What’s Not News: Public Displays Of Racism Here In Possibility Compassionate City

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The University of Louisville’s director of football operations was contacted by campus police after three people were shot Dec. 11 at the Retreat at Louisville apartments, according to a police report. [WDRB]

Her sophomore year at Valley High, Brooklyn Adams missed school more often than not. Her attendance problems began her freshman year when her mother, who is battling a bone disease, began getting sicker, Adams said. She said she was afraid to leave for school, fearful to come home one day to find her mother gone. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Well, that didn’t take long. The positive University of Louisville Foundation spin has taken hold of local television folks. Within a week, everyone will have forgotten about what a nightmare it’s all become the last decade. [WHAS11]

Pee alert! Some of the most corrupt members of the Kentucky Democratic Party have YET AGAIN (cough, cough) had to pay out a mountain of cash for defaming someone. [AP/H-L]

Let’s watch a bunch of local non-leaders feign surprise at public displays of racism in Louisville. As if it’s not widely known. Hell, Greg Fischer’s crew frequently reach out behind the scenes when we discuss public displays of racism. This is not a new thing. They’re just reacting because the city now has egg on its face nationally. [WLKY]

As President-elect Donald Trump’s economic team forms, it continues to be highly favorable to a key billionaire hedge fund donor who backed his candidacy when most on Wall Street wouldn’t touch him. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville’s director of football operations was notified about the shooting that involved two of the team’s players hours after Lamar Jackson won the school’s first-ever Heisman Trophy. [WAVE3]

After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they actually received. The overwhelming consensus: next to none. [NY Times]

The chair of Kentucky’s workgroup formulating potential changes to the commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations says he believes state laws adequately protect drinking water resources, even with the release of more details from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. [WFPL]

Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. [Reuters]

Um, only a few places? Talk about a gross understatement. This is what happens when people from inside the Watterson try to write about the rest of the Commonwealth without ever having been anywhere. There are only a few places where alcohol sales are still completely banned in the Bluegrass. [Business First]

It took about a year for Sid Peterson to build a village, and it started with a single train engine. [News & Tribune]

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Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [News & Tribune]

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Fallout Over LMPD Chief Has Begun

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Here’s the latest bullshit from Teddy Gordon. Did you know his public relations girlfriend convinces local television stations into running with nearly everything he does? That’s what happens. But producers at television stations (specifically WDRB) aren’t always the brightest bulbs in news. And no one else wants to reveal how the sausage is made in this city. [WDRB]

The majority of students who are sent to Jefferson County Public Schools’ two behavior alternative schools are black, even though black students make up only 36 percent of the district’s overall population. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad released a statement on Facebook on Dec. 15 that addressed the River City FOP vote of no confidence. [WHAS11]

Most housing rates at the University of Kentucky will rise about 3.5 percent next fall, a Board of Trustees finance committee decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Members of the local police union have issued a no confidence vote in Louisville Metro Police Department and Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons. [HuffPo]

Really, does anyone think the man isn’t taking these cases for the publicity? And because he thinks he can get the legal insurance provider(s) JCPS pays to cough up some cash? We stopped taking him seriously when he started fighting against INTEGRATED SCHOOLS by opposing busing. [WAVE3]

Sadiqa Reynolds is a sad disaster. I’ll never understand why the Urban League put her in charge of anything. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A transgender man fired from GE Appliances in Louisville can sue for race and gender discrimination, according to a federal court ruling late last month. [WFPL]

This hilarious restaurant review caused Donald Trump to lose his mind this week. [Vanity Fair]

Maybe if Louisville stopped trying to rank on lists or be the best at whatever… all the things could happen? [Business First]

A measure to require every new business in Jeffersonville to pay for a certificate proving it is in compliance with the city’s zoning code is one step closer to becoming a reality. [News & Tribune]

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Sadiqa Reynolds Is A Sad Distraction

If there’s one person in Louisville who would know what a distraction is, it’s Sadiqa Reynolds.


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While she’s probably right to question the local FOP leadership, her latest remarks fall remarkably empty and ridiculously out-of-touch:

Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League, said Thursday morning that she had heard “rumblings” that people’s confidence in Conrad was lacking, so she also wasn’t surprised. While she acknowledged the vote is troubling, she said the timing feels like a distraction to a bigger issue – a spike in violent crime.

“It seems like (the department) can’t be dually focused,” she said. “It just really feels like a distraction to me and a distraction to the community. … I’m concerned.”

Reynolds urged officers to stay focused on making the community safer and likened the situation to a presidential election, as some people will be happy and others won’t. She called on the officers to help get Louisville “back on track.”

“There are too many homicides. You can’t have a house divided,” she said. Conrad “is the leader and, until he is not, he has our support.”

In other words, Sadiqa is saying to blindly trust the wealthy white men in power… while dismissing the far less wealthy men and women, many of the people of color, daring criticize their wealthy, disconnected bosses. The epitome of whitewashing.

The woman is a walking distraction. A train wreck of epic proportions. One need only look at her time serving under Greg Fischer or her testimony before the Metro Council to know she’s a disaster.

It’s sad that she’s tainting the Louisville Urban League with her ridiculous bullshit, coverups, scandals and irresponsibility. There are countless people in this great city who could outperform her in their sleep.

Yes, I realize some will be offended that a gay white guy is criticizing an African American woman but I am well-acquainted with white, cis-gendered male privilege. Race and gender do not negate the level of bullshit spread around by Sadiqa. Or maybe I mean dog shit… since some of her biggest scandals involved coverups of animal torture and abuse at Louisville Metro Animal Services that would have landed anyone else in jail or at the very least facing charges. (More on Sadiqa here)

Remember when Metro Council had to put new whistleblower laws on the books after I uncovered Sadiqa’s torture/coverup/neglect/abuse nightmare?

Or when she went after a young woman of color for daring question her? Remember the recorded telephone call where Sadiqa told the young woman she “sounded clean”?

I can’t sit on my hands and watch her piss things away.

Louisville deserves better than this wet blanket, never question authority mindset.

After 4 Years, UofL Health Drama Ends!

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KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. [WDRB]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Tolling will begin for three Ohio River bridges on Dec. 30. Bridge officials recommend Kentuckiana drivers register for transponders by the end of the week. [WHAS11]

It’s fun watching Matt Bevin backtrack on transgender restroom legislation. [H-L]

Complaints against Louisville Metro police officers are down this year, and the department credits body cameras for helping make that happen. [WLKY]

Donald Trump is calling “fake news” on CNN’s report that he is staying on as the executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — even though the creator of the series confirmed the information and Trump’s own spokeswoman suggested he would stay. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after one person was shot in the Parkland neighborhood. [WAVE3]

So of course Frankfort will continue to cut funding. An outside panel has concluded that Kentucky’s social service system is “grossly underfunded” as the state’s child protection system struggles with the large number of children whose parents are abusing drugs. [AP/State Journal]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is giving Mayor Greg Fischer the authority to negotiate a new agreement with the body that manages the KFC Yum Center. [WFPL]

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions. [NY Times]

Distillers are working feverishly to balance the high demand for tours with an intimate visitor experience. [Business First]

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated threats to kill the Affordable Care Act have unnerved healthcare advocates such as Susan Jo Thomas. [News & Tribune]

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Another Disastrous Week For UofL

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Let’s all roll our eyes at this non-story about Jefferson County Public Schools. Way to continually hype up what is typically nonsense. Jefferson County Public Schools has fired a teacher for using sick leave while she went on a cruise in October. [WDRB]

One year after the University of Louisville placed two top administrators on leave with pay after the disclosure they were under investigation by the FBI, the university has paid them more than $1 million — enough to pay in-state tuition for about 90 students. [C-J/AKNs]

On Thursday Bernheim Forest completed the purchase of 162 acres from a longtime Bullitt County farmer and businessman as part of a forest expansion [WHAS11]

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses and perform other jobs. [H-L]

A new Louisville Metro Police Department unit, aimed at improving community relationships, was formed last month. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama opened up about racism he faced throughout his presidency in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Here’s even more terrible coverage about charter schools. You’ll never see a legitimate deep-dive from local television folks. [WAVE3]

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the NSA and CIA, says he’s worried about Donald Trump’s understanding of cybersecurity. [The Hill]

As Republicans assume a new majority in the upcoming legislative session, the Louisville-area chamber of commerce wants the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation long stymied by Democrats. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court was something of an under-the-radar issue in the 2016 campaign, extremely important to some groups (especially white evangelicals), but not discussed all that much on a national level. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, and with the success of the GOP’s only-Republican-presidents-are-allowed-to-fill-vacancies strategy, it will be of tremendous importance to the country’s future. [WaPo]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ordered Porter Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIB) the Louisville-based parent company of PBI Bank, to pay more than $10 million to Signature Point Condominiums LLC, Signature Point Apartments LLC and Signature Point KTC. [Business First]

As Carrier employees in Indianapolis learned the jobs they thought were lost to Mexico were actually saved, employees at the Manitowoc Beverage Services Inc. plant in Sellersburg speculated that President-elect Donald Trump might keep theirs in the United States, too. [News & Tribune]

Can Geor… Er… Greg Stop The Violence In Compassionate Possibility City?

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University of Louisville’s accrediting agency has placed it on probation, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s interference with the independence of the university’s board of trustees and the employment of its president. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing spending millions on targeted violence prevention plans for the city. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer wants more money from the city’s $6.2 million year-end surplus to be put toward public safety measures while his administration postpones its search for a new Louisville police headquarters. [C-J/AKN]

The East End Crossing is scheduled to open to traffic on December 18. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial caravan crossing to celebrate the opening. [WHAS11]

Jeff Hoover choked back tears as his hands gripped the podium at the Russell County Auditorium Complex. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use the $6.2 million surplus from Louisville Metro Government to battle the spike in gun violence. [WLKY]

This brand of stupid is rampant among Kentucky Republicans – and it’s spreading among uneducated Democrats. In a revealing Thursday morning segment on CNN, Donald Trump supporters claimed that 3 million people voted illegally in the recent presidential election and that President Barack Obama had urged non-citizens to cast ballots. Both claims are false. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can thank the Tom Owen crew for this. A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are. [The Atlantic]

Matt Bevin has asked the state Supreme Court to not expedite an appeal of a ruling that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Will Donald Trump really go through with all of it? It’s worth stepping back and looking at the big picture for a moment. [WaPo]

Following a recent court ruling, Mykel Mickens, a former employee at GE Appliances in Louisville, can legally pursue sex-discrimination claims against the company after being fired in June. [Business First]

Judge Andrew Adams has recused himself from the Clark County Council At-large recount, which will delay the start of hand-counting 52,204 ballots. [News & Tribune]