Transparency Is Not A Thing In Possibility City

Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found with a gunshot wound inside the Hampton Inn on Jefferson Street in downtown Louisville just before 11 o’clock Monday night. [WDRB]

Because there’s no such thing as transparency in Louisville! The question of whether the Metropolitan Sewer District was violating the state’s open records rules from its board members’ use of private email accounts won’t be answered by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. [C-J/AKN]

People are still freaking out about the murder on Ewing Avenue in the Clifton neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Fayette County Public Schools have cancelled classes for the rest of the week, according to the district’s website. [H-L]

There was an open conversation between African-American veterans and Congress Wednesday morning in Louisville. [WLKY]

A federal judge’s ruling halting the president’s executive actions on immigration did little to persuade either party in Congress to publicly back down from a budget standoff. [HuffPo]

Electrolux, the Swedish company buying General Electric’s appliance division, will make Louisville’s Appliance Park a key part of future plans, the company’s leader said Tuesday. [WAVE3]

Louisville is the 11th-poorest city in the United States. But it’s still all puppies and rainbows and whatever else Greg Fischer’s spokesgays can come up with on any given day. [CBS News]

Jefferson County Public Schools is asking parents whether an A letter grade should be based on a 90-100 point scale instead of the 93-100 scale currently used. [WFPL]

Scott Welk, who brought forward the lawsuit on Tuesday in California federal court, accused the Jim Beam Brands of violating California’s False Advertising Law with its handmade claims thus forcing him to pay a premium price for Jim Beam’s white label Bourbon. [The Spirit Business]

The elephant in the room: forcing everyone at the dying newspaper to re-apply for their jobs despite saying that wouldn’t happen. And laying Jim Carroll off because Kentucky doesn’t need to know anything about Washington, D.C., obviously. [Business First]

Two challenges have been filed against Clarksville Town Council candidates — Rick Schafer running for District 2 and Dave Disponett running for District 4. [News & Tribune]

When Will The Adults Be In Charge Of JCPS?

Help Kenn Parks. He deserves it. His son deserves it. [Give Back]

A JCPS official says EMS examined six students at Byck Elementary School on Cedar Street for frostbite after reports that they were suffering from exposure to the cold due to a lengthy wait at a bus stop. [WDRB]

Yep, a Senate foe who opposed expanded alcohol sales was arrested for DUI. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man is behind bars Thursday after police said he stole an ambulance and later crashed it in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg area. [WHAS11]

In his first speech on the Senate floor as majority leader, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell expressed optimism for the future of the country and the congress despite a “moment of great anxiety as a nation.” [H-L]

An editor at an Elizabethtown newspaper issued a retraction and apology after he said Hardin County Sheriff John Ward was misquoted in Thursday’s paper. [WLKY]

Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists’ attempts to make a candidate seem moderate — “soften” and “softening” seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others — while he’s not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul pledged his support to new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts, even as other lawmakers said politicians like Paul could complicate McConnell’s work. [WAVE3]

Micah Clark of the American Family Association explained to The Indianapolis Star that the bill would allow small businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples and also that it would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. [Think Progress]

As the University of Louisville grapples with the terms of a controversial $6 million gift proposal from Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter and billionaire Charles Koch, university-watchers might want to take a look at what Koch got for his money from his most recent taker, Arizona State University. [WFPL]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze (http://www.waze.com), the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, the company’s largest municipal effort to date. [Press Release]

State law doesn’t say city and county governments cannot set their own minimum wage limits, but it doesn’t say they can, either. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council approved a third consecutive balanced budget in 2014. But several meetings included no voting items or only a nonbinding resolution for consideration, and Councilman John Gonder said he felt like there was more that could have been done by the city’s legislative body last year. [News & Tribune]

Buy A Lottery Ticket — Hell Has Frozen Over

The newspooper has credited us with that story we broke about yet another University of Louisville administrator being fired.

From Andrew Wolfson:

The University of Louisville’s vice president for human resources was fired this week over what the school would only say was a personnel matter.

-SNIP-

University spokesman Mark Hebert said Connally’s “separation” did not involve suspected illegal conduct.

-SNIP-

Hebert declined to say if Connally would receive a buyout or elaborate on why the university ousted him.

“We would not normally talk about personnel matters and that is the case with Mr. Connally,” Hebert said.

He did dispute the portion of a post on the Ville Voice, which first reported the ouster, that said Connally was escorted from the campus by police.

A couple things:

Hebert didn’t dispute the po-leece escort either via email or text message. None of Connally’s colleagues disputed it. I won’t violate someone’s request for off-the-record commentary but as a former journalist, it would appear that Mark Hebert has forgotten what planet he lives on. Especially knowing that in exchange for giving me a statement I told him I wouldn’t publish an audio recording of Jim Ramsey accidentally spilling the proverbial T on Connally. (Spilling the T is a drag queen / Real Housewives thing. Urban Dictionary it if you need.)

Update — Hebert just begged me again to go off-the-record. UofL’s panicked.

Folks at UofL tell us it’s common for individuals let go to be escorted out of the building. Common sense tells each of you that it would happen at UofL since it happens everywhere else on earth. Rent-a-cop or UofL pretend cop (that part’s not important), the guy was walked out and lots of people saw it.

Something wouldn’t have to be “illegal” at the University of Louisville for it to be corrupt as hell. It’s almost as if Hebert is being forced to tell Wolfson things he knows to be complete bullshit. Because Jim Ramsey craps his pants when I come knocking whether my critics like it or not.

Hebert’s colleagues tell us that just before he was canned, Connally was involved in a shouting match with Shirley Willihnganz — the woman who turned a blind eye to Robert Felner’s corruption for several years. About half a dozen other people who don’t work directly with Hebert separately said the same.

Here’s hoping Hebert is ready for the next few months of non-stop work he’ll be forced to do. He should know by now that when I’m on a story, I’m on a story. It’s not a blip on the radar.

Final note:

Everyone really needs to go buy a lottery ticket. You know hell has frozen over when the paper credits another outlet that isn’t paying for said credit. And you know lottery revenues probably suck right now. You’d be helping the state and cashing in.

Some Links To Make You Angry This Morning

The bourbon boom was on display Saturday as people gathered in Louisville to taste and learn about different bourbons. [WDRB]

This is what the local “news”paper calls a profile of Greg Fischer. [C-J/AKN]

Your local newspaper doesn’t have the guts to stand up to its dull golden boy. [C-J/AKN]

One hundred years old and still going strong, the Belle of Louisville marked her official 100th birthday Saturday with a packed cruise and fireworks. [WHAS11]

Wait for it, wait for it… Six Flags Over Jesus is hosting an Ebola freakout. Dr. Kent Brantly, the physician who contracted Ebola in June while working in Liberia, is scheduled to speak at a missions health conference Nov. 6 to 8 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Friday, October 24th you can show your inner monster at an event benefiting an organization dedicated to helping abused animals. [WLKY]

Both Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell are lying about health care. Because that’s what you do when you’re a first-rate shyster. [HuffPo]

Why the hell is this Tumbleweed situation being fought out on teevee? There are actual, real things happening in Louisville and this is the hype “news” folks are focused on? [WAVE3]

This is what happens when Democrats try to out-Republican the Republicans. Democratic strength in Kentucky is ebbing fast, according to a new Gallup poll, and that could mean more trouble for Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. [McClatchy & Gallup]

Eddie Moore Jr. knows it takes more than talk to influence young people into making decisions that set them up for success. [WFPL]

If these buttcramps were serious, they’d be funding a needle exchange. With Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers in Northern Kentucky, Republican senate leaders gathered Thursday morning to slam House Democrats and drum up support for a bill to curb heroin abuse. [Cincinnasti.com]

Spoiler Alert: Jim King isn’t looking for a compromise, he’s looking to make himself appear to have leadership qualities. [Business First]

Independent candidate for Clark County sheriff Mac Spainhour will appear before the county board of elections next week to answer a complaint that he violated statutory reporting requirements and failed to include required disclaimers in advertisements. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Take Racism More Seriously, Louisville

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools unveiled a plan to the school board Monday on where to place two new innovative schools that will open in time for the 2015-16 school year. [WDRB]

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday the crew of a UPS jet that crashed last year in Birmingham, Ala., made mistakes during the critical pre-dawn approach to the runway, adding that the fatigue of the pilot and co-pilot were factors in the accident. [C-J/AKN]

With the appliance sale of General Electric to Electrolux, many employees are wondering what it will mean for them in the future. [WHAS11]

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer formally entered the 2015 race for governor on Tuesday in front of hundreds of hometown supporters in an ambitious campaign rollout more than a year before the election. [WKYT]

Will this Josh Young saga never end with local media??? [WLKY]

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gas hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Six decades ago a family’s home was attacked in a neighborhood ripped apart by racism. Now, researchers at the University of Louisville are retelling the story about two families and their fight for desegregation and need the public’s help. [WAVE3]

The Louisville ECHO program (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors), Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s signature environmental education initiative for fourth-grade students, has received significant support this year with $41,295 in grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service, and $7,500 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. [Press Release]

Starting this week, members of the Jefferson County Board of Education are hosting community conversations across the district. [WFPL]

WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky has hired six journalists from print publications to contribute to its website during the last two years, said Barry Fulmer, the station’s news director. [Poynter]

A University of Louisville cancer researcher, Dr. Anthony Dragun, is trying to make treatment easier for breast cancer patients. [Business First]

An outside firm will investigate New Albany’s police department for possible workplace violations after a state police investigation cleared two officers accused of working on private jobs on taxpayer time. [News & Tribune]

Of Course LMEMS Is Involved In Another Mess

A controversial policy will remain in place at Louisville’s Atherton High School. The policy allows transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice. [WDRB]

Louisville officials face an uphill legal battle trying to force Norfolk Southern Corp. to allow pedestrian traffic on one side of the K and I railroad bridge. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, yet another pedestrian death in Possibility City. [WHAS11]

Ford is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America for various safety defects. [H-L]

Warning: stupid auto-play video alert. Authorities have recovered a young man’s body from the waters rock quarry Tuesday afternoon near South Park Road after a three-day search. [WLKY]

The Alison Grimes embarrassment continues. In a new ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, retired coal miner Don Disney looks straight into the camera and asks Mitch McConnell why he voted to raise his Medicare costs by $6,000. The only problem? McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, cast no such vote. [HuffPo]

Several suburban Louisville fire districts will pull back from all but the most serious medical calls starting this week, a decision that top-ranking emergency officials cautioned would put lives at risk. We hear Richmond is 100% to blame for this. [WAVE3]

Life-size human statues and column bases from a long-lost temple dedicated to a supreme god have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. [HuffPo]

Here’s a look at the sad and continued death of your local newspaper. While WDRB’s acquisition of Konz isn’t that big of a deal (we love her and all that but let’s face it, any journalist with guts can do that job at the paper), it’s the perfect illustration of what’s going down in Gannettland. [WFPL]

Today John Yarmuth will meet with representatives from Catholic Charities of Louisville, Federally Employed Women, the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the National Academy Foundation. [Press Release]

Randall (Randy) Combs has been named CFO of Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health Inc. KentuckyOne operates Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington and several other facilities across the state. [Business First]

A $25 million private investment on property that is one of the first sights of Jeffersonville now may be lost through a city council vote. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Just Can’t Catch A Break In The News

A JCPS teacher sues the principal of Moore Traditional High School, alleging years of discrimination based on sexual orientation. [WDRB]

It’s the fall of 1985 and the 17-year-old version of me steps on to the campus of Morehead State University. I really have no clue how I made it this far and, even scarier, I have no clue where I am going. College was just the predetermined next step, and like Steve Martin’s character in The Jerk, I wasn’t sure of my special purpose. [Scott Utterback]

It’s because Cordish got all the money. An area tagged for revitalization has some locals still scratching their heads. [WHAS11]

A University of Kentucky professor’s 40-second demonstration during the World Cup could have a lasting impact. On June 12, a paralyzed spinal cord injury patient will kick the first ball of the World Cup in Sao Paulo using an exoskeleton and brain-computer technology. [H-L]

People in Clifton Heights are freaking out because they’re seeing coyotes. Have they forgotten they live right by the dang river and tons upon tons of wooded areas? [WLKY]

Nicholasville, the county seat of Jessamine, sits just a half hour away from the heart of Lexington. The quaint Central Kentucky town is one many move to in hopes of escaping the hustle of the city. It’s a town you’d think upon first glance to be the perfect bedroom community of a small American city. Just remember that appearances can be deceiving. [Page One]

A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students — especially poor and minority ones — by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire. [HuffPo]

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon many residents have been wondering why prices are as high as they are in our area. University of Louisville Associate professor of Economics Jose Fernandez said we are experiencing an increase over last year at the pump. [WAVE3]

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push. [WFPL]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell became nearly $3 million richer in 2013, according to new financial disclosure records. [The Hill]

The Courier-Journal has eliminated seven editor positions in a realignment of newsroom resources. No one is surprised. [Business First]

Although raises are scarce in the Clark County government, nine Clark County employees are getting a raise at one time — and the increases will benefit both the county and the employees. [News & Tribune]