Do You Remember Chris Parente From WAVE?

Surely you remember Chris Parente from back in the day at WAVE3.

He’s had some, ahem, fun lately:

Something tells us he wishes he could have a do-over so that video won’t have been seen millions of times.

And what the heck kind of ego does a person have to have to be so unprepared and disrespectful of another person’s time? When you get paid tens of thousands of dollars to talk at a camera a few minutes a day, the least you could do is watch whatever it is you’re supposed to discuss.

Haul Ass To The Fair When You Get Off Work!

We’ve been hearing about what a disaster Helene Kramer already is in her new JCPS job and, well, it’s pretty clear. If she can’t come up with a better response than that when it comes to RAISING PROPERTY TAXES LIKE CRAZY? Put a fork in her. She’s done. P.S. When we say disaster? We hear Donna Hargens will end up choking her before it’s all said and done. [WDRB]

Threats of a violent crime outbreak on Friday evening — based on the movie “The Purge” — are being taken seriously by police. [C-J/AKN]

This “purge” crap might be the dumbest thing in weeks. [WHAS11]

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for demilitarization of America’s local police forces in the wake of the heavily armed response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. [H-L]

Larry Sivori, president of Sivori Catering, came up with a new idea to add flavor to the Kentucky State Fair. It’s called the hot brown on a stick. [WLKY]

A U.S. district court judge ruled that the NCAA was violating federal anti-trust law by prohibiting payments to athletes whose names, images and likenesses are used in video games and TV broadcasts. [NPR]

WAVE 3 News has been granted exclusive rights to produce and broadcast the University of Louisville Coaches programs for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. [WAVE3]

Ford is planning to build a solar canopy covering 360 parking spaces at their world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit. [Think Progress]

A pair of Kentucky lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle Thursday spoke out against a suburban St. Louis police department’s use of force amid civic unrest. [WFPL]

PolitiFact is giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “mostly false” rating for his claim that he voted for a stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act than the version backed by President Barack Obama. [HuffPo]

Lexington’s fleet of garbage trucks now includes 11 vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. [Business First]

The Clark Memorial Bridge will reopen early Friday morning, almost a week ahead of schedule, concluding a five-plus week closure. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Truly Works Hard To Feed Children Well

Just take a guess at who the card belongs to. Louisville Metro Police say they’ve arrested a woman after she was found with a stolen access card belonging to a “high ranking” Louisville Metro EMS administrative employee. [WDRB]

Allison “Jamie” Kleinhelter has collected only $4,000 of the $120,000 awarded to her in 2011 when a Jefferson Circuit Court judge found that her lawyer had botched an appeal of the denial of her disability claim. [C-J/AKN]

The University of Louisville is hoping to open the city to the world of soccer with a new state of the art facility. [WHAS11]

The idea that fans of bourbon would want to visit the places where the spirit is made seems a fairly new one, fostered by the growing popularity over the past decade of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. [H-L]

It’s sad that the community is so used to random shootings that this seems the norm. [WLKY]

When you start feeling like Jefferson County Public Schools are a hot mess? Remember that things are MUCH worse elsewhere in the state and no one is ever held accountable. [Page One]

This is what counts as journalism and breaking news for at least one television outlet. [WAVE3]

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]

Since the U.S. Agriculture Department’s new school meal requirements were implemented in 2012, the cost for Jefferson County Public Schools to provide fresh produce has doubled, said Julia Bauscher, the district’s director of school and community nutrition services. [WFPL]

Crews are making progress in getting Flat 12 Bierwerks, a taproom and brewery planned for Jeffersonville, ready for an opening in late summer or early fall. [Business First]

The city council will discuss a proposal Monday to hire five new police officers each of the next five years to increase a force that is “spread thin,” said Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm. [News & Tribune]

WAVE Continues Circling The “News” Toilet Bowl

A Louisville couple is moving ahead to expand their small business. Justin and Kristin Gilbert opened their small gelato shop about seven years ago in Norton Commons called Gelato Gilberto. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Council has scheduled a public hearing [TODAY] on Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2014-15 metro budget. One likely topic of debate will be Fischer’s proposed 3 percent fee charged to LG&E gas customers to help finance some public-safety improvements. [C-J/AKN]

The city of Louisville is making plans to keep kids and teenagers occupied this summer. There will be sports programs, hot meals served, art contests and musical performances at Louisville parks and community centers. [WHAS11]

John Yarmuth and Mitch McConnell are working to make hemp a thing in Kentucky. [Page One via AJA]

A nondescript cross stands in Louisville’s bucolic Cave Hill Cemetery, shaded by a tree and masked by the tens of thousands of graves that surround it. It reads, “Julian Proctor Van Winkle,” better known as Pappy, the namesake of the most coveted bourbon in the world. [H-L]

The opening of the Big Four Bridge on the Indiana side brought in a rush of new customers to businesses in Jeffersonville. [WLKY]

In the famous wiretapping case Olmstead v. United States, argued before the Supreme Court in 1928, Justice Louis Brandeis wrote one of the most influential dissenting opinions in the history of American jurisprudence. [Salon]

Is this REALLY newsworthy, WAVE? Really? After stealing food from a Kroger on several occasions in 2013, a Louisville man was arrested. [WAVE3]

There are more than 1.6 million homeless children living in the United States, says The National Center on Family Homelessness. That’s one in every 45 American kids who goes to sleep at night without a bed to call their own. [HuffPo]

A pair of community meetings with environment officials are coming up this week to discuss cleanup efforts at the old Lees Lane Landfill in southwest Louisville. [WFPL]

Due in part to steps the center had already taken to improve detection of colon cancer, Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana was tabbed by Mayo Clinic to take part in a national trial aimed at preventing the disease. [News & Tribune]

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]

Who Leaves Pizza Paradise For Doughnuts???

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced Tuesday the hire of Papa John’s president and COO to lead its company. Anthony “Tony” Thompson, 47, will become Krispy Kreme president and CEO, effective June 1. [WDRB]

Clark County taxpayers will shoulder more of a burden this year after the recent mediation of a lawsuit the county courts filed last year to fund two new probation officer positions. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky School for the Blind treats students to a special prom. Prom season is well underway in Kentuckiana and students have purchased gowns, tuxedos and going out for great meals. [WHAS11]

At Harvard Business School, Elaine Chao kept card files on her classmates, then later kept tabs on their careers. As labor secretary, she had gold-colored coins minted with her name in bas-relief and employed a “Veep”-like staff member who carried around her bag. [H-L via NY Times]

Paul Ryan’s approach to poverty is straight out of the 19th century. [HuffPo]

Police have made an arrest in a weekend homicide near Anchorage. Beware the lame autoplay video. [WLKY]

Since Jack Conway is running for governor, you’ll probably want to take a look at part of what he had to say to us in 2009. [Page One]

Eric Flack’s latest investigation is… honestly, a story that’s been told for months and months. [WAVE3]

An initiative that aims to work against the cycle of incarcerating people that suffer from mental illness is taking hold in Louisville. [WFPL]

Officials with the University of Louisville again are working to advance a seven-year-old master plan that would restore a former Olmsted Park near the university’s Belknap Campus to its original design. [Business First]

With only an $18,000 cushion in the general fund expected at the end of the year, Floyd County officials continue to look for ways to trim budgets and increase revenue. [News & Tribune]

Sad: More Hype Than Anything Truly Newsworthy

From Eric Flack to that poor Ellis kid who tweets for WAVE3, the station is sinking on the news front. It’s apparently returned to the George W. Bush days immediately following 9/11 when management pushed extremist, faux patriotism packaged as news — only worse.

Now it’s not about news, it’s about shaming people not yet convicted of anything:


Those are screenshots from WAVE’s “news” section yesterday.

Sadly? The station isn’t alone. Others do it and have done it for years. But things appear to be getting worse.

Blood, sex and bad behavior. Rarely anything more. That’s unfortunate for Louisville.

GE Conquered Local News Outletts Yesterday

GE is launching a new way to do business and has chosen Louisville to be the city that leads it. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Government has agreed to pay $450,000 to a former police detective who says he was demoted to patrol officer on the graveyard shift for trying to help an imprisoned woman prove her innocence on a homicide charge. [C-J/AKN]

As deadline negotiations continued on a Kentucky road plan at the state capitol on Tuesday, the nation’s top transportation official visited Louisville touting a $302 billion road plan to be proposed later this month by the Obama administration. [WHAS11]

Wild Turkey, one of the most down-home of Kentucky bourbons, officially debuted a sophisticated new face Tuesday. [H-L]

A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemptively block or to revoke permits for mine waste disposal. [HuffPo]

The teen whose body was found in the Ohio River has been identified. [WLKY]

It’s tough to believe but Kentucky’s state government officials are “celebrating” Earth Week. Yes, one of the most environmentally irresponsible administrations in history is playing pat-a-cake again. [Page One]

The teevee thought this was urgent, breaking news and treated it as such. It’s about a Derby party… just in case you don’t want to click the link. [WAVE3]

Clark County Probation and Supervision wants to buy more ankle bracelets to monitor juveniles sentenced to its home incarceration program, or HIP, but the Clark County Council couldn’t muster enough support to approve the appropriation Monday. [News & Tribune]

She’s against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education, didn’t always feel this way. [WFPL]

The Kentucky General Assembly closed its 2014 legislative session late Tuesday after passing a two-year transportation budget and six-year road plan to guide transportation infrastructure improvements over the next few years. [Business First]

By partnering with Local Motors on FirstBuild, GE signals its desire to develop new, innovative large appliances quickly. [CNET]

WAVE’s Eric Flack Continues JCPS Nonsense

The last time we ripped apart one of Eric Flack’s (WAVE3) stories, we stopped short of calling his work absolutely terrible. Yes, good reporters can do terrible work.

So let’s do that now: Eric Flack is doing terrible work and ought to be replaced when his contract is up. Because he’s doing terrible work and edges on being a generally awful, unethical reporter. Goodness knows WAVE has replaced better reporters for lesser reasons on countless occasions.

From filing open records requests on family members (that’s why we redacted the person’s name – it was a relative!) under the guise of researching Jefferson County Public Schools to pulling things out of his rear end? Well, it’s time to completely write the dude off as serious.

He’s trying to play the role of JCPS expert while having no business covering the school system. He’s trying to discuss an audit (along with re-hyping the bogus story we hit him on the last time) from Adam Edelen that hasn’t even begun to be wrapped up. He’s going out of his way on social media to create hype where there is none. To Edelen’s credit, he’s tried to calm him down.

But the latest move by Flack to appear on 84WHAS to trash talk is ridiculous. Flack appeared on-air with Mandy Connell’s replacement, Leland Conway – someone who has been pretty loud in the state about trashing public education. More to the point: he’s one of those religious charter tea school folks. Flack provided his opinion on several issues and went so far as to make claims about the Jefferson County Teachers Association meddling in snow days. Claims so absurd that JCTA called in to the show to correct him.

We’ll overlook the nonsensical rant Flack went on about families losing money because they have to reschedule vacations due to snow. Let’s focus on a bit of what he said about JCPS and JCTA:


Conway: There’s not even a willingness to look at trying to be flexible for the sake of appearances.

Flack: There are union issues here at work. I don’t know the ins and outs of em and I don’t … we have a very, very strong teachers’ union here … that doesn’t just necessarily agree to everything that the school district wants to do. Just because it might be in the best interest of scheduling.

Teachers work a long time and they’re not necessarily open to being kept longer just because that exactly what would be best for the schedule.

Conway: That’s interesting because in yours and my world, if you get called in to do storm coverage, LAUGHTER, we gotta show up. MORE LAUGHTER

Flack: That’s true, that’s true. But, the, the, the union, the teachers’ union world is a little bit different. And they, they have a strong negotiating power and they have a big say when it comes to work.

Conway: Which I think is at the expense of the parents. Listen, I found the story interesting and that’s why I called you. Because I just thought, you know, there’s a lot of, it sounds, on the surface you go, “Aw, wah wah, somebody’s vacation.” But when you think about it, when you start talking about booking to Florida or some families might book a cruise or some families might want to go somewhere, you’ve gotta do that way out in advance, especially in today’s economy to save a few bucks here and there.

It actually is a pretty big deal and if these families are getting hit with 5, 600 bucks they weren’t expecting because, you know, we’re inflexible and uncreative, I find a problem with that on behalf of the taxpayers.

Flack: Absolutely and, you know, it’s, it’s unfortunate, it’s putting a real wrench into peoples’, uh, plans. And, you know, travel insurance won’t even, basic travel insurance doesn’t even help in situations like this because it’s basically not covered.


The call ended and Conway went on a rant:


Conway: If you’ve got a union that’s standing in the way of common sense solutions, is it pretty hard for you to wrap your head around the fact that in some cases they’re not really keeping you, the taxpayer, the funder of their salaries, the, the, the customer on the customer end, they’re not keeping you in mind? Because they don’t want to work a little later?

Because, like I said, in Raleigh, North Carolina, … they’re doing school on Saturdays. That, that, that is, in, in, the thing about that is, is that that displaces parents and teachers. It’s kind of a hey, we’re a community, come together, we didn’t expect this this winter, so let’s figure it out. Everybody’s got skin in the game. Parents don’t necessarily want to give up their Saturdays to take Little Johnny to school and neither do the kids. But you gotta do it or else everybody gets inconvenienced at the end of the year.

Bottom line is: The reason why they cancel school at the drop of the hat – there’s some safety concerns included but they’re gonna tell you it’s all safety – it’s not all safety. If 90% of the roads are clear but 10% are not, they don’t get the funding for the 10% of kid they don’t pick up in the bus. That’s part of what goes into the snow days decision. They’re not gonna like me saying that but it’s the truth.


The show went on break and when it returned, Conway made the typical global warming-denying teabagger commentary and promptly got back on the anti-union wagon.

He also took a few calls. One of them was from DeeAnn Flaherty, Executive Director of JCTA:


Conway: Thanks for callin in, whattya got?

Flaherty: I’d actually heard that Eric Flack had basically kinda laid the blame at our feet in terms of saying that we were inflexible, um, and, that’s really not the truth.

In, In terms of the calendar, the school board controls the calendar. They determine makeup days and they determine, um, if you realize a couple weeks ago, they voted in, in, to take the days in February and things like that. Um, we have never been approached officially about going longer hours. We were approached um, what I would say, “Well, hey, you know, what about something like this?” And we said, well, you know, we might be able to make something like that work. Like that other teacher said.

We have a lot of teachers that might prefer to go longer in the day than to go longer into the summer. Because it’s not just the parents that you’re talking about with vacation plans. We have teachers with vacation plans.

Conway: So you guys are more flexible than maybe the, uh, the, the school board is making it seem.

Flaherty: I don’t even know if it’s really the school board that’s making it out that we’re unflexible (sic). Um, you know, I apologize, I was actually phoned and told that this conversation was happening and that we were being, uh, called out as being, um, uh, unflexible(sic). And so, um, all I heard was that, uh, that the school board had said that, you know, that the law doesn’t allow it.

I can’t speak to that, I’m, I’m driving in my vehicle right now so I couldn’t really look up the law for you. But, if it’s a possibility, we don’t, we don’t ever turn our noses to anything to try to make things easier.

Conway: What do you think of the way, like, and I gave the example of I’ve got family in Raleigh, North Carolina and they had obviously less snow days than us but the most, they had like a record number of snow days – seven – which is like, we’d be like, oh, that’s fine. … It’s a really big deal for them and so what they did is they’re going to Saturday school, um, for like the next seven weeks to try to make it up.

Is that something you guys would consider either, you know, as an either or partly we’ll do an extra hour a day or we’ll do an extra day a week or whatever. Is that something you guys would be willing to have laid on the table to avoid screwing up everybody’s vacation?

Flaherty: You know, something like that, that’s a big deal. It would be something that, and I know it’s, it’s a lot of people think that we operate in a void and that we don’t actually check with our members on issues, that would be something that we would, we would take to our membership and say, “Hey, what do you all think about this?” So, I mean, again, we’re not shutting the door to anything.

Conway: Let me ask you a question because I remember a couple weeks ago – we’re talking to DeeAnn, she is, uh, the executive director of the teachers association – it, something perked my interest a couple weeks ago, there was a news story floatin around about how the JCPS board had met and they were havin to decide, um, you know, what to do about snow days and all that kinda stuff. And I thought, it’s kind of interesting, it fascinated me that we had this big meeting to make a decision about whether or not we were gonna use snow days that were already available to us.

Is, are you guys a part of that process or did they just —

Flaherty: No.

Conway: Okay, that seems odd. That seems like you ought to be a part, the teachers ought to be a part of it and then we would be able to work these things out. Everybody would be in the same room together.

Flaherty: … Let me clarify that. In terms of, obviously, we don’t have a vote at the table. Um, we, uh, they do, they will ask our opinion, “what do you think about this?” and what we try to do is, we try to give them the good, the bad and the ugly. But ultimately, in terms of the final decisions that are made, the calendar belongs to the school board.

Conway: Yeah, that’s interesting.


Uh, you know, just basic reporting that Flack could have and should have done before getting on the radio to run his mouth with Mandy Connell Junior. Which is exactly what he did in an attempt to show some sort of bizarre prowess.

Snark and innuendo is fine when you’re communicating as a columnist. But Flack appeared on the radio under the guise of journalism and WAVE3 News. If this were Toni Konz of the Courier-Journal editorializing and making inaccurate claims? Gannett would have fired her a couple days ago.

No wonder we hear through the grapevine that JCTA (an organization we love to hate here, mostly because of Brent McKim) was considering a lawsuit on behalf of one of its teachers for the way Flack treated them during his ridiculous travel story.

The bad reporting just won’t quit.

P.S. For those unfamiliar with Leland Conway, he’s a used car salesman who worked in Lexington for a bit. He’s excused racism in the past, intentionally misinformed people about the tea party, repeatedly furthered liberal boogeyman myths and allows his own racial ignorance to pervade everything he does.

Sometimes You Just Have To Roll Your Eyes

What, exactly, does Habitat for Humanity have to do with Elizabethtown police searching for buried bodies?


Is the insinuation that poor people are bad or are murderers?

Because we can think of a million different ways to accurately describe a location without shaming the poor.


UPDATE: Seems other media outlets didn’t need to rely on poor-shaming…


Newspaper Avoids Beecher Terrace Sensationalism

Hype-central (WAVE3) has spent a year yammering on about crime in one of the poorest areas in Kentucky: Beecher Terrace.

Not once has the station bothered to discuss or deal with why the area has drug problems, crime problems and the like.

But this is why: extreme poverty. At least one media outlet we love to hate gets it:

A Kentucky Harvest truck pulled up late in the morning with about 5,000 pounds of food and began dispensing it to people from the back of the truck, parked on 12th Street near Jefferson and Cedar streets.

The hastily arranged delivery had been set up after Mark Curtis, who works for Kentucky Harvest, read in The Courier-Journal about the plight of Beecher Terrace residents.

Residents of the public housing complex have had trouble getting to a supermarket during an especially cold winter after a nearby grocery closed last fall, and resident Shirley Solomon has tried to help by setting up a food pantry in her apartment and taking food to neighbors.

It apparently takes real guts in this city not to turn everything into the extreme, doing nothing but scaring the crap out of viewers and readers. At least some people in the mainstream have sense enough not to sensationalize. Good on the Courier-Journal for that much.

Note: Mark is Stan’s brother. This may be a publicity stunt but at least it’s doing some good.