Bunning Says He’s Out

The only surprise here is the timing. Sen. Jim Bunning said today he won’t seek re-election. The move opens  the door for Secretary of State Trey Grayson to capture the Republican nomination. The final straw — the news over the weekend that 100 former donors had decided to support Grayson.

The big story will dominate the media for the next 24 hours. We suggest you start with Page One.

How The Thorobred Club Ended up in the News

Max Investigation Revealed: Finally, JCPS Supe Sheldon Berman will release findings from the system’s investigation of PRP football player Max Gilpin’s death. It happened, oh, more than 10 MONTHS ago.  There’s a presser this morning at 10.

This Didn’t Suprise Anyone, Did it? Takes some gonads to build a football stadium addition in the middle of an economic downturn while your football team is sliding toward mediocrity. At a place you weren’t selling out anyway. U of L Athletic officials sure have ’em. And season ticket sales are off at their lowest level in 10 years. [Courier]

C-J Rumor Department: One of the C-J’s top three execs, managing editor Ben Post, will retire Aug. 1, several inside sources tell us.  It’s good news — word is that his departure could save a job or two. Gannett’s next round of rumored company-wide cuts are to be announced next week.

Next Time, Use Cash: There’s just nothing good that comes from using somebody else’s money for a good time with strippers. Spencer County judge-executive David Jenkins was dodging media yesterday after it was discovered that he charged lap dances at the Thorobred Club on 7th Street (come on, David, that’s just disgusting) with his Ky. Assoc. of Counties card. Also . . . a Lexington escort service and the Godfather on Preston. Of course, Jenkins says it wasn’t him.  [Fox41]

Close to Nauseated: The idea of honoring Michael Jackson on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives was a nauseating idea, according to John Yarmuth. He’s right.  Never been done before for a celebrity, and it’s no time to start now. Check out the interview with John Ziegler. [Page One]

Boney Exclusive: We said we weren’t reporting on the David Camm trial, but still found it interesting that Charles Boney singled out WLKY’s Ben Jackey to call from prison to make sure he made his point. Which, I think, was that he won’t be testifying in any new trial. [WLKY]

Worthy Campaign: Not many of David Hawpe’s columns in the C-J elicit postive reactions, but it’s a good thing to spotlight the St. John’s Day Center’s fundraising campaign.  Homeless men in our community have to go somewhere, and St. John’s provides them with a place. And when the Center finds them housing, they often succeed. [Hawpe, Fox41]

Shircliff Resigns at Jewish

Bob Shircliff, president and CEO of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare, announced today that he plans to retire from his post. Shircliff has been in the top spot since 2005, and the 53-year-old leader told the Jewish board he plans to pursue consulting opportunities in the industry.

“I’m tremendously proud of all we’ve accomplished in four years, and am excited about what’s ahead for the organization and myself,” he said in a statement.

The board, chaired by Lou Ann Atlas, has formed a search committee to find a successor.

Shircliff has been working with Jewish since 1985, and was appointed to president and CEO in 2005 after a search process that included 18 interviewees. Shircliff plans to stay on for at least 60 days.

Smart Moves in D.C. and Other News

A Good God Fit: Look who fell for that NASCAR offer going around. The VroomVroom bunch has been offering one-race sponsorships on its cars at races in Nashville (that my alma mater, WKU, wasted its money on) and now Kentucky, where the Creation Museum figures it can attract/dupe more people into visiting their alternative view of reality by advertising on a race car. [Peter Smith]

Probably Bad News for the NASCAR Crowd and Mitch McConnell: The Senate voted to regulate tobacco as a drug. One report estimates FDA regulation could curb teen smoking by 11 percent, though it probably won’t be as effective in Kentucky. [NY Times]

Hebert’s Bound to Take Credit for This: The U of L Trustees want to extend President James Ramsey’s contract, even though his current deal doesn’t expire for three years. [Courier]

Yarmuth Supports End of Mountaintop Removal: Rep. John Yarmuth today announced that he’s really pumped about the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb mountaintop removal, and reminded his colleagues about the importance of the Clean Water Protection Act, which would further limit the practice. Steps in the right direction. [Yarmuth Release]

Those Girls Again: We’re overdoing this Southern Belles coverage, on purpose, just because. In tonight’s episode, Emily drops the Vegas showgirl look, and Shea’s boyfriend gets some airtime. The trailer is on Emily’s site. [Emily]

Or You Can Listen To This on the Radio: Want to hear about the new anonymous tipline, or the Valley Station post office, and some bad things about Jerry Abramson? Tune in to WKJK 1080 tonight at 7 for Ed Springston’s radio show. His guest this week is Chris Thieneman. [Springston]

Maybe Now He’ll Have Time to Try a Few Cases: Ed Glasscock of Frost, Brown, Todd, who’s involved in the arena and the bridges projects, is stepping down as chair of the Kentucky Center.  [Courier]

Taking Their Best Shot: These Metro Council budget hearings are becoming more of a bitch session for Councilers like Hal Heiner to take it to the parade of department directors working for Jerry Abramson. Today’s victim was Public Works’ Ted Pullen, who wasn’t communicating his plans for stimulus money projects to the MC. [WFPL]

All About the Money Edition

All those roadblocks paid off for the Crusade — as usual. Happy Monday!

Who Says the Ecoomy’s Bad?: The WHAS Crusade for Children exceeded its collections, slightly, compared with last year, pulling in $5,289,841, led by fire departments in PRP, Fern Creek, McMahan and Highview. [Courier]

No More Free Breadsticks: In Lexington, UK athletes visiting Joe Bologna’s restaurant got a reputation as big tippers.  That’s because Joe himself wasn’t charging them for food, an NCAA violation. So now Joe is banned from UK, and the jocks aren’t allowed in his popular place. [Herald-Leader]

“I Think it Sucks”: Quote of the day from a Greyhound passenger, talking about the bus company’s decision to close its downtown terminal a few hours every day to cut costs. WHAS-TV says that after the report aired, Greyhound singled out passengers who spoke on camera and kicked them out of the terminal. [WHAS-TV]

25 Years Later: If you missed it on Friday, WHAS-TV anchor Gary Roedemeier bid an emotional farewell, and the station put together a batch of tributes. Other than acknowledging that Doug Proffitt will be on a few more newscasts, the station hasn’t announced its plans to replace Gary. [WHAS-TV]

Or $18,894 Per Parking Space: The city bought a parking garage under construction downtown for $8.2 million from a couple of doctors. The garage isn’t finished, and the docs were having trouble getting financing. It was to have served CityBlock, which recently closed. Anyone else wondering why local government, which claims to be broke, needs to own this? [Courier]

The Case Against Slots: Marty Cothran seems to think that if the horse industry just took all the money it’s using to lobby and advertise for slots, and put it into purses, racing’s problems would go away. Just another illogical rant. [Courier]

Triple the Disappointment:  Calvin Borel couldn’t pull off another magical ride on Mine That Bird, which finished third in the Belmont. The story of Kent Desormeaux overcoming last year’s disaster on Big Brown to win his first Belmont, on Summer Bird, just didn’t get too many folks excited about racing. So don’t expect the TV ratings to be up. [USA Today]

Arrested Journalists: North Korea sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor on vague charges of illegal entry and “committing hostilities against the Korean nation.” They were doing a story on North Korean refugees. [NY Times]

Weather Without Wills

1969. That’s when Tom Wills joined WAVE-TV to talk about the weather. He’s been doing it ever since.

Wills will retire in July after 40 years of weathercasting. He’s been on air longer than any other local media personality.

Wills’ retirement will bring back plenty of memories for media watchers, and especially those who have come to depend on his reassuring voice during weather emergencies.

“I think Tom was the first sealed meteorologist to do local TV in the country, he’s an absolute original pioneer,” said WAVE General Manager Steve Langford. “He’s generally considered the best scientist in the market. I’m hoping we can work out having him fill in around here on vacations and have him attached to the station in some way.”

Wills is also well-known as an instructor in meteorology at the University of Louisville.

WAVE’s weather team includes John Belski, Kevin Harned, Andy Weingarten and Angie Glotzbach.