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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Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings!

Greater Louisville Inc. is calling on employees of Louisville businesses to line the procession route for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday. [WDRB]

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday appointed three new members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. [C-J/AKN]

LMPD is investigating a shooting that may have injured a child. [WHAS11]

Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement Saturday through his agent, J.R. Pegram, stating that Desormeaux will return to riding in New York on June 9 following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program at Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah. [H-L]

There are several events going on around Louisville this week to honor Muhammad Ali. [WLKY]

Throughout U.S. history, white Americans have toned down the life stories of radical people of color so that they can celebrate them as they want them to be, not as they were. [HuffPo]

Another day, another bunch of shootings in Compassionate City. It’s really compassionate. [WAVE3]

On the morning of May 29, 2014, an overcast Thursday in Washington, DC, the general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Robert Litt, wrote an email to high-level officials at the National Security Agency and the White House. [VICE]

Regulations governing Louisville’s short-term rental industry won’t take effect until later this summer. [WFPL]

Arising from the shadows of the American repressed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. Who would have thunk it? [Bill Moyers]

No more Red7e? The Kentucky Science Center has named PriceWeber Marketing Communications Inc. as its agency of record. [Business First]

The heart of Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana work is in Dawn Klemm’s sunny living room, decorated with the coastal blues inspired by Charleston, South Carolina and aided by the company of her pug. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Loves A Good Pedestrian Accident

A young child is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle in west Louisville. [WDRB]

The Memorial Day weekend wasn’t the deadliest on record by any stretch, but three deaths in unrelated incidents and a shooting near University of Louisville that left a college student seriously injured still made for a tragic holiday. The slayings increased Louisville’s 2016 homicides total to 47. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here’s a story about a pedestrian accident in J-town. [WHAS11]

The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a shooting at Lincoln and Colorado avenues. [WLKY]

As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country “safe and free,” perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true. [HuffPo]

If you’re going to run hyped up stories about suicide attempts, the least you could do is include resources for those in need. [WAVE]

The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates “in the coming months” if the economy picks up as expected and jobs continue to be generated, U.S. central bank chief Janet Yellen said on Friday, bolstering the case for a rate increase in June or July. [Reuters]

Is the Portland renaissance real? An assessment of progress. [WFPL]

Courtrooms across the nation are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal. The programs help inform decisions on everything from bail to sentencing. They are meant to make the criminal justice system fairer — and to weed out human biases. [ProPublica]

Wait, this came as a surprise to people? Some folks must live in an alternate universe. [Business First]

Shelters across the state are losing government money due to a massive policy shift that emphasizes permanent housing for the homeless. [News & Tribune]

At Least There’s Good Bourbon News

Check out the spin/excuses from Jack Conway’s former spokesperson. A meeting held Wednesday was supposed to address the JCPS code of conduct. However, JCPS and the Metro Public Safety Committee saw the clock run out on a conversation many are waiting to have. [WDRB]

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless announced Monday that the overall number of homeless people in the city has dropped for the third year in a row — but those numbers don’t change local agencies’ disappointment in the federal government’s decision to cut their funds by 11 percent this year. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky bourbon production hit a nearly 50-year high last year. [WHAS11]

The Republican leader in the Senate says most candidates for president have released their tax documents as presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump insists he’ll wait until after an IRS audit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Ten years ago a 2-year-old Louisville girl was shot multiple times and her mother was killed. [WLKY]

More than 7 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage in 2015, the second full year of the Obamacare coverage expansion, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]

While JCPS tries to provide social and emotional support for students in the form of Student Response Teams, Positive Behavior Coaches and other resources, Metro Council members voiced their concern that it is not enough. [WAVE3]

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said it would take another 9/11 to wake up border security — and predicted refugees would plan the next attack. [The Hill]

Faculty and staff within the Jefferson County Public Schools system continue to call out district administration for potential changes to teacher salary structure and the student code of conduct. [WFPL]

Interviews with dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump or interacted with him socially reveal a pattern of often unsettling personal behavior by the Republican presidential candidate, The New York Times reported on Saturday. [Reuters]

Kroger isn’t just in the beginning stages of grocery delivery, it’s been testing refining things in Lexington and other markets so it can be rolled out ASAP. [Business First]

Anesthesiologist Jaime Guerrero, who had a practice in Jeffersonville, was sentenced to 100 months in prison Thursday by United States District Judge Greg N. Stevens, and according to the terms of a prior plea agreement, agreed to forfeit his license to practice medicine and real property owned by Guerrero Real Estate Investments, LLC. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Is What Louisville Deserves After Decades Of Dumb Abramson Cheerleading And Sitting In Denial

Can you imagine if education reporters focused on the root of problems instead of reporting on scandals after the fact? Maybe they could start with not writing fluff once in a while… like when an education commissioner is being ousted and one particular education reporter fell for his spin. [WDRB]

Louisville’s most vulnerable populations face a big hit this summer after local homeless agencies and service providers announced Monday morning that they will have to make up for an 11 percent cut in federal funding. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Surprise! Everybody is getting shot left and right. [WHAS11]

Kentucky transportation officials have started an online service for people to renew their license plates. [H-L]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. Everything is puppies and rainbows. Don’t worry. There’s no crime in Cherokee Triangle, nothing ever happens in St. Matthews. One person is taken to the hospital after a shooting Saturday in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama says his economic legacy is a lot better than he gets credit for. “I actually compare our economic performance to how, historically, countries that have wrenching financial crises perform,” he told The New York Times recently. “By that measure, we probably managed this better than any large economy on Earth in modern history.” [HuffPo]

The Metro Council primary offers a broad field to replace three veterans who did not seek reelection. [WAVE3]

Nearly half a century after the saga of “Mountain Jane Doe” began, local authorities in the small mining town of Harlan, Kentucky, say they are one step closer to identifying the murder victim first recovered from a remote trail outside of town in 1969. [Reveal]

The upcoming primary elections will likely be the deciding vote for a handful of Louisville Metro Council races. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton is nearing the end of a long Democratic primary that will almost certainly leave her as the party’s presidential nominee. [The Hill]

How long til Fischer gives everything to Cordish again? You know it’s only a matter of time. [Business First]

The Clark County Election Board officially ruled on the 130 provisional ballots cast in the primary election Friday, with totals not changing any races. [News & Tribune]

Wind Damage Must Sell Lots Of Ads…?

Louisville: Where some trivial roof damage results in 24 hours of wall-to-wall television coverage from all outlets. Never mind all the murders, pedestrian deaths, Metro Government shenanigans and such. [WDRB]

Amid anger and frustration voiced by some Jefferson County Public Schools staff and others over district ideas related to freezing employee pay and revamping the code of conduct, one JCPS parent has begun circulating a petition to oust Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods made a call to citizens across Louisville Wednesday evening to be a part of a community March against gun violence. [WHAS11]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [H-L]

This story’s got hot dog vendors, road rage and murder. What more could you ask for? [WLKY]

This is one of the most disgusting things you’re going to read this week. [HuffPo]

Local media is literally doing stories on chunks of old concrete. Where is Julie Tam with the blue glove? [WAVE3]

While it’s impolite and politically counterproductive, if we want to accurately identify the analytic error that caused so many of us to dismiss Trump, we must return to the idiocy question. The particular idiocy involves both the party’s elites and its voters. [NY Magazine]

A drop in federal funding this year will lead to cuts in some homeless services across Louisville. [WFPL]

Millions of Americans live with the possibility that, at any moment, their wages or the cash in their bank accounts could be seized over an old debt. It’s an easily ignored part of America’s financial system, in part due to a common attitude that people who don’t pay their debts deserve what’s coming to them. [ProPublica]

A recently published academic study shows that Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville is the fourth-most profitable hospital in the U.S., but Norton Healthcare Inc. is disputing the study’s findings and conclusions. [Business First]

A couple of veteran politicians will square off in the November General Election for Floyd County Commissioners District 2. [News & Tribune]

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Huh? Gang Activity? What Gang Activity?

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad says the amount of violent crime in the city has increased 4.4 percent in comparison with 2015, according to the most recent data. [WDRB]

Here’s a story from a week ago that essentially got ignored. Looking to trim labor costs, Ford Motor Co. is offering hourly workers with at least 8 1/2 years of service a $70,000 lump sum payment to take a voluntary retirement or separation this year. [C-J/AKN]

Seven Counties is continuing its fight against addiction specifically with heroin and opioids. [WHAS11]

The state Senate was minutes away from adjourning Tuesday night when Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer announced that a special visitor wanted to address the chamber — Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An urban farm is coming to Louisville’s Hazelwood neighborhood and taking over the former Iroquois housing site. [WLKY]

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to honor his pledge to support the party’s nominee for president if it’s not him. [HuffPo]

Seems like only yesterday Jerry Abramson and crew were claiming gangs were not a thing in Possibility Compassionate City. Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows. [WAVE3]

With homelessness surging and rent prices skyrocketing nationwide, one congresswoman is urging her colleagues to rapidly increase federal funding for affordable housing in hopes of stemming the tide. [ThinkProgress]

Last month, for the first time in about 15 years, Kentucky changed its fish consumption advisories. There are high levels of mercury in most of the commonwealth’s lakes and rivers. But there is a conflict between what state agencies are saying and what they’re doing: On one hand, the state is warning people not to eat large amounts of fish because it contains the toxic chemical. On the other, state agencies are suing the federal government over pollution controls that would keep mercury out of waterways in the first place. [WFPL]

Grassroots Republicans are growing frustrated with their Washington Beltway counterparts, who they think are giving up the fight for the White House. [The Hill]

HOWWWWW much money is KentuckyOne health spending on this ongoing PR campaign? It’s never-ending, apparently. [Business First]

Jim Wathen said two years ago he had an idea to stabilize Floyd County’s fiscal future — sell Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services. That idea didn’t go too far at the time. [News & Tribune]

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