The UofL Prostitution Scandal Rages On

There was a time, I now can admit, when I was really good at writing book reports on books I had not read. This is not the time for that. In evaluating the allegations soon to be brought forth in detail by a woman who says she was hired by former University of Louisville director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide sexual services for men’s basketball recruits and players from 2010 to 2014, we can look at the smoke, we haven’t yet seen the fire. But it smells like something is burning. [WDRB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the nation’s smog standard by nearly 7 percent, choosing a number that puts the Louisville area on the bubble for continued compliance. [C-J/AKN]

The Jeffersontown Police Chief spoke out Saturday and said gun violence in his town will not be tolerated. Sounds like Rick Sanders is back to pounding his chest? [WHAS11]

Dick Pitino may not read the new sexytime book but you know he’ll be listening to the audiobook! [H-L]

Things nearly turned deadly Thursday night in Jeffersontown as a father tried to buy a cellphone for his daughter. [WLKY]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

Louisville has long been referred to as the River City, mainly due to its history as a flatboat and steamboat port carrying people and goods to and from the heartland from the city’s conception. But a big part of riverboat history that you may not know about lies right across the mighty Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana. [WAVE3]

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Saturday that his home state of Kentucky needs a governor willing to stand up to the federal government he aspires to lead from the White House. [ABC News]

Here’s hoping Greg Fischer doesn’t ruin Louisville’s chances at Google Fiber. Hopefully Google will rely on people like Ambassador Matthew Barzun and others. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join the city’s chief innovation officer, Ted Smith, on Monday to talk Google Fiber. [WFPL]

One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. [Reuters]

More than 360 local charities received donations Thursday as part of the Community Foundation of Louisville Inc.’s annual Give Local Louisville campaign. [Business First]

Several issues were brought to the stage, but Tuesday’s New Albany mayoral debate was bookended by who was missing from the discussion. [News & Tribune]

Cordish Nightmare Continues With More Discrimination, No Consequences From Metro Government, No Leadership, No Nothing

Five black men have filed a lawsuit against the Cordish Company, which owns and operates 4th Street Live, claiming they were denied entrance to the premises because of their race. This is the millionth incidence of racial profiling at 4th St but the city continues to give hundreds of millions of dollars to Cordish. That shows what people like Jerry Abramson and Greg Fischer really think about Louisvillians. [WDRB]

Jeffersonville police say they’ve been “stretched thin” trying to provide around-the-clock coverage in the 34-square-mile city since thousands of walkers, runners and cyclists have crossed the Big Four ramp into downtown since it opened. [C-J/AKN

Horrible Jeffersonville mayor Mike Moore says he wants to hire more police officers. [WHAS11]

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers. [NPR]

The city of Jeffersonville is getting a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up some old industrial sites. [WLKY]

Most people could be more bored to tears about the latest EPA regulation announcement. Because they’re comfortable paying a few extra bucks a month in order to not die. [CN|2]

A family came together on Saturday to remember a loved one 10 years after her murder. Angela Nelson-Carroll’s body was found off the Gene Snyder Freeway near Dixie Highway in 2004. The 17-year-old died of blunt force trauma to the head. [WAVE3]

Just in case you missed the latest on Democratic sex scandals in Frankfort? You’ll want to check our latest videos out. [Page One Here & Here]

Jefferson County Public Schools’ budget is its largest ever, and some school board members argue that the process for reaching future spending plans must be improved. [WFPL]

Pay for fast-food workers is a hot topic nowadays, particularly in the battle over the minimum wage limit. Here’s John Schnatter defending Papa John’s pay practices. [Business First]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

A $400,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will allow Jeffersonville to make some of its otherwise unusable properties attractive to developers and businesses. [News & Tribune]

Media: Potential Suicide Is Not A Twitter Joke

If someone’s about to jump to their death, PUT THE DAMN PHONE DOWN. There’s no reason to tweet photos of that! Also no reason to run video footage of it on the noon “news.” Jesus H. It’s like no one has any sense anymore. [Louisville Media Failure]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said 2013 was the year that Louisville’s economy turned around and that city government has good momentum right now. [WDRB]

Developers have started marketing a 43-acre Fern Creek shopping center proposed to be built at Bardstown Road and the Snyder Freeway, while several neighbors are moving forward with a lawsuit that aims to stop the project. [C-J/AKN]

Looks like we all know where we need to start playing bingo in the new year. A Louisville man was charged after police said he was drunk when he inappropriately disrupted a Bingo game. [WHAS11]

Improvements to Mt. Tabor Road won’t include a roundabout at the Klerner Lane intersection. The city [of New Albany] has pulled the roundabout from its proposed construction design, as many residents opposed the idea during a September public hearing including the four property owners whose land would be affected by the traffic circle. [News & Tribune]

You can’t even get near a park these days without a woman shooting herself. [WLKY]

Coal mines produce what’s sometimes called black gold, but researchers at the University of Kentucky hope the mines could hold something even more valuable — a miracle drug. [H-L]

WAVE3 has long been obsessed with pornography and sex, so these stories come as no surprise. No one at the station has apparently ever been on Craigslist. [WAVE3 & More WAVE3]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has flood-risk maps of questionable accuracy for many U.S. counties and lacks maps altogether for some. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January. [WFPL]

Every time we see this tree story, we can’t help but hope Greg Fischer doesn’t let them all die like he did the last bunch. [WTVQ]

Come on, Business First, how is this even a story you considered publishing? At a time when your paper is dying – and people like us buy it up and attempt to help you – the least you could do is have some sense. [Business First]

We don’t even have to mention how absurd this release from Metro Animal Services is. Pretending they investigate animal abuse. Feigning interest in the community. Miss Margaret is handing over dogs to known dog fighters without so much as an application these days – all in an attempt to up her numbers. Not a soul in Metro Government gives a flip. [Come On]

Sexytime Karen Sypher Will Melt Your Brain

People who knew Louisville’s latest murder victim say he was no stranger to violence or crime. [WDRB]

Police officers and firefighters will get 2 percent annual raises under tentative five-year contracts to be submitted today for Louisville Metro Council approval. [C-J/AKN]

Feeling itchy? Terminix has released its annual list of top bed-bug infested cities and a Kentuckiana city has made the list. [WHAS11]

We reminded you yesterday that Rand Paul’s racism and history of hiring racists to work in his government office goes back quite a while. It’s something the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party has ignored. [Page One]

Louisville Metro Police are looking for the person who gunned down a 31-year-old Louisville man outside his home early Wednesday morning. [WLKY]

Uncertainty remains about which federal benefits married couples of the same sex can claim in Kentucky two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [H-L]

There must be something crazy in the poison Louisville water these days. A Louisville man has been jailed after he attacked another man with a hammer. [WAVE3]

Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. reported declines in revenue and profit during the second quarter, primarily as a result of continued challenges in its China division. [Business First]

It’s being called a last-ditch effort. The woman convicted of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed another motion, asking to be released from prison. [WKYT]

The University of Louisville’s pediatric services department plans to increase the number of children it serves by opening new medical offices at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre in Germantown. [WFPL]

Students at Greater Clark County Schools will have their school day extended by 10 minutes this school year, but district officials still have to work out how teachers are affected by the move. [News & Tribune]

Ouch: Area Traffic Deaths Have Spiked Some 46%

Five JCPS high schools are receiving national attention. Newsweek and The Daily Beast released their list of “America’s Best High Schools,” and DuPont Manual, Ballard, Eastern, Brown School, and Louisville Male made the list. [WDRB]

Karen Sexytime Sypher is making some new friends these days. The Kentucky woman convicted of trying to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new federal home. [H-L]

Three of the young men injured in a plane crash at the Seneca Golf Course were released from the hospital Wednesday. [WHAS11]

There is one basic question that keeps being asked about the U.S. auto industry: Is it on the rebound? [NPR]

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is looking into a Louisville business linked to a former Jefferson County Constable. David Whitlock is once again in the spotlight. Glad to see the mainstream finally paying attention. [WAVE3]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has joined 17 other mayors asking congress to help reduce obesity by making food stamps ineligible for buying soda and other sugary drinks. It’d be silly to disagree with him but surely there are more pressing matters to attend to instead of hyping this up. [C-J/AKN]

A former Archdiocese of Louisville priest charged with sexually abusing boys in the mid-1970s and ’80s may not face trial next week as scheduled. [WLKY]

The Clarksville Town Council gave its preliminary approval to bond and rate ordinances to make way for the construction of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Papa John’s International Inc. was the highest-rated pizza chain in this year’s American Customer Satisfaction Index, released this week. [Business First]

How do you know Jack Conway is running for another office? “Attorney General Jack Conwaywill participate in a round table and press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce plans for a new, national early childhood education initiative.” [Press Release]

So far, 41 people have died on Jefferson County road in 2013, compared to 28 during the same time period in 2012—a 46-percent spike, according to Kentucky State Police statistics. [WFPL]

Here are stories from area television stations about the Gardiner Lane shooting. [WDRB, WHAS11, WAVE3, WLKY]

Arena Authority Revenue Dropped? Surely Not!

Louisville Metro Police say they found more than just drugs during a narcotics investigation at a Louisville hotel: they found several women acting as prostitutes. [WDRB]

Several Louisville Metro Council members aren’t happy with Mayor Greg Fischer for failing to restore previously cut urban services in his new budget proposal. [WFPL]

This is certainly not a humane way to put any sick pet down. The guy obviously needs a crash course on common sense. But firing him as a councilman? That’s kind of extreme in this instance – and we’re all crazed animal lovers here. [WHAS11]

Here’s your non-shocker of the morning. Arena authority financials show a reliance on city money and event revenue dropped by more than $4 million. [C-J/AKN]

As the school year rounds out for Jefferson County Public Schools, union contract negotiations began Monday between the district and the teacher’s association. This comes of the heels of criticism from Kentucky’s education commissioner about some of JCPS’ low-performing schools. [WLKY]

Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate. A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. [H-L]

Today John Yarmuth meets with Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall. [Press Release]

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative outcomes is apparent across the country. [NPR]

Dear WHAS11 medialady: dismissing suicide prevention efforts in a sarcastic manner is a surefire way to get us to tell the world who you’re humping for stories. This city has a tragic suicide rate and it is not something to be laughed at. [Media Failure]

A woman convicted of burning down her business for insurance money is ready to clear her name. [WAVE3]

One of 14 people arraigned last week on federal charges of being part of a drug distribution ring was a Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver, the school system said. And you wonder why the school bus system is so screwed up in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who are at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. [Business First]