There Are Still Some Major Problems at UofL

Anyone surprised that a University of Louisville professor was denied tenure? It’s because she wasn’t part of the Robert Felner machine that still exists at UofL. You wouldn’t believe the stories I’m hearing from UofL these days. [C-J]

Yesterday Mike Slaton, running against Tom Riner in the 41st State House District, announced endorsements from: The Women’s Network PAC and The Victory Fund. That’s in addition to news earlier this week of endorsements from CFAIR and the Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus. [Email Blast]

Check out this interesting story about Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his wife, Brooke. [Runway Passport]

Metro area unemployment hit 12.1%. 20-year high. Feels awesome, doesn’t it? [C-J]

The Louisville Science Center is making some big announcements this morning at 10:00 A.M. Some major exhibits on par with Titanic are on the way. [Media Advisory]

Our local NPR affiliated noticed the good news about Slugger Field that we pointed out the other day. [WFPL]

Today at 11:00 A.M., Congressman John Yarmuth will welcome home Muhammad Ali Center students from Serbia. He’ll also announce federal funding to support the service learning programs and leadership training efforts of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students. [Press Release]

The Courier-Journal editorial board must have selectively forgotten that Governor Steve Beshear is tighter with King Coal than Mitch McConnell. [Page One]

Oh, and wait for this… KIPDA’s Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee will not be meeting on April 14 as previously announced. [Press Release]

Up and At ‘Em

Once every two months, we start the week with The ‘Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions. By holding the event at 7 on a Monday morning, we make sure guests really want to be there. Today we’re at the University Club listening to Dr. James Ramsey, the school president, and will let you know how that goes a little later.

Attention Local Advertisers: I’m talking to you — still spending your entire ad budget on print and broadcast media. Check out this NYTimes story on the shift in ad spending to blogs. And how blogs have to produce original content to stand out. You can call us to advertise here, you know. [NYTimes]

Hell, Yea, It’s Litter: Maybe advertisers paying to be in the C-J’s weekly ad supplements, delivered to non-subscribers, will see that their money is being wasted now that a federal judge has trashed its lawsuit against the Metro Council’s anti-littering ordinance. Judge Charles Simpson scoffed at the paper’s free speech argument, saying the ordinance only poses a financial challenge. In other words, it’s not OK to throw unsolicited ads in your yard. Good. [Courier-Journal]

Speaking of Wastes of Newsprint: Employing an unemployed “biz wiz” is just one of five sins that make Velocity a weekly waste of the five minutes you spend on it, according to Zach Everson’s piece. We could probably come up with more reasons. []

Rebel, Rebel: U of L’s football team goes to Lexington Saturday at Noon to take on UK in what used to be a really big football game. We want to test these new Southeastern Conference rules against blogging from the stands. The league says it will try to enforce a new rule that says if you buy a ticket, you can’t publish images, video or descriptions of the game on blogs. So buy us two tickets, and we’ll break the rules, just to see. [New Rules]

Can’t Beat the Bulls: A great year for the Louisville Bats ended Sunday with a 5-3 loss in the deciding game of a five-game series to Durham.  [C-J]

Media Loses Again: Coach Billy Reed found us a bunch of ringers, but we still couldn’t beat the guys the Metro Council recruited in our charity game for The Healing Place Saturday. Kyle Draper kept us in it, and we didn’t lose nearly as badly as we did last year. The Council critters put David Tandy, Kevin Kramer and James Peden out there, who proved they can at least run up and down the floor.

So We Don’t Need that Money Any More? Raise your hand if you think the city-ordered furloughs, which would have saved $2 million a year, were a good idea.  Now Jerry Abramson says we don’t need ’em, so city employees will show up to work the day of the St. James Art Fair and Christmas Eve and Oaks Day and goof off. [Courier]

Good Things For You to Do

Some things for your schedule. . .

Playoff Baseball: At Slugger Field tonight, the Bats continue their playoff run against the Durham Bulls. The Bats split the first two in the five-game series, guaranteeing an additional game on Saturday. If they split tonight and Saturday, there’s a game here Sunday.  Unlike most every other franchise in America, they haven’t jacked up playoff prices.  You can get in for $6.

And you can get your first look at, remember this name, Yonder Alonso.

Real Amateurs: You don’t really want to watch a group of Media All-Stars, including yours truly, take on the Metro Council Deliberators in an exhibition basketball game Saturday. Except last year David Tandy played, and we’re sure he’ll be trying to post us up if he shows up again. Our media team, coached by Billy Reed, includes LEO’s Stephen George, WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners, WAVE’s Kent Taylor, WLKY’s Keith Farmer and a new secret weapon — WHAS-TV’s Kyle Draper. And Billy’s still trying to recruit ringers.

The game’s a prelim to the main event – the Patriot Game between some actual athletes from the Fire and Police Departments. It’s a benefit for The Healing Place.  Doors open at Noon, amateur hour tips at 1. The real game is at 3, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Kids get in free, adults are $10.

Breakfast with Dr. Ramsey: OK, I know you don’t want to be anywhere at 7 a.m. on a Monday. But on Sept. 14 it’s our bi-monthly ‘Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions.  We’ve moved it to the University Club on campus, so you know the food will be good. And you can ask Dr. Ramsey anything you want.

Just get there on time with $15 in cash. We’ll get you fed, informed and on your way to work by 8, if you’re in a hurry. And you’ll meet some movers and shakers.  E-mail me if you want an invite.

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.

It’s All About Timing

Good Timing: Last August, PRP assistant football coach Jason Hiser skipped practice on Aug. 20, which is probably the biggest reason he’s now the head coach. And he got himself released from the lawsuit by Max Gilpin’s parents. [WAVE]

Not So Senatorial: You’ve probably heard the Senate fund-raising results. Jack Conway at $1.3 million, Lt. Dan at $300K, which is a little more than Jim Bunning has raised. But now Mongiardo’s trying to make the race about condemning Conway because he’s from Louisville. His campaign manager made a ridiculous statement criticizing Conway for getting money from East End neighbors. [Gerth]

Yes, that was a Condom Ad: Really, I’m not listening to the new talk station after today.

UK Should Invest in This Guy: A UK student won $900K in a Vegas poker tournament. Of course, he fell from first place to 12th in one hand. [Herald-Leader]

Germantown’s New Bar: We heard from the people running the new Zanzabar, which opened recently at the former Brown Bag restaurant. Lots of beer choices. We’ll be dropping by soon.

No, Dan, Really, You’re Not That Popular: Councilman Dan Johnson was upset that LEO wrote that Republicans were saying he was “vulnerable and wildly ineffective.” So he started making calls to find out who would say something so un-nice about him, then called LEO and told them he was really popular and that he should get credit for the arena, and the Internet. Well, not the Internet. But he did try to keep the city from allowing more gas pumps to be built. [Fat Lip]

Bats Back: The Louisville Bats open a long homestand tonight at Slugger Field. They’re 9 1/2 games in front in their division.Watch for something special from us and the Bats.

The Rest of the Weekend Events

You know about the Blues and Barbecue Festival all weekend at the Water Tower.

There’s the big Forecastle Festival on the Belvedere.

Yes, the Lebowski Fest is a big deal too.

But there’s some other stuff to consider on a great summer weekend:

Local Republicans are having a picnic at Christian Academy on Saturday, and have invited Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning. They’re not coming, but it will be your first chance to see Trey Grayson and Rand Paul together. They’re expecting more than 300. Bring a dish.

The Bats are home this weekend for a series with the Columbus Clippers. We hear the whole Dylan, Mellencamp, Willie show Wednesday was a disappointment to fans of the artists. Hey, those guys are getting old, what did you expect. Back to baseball.

We have a few friends who plan to shave their heads this weekend, so here’s to them. It’s all for a good cause at North Bullitt Christian Church on Saturday. It’s called “Cheer-Bling Alopecia Awareness” and the women coaches will be going all GI Jane, with money going to a young girl with the disease.

Elvis Lives. We heard about this Elvis impersonator act you can see at Kye’s across the River tonight. If you go, you might get to meet a woman who was “a personal friend of Elvis’ for over 20 years.” The show includes a chance to see 100 photos of the King taken the day before he died. No, I’m not kidding.

Those of you attending Monday’s ‘Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions with Jim Host, don’t be late. Starts at 7 sharp.

Sweet! A New Louisville Slugger Book

On the cover, appropriately, is a picture of Ted Williams kissing his Louisville Slugger.

The book is “Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger” and it’s a new book with some great history and photos of the big bat company here.

This Friday, authors David Magee and Philip Shirley will be here at the Slugger Museum to sign copies of the just-released tome, a coffee table book that would be at home in any baseball fan’s library.

The signings are Friday from 3-5 and Saturday from 9-Noon.

You’re lucky. As a reader of The ‘Ville Voice, you can win a copy. Just write in the Comments section and tell us how much you want a copy of the book. We’ll award it later this week.

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.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Now that was quite a Memorial Day weekend. You got out there and set attendance records, and got some yardwork done too. And at the risk of going all “Possibility City” on you, it was a great time to live here.

The crowd estimate for the Mayor’s Hike & Bike was about 2,000, though one of the event’s organizers gave me a much higher number. Everything went smoothly on the ride out to Shawnee Park and back, probably a little more smoothly thanks to the threat of showers (which never came) which kept some people at home. It’s become a terrific community event every Memorial and Labor Day.

Downtown, a record 10,000 Beatles fans showed up at the Belvedere Saturday. Beer consumption, we hear, caused the local distributor to scramble to re-stock supply. At the Water Tower, organizers were talking about record attendance numbers, and the parking lot was completely full Saturday night.

There’s more to come — THE BATS are in town for games tonight, tomorrow  and Thursday. You know what to do. We’ll award a winner for great seats for today’s game at 3 p.m. We’ll draw randomly from those of you who repond to this e-mail with a comment.  Since tomorrow’s game is another of those 11 a.m. starts, go ahead and let us know if you want to win tickets for that one today.

Wednesday it’s Waterfront Wednesday with the Meat Puppets. If you haven’t been, you should really go.

You probably remember all the hoopla about college baseball two years ago when U of L won a Super Regional here and went on to the College World Series. This year the Cards have captured the Big East title and host an NCAA regional at Patterson Field, which means, of course, no beer sales and you have to pay to get in. The Cards get Indiana in the first round Friday night. Ticket prices start at $8.

We’ll get into some real news soon — but catch us on the CW Louisville Live morning show at 10.