Wake Up and Give Back While Getting Coffee

If you’re a lover of Louisville and a history geek, your heart could skip beats over this story: Grandeur of Fourth and Chestnut Past. [Broken Sidewalk]

When complaining that your mayoral candidate isn’t treated fairly, it’s probably not a good idea to suggest other candidates have no gay people involved in their campaign. Especially when all of the other candidates, excluding Chris Thieneman, have had had the gays involved since day one. [Just Saying]

Kentucky is getting some sweet, sweet stim-uh-liss cash. Jefferson County is receiving $162,439,323. [Track It]

Dear AP Stylebook: Could you please spell “Web site” like a normal person? [Facebook]

What on earth? Marianne Butler thinks she can be Metro Council President. [Sheldon Shafer]

The University of Louisville College Republicans have invited Trey Grayson to debate Rand Paul. Will he do it? [Press Release]

The AP destroyed the phony climategate scandal again. [AP via Yahoo!]

It’s kind of tough not to be excited about Heine Bros opening in the airport. Having a Starbucks alternative is extremely welcome. [C-J]

Donate hats, scarves and gloves to Volunteers of America at Heine Bros locations throughout the holidays. [Give Back]

Jim King will announce new public safety initiatives this morning. A press conference will take place outside Metro Police Department in the 2nd Division in the West End. He’ll be joined by community leaders and activists to address the ongoing increase in violent crime that impacts the entire community. [Press Release]

Wednesday Morning of Wasteful Spending & Such

The latest SurveyUSA/WHAS11 poll results for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race are out. You probably won’t believe your eyes. [Page One]

We’ve mentioned it for a couple weeks, but here’s a follow-up on Allan McDonald’s talk at the University of Louisville. He’s a former NASA engineer who shared his insights on the Challenger disaster. He said the space organization ignored warnings about the dangers of cold weather launching. [C-J]

Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman loves wasting your money on fancy trips around the world.  And on fancy dinners. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Used cooking oil from University of Louisville restaurants will be used to fuel a campus shuttle bus in a research-based recycling project. [Press Release]

Give back to Olmstead by cleaning up Central Park this Saturday. [Consuming Louisville]

Don’t let your kids trick-or-treat in Shively. Cause some dude may snatch them and pull them inside his house. You never know. [They Get Letters]

At 10:30 today Mayor Jerry Abramson and Dr. Adewale Troutman will discuss the pig flu and how it will ruin our lives, forever, the end. [Media Advisory]

How much is the United States polluting? Check out this infographic of G-20 carbon emissions. [Fast Company]

Will Louisville ever be a green metropolis like this? [Broken Sidewalk]

Fallout from a News-Free Weekend

It’s a lot easier to win golf tournaments when your opponent chokes out a snowman at 16 on Sunday. Tiger’s awesome (63 of 66 putts inside 10 feet), but still.

But is he Republican Enough? Joe Gerth notes that Trey Grayson spent a lot of last week reaching out to the right, assuring right-wingers that he’s nutty enough for them by opposing the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination and saying he’s on their side on abortion. On Sunday, Al Cross said the Rand Paul candidacy will force Grayson further to the right. [Gerth, Cross]

They’re Polling This? Anybody wonder why Survey USA came out of sleep mode to poll people on the “Son-of-a-Bitch” episode?  Most people hadn’t heard about it, and of those who had, more said it would have no effect on their view of Jack Conway, though more said it would hurt him than help him. [Survey USA]

Deserved Derision: Sure, we can argue about the C-J’s bias in news stories. But using the paper’s decision to ignore the birther lawsuits as an example of bias is not advancing the case. [An Amusing Letter]

Enthusiasm for Curbs in 15: Lots of folks spent the weekend hauling their water-ruined crap to drop-off sites, except for residents of District 15. Council member Marianna Butler got curbside pickup arranged there. And is WHAS really making its reporters wear orange shirts? [WHAS-TV]

Twins on FB:  Abby Miller Hanger, the former WLKY-TV morning anchor, is featured in a C-J article about babies and technology. She recently gave birth to twins, which all you Facebookers already know about. [Courier]

You’re Already Late: If you want to drive a tram at the Fair, you better got over to the Fairgrounds. They’re taking applications for 800 temporary jobs this morning. [WHAS-TV]

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

Covered all kinds of stuff on the teevee this morning. Jim Bunning, Jerry Abramson at Fancy Farm, the awesome Golden B.S. Awards (love love LOVED watching Candyce Clifft as she was forced to speak of golden excrement – oh, how Rick wishes this were his idea) and how to get involved, something boring about Valhalla and golf or whatever

We were wrong. WDRB didn’t learn during the intro that Rick is not just representing The ‘Ville Voice. But it’s a work in progress! Disappointing that Barry wasn’t forced to discuss poo.

New Faces, Unfamiliar Places

Wills Watch: It’s the last week of full-time forecasting for WAVE’s Tom Wills. The station is running tributes throughout the week. Could that be why the weather’s so nice?

KDP Turns to Fossett: We’re glad to see our former co-worker, Liz Fossett, on the 2007 Bruce Lunsford campaign join the Kentucky Democratic Party as a communications staffer. They need her help. [Page One]

Another Blonde: The new reporter at WLKY-TV is Karen Robey, even though the graphic lists her as Karen Brown in this report on that J&J Smoke Shop murder.  She’s returning to WLKY for her second stint on the air. [WLKY-TV]

Fancy Farm Attendance: With Jim Bunning out of the picture, we’re not sure if Fancy Farm becomes more or less important. We’ll say more. Especially when it comes to speeches by Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, the likely GOP candidates to run for his seat. Still, local TV stations are mulling decisions on whether or not to send crews to the big political party.

Better Than a Homeless Shelter: Renovations are nearly complete in the first section of buildings on East Market Street, and tenants should be moving in by October. [Broken Sidewalk]

Golden Poo is Already Flying: These are going to be better than those Emmys, so nominate somebody. Or just join in the hilarity. [Golden Poo]

Big Inauguration Party Tomorrow – Come!

Okay, we gave in and agreed to be sponsors. So now you have to come.

Our 1 Planet, Interfaith Paths to Peace and other organizations are holding a fancy inauguration party tomorrow night at the historic Henry Clay Ballroom in Louisville, at 604 South Third Street.

From 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., there’s a luncheon (it’s now closed if you haven’t RSVPd) and live oath of office viewing. And from 4:00 – 10:00 P.M. there’s a FREE happy hour celebration with drinks, appetizers and entertainment – no RSVP required!

The event is non-partisan and is being sponsored by Sustain – which will give away discount coupons and other great eco-friendly products during the happy hour – and US!

You’ll have a chance to make history and will officially be a part of the presidential inaugural program. Video from our event will be streamed live on television and video walls at other official inaugural events. And you’ll have the opportunity to see video from elected officials like Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson about the importance of the inauguration and the presidency.

Did we mention that it’s FREE?

If you can’t make it to our event? MSNBC and Starbucks are teaming up everywhere to make sure you have a front row seat at the inauguration. And theaters in Louisville are hosting screenings.

P.S. Check back later for fancy giveaways from Sustain for those of you who want to take part in our event but can’t attend for whatever reason. And if you’re interested, there’s still time to RSVP for the 11-2:00 P.M. luncheon. You’ve got til 5:00 P.M. today.