LG&E Set To Screw Environmentally Friendly Folks

Cierra Lewis , 22, died in a house fire early Saturday morning, according to Capt. Salvador Melendez from the Louisville Division of Fire. [WDRB]

Louisville Gas and Electric is seeking to get more money from its customers, but a proposed rate structure could discourage people from investing in solar power or energy efficiency, a Louisville engineer warns. [C-J/AKN]

The family of a man arrested in Bardstown, Ky. claims excessive force was used while officers detained him. That suspect is now in critical condition in a Louisville hospital. [WHAS11]

Bigoted undertones are apparent for foes of a proposed Islamic center in Lexington. Don’t want to make it about religion or ethnicity? Here’s a tip: don’t make it about religion or ethnicity. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “She was burned after her death, almost over 70 percent of her body. So not only did they take her from me in life, they took her from me in death and I couldn’t even mourn my beautiful baby,” she said, adding through tears, “I had to have a closed casket.” [WLKY]

For the first time, more than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation. [HuffPo]

Police haven’t said who fired the shots that killed 16-month-old Ne’Riah Miller and wounded her mother Cierra Twyman last August. But newly released information, and a review of evidence obtained from prosecutors earlier, points the finger at a fifth man, whom police hadn’t named a suspect until this past Tuesday: 28-year-old Duwan Mason Jr. [WAVE3]

This is a big deal. [Press Release]

Dominique Frierson has wanted to get out of Beecher Terrace since he moved into the Russell neighborhood housing project in 2003. [WFPL]

Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon have lived together for 32 years and were married in Canada more than a decade ago, but back home in Kentucky, something is missing. [Reuters]

If it wasn’t for Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, the city of Louisville very likely might have a different mayor in office, according to Mayor Greg Fischer. [Business First]

His family lives off Spring Street, he works off East Main Street, and he’s a proponent of two-way streets. John Smith believes people in his situation — downtown residents, business owners and employees of those establishments — should be given the top priority when it comes to public feedback about planner Jeff Speck’s street study. [News & Tribune]

How Much Greg Fischer Fluff Can You Handle?

What the christ??? Talk about crazy fluff. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says 2014 has been a great year for our city, setting us up for a successful new year. [WDRB]

Violent crime in Louisville was up about 10 percent in 2014, breaking a downward trend the city had seen since 2012, police data shows. [C-J/AKN]

The man at the center of an election recount in Clark County has passed away. Larry Wilder, Kelly Harrod’s attorney, said Harrod died Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

Last spring, University of Kentucky tobacco researcher Rich Mundell handed out hundreds of tobacco plants to willing takers at the Lexington Farmers Market. The plants were part of an experiment, and Mundell asked that recipients be willing to share information with him about how the plants did in home gardens. [H-L]

Exciting! Maybe we’ll have another fun meth spree in the metro area. [WLKY]

Flu season is in full swing in the United States, and the proportion of deaths related to flu infections have reached epidemic threshold, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]

This New Year fluff bullshit with the mayor and other politicians has got to stop. No wonder no one ever has a real clue about what’s going on. The mainstream just gives reach-arounds and dumb smiles. [WAVE3]

The UN Security Council has rejected a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years. [BBC]

Even the local NPR affiliate got in on the Greg Fischer fluff train. [WFPL]

Rumors and endorsements continue in the 2015 governor’s race that looks like it will become even more interesting. But suddenly it’s the Republican primary that looks like a dogfight rather than the Democratic race that may turn out to be anti-climactic. [Ronnie Ellis]

Aw, this is kind of sad. BF fell for Steve Beshear’s claimed ten biggest accomplishments email blast. [Business First]

Barbara Bratcher Haas may be retiring as a full-time Clark County officeholder, but her run with politics is far from over. [News & Tribune]

These Are The Stories That Made 2014 So Crazy

There’s no better time than now to go through the biggest stories of the year. We did the same on Page One just a bit ago.

Yep — you guessed it — another year passes with Greg Fischer’s Arena shenanigans, Metro Animal Services shenanigans, UofL messes and No Kill Louisville shysters topping the list.

Arena Authority & UofL Legal Problems Coming? [May 8]

Earlier this week Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order approving the University of Louisville’s decision to hire a bunch of law firms.

The LMAS Official-Turned-Fischer-Staffer Scandal Gets Real: Proof Margaret Brosko & Other Metro Officials Are Corrupt & Lack Any Compassion [July 22]

In February 2013, Louisville Metro Animal Services received a young and beautiful Pitbull named Sadie. She was friendly, likable and loving but had what amounted to a dangling leg from an injury that needed to be amputated. Her owner attempted to claim her in March and received a violation notice of her injuries. When a vet notice is issued, owners are required to provide vet care within 48 hours or they wind up in court. The owner didn’t bother getting her care and didn’t bother showing up for court. Nothing happened. No bench warrant was issued. There was no follow-up from LMAS.

New LMAS Lady Is Some Kinda Porno Queen [October 22]

This agency needs competent, experienced, scandal-free leadership. And it’s now got this mess and the lady who was fired and arrested at one of her previous shelters.

The No Kill Louisville Scandal(s) Begin To Unravel [March 11]

No Kill Louisville was for several years an organization dear to many of us. You’ve likely read hundreds of stories about the organization and its past attempts to clean up Metro Animal Services. It was a breath of fresh air in this town filled with nothing but euthanasia story after euthanasia story. Animals were being saved, pets were being fed, owners were being educated, area organizations were being assisted.

Now? The group is a shell of its former self.

LMPD Raided Cahoots, Which Surprises No One [September 11]

Wanna see LMPD raid Cahoots on a drug hunt?

No-Kill Louisville Now A Meaningless Money Pit [March 10]

The once-decent No-Kill Louisville has fallen apart over the past couple years. It now appears to be just a shell for collecting tax-free money. What on earth is it in this city that causes people to go crazy with perceived power and greed?

No One Wants Greg Fischer’s Job This Morning [October 23]

Following yesterday’s news that Greg Fischer had appointed three new out-of-state folks to run Louisville Metro Animal Services, we kept you in-the-loop. We even reminded you that he hired this lady who was repeatedly fired and arrested at her last shelter job.

Yes, Racism Alive And Well In Possibility City [January 13]

After Louisville’s media outlets revealed that a suspect had been arrested in the St. Matthews Kroger murder case, something happened that won’t surprise anyone reading this. But that something is what a ton of people don’t want to talk about. Whenever we bring it up, we’re accused of causing drama and promoting unrest.

Here’s the deal: racism continues to be a real problem in Possibility City and it’s not taken seriously by this town we call home.

UofL VP For HR Let Go, Escorted Away By Cops [December 3]

University of Louisville Vice President for Human Resources Sam Connally has apparently been canned. According to multiple sources, he was forced to resign and escorted off campus by police.

The Back Story Of WAVE3′s JCPS Coverage [January 28]

All of this was shared here so we could get at the back story – the how and why – of the JCPS story WAVE did. We have no idea why anyone thought it was a good idea without a bit more effort.

But we do know that WAVE should never put Flack on a JCPS story again and should likely leave that sort of reporting up to other stations for the foreseeable future.

Greg Fischer Screws LMAS More With New Hire [September 4]

Greg Fischer hired Stephanie Moore to serve as assistant director of Louisville Metro Animal Services.

He’s paraded her around LMAS facilities and Sadiqa Reynolds has been singing her praises to everyone who will listen. She’s allegedly serving as an assistant until the time is right to name her director.

Who is Moore?

LMAS Still A Sinkhole After All These Long Years [January 16]

We’ve basically given up on Louisville Metro Animal Services, as you can likely tell. Because Greg Fischer and Sadiqa Reynolds REFUSE to take the organization seriously. They flat-out refuse to manage the disaster that is LMAS.

How many years has this been going on? How many directors have we gotten fired for being terrible/drunk/pimps/abusive/ridiculous?

The latest person to run things, Margaret Brosko, is no different than the people who came before her. You already know about her ramming a city vehicle into an employee’s car and lying about it – after being caught by police. Your tax dollars had to pay for the damages she caused.

We Can & Must Do More On The Suicide Front [April 15]

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.

Major LMAS Scandal Update: New Committee [August 19]

Unfortunately for the citizens of our fine city, Mayor Greg Fischer essentially told me (Jake) to take a hike. He ignored the mess. He refused to deal with it. He and his staff went so far as to attempt to retaliate against me behind the scenes by going to our advertisers. Par for the course.

But guess what?

Councilman Kelly Downard and Councilwoman Cindy Fowler are today announcing an ad-hoc committee to investigate the nightmare we’ve come to know as Metro Animal Services.

Been A While Since We Had An LMEMS Update [June 19]

We hear through the rumor mill that the metro ID/security card in possession of that alleged drug lady belonged to Chief of Staff Kristen Miller. Our sources in the LMEMS world tell us she lost the card about a year ago and never reported it, a violation of the agreement signed when issued a card.

Patterns Of Recklessness Begin To Emerge At NKL [March 12]

We have twice requested in-person access to documentation that the group is legally required, as a 501(c)3 entity, to disclose to the public. Rebecca Ficklin refused to allow in-person access, directed us to the bogus financial statements on the NKL website and then just stopped responding to our requests entirely. We’ve since filed complaints with the IRS. Beyond ignoring requests, she also refused to identify the organization’s current treasurer.

Just When You Thought Greg Couldn’t Get Worse [July 8]

The agency that STILL has an abysmal kill rate. It’s not improved. The agency that still euthanizes thousands upon thousands of animals. The agency that is repeatedly directed by failures who eventually get spooked or “resigned” (fired) when they realize we’re not backing down.

The agency that still operates an animal shelter so filthy and disgusting that the public isn’t allowed on-site.

The agency that, at the behest of Greg Fischer and his right-hand hack, Sadiqa Reynolds, refuses to allow volunteers to assist thousands of animals in need if they so much as question authority or offer helpful suggestions.

The agency, with Brosko at the helm, that refused to provide us information about adoptable animals so we could publicize them. The agency that refuses to this day to re-license our pets (and then threatens us with fines) because we’ve been rightfully critical.

Fischer’s New LMAS People Are Out-Of-Towners [October 2]

Greg Fischer finally announced his new Metro Animal Services team. They’re all from out-of-town.

Enough Is Enough With No Kill Louisville Shysters [October 2]

They’re back to promoting a help desk, which is not a thing. All the spaying and neutering they’re claiming to pay for? It was funded by METRO COUNCIL DISCRETIONARY FUNDS. Taxpayer dollars. Not No Kill.

And they’re making claims about their food bank that are… specious, at best.

No Kill Louisville: Victim Of Terrible Leadership [March 14]

On a scale of 1 to 10, how surprised is anyone that No Kill Louisville was forced to start refunding money people have contributed for a non-existent license plate?

2014 was the best yet. Pushing the creation of an investigative ad-hoc committee that admonished Greg Fischer and his inner circle was fun. Not as fun as watching the entire Metro Council vote to approve a whistleblower ordinance that directly resulted from that. But it was still fun.

Thanks for constantly reading this afterthought of a site. Even if you deny it in public.

Here’s to more Possibility City in 2015!

Seems Possibility City Is Forgetting Who Tandy Is

For all of you folks suggesting David Tandy should be governor or lieutenant governor?

Maybe take a trip down the recent memory rabbit hole:

Yeah. David Tandy is a real champion all right.

Take off your blinders, handful of liberals who clearly don’t know the man. You are enamored by his charm because you’re just now discovering him. He is not your dream candidate.

White Flighters Panicked Over Peaceful Protest

FFS, it’s not bourbon if it’s made in Indiana. [WDRB]

In responding to his most recent performance review, Metropolitan Sewer District executive director Greg Heitzman objected to the middle rating that his board gave him, an evaluation that was colored by a bitter union dispute. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police are helping make the holidays brighter for senior citizens in the community. [WHAS11]

Seems like only yesterday Steve Beshear and Jack Conway were pushing this as the second-coming. Like most economic developments Beshear touts, here’s yet another failure. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here’s a look at panicked white flighters freaking out about a peaceful protest. If only more people had the guts Amy Rock has. [WLKY]

Isn’t it fascinating to see a bunch of fat white people freaking out about a scary black guy protesting? Because it’s obviously the best thing to do — to prosecute a protestor instead of bothering to do anything about the slaughter of poor brown people at the hands of wealthy white communities. Almost as fascinating to watch the Louisville Metro Police threaten to arrest peaceful protestors this weekend in a super-white neighborhood because some sheltered kids were scared. [HuffPo]

Six Fern Creek Traditional High School students were taken to the hospital after drinking water tainted with prescription medication. [WAVE3]

Adam Edelen is still in a pissing contest with Bobbie Coleslaw for her shady spending. [External PDF Link]

Amid national attention to police tactics across the U.S., Louisville officials are making an attempt to open up a dialogue between local police and the community. [WFPL]

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched this week says the opposite. In filings with the U.S. Department of Education, two Delaware nonprofit groups allege that some of the state’s publicly funded, privately managed schools are actively resegregating the education system — and in a way that violates federal civil rights law. [David Sirota]

For nearly a decade, Maria Hampton has been the face of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in Louisville [Business First]

The lawsuit that Jeffersonville residents filed against MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. has been dropped, but a judge’s ruling Thursday and a new lawsuit against the city mean the fight is far from over. [News & Tribune]

Here’s A Long Overdue LMAS Pee Alert For You

We’ve written previously about the No Kill Louisville angel tree scam.

And you already know how incompetent management at Louisville Metro Animal Services have been for a decade.

So this won’t surprise you:


FROM FACEBOOK

HEAD – DESK. Even Metro Council has severed ties with NKL.

Didn’t take long for stupid to set in. Thank goodness for them that institutional memory in this city is roughly that of a gnat.