A Truly Mind-Blowing Story In Indiana

You know what you don’t do when you’re charged in an accidental shooting of your child?


“Hope you all are having fun!”

That’s what Latanya M. Taylor said to the media just before she was ushered into Clark Superior Court Thursday afternoon.


Hill appeared to make sarcastic gestures to photographers as he was escorted to the courtroom.

Inside, it was a different story.


As they were being escorted from the courtroom, Hill made one last gesture to the media. He jumped forward and whispered “boo!” just before he was taken into the elevator.


Am I the only person who thinks this is some seriously jacked up shiz?

You Should Probably Get Your Kids Up & Moving

Okay. Let’s face it. As a former fatty, I fat shame people into not weighing 600 pounds. So I am super-excited that the Louisville Science Center is teaming up with the Louisville Ballet to get both kids and adults moving.

The two organizations will partner to offer dance, health and fitness-themed activities on three dates: August 28, October 1 and November 14. And educators will explore the science behind the dances and exercises – covered through hands-on fun.

Here are the specifics:

  • On Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can discover the power of torque (the force that rotates objects) by exploring how dancers spin without getting dizzy, what role friction plays in preventing dancers from falling and how long you have to dance to burn off the calories in your favorite junk food! Members of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble will demonstrate basic ballet positions and techniques and faculty members from the Louisville Ballet School will teach “mini-classes” in hip-hop and jazz.
  • On Friday, October 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., we’ll explore how far we can push our bodies to do extraordinary things. Visitors can check out a real sheep heart and learn how the heart ensures oxygen reaches every part of the body. Visitors can compare their own lung capacity to that of a dancer, and see what it takes to not get out of breath during a performance. The way air travels through the lungs will also be explored through a hands-on activity with a real set of pig lungs – allowing visitors to compare a healthy set of lungs to a set from a simulated smoker. Faculty members from the Louisville Ballet School teach “mini-classes” in Zumba® and Pilates. Parents can even drop their kids off in the Science Center’s Curiosity Lab, where they’ll do experiments while the parents work out.
  • On Sunday, November 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., children from the cast of The Brown- Forman Nutcracker (December 4-19 at The Kentucky Center) will demonstrate choreography from the ballet. Flamenco lessons for children and adults will also be available, taught by faculty from the Louisville Ballet School. Visitors can also explore nutrition and healthy recipes for the holiday season. Visitors will explore how food choice affects how well the body functions and the importance of proper nutrition. Budding young chefs can also try their hand at quick and easy snacks and take home recipe cards that combine flavors from across the globe.

The activities are being presented in conjunction with the Sesame Street Presents: The Body exhibition that’s on display through January 2 at the Science Center.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children aged 2 to 12. Only $5 per person on October 1, though.

Louisville Must Be Filled With Crazed Perverts

Wanna be part of the Louisville Botanical Garden & Conservatory? Here’s your opportunity. [Consuming Louisville]

Who do you trust on Wall Street Reform? Jim Bunning or John Yarmuth? [Joe Arnold]

Apparently, I’m the devil for not talking about My Morning Jacket’s planned show at the arena in October. So here’s a link for you. [Backseat Sandbar]

Jackie Green says he’s unhappy with the number of folks who have invited him to mayoral forums. So maybe he should try interacting with the press and organizations that hold these events? Just a thought. Because no one seems to think he’s running a real campaign. [Everywhere You Look Today]

Greg Fischer doesn’t seem to be able to take a position on bridge tolling. Hal Heiner tells you where he stands. What’s your take? [Fischer & Heiner]

Just in case you need a refresher on where the mayoral candidates stand on tolling (taxing) the crap out of the bridges you drive on every day. [WFPL]

Did you catch Baby High on MTV last night? Thoughts on Louisville’s unique program? [Page One]

If you’re a pervert driving a gold minivan in Louisville, you’re likely to be caught soon. Trying to snatch up little kids isn’t going to fly. [WAVE3]

Also, if you perverts could stop frequenting daycare centers? That would be great. [FOX41]

Oldham Parents Really Want to Know

Parents in Oldham County are pretty upset with the school system there. They want to know more about the student who has come down with the swine flu — like which school the student was attending.

But the school system says it’s not telling — preferring to anger parents by leaving them in the dark rather than risking a mass exodus when panic sets in if it were to identify the building where the supposed infectious student was located.

“We don’t want to set off a panic at that school or to become lax on precautions at other schools,” the school system attorney, Anne Coorssen said.

See, if parents know for certain the flu has been in their child’s school, then they’ll probably keep them home from school, as we learned in Jefferson County last spring when the flu was identified at Meyzeek Middle School. Oldham County parents only know the flu has been in one of the county’s 18 schools.

So the system sent parents a note and called them on the phone — advising them to make sure they washed their hands a lot. One parent told me the hand-washing rituals at an elementary school aren’t scheduled.

Let’s hope the local media reports on school attendance today in Oldham County.

This is from the Oldham Era’s report:

Superintendent Paul Upchurch sent a letter home with each student Wednesday with a follow-up automated call stating that there has been a case of H1N1 flu in an Oldham County student. A parent notified the school that their child’s doctor diagnosed the flu, but lab results haven’t confirmed it yet.

So, some general practitioner saw a child in his office, told the child’s parent that it was H1N1, who told the school.

Linda Goss, director of Infection Control at the University of Louisville hospital, said that the swine flu is easily diagnosed using a Rapid Flu Test. So it’s hard to poke holes in the diagnosis, though we can’t be certain the school system contacted the doctor, and we’d like to know why they haven’t identified the doctor as a credible source for cautioning the public.

Telling parents part of the story, when it comes to a disease in school, isn’t good enough.

More Questions About the Downtown Riot

Think that little dust-up downtown was no big deal? Well, we’ve got tons more questions about how the whole thing happened, and why, with a history of bad behavior at this event, more wasn’t done to prevent violence. Here’s a hint — you can’t just invite 5,000 kids to converge on a location without any supervision and not expect some trouble.

Police chief Robert White was as pissed as we’ve seen him, saying “We’re going to have to figure out a better way to get the organizers to do this in the years to come ’cause this is a little ridiculous.”

Don’t think you’re going to have to worry about that one, Chief.

We also got a report on the incident from a downtown worker who saw much of what happened, who brings up a key point — how could all these young kids be wandering around downtown without parental supervision?

The entire intersection at Third and Market was a mass of people, people were swinging on cops, cops were hitting people with batons, kids were jumping up and down on top of police cruisers; it was nuts and a little scary. The thing is, though, it was all kids. I might have seen maybe five adults that weren’t cops. Just a teeming mass of teenagers filling Market and Third. There were at least 800-1000 people (maybe more) in the street alone, and they had no interest whatsoever in moving or leaving. Traffic was trying to creep through, and kids are just standing around in the middle of the street. Tons of kids, some that had to have been five, maybe six, I’ll eat my hat if they were seven, just standing around unsupervised, in control of a major downtown thoroughfare.

Kind of scary, huh? The police, who did a great job controlling what some called a riot, will have some say if, and that’s a big if, anything like this ever comes back to town.

Who would drop off a six-year-old downtown in a giant crowd?

The promoters of the event, the radion station involved, David Tandy and some irresponsible parents have got some explaining to do.

Coach’s Story Doesn’t Make Sense

At what point, I wonder, did Butler High girls’ basketball coach Eddy Wilson realize he’d crossed the ethical line? Was it after a hundred text messages (on his way to 555), some after midnight, to a member of his team?

JCPS fired the coach of Butler’s 2008 state champs, saying he had spent more than 5,000 minutes on the phone with a member of his team in a four-month period. But JCPS couldn’t prove a physical relationship existed.

The JCPS investigation revealed the text and phone messages, but none of the content of those messages was made available. They started the investigation as a result of stories being told by parents of other students about Wilson’s relationship. And, the investigation revealed, Wilson had been accepting cash from students to get out of running.

Wilson, according to reports, claimed he was mentoring the girl, and that he was going to use the money he collected from students to pay team expenses. He had more than $1,000 in his desk.

The story isn’t over. Materials have been turned over to Child Protective Services, which should investigate.

This one deserves some more media scrutiny, and let’s hope our town’s media jumps all over this one.

Just Show Up and Avoid Arrest

It’s the ninth year that the county attorney’s office has had to send out officers to deliver summons to bad parents. Really, there’s no excuse for these people.

A news release from Mike O’Connell’s office explains that the parents of 39 elementary school aged kids, who have been warned repeatedly, now have the law after them simply because they won’t get their kids to school.

Woody Allen is credited with the quote,”80 percent of success is just showing up.” It’s not really that hard.

During the course of the program, O’Connell’s office has successfully prosecuted 133 parents for simply not getting their kids to school. Parents of 468 students got warnings in January, and 88 percent improved enough to get off the bad parent list. Prosecutors chose to charge 39 of the remaining 55 student parents.

The best record among this group missed 15 days without an excuse.

Those parents get no sympathy here.

Sweating It Out

Yea, it’s hot. Hope this helps get you through the day.

Fire Away: Good for Cary Stemle, who got another TIME byline on the New Bethel Church Open Carry controversy. It’s Saturday, by the way. Paston Ken Pagano has done tons of interviews, but turned down ABC’s request to cover the event because he thinks the cameras would be invasive. Guns OK, cameras, not so much. [TIME]

Driver Revealed: Notice how news organizations were holding back on naming the 18-year-old driver of the train at the Zoo that crashed? How the Zoo wouldn’t give up her name? When Mary C. Coffey was identified as the driver in a lawsuit, the protection ended. [WLKY]

Primetime Pregnancy: No surprise that teenage pregnancy is on the rise, and that ABC News chose a 14-year-old Louisville teen to illustrate its national story. [ABC]

Is That What You Call Ironic?: The city is hosting a Snow and Ice Symposium this week, as a thousand people brave the Kentucky heat to learn how to get rid of snow. So the Possibility City people thought it a good reason to make a video. [YouTube]

Big Horsie Rally: As Billy Reed makes clear, it doesn’t really matter that the horse industry people got a big crowd at a rally at Keeneland last night. That ship has sailed. Horse has left the barn and all that. How big a crowd was it? Doesn’t matter either. [BillyReedSays, Page One]

Turn on Your Radio: WFPK is doing an all-day tribute to Tim Krekel, who passed away yesterday. Listen in. More tributes on the station’s site. [WFPK]

Healthy Start, Healthy Budget

Metro Louisville Public Health Department has been awarded a whopping $6.375 million in a five-year grant to continue the goal of reducing infant mortality.

That’s $1.275 million per year for the program, which has increased the number of women receiving preventive services after the delivery of the baby from 51% in 1999 to 91% in 2007.  Program data also document a 54% reduction in smoking rates among Healthy Start clients.

Healthy Start also works to reduce the number of low birth weight babies (less than 5.5 pounds) and very low birth weight babies (less than 3.3 pounds) among participants and to ensure that women receive early and continuing prenatal care.

The program was under an intensive review process and compete with other cities for the grant. It has been funded here since 1998.  Dr. Adewale Troutman, head of the Metro Health Department, said the program is helping to close the gap of infant mortality rates among minority populations.

News from the Dept of Happy Happy

Western Kentucky is in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Sun Belt Tournament late last night. We’re happy about reporting this news. Really, what’s more important than that? This week is Selection Sunday, when we find out where WKU, Morehead and U of L are going for the first round. And maybe where Billy Gillispie goes.

Optimists Abound: Not once was the word “depression” mentioned on stage last night at the Kentucky Center, as GLI and David Novak tried to get everyone fired up about everything. Rubber chickens for everyone! The expulsion of the PETA people even got a standing “O”. More on Novak’s speech here later.

Now we’ll find it if an ad hoc committee can solve the ethics stalemate: As we predicted, last night David Tandy announced he would form a committee, composed of five members of each Metro Council caucus, to come up with a new ethics proposal. [WHAS-TV]

OK, We Do Have Some Bad News: Kentucky legislators take note — Ellis Park in Henderson is closing next year and running a reduced schedule this year. Ron Geary blames expanded gambling in other states, saying that Ellis can’t get good horses or offer adequate purses for horsemen.  The question is – will Churchill Downs have to close before state politicians figure out that gaming is vital to their future? [Courier]

Take Us Out of the Ballpark: Rumor has it that the C-J jumped the gun in reporting that the deal for a restaurant at Slugger Field was done. Far from it. It’s dead. No one’s happy. [Courier]

Abortion Bill Dies: A House committee deadlocked 8-8, effectively killing a state bill requiring that women have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. E-town Republican Tim Moore gets the most ridiculous quote of the day. After saying the measure would have passed in the Senate, he told the H-L that “With God all things are possible.” Louisville Dems Tom Burch, Mary Lou Marzian and Gerald Neal opposed it. [H-L]

OK, Here’s a Better Quote: Sen. Jim Bunning told reporters yesterday that internal poll results concerning his 2010 race were “none of your god damn business.”  Stay classy, Jim. [H-L]

Tapped Out: Shelbyville’s number one homophobe, State Sen. Gary Tapp, admitted his SB 68 limiting adoption to married couples is toast. “…hate legislation should never be passed in the Commonwealth,” said Fairness Alliance chief Christopher Hartman.

10 Years of YPAL:  Young professionals in this town are growing up a bit. They’ve been getting more active in pushing for projects they like (like the downtown arena and the tax on cigarettes) and now they’ve launched a community service project with Yum! to collect 10,000 canned goods for charity. The Mayor patted ’em on the back yesterday. [YPAL]