Fight The Urge To Roll Your Eyes At The UofL Foundation…

As LMPD Chief Steve Conrad met with neighbors at a peace walk in the California neighborhood Tuesday night, some of the rank and file met with their union. [WDRB]

Promising a “new era of harmony” between the University of Louisville and its foundation, the foundation’s new chairwoman has announced she’s formed a committee to review its governance and create “a structure of which the entire community can be proud.” [C-J/AKN]

The University of Louisville Foundation will meet for the first time Friday with its newly elected chairwoman. [WHAS11]

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more time to complete its environmental review of a proposed conversion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through Kentucky. [H-L]

The Louisville Water Company has scheduled another public meeting on a controversial power generator. [WLKY]

The entire full-time University of Kentucky journalism faculty is calling for UK President Eli Capilouto to drop his suit against the school’s student newspaper and apologize for criticism leveled at the paper and its editor at a Board of Trustees meeting last Friday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro police are investigating whether someone with a weapon followed a Jefferson County Public School bus on its after school route. [WAVE3]

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime. [ProPublica]

A new report says some Kentuckians could be drinking a cancer-causing chemical called chromium-6. [WFPL]

If you’re a voter who cares about stopping climate change, you really need to read Donald Trump’s newest economic policy plan. [ThinkProgress]

Developers of the $60 million South Pointe Commons in Fern Creek are wasting no time after winning a major court battle last month. [Business First]

Legislation up for consideration could cause budget headaches for Greater Clark County Schools — and other districts across the state — as it prepares to finalize 2017 budgets next month. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone’s In A Big Jim Ramsey Froth

University of Louisville interim President Neville Pinto expressed “deep concern” just one hour before a board committee of the U of L Foundation had been scheduled to meet Monday and award a rumored payout to Foundation President James Ramsey. [WDRB]

The plaintiffs who have blocked a Wal-Mart superstore in western Louisville for more than a year agreed to end their litigation two months ago, but the deal deteriorated amid a fight between attorneys over the negotiating process. [C-J/AKN]

Really, it was tons and tons of hype for nothing. A special meeting of the Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees was cancelled just an hour and a half before it was scheduled. [WHAS11]

UK is the worst these days. After weeks of national publicity, the University of Kentucky proceeded this week with a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This made for a fun Labor Day. Police are investigating after a teen was shot on Beuchel Bank Road. [WLKY]

When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. [ThinkProgress]

Can you believe there was this much hype? The executive committee of the University of Louisville Foundation canceled a special meeting that was set to take place on Labor Day. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama snorkeled on Thursday in the electric-blue water off Midway Atoll, a remote coral reef that serves as a reminder of both modern global climate challenges and the United State’s dominance in the Pacific since its World War Two victory there. [Reuters]

In a single night in Louisville, more than 20 people arrived in emergency rooms for suspected heroin overdoses. One of them died. [WFPL]

Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims. [ProPublica]

The list of new hotels in downtown Louisville continues to grow. [Business First]

Health officials in Indiana are moving forward with actions needed to implement the needle exchange that was approved Monday, and in the works for nearly a year. [News & Tribune]

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Really, Indiana? The Lewis & Clark Bridge?

This is silly, Indiana. We already have a Clark-named bridge. [WDRB]

Citing self-dealing, thefts, conflicts of interests and other embarrassments and scandals, dissident members of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees called for a vote of no-confidence Tuesday in embattled President James Ramsey. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. [WHAS11]

Here’s your chance to redirect tax dollars to backward-ass religious “schools” that discriminate and focus on profit over education. As expected, Republican state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow public charter schools in Kentucky, including a pilot program in Fayette County. [H-L]

New numbers show February was a big month for automakers. Ford Motor Company said its sales rose 20 percent from one year ago. [WLKY]

Voters in 13 states and one U.S. territory made their presidential picks on Super Tuesday 2016. Just a reminder in case you got drunk and blanked out for a day or so. [HuffPo]

After nearly four hours, the Bullitt County Fiscal Court tabled the decision on the budget for the Bullitt County Sheriff. [WAVE3]

Unlike many films about reporters, “Spotlight” accurately depicts the frustrations and joys of breaking a big story, from the drudgery of spreadsheets to the electric thrill of revelatory interviews. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon will charge the University of Louisville as much as $125,000 for an audit examining its governance structure, he said in a recent letter to U of L President James Ramsey. [WFPL]

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world. There are gleaming medical centers across the country where doctors cure cancers, transplant organs and bring people back from near death. [NPR]

Why did Jeff Ruby “ban” Donald Trump from his Louisville restaurant? Publicity. [Business First]

After 30 years of serving summer treats at the corner of Country Club Drive and Graybrook Lane in New Albany, Mom & Pop’s Cone Corner looks like it is closing for good. [News & Tribune]

Suck At Your Job? Get Rewarded At JCPS

The Jefferson County Board of Education is looking to extend Superintendent Donna Hargens’ contract by four years. Louisville’s wealthy electeds always reward those who bumble along. [WDRB]

A jury has awarded nearly $5 million to a courier for a Louisville law firm who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a TARC bus. [C-J/AKN]

There was no woe on Louisville’s amazing Walnut Street in the 1950’s and early 60’s. [WHAS11]

Ann Parrish remembers trying to wrangle and bundle her two toddlers during last winter’s cold snap so they could get on a bus to find another place to stay. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Possibility City. [WLKY]

James Risen reiterated on Tuesday a warning about the White House that he delivered nearly one year ago. [HuffPo]

From digging out driveways to checking on area seniors Good Samaritans have been out and about performing good deeds despite the cold. [WAVE3]

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. [Reuters]

It was about noon on Wednesday and Kenneth Williams hadn’t eaten breakfast. In fact, he hasn’t eaten since Tuesday afternoon–a peanut butter sandwich. [WFPL]

Google is warning that the government’s quiet plan to expand the FBI’s authority to remotely access computer files amounts to a “monumental” constitutional concern. [National Journal]

A Missouri real-estate developer is planning to build one of the largest industrial buildings in Jefferson County on land that it’s buying near Louisville International Airport. [Business First]

More students at Greater Clark County Schools are starting to take advantage of the state’s 21st Century Scholars program, and administrators hope to get more seventh- and eighth-graders to sign up early. [News & Tribune]

Some Journo Ethics Would Be Great For Louisville

Folks wonder why everyday people are distrustful of media?

Check this out from a WDRB reporter:


Her job is to objectively cover things like LMPD.

We all make mistakes, sure. Every day. But she snapped when asked if she’d be reimbursing the police to avoid any perception of ethics issues. Rather than seize the moment to say, “Ooh, good call, right on top of that.” Straight to defense and snapping. In addition to previous scuffles over police coverage in the past (like the time she raised red flags while covering a murder near Phoenix Hill Tavern), this is… Not that great.

WDRB should at the very least offer to reimburse LMPD to fix this. If they can’t afford to or don’t want to, surely the local journo community will chip in to help avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Everyone from Joe Gerth to the folks at my hometown newspaper in Eastern Kentucky refuse even the appearance of an ethical dilemma. I’ve seen Gerth turn down water from people he’s covering — despite water being pretty much acceptable on all journalistic fronts. Chuck Olmstead often paid for bottles of water. Francene wouldn’t even let another journalist (which she barely was) buy her coffee.

Good grief. No wonder people have given up on trust. Something that’s sorely needed today.

WDRB trolls will start attacking in 3, 2, 1 instead of doing the right thing…

But kudos to the cops for being great in this situation. Even though they wouldn’t do this for just any random person on the street unless they’re elderly or in dire straits.

Why jump on WDRB? Because WDRB sure loves attacking people like Phillip Bailey for daring to say and do what no one else in this town will. And this isn’t the first time something like this has occurred with the station’s reporters.

They spent the better part of two days attacking Bailey for daring stand up to the asshats he worked for at WFPL — going so far as to insinuate he was unethical, biased, blah blah blah.

Every week it seems like there’s someone else in Louisville media these folks want to jump. When it comes to them? We’re not allowed to ask questions or raise concerns because we get personally attacked. Even Eric Flack is better than that (he, too, turns things like this down).

More Of That Epic Greg Fischer Transparency

Just in case you needed more proof that Greg Fischer is so out-of-touch with the average citizen it’s painful. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he has concerns about the proposal to increase the minimum wage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Because that’ll make his already incompetent team function better with all those distractions? Mayor Greg Fischer is moving his office to the Kentucky Center during IdeaFestival next week. [C-J/AKN]

Whiskey Row is already home to several bars and restaurants. Owners and managers are reacting to the news of Brown-Forman’s plans to build an Old Forester distillery at 117 and 119 Main Street. [WHAS11]

Way to go, Kentucky! Substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky continued to increase last fiscal year, with substance abuse remaining a leading cause of the problem, according to the latest state report on the issue. [H-L]

Can you imagine? What a horrible way to die. A person is dead after becoming trapped in a septic tank Thursday evening in the 14000 block of Potter Road in southeastern Jefferson County. [WLKY]

The U.S. has more low-paying jobs than any other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an economic group of 34 developed countries. [HuffPo]

General Electric signaled plans to make a major investment at Appliance Park in Louisville even as it sells the appliance division to Electrolux. [WAVE3]

Remember that time we broke a big story about Greg Fischer’s corrupt administration and he tried to cover everything up? Then an investigative committee was formed to tan his hide? And a criminal investigation was launched? Yeah? Now there’s a whistleblower law being created to combat Greg Fischer’s nonsense and it’s going to be called SADIE’S LAW. It’s the biggest F.U. to a mayor in Louisville in decades. The scandal he tried to cover up will now haunt him forever in the form of a law. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Louisville Metro Council candidates Bill Hollander and Laura Rice jousted in a debate Monday night over a variety of issues, including a proposed wage hike. [WFPL]

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism. [The Intercept]

The Louisville Bats could have a new majority owner within the next month. [Business First]

The mayor and some council members are changing marina plans just in time for Wednesday’s redevelopment meeting, hoping this version will have the most support from all decision makers. [News & Tribune]

You Are Already Drunk For Oaks At 8:00 A.M.

Yum! Brands is about to get a new CEO. David Novak, who has served in the top spot since 1999, is stepping down to become the executive chairman. [WDRB]

Twelve days before the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen pointedly started a conversation with reporters with a query of his own: “Any PETA questions?” [C-J/AKN]

After nearly 12 hours of deliberation a jury sided with the Louisville Metro Police Department in the case of Richard Pearson. [WHAS11]

Vinceremos, which means to conquer or overcome in Latin, is the name of a Derby contender and of a therapeutic riding center for disabled kids and adults in Florida. [H-L]

You can’t even call yourself Jessica Rabbit and give “massages” in Louisville these days without getting arrested. [WLKY]

Here’s the latest thing the horsey set in Kentucky is freaking out about. [Fox Hill Farm]

As Derby Day nears Kentucky’s signature sport faces greater competition from other states that lure horses and trainers with bigger purses. [WAVE3]

The Kentucky State Police, in partnership with the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, collected 1,200 pounds of prescription medications in the Eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event held Saturday, April 26. [Press Release]

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has selected 24 journalists as members of the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. Gabe Bullard is one of them. [Press Release]

This guy should not be allowed at the Kentucky Derby or anywhere near the Commonwealth of Kentucky. But he visits the state on a regular basis. Giving gays the death penalty? That sounds like something Frankfort would love. [Unreal]

If you order a mint julep at the track this week, you might notice that the mint sprigs are a bit shorter than usual. [WFPL]

The University of Louisville’s vice president of student affairs, Tom Jackson Jr., has been named president of Black Hills State University. [Business First]

Now that contractors have finished installing straight portions of lighted handrails on the Big Four Bridge ramp, all that remains before its opening is the curved sections and stair tower sections. [News & Tribune]