Get busy this morning. NCAA Tournament games begin around Noon, and today and tomorrow are among the most unproductive days of the year for bracket-watchers. The Louisville Cardinals, Pres. Obama’s pick to finish second in the whole thing, don’t play until Friday, but Western (the smart pick for a 12 over 5 seed upset) takes on Illinois late tonight.
Help Wanted: The city says the job’s too big, so it’s bringing in outside contractors in hopes of getting all the winter storm debris picked up before Derby. Jerry Abramson had to get unions to agree, then called it a “good deal for taxpayers.” The city is hoping FEMA picks up 3/4 of the tab, and that the state will pay 12.5 percent. But the city has no idea what it will cost. [Courier]
Neighborhood Pride: We just voted for Old Louisville and the Nulu/East Market district in a local website’s popularity contest for neighborhoods. [Broken Sidewalk]
If the State Can Do It: Gov. Beshear announced a new website that allows citizens to track the federal stimulus money and Jake is not impressed. Well at least it’s a nice gesture. It beats the city’s effort. [Page One, Louisville]
The Bus Stops Here: We agree with the C-J’s editorial writers on this one – changing the bus transportation system for Derby Day is a giant step backward. It’s hard to imagine all those gussied up partiers boarding school buses. And we don’t trust the new vendor. [Courier]
How do you spend $950K to remodel a bowling alley to make it a sports bar?: We know some bar owners who could make do with a lot less for a remodel project. But they say the city is giving that much away to Cordish for the Lucky Strike project. CityBlock’s Ward Plauche has asked city development chief Bruce Traughber for a meeting to see how he can get some of that “downtown revitalization” money.
Large Life, No Payments: WHAS-TV’s Adam Walser tried to track down an E-town man living large in a $2.5 million house he hasn’t paid for, but Wayne Ireland wasn’t home. And it sounds like he was hiding in a closet at his office, where Walser found his car. [WHAS-TV]
Proposed I-66 Makes Waste List: Check out this opinion on a $10 billion proposal to build Interstate 66 in Kentucky, which would stretch 420 miles, tearing through the Daniel Boone National Forest. It makes a Top 7 list of wasteful and unnecessary projects that could get stimulus funding. [HuffPo]
Trolling for Coupons: Searching carts at Kroger looking for discarded coupons is an obvious sign that the obsession has gone too far. But WAVE is urging this behavior on, profiling its own staff members (couldn’t they at least leave the building to find consumers?) and doing live chats on the topic. [WAVE]
Union Accepts Wage Cut: In Lexington, the union representing the Herald-Leader voted to accept a five percent across-the-board wage cut in order to lessen the anticipated job losses. Publisher Tim Kelly says everyone will know by Monday who’s losing their jobs, but the union move could save as many as five full-time positions. The paper has 335 employees. [H-L]