heating up, freshwater lakes are warming faster than the oceans or the air, according to a new study from NASA and the National Science Foundation. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky business groups are backing legislation that would expand expungements of some felony convictions. [WFPL]

The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have put pressure on local authorities to show they’re ready for that kind of violence. Some jurisdictions, such as Los Angeles, are stepping up exercises and terrorism simulations. [NPR]

With truckers in high demand, the online marketplace seeks to connect drivers with carriers that need something hauled. [Business First]

Some of Indiana’s grocery stores and liquor stores say a change in state law that allows alcohol sales on Christmas Day for the first time in decades won’t affect them because their stores are closed on that holiday. [News & Tribune]

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Death Isn’t Compassionate, Greg Fischer

Another day, another death in Possibility Compassionate City! Officials have released the name of a man who was murdered in the Algonquin neighborhood. [WDRB]

Tens of thousands braved cold temperatures and fog as thick as burgoo on Saturday for a once-in-a lifetime chance to walk across the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge joining Louisville and Jeffersonville. [C-J/AKN]

A St. Matthews family is hoping a cash reward will motivate someone to come forward and offer information in the death of their loved one. [WHAS11]

Officials say thousands of people walked along the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge on Saturday, two days before the bridge connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, opens for vehicle traffic. [H-L]

Christmas was in full swing Sunday at the Kosair Charities annual holiday party. [WLKY]

The biggest winner from a bipartisan highway funding deal hammered out by congressional negotiators on Tuesday isn’t a Republican, a Democrat, or even the nation’s roadways. It’s Emigrant Savings Bank. [HuffPo]

Another day, another pedestrian death! How compassionate! A man was arrested and charged with murder after a deadly hit-and-run accident Sunday morning in the Portland neighborhood. [WAVE3]

U.S. Senate Democrats plan to unveil a package of proposals this week to tighten domestic security in the wake of the mass shooting in California that killed 14 people and injured 21, according to a Senate Democratic source on Sunday. [Reuters]

Child care centers taking part in Kentucky’s subsidy program for low-income families will soon get a higher reimbursement rate, but advocates say more needs to be done to improve the quality of centers. [WFPL]

On a rainy October Saturday, about half a dozen people trudged up a rocky path to witness what coal companies had done to Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. For generations, locals had gathered to pray on this high ground, and three towering white crosses marked the site. The surrounding woods showed off their early fall color, but not far beyond them was a vast, gray bulldozed moonscape left by mountaintop-removal coal mining. [Politico]

A developer has applied to revise and expand a historic property in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood. [Business First]

A presentation of facilities needs for Greater Clark County Schools brought up three subjects: a five-year plan of projects that could tally $68 million, future referendum thoughts and the problems with keeping Maple and Spring Hill Elementary schools open. [News & Tribune]

Some Fun(?) Educational Roundup Things

Eastern High School staff physically and verbally harassed a football player over accusations of smoking marijuana, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. [WDRB]

Amid growing protests claiming the building of a methane plant in western Louisville continues a legacy of environmental racism, Mayor Greg Fischer says the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based company behind the project will spend the next two months listening to community concerns before seeking construction approval. [C-J/AKN]

The Highlands Neighborhood Association is encouraging Councilmen David Tandy and Tom Owen to permanently revoke the license of Cahoots which is located on Bardstown Road. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Board of Education voted Tuesday to move five candidates forward in the search for the next state education commissioner. The candidates, who have not been named, are in-state and out-of-state educators. However, the board did not preclude adding finalists when it meets Friday in Lexington, before the start of second-round interviews. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Crews are quickly restoring Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home, with big plans for it to attract visitors from around the world. [WLKY]

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a dire report about the state of the planet: July 2015 was the earth’s warmest month on record, dating back to 1880. [HuffPo]

With its largest-ever incoming class starting school Monday, Spalding University celebrated the growth by rebranding and renaming its new Kentucky College of Art and Design. [WAVE3]

Applications for U.S. home mortgages edged up last week as interest rates declined, an industry group said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

A neighborhood group is hoping concerns about public health and the environment will factor into a city board’s decision to grant a conditional use permit to pork producer JBS Swift. [WFPL]

Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions. Supporters say there’s no margin for error. Opponents say it’s about ensuring quality care. [ProPublica]

Students at Mount Tabor Elementary in New Albany can now use a finger scanning system from Horizon Software to pay for school meals, but some parents are worried about the new technology. [Business First]

Community Montessori High School senior Nick Vaughn narrowly lost in the May New Albany City Council District 6 Republican Party primary. He had a plan to start a work program to benefit disadvantaged residents, and though it won’t be implemented yet in a governmental platform, Vaughn has launched a nonprofit aimed at ushering low-income families out of poverty. [News & Tribune]

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