Rumors: A Redhead in the Race

Another Mayoral Rumor: We hear there’s a female, South End Democrat taking a look at the Mayor’s Race, and wouldn’t that be exciting? We’d love that. If she runs, Joni Jenkins might do well in certain parts of town and with her buds in labor. But the Shively state rep, who’s been in office since 1995, is still a long shot. [Rumors]

Watching Spokespeople Squirm: What’s the worst-kept secret in town? The PGA story. Oh, to be a spokesperson and have to avoid spilling the details the PGA is trying in vain to keep secret, so their big press conference tomorrow will actually include something new. Biz First got someone at the PGA to confirm tomorrow’s announcement, and obtained a quote from Chris Poynter. Can’t wait to see the squirming on TV newscasts tonight. [Biz First]

On the JCPS lawsuit bus: A third parent has come forward to join Teddy Gordon’s lawsuit against JCPS. The suit claims kindergartners shouldn’t have to ride the bus across town, especially if race colors their assignment decision. Plenty of business for JCPS lawyers. [Courier]

Irony?: LEO’s cover story on buying local was written by an out-of-town writer. It makes the point that giant corporations are trying to market themselves as local to help people feel good about going to Wal-mart. Our Keep Louisville Weird campaign is mentioned, too. [LEO]

Not A Done Deal: Tomorrow the Metro Council is voting on whether to allow that bridge authority proposal sponsored by David Tandy and Kevin Kramer. 8664 is urging you to call your Councilman and support the alternative offered by Tom Owen and Tina Ward-Pugh, who says she thinks she’s got as many as 8 votes. hmmm. [Broken Sidewalk]

Healthy Critique: Stephen George is right to bitch about coverage of health care in the media. [LEO]

Bills Get Wood: Congrats to former U of L center Eric Wood, who signed a $12 million deal to play right guard for the Buffalo Bills. [Buffalo News]

This is Golden: Billy Reed is coming up on 50 years of writing about sports. You can read about it. [BRS]

Vote on Poo: Another great category today in the great Golden Poo Awards — the most constipated politician. [Page One]

A Little Local Teamwork

For residents of the Highlands, trips to Wild and Woolly Video and Heine Bros. are a routine part of life. Now the two local businesses have teamed up to make things a little more convenient. You can now drop off rented videos at any of seven Heine locations.

Wild and Woolly’s Todd Brashear said the idea has been tested, and came up with the fact that the service saves an average of 73 trips a day.

It’s a step in the right direction for the two members of the Louisville Indpendent Business Association, which is encouraging local operators to come up with benefits for customers that drives business to other local businesses.

CityBlock Owners Give Up

The rumors that started two weeks ago became reality over the weekend, and no one knows what’s going to happen to the important downtown block that has housed the CityBlock entertainment complex. A hundred employees lost their jobs.

Club owners Ward Plauche and Don Blackburn announced over the weekend that they weren’t re-opening the club that closed last Wednesday. Plauche has been critical of city government in recent months, and especially its support of nightclubs at Fourth Street Live. Cordish’s new Sports and Social Club, supported by nearly a million dollars in the form of a forgivable loan from the city, opened last week.

It proved to be enough for Plauche, who shut down right before the biggest party week of the year.

When I spoke to him April 17, Plauche was distressed about the complex’s future and suggested that he was considering trying to turn the place into an under-age club. But I could tell that Plauche, after two decades in the bar business, didn’t have the enthusiasm for that plan.

Ironically, last Wednesday the city’s economic development director, Bruce Traughber, offered the business a $200,000 loan. But Plauche said it was too little, too late.

So CityBlock goes down as another local enterprise driven out of business by competition from out-of-town developers supported by city government. Plauche and Blackburn are true entrepreneurs, and during their days in the bar business came up with some amazing publicity stunts while bringing in top national acts as headliners. Let’s hope we hear from them again.

The Big Forecastle Fest Poster

Here’s another thing to check out on Saturday.

It happens to be national Record Store Day tomorrow, so there’s plenty of live music going on at Ear X-tacy on Bardstown Road. The store is one of more than 700 in the U.S. particpating with special exclusive recordings (including from Springsteen and Elvis Costello) and other special prizes.

In Louisville, the Forecastle Festival poster will be unveiled at 10 a.m.

The Festival is set for July 10-12 at the riverfront. We hear that rooms at the Galt House for the weekend are nearly sold out, and that room is getting scare in the VIP Camping section.

Rush the Liquor Store Edition

Final Four Bound: The Louisville women’s team made it to the Final Four with a win last night over #1 seed Maryland. Angel McCoughtry may be the most exciting player in town. [NY Times]

Lexington Bound: The developing John Calipari to Kentucky story takes up 3/4 of the Herald-Leader’s front page.  It appears they’re just working out the monstrous salary he’s going to get paid. Expect a press conference today. [Newseum, H-L]

We Know Them: That’s CW staffers Terry Glaser and Erica Benton having a brew under the Page One banner at Friday’s Brewfest. When you plan for 1,000 people and then go through 1,440 cups, now that’s a party! And it got us in Velocity! [Page One, MetroMix]

Cordish Math: Jerry’s numbers just don’t add up, and it’s pissing us off. [Page One]

Republic’s Math: We don’t know much about banking, but when the FDIC puts a cease-and-desist order on a product responsible for HALF your profits, it’s bad. And if the government could just get more efficient in sending out tax refunds, Republic Bank’s Refund Anticipation Loan program would be immediately wiped out. [Biz First]

Presbyterians Feels the Pinch: Layoffs and furloughs have hit the Presbyterian Church USA HQ in town, with another 14 staffers getting pink slips on Friday.  [Courier]

100 Days, No Complaints: Critics may be disappointed in Bill Alexander’s report on Fox41. He can’t find anyone to complain about the job Katie King is doing as a 29-year-old district judge. And she still looks good in interviews. [Fox41]

Don’t Be Foolish: Today is your last day to stock up on cigarettes and alcohol. Prices go up 30 cents a pack and by 6 percent for alcohol tomorrow. So stock up. [H-L]

It’s Tuesday, so we’ll see you on the big CW Louisville Live show at 10. We hear Bill Samuels of Makers Mark will be there. Maybe we can stock up with his stuff.

Remember to Pay Attention

Don’t Say We Didn’t Remind You: There are only a few hours left for you to win tickets to the Cowboy Junkies Saturday. Plan to attend the Louisville Brewfest at the Clifton Center tomorrow, where they’ll have the U of L game on.

The News at 10: Watch this space for a big Forecastle Festival announcement at 10.

Beets Me: Golden beets were on the menu Monday, and they were delish, at the Bon Vivant Savant Supper Speakeasy. Check out our review. [Ville Voice Eats]

Heeb’s a Sore Loser: That’s what he says about MSD turning down his open records request. Four people got fired after they were caught breaking some rules, we think. But MSD doesn’t want to give up the records of the employees, and the attorney general’s office is backing the bad guys. That, friends, means they’re hiding something. [Hebert]

Novel Branding Idea: The technology is there to project ad images on buildings at night. So that’s what the Possibility City brainiacs are doing in Indy this weekend. But someone noticed some naughty words in the YouTube video they’re using to tout the technology. It’s at the 2:30 mark in the video. [YouTube]

Want to See What’s Behind the Curtain: The Mayor’s taking heat from all directions for handing over almost $1 million to Cordish for that sports bar at Fourth Street Live. Yesterday employees were busy keeping pesky TV reporters from looking inside to see their tax dollars at work, making sure the paper covering the windows was secure. [WHAS]

Pretty Pictures: It’s a good week to pick up the print version of LEO. The paper assigned six talented photographers to assemble a photo essay of the city. That’s our friend David Harpe’s work on the cover. You can see all the pics online, but this week, at least, get the print version. [LEO]

A Reason Not to Like Dr. Dan: Guess who’s leading the fight for coal companies opposed to the EPA ruling that could limit mountaintop removal mining?  Your Lt. Governor, that’s who. [WKYT]

Cats’ Post-Mortem: The C-J must have felt obligated to send Brett Dawson up to South Bend to report on UK’s season-ending debacle in the NIT against Luke Harangody and the gang. No one else seemed to care. [Courier]