It was nice to see Melissa Swan honored at a Maryhurst luncheon event this afternoon at the downtown Marriott. Amazingly, more than 700 people were there. We’re not sure how many were wrangled into it by Madelaine Abramson, but the work being done to help young girls there is really worthwhile. Abramson and Swan are long-time supporters of Maryhurst’s mission.
But there’s all this catching up to do.
Like the inevitable news that Karen Sypher pled not guilty to extortion charges in federal court today. The most interesting aspect of this development was the small group of Sypher supporters gathered outside the courthouse. One had a sign reading “Leave Karen Sypher Alone.” Check out the photo gallery by the C-J’s Bill Luster, including shots of the skirted Sypher who, still, looks kinda hot.
Also, we’re glad to see our friend and former LEO editor Cary Stemle getting a byline in TIME magazine explaining this mess to the rest of the world.
We also got word from WAVE’s Carrie Weil that we goofed this morning when we wrote that a town councilman in Jeffersonville will be linked to a former Theatair X manager in tonight’s report. It’s actually the police chief who’s got some explaining to do. So we’re going to watch WAVE’s news tonight for all the titillating details.
Yesterday, we told you how the state’s new alcohol tax had backfired in terms of the state’s revenue from alcohol taxes in the first month its been in place. And it’s true, the revenue from April 2008, compared with April 2009, is off by about 60 percent.
But Party Mart owner Jerry Rogers, who owns three stores in Louisville, told us that his business is still doing pretty good. He said that March 31, the day before the tax went into effect, was in fact one of the best sales days in his company’s history, and he was suprised about the numbers from Frankfort. He thinks they’ll even out.
Lastly, we noticed that Stephen Daeschner is the top candidate for the Clark County (Ind.) school superintendant position. Daeschner, who was JCPS’ super for 14 years, left when his contract wasn’t renewed two years ago for a job at a school district in Illinois. His candidacy is being championed by current Clark County School Board VP Robbie Valentine, who ran an after-school camp called Stars Club that was funded by JCPS when Daeschner was in charge of JCPS.