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]