That Sure Didn’t Take The Grease Bucket Very Long

The agency overseeing the KFC Yum! Center voted Monday to remove the Kentucky State Fair Board as the arena’s manager, less than two months after a consultant raised concerns about high operating costs under the board. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer’s “commission” likely won’t do a darn thing to help the West End and it’s already caused the community to lose interest. Will this new effort be any different? We can only hope. [WLKY]

The University of Kentucky has laid off the long-time director of the Martin Luther King Cultural Center on campus, but the center will remain open, a spokesman said. [H-L]

Health care costs are weighing on Americans’ minds — and sapping their budgets, according to a new survey that shows that within the last year, more than half of people needing medical care didn’t get it because of the expense. [HuffPo]

Here’s a bit about those Jefferson County Public Schools cluster changes everybody is talking about. [WAVE3]

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens got a glowing review from school board. No mention of her hiring disaster or continued wasteful spending. Nothing to see here, everything is puppies and rainbows, move along. [C-J/AKN]

You can read some puppies and rainbows comments from JCPS about Hargens if you so desire. [FOX41]

Forbes has ranked the Louisville Bats as the seventh most valuable Minor League Baseball team. [Business First]

Even with a speech, some opposition and an unexpected motion, Greater Clark County Schools voted in Andrew Melin as the district’s new superintendent Monday night. [News & Tribune]

Why the hell is the mainstream media still wasting time and resources on this Susan Lukjan situation? [WHAS11]

Louisville isn’t even in the top ten manliest cities in America this year. Possibility City comes in at a compassionate 11. [This Is So Dumb]

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District will hold a public hearing [today] to let residents weigh in on two pending air pollution permits. [WFPL]

MSD Is Always Gonna Be A Giant Disaster, Right?

Tim Longmeyer got tired of the local Democratic Party having no money and is stepping down. [WFPL]

MSD paid Jerry Ferguson $140,000 after it fired him. The deal kept him quiet on waste allegations. If you think MSD is a hot mess, you should stay tuned. Pending lawsuits are going to blow peoples’ minds in this city this year. [C-J/AKN]

Are fossil fuels fueling our severe weather? [H-L]

It sure is nice when Louisville’s musical arts get love in the national press. [NY Times]

If you saw Greg Fischer’s budget we published last week but missed his address? Go here to give it a listen. [Phillip Bailey]

How can a news organization do a story about the Kentucky Humane Society waiving cat adoptions without bothering to mention Louisville Metro Animal Services and Animal House? Are you kidding me? [84WHAS]

A two-year-old in the southwestern part of town drowned in her family pool. [H-L]

And a body was found in the Ohio River. Two wonderful Memorial Day stories, eh? [FOX41]

Wait, wait. It gets worse. One person was killed in a motorcycle accident downtown. [WAVE3]

You should prepare now for the Urban Design Studio’s thingy about cities and how to shape them. [Consuming Louisville]

Wait, what? Mount Washington is questioning results of the 2010 census. [WHAS11]

A medal of honor recipient threw out the first pitch at a Bats game. [WLKY]

A Few Cool Things For Your Afternoon

Louisville Slugger Field was honored by USA Today last week for being one of the ten great places for a baseball pilgrimage:

Built on the banks of the Ohio River, this home to the Triple-A Louisville Bats is fronted by a restored 19th-century rail depot that serves as its main entrance and incorporates shops and restaurants. “Depending on where you sit, you can glimpse the downtown skyline or the cantilevered bridge that spans the river to Indiana,” Knight says. Perks include a children’s play area in right field and a continuous concourse that surrounds the field.

Niiiice. I also hear Aroldis Chapman, the Cubano defector who signed a $30 million deal with the Reds, has been assigned to the Bats. He’s scheduled to pitch here on Friday, April 16th.

Aaaand…. Crosley Radio and ear X-tacy are presenting the second annual Vinyl In The Ville:

LOUISVILLE-April 2010-Vinyl is back. And with it comes “Vinyl in the Ville,” the second annual event to celebrate the once-forgotten medium and bring together music lovers young and old who embrace the sound of analog and the glory days of album artwork.

The free event will he held on Thursday, April 15th from 7pm to 9pm at ear X-tacy Records located on Bardstown Road.  The event will give attendees a chance to bring in their vinyl, taking turns sharing their “personal favorites” with the audience.  Ear X-tacy will also have a few turntables set up throughout the store for personal listening.

“We’re hoping the turnout is even greater than last year.” says Bo LeMastus, president of Crosley Radio. “Not only is “Vinyl in the Ville” something that caters to the growing population of vinyl enthusiasts, but it also helps get the word out that Louisville is host to one of the greatest independent record stores in the country, as well as one of the top turntable manufacturers in the country.”

In 2008, more vinyl albums were purchased (1.88 million) than any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.  Today’s artists are even releasing their latest albums on records, including Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses, Cat Power and Tom Petty.

Ear X-tacy will be offering 20% off all vinyl during the event and throughout the day.  All attendees will also have the chance to win one of five portable Crosley USB turntables.  Magnolia Photo Booth will set up at the event to snap “Sleeveface-style” photographs of attendees.

“We’d love for everyone to come out and show their support for the store and this wonderful event. Everyone had a blast last year. Besides, how often can you get 20% off all vinyl and be your own DJ, all in one night?” said Rebecca Cornwell, ear X-tacy store manager.

Great reasons to love Louisville!

Tuesday’s Rest of the News

OK. It’s been a pretty intense two days of news. Here’s some other stuff. And don’t forget to watch Fox41’s morning show tomorrow. I’ll be on at 7:45.

On The Pence: Couldn’t help but use that pun related to Steve Pence, the Republican and former Lt. Gov. who we’re hearing is almost ready to jump into the Mayor’s race. Maybe.

No More TOTN on FPL: Talk of the Nation, the regular 2-4 p.m. weekday show on WFPL-FM, has been replaced by another NPR show — On Point. Station manager Todd Mundt said that he knows TOTN had some loyal fans, but has been giving On Point a test run and says enough listeners wanted to try it that he made the change permanent. [WFPL]

Flustercuck Campaign: Jake is looking for a stronger word to express the disarray in Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Ever wanted to see a campaign budget?  It’s all spelled out. [Page One]

Words and Space: If you like good writing, and really like good writing about space, then you want to read Tom Wolfe’s Op-Ed in the NY Times.  It’s a harsh critique of our efforts to reach Mars. The Right Stuff, indeed. [NY Times]

Up a Creek: We’ve been following this Irish Hill neighborhood dispute over the Breslin Pool for more than a year.  Now that a developer (Poe Companies) backed out, neighbors are sponsoring a design competition to try and get something useful in the 30 acres next to the pool. [LEO]

Another Reason To Drop Newspapers: Jack Conway is warning consumers that scam artists are targeting classified advertisers across the state trying to get their Social Security numbers so they can rip them off. But you’re not dumb enough to give that info out over the phone, right?

Going Pro: It’s hard to criticize anyone for leaving college for a high-paying career, whether the career is pro sports or poker.  Billy Kopp will not likely be going back to UK. [Enquirer]

Picking Seats: The Metro Council is skipping some meetings tomorrow to tour the Arena construction site. 18 of the members are committed to walking around in hard hats tomorrow with Jim Host.

Not a Good Idea: I guess the C-J has some computer program that puts an ad for its Pets site above any story that mentions dogs and cats, but it probably didn’t intend for the ad to be placed above this AP story about a family dog dragging a newborn to the woods in Nicholasville. Oops. [Courier]

Finally — if you want to join us at tomorrow’s Bats game, let me know ASAP. And if you’ve already signed up, I’ll be sending you an e-mail soon.

Let Us Take You Out to the Ballgame

Really, you should want to party with us. And this guy.

And you can do it on Wednesday night as the Louisville Bats take on Buffalo. You may not get to see 16 innings, as we did Saturday night, but we’re going to be there for the regular nine. Even Jake.

Page One and The ‘Ville Voice have a whole block of tickets for the game, and we want you to spend a night at the ballpark with us.

So leave a comment below if you want to join us.

The Bats of Summer Book

Thanks to the good folks at Louisville Slugger, we’ve got another copy of the new book about our most famous local company to give away to some lucky reader.

The book, “Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger” is written by David Magee and Philip Shirley, who will be in town Friday at the Slugger Museum to sign copies of the book and talk a little baseball.

They’ll be there Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9-Noon.  The book will be on sale at the gift shop.

But if you want our copy, just give us a good reason to give it you in the Comments  section of this post.

Our List of Important Friday News

The Big News: There’s a good chance the state special session will end this afternoon. Page One is all over it.

Cash, Schreck Feeling the Heat: Nothing personal, here, but since when does breaking the law while on duty not constitute a firing offense? Charles Cash and Bill Schreck, the brains behind the Javanon mess, are encouraged to find other work by the newspaper’s edit board. [Courier]

No More Two-A-Days: Anybody’s who’s ever really played football cringes at the phrase — two-a-days. Now a national trainers group is calling for ending the practice of two practices daily, in part because of incidents like the Max Gilpin tragedy in PRP. [Herald-Leader]

Fair Warning: If you throw an apple at me from your car, you’ll get a rock through your window. [Letter]

Beshear Blogging: It’s time to start writing the obits for the slots bill, as David Williams has called it dead. Maybe it’s that leadership thing Gov. Beshear keeps talking about. In Beshear’s blog (no, he doesn’t really write it) he writes how important it is to act on THREE measures. What follows is a list in which gaming is FOURTH. [Beshear’s Blog]

Party Planning: Top three events for your summer weekend — Night Racing at Churchill Downs, Wharf Party with the Belle of Louisville and the Cabo Wabo summer bash. And the Bats are in town.

Sex Still Selling in Clarksville: Despite an incriminating series by WAVE’s Carrie Weil last month, business goes on as usual at Theatair X, celebrating its 40th anniversary. That’s pissing off some people, but officials aren’t doing anything. [WAVE]

Trashing the C-J: Bill Lamb likes to bash the C-J, and the anti-littering ordinance gave him a great opportunity. And he’s right. All the C-J has to do is deliver its unwanted ad supplements to the proper locations at houses – not in driveways and yards. [Lamb]

Bats Extend Clear Channel Deal

The Louisville Bats’ contract with Clear Channel radio has been extended through 2013. Clear Channel GM Bill Gentry announced the contract extension during Francene’s show, broadcast from the Bats’ early game at Slugger Field.

Bats’ games are broadcast on 790 WKRD-AM.

Bats GM Dale Owens, discussing some upcoming potential attractions, said the team hopes to bring the Cincinnati Reds for an exhibition next spring.

Get Your Pre-Holiday Craziness Here

That Crazy Woman: Anybody want to guess why that Karen Sypher would go on the air at Fox41 to say she’s looking forward to the trial, so the “truth will come out.”? Or why the station would interview her, again? Was it just to see what she’d wear to the interview? Did her attorney, Thomas Clay, OK the interview?[Fox41]

That Crazy Man: Michael Gordon is frustrated with Metro Government, saying he feels he’s being  extorted because he tried to modernize his building on Hurstbourne. But as Dick Irby discovered, the real culprits in the case are the members of the Metro Planning Commission, who are incompetent. Gordon has to pay $65K. [Fox41]

Look Who’s On the Radio: Our favorite trouble-maker from South Louisville, Ed Springston, is launching a weekly radio show on WKJK 1080 next Thursday. Ed and c0-host Ed Martin will talk with newsmakers every Thursday at 7. Guests will include Gatewood Galbraith, Chris Thieneman and Kaven Rumpol. Probably not Jim King, but we’ll see. [Springston]

Surgeon Scandal Over?: The C-J Edit Board doesn’t seem satisfied that the University of Louisville’s issues with Norton are resolved, since it has hired replacement surgeons. What’s with the paper’s pro-Norton point of view on this? [Courier]

Doggone it, Where’s Meloche?: Have you seen Animal Services director Gilles Meloche? Several media members have been on the lookout for him, since he won’t agree to be interviewed about numerous charges of wrongdoing in his department.  [Fox41]

Bats Break the Streak?: The Bats have lost eight in a row, so you want to be there tonight to see them end the losing streak.  Maybe stop in at the newly-reopened Browning’s. We’ve got tickets, but you need to enter at Page One. Hurry.

Get Out of School Free: Attendance at Meyzeek Middle School was way down yesterday, and it’s hard to imagine many students showing up the day before a long holiday, especially since the school is allowing excused absences for those who fear the flu. [Courier]

Schnatter Spotted: While out and about yesterday, we saw Papa John Schnatter taping a new TV spot at Calistoga, which will highlight his involvement in a charitable cause, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, in September.  It benefits the Norton Cancer Institute.

Once Again: Free Tickets for Louisville Bats

If you’ve missed out on our other opportunities, here’s your chance to win tickets to tonight’s Louisville Bats game at Slugger Field.

They’re great seats. It’s going to be a great night.

Just leave a comment on this post (and use your actual email address so we can contact the winner) and we’ll randomly select a winner by 4:00 P.M.