Karen Sypher Is Poking Her Head Up Again

Louisville Male High School Principal David Mike and two other school staffers could face disciplinary actions at the hands of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board following the results of an investigation into allegations of cheating on a standardized test. [WDRB]

A Wayside Christian Mission emergency shelter has begun an $11.8 million renovation that will provide space for more beds, a multipurpose building and a new kitchen. [C-J/AKN]

A local organization is hoping safe drinking water will soon be a reality in parts of Tanzania. It’d be awesome to see this sort of effort in our, you know, own backyard in rural Kentucky. Not with water but developing life. [WHAS11]

Long story short: The Democrats are shitting their pants this year. [Sam Youngman]

How you gonna sell fake zoo passes in the parking lot of the flipping zoo?! [WLKY]

With Toni Konz bailing on the Courier-Journal and her sweet USA Today spot to go to WDRB, there must be more trouble afoot. They’ve been trying to recruit her for more than six months. [Press Release]

PEE ALERT! U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville, Kentucky, alerted the warden at SCI Benner Township in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, that 37-year-old Jonathan Lee Riches may have used two false names to file an appeal on behalf of 54-year-old Karen Sypher without her consent. [WAVE3]

The HSUS can’t stem the trend toward no-kill, so it’s help shelters mollify critics. [Nathan Winograd]

A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. [WFPL]

First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and she says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.” [HuffPo]

Dr. Cindy Stowe, the new dean of Sullivan University’s College of Pharmacy, got started in the job last week. [Business First]

While Election Day is still four months away, some races in Floyd County have already been decided. [News & Tribune]

Fischer To Poor People: Fuck You Poor People

Just when you thought Bill Lamb couldn’t get more disconnected from reality… Taxing cyclists because he’s not man enough to control himself or his emotional reactions. What’ll get his manties in a twist next? This city should be paying cyclists because it gets cars off our already crumbling streets. The environmental benefit is just an added bonus. [WDRB]

A Jefferson County grand jury Tuesday declined to indict the defendants dubbed the “Misidentified Four” who claimed they were the victims of shoddy identification procedures when arrested on the night of the mob violence in Louisville. What, bad police work in Louisville? Surely not! A rush to pin the blame on someone no matter what? Not in Possibility City! [C-J/AKN]

Wondering what your police chief had to say about the four people his officers wrongly accused? [WHAS11]

All the sudden Adam Edelen can make demands in this case but can’t in Montgomery County? Proof Edelen truly loves to talk out of both sides of his mouth and feed excuses through his spokesperson. Thank goodness he’s not trying to take his selective outrage to the governor’s mansion because he’s afraid of the man who lost to Rand Paul. [H-L]

A witness in a murder case says she feared for her life when the suspect confronted her. Raymon Murrell is charged with murder in the April 11 beating death of 63-year-old Philip “Wayne” Schulz. [WLKY]

The governor of the state that hosts the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown says he doesn’t want to see any changes to the system, despite protests from the latest near-winner. [HuffPo]

The opening of the Big Four Bridge has been a boom for businesses on both sides of the Ohio River. [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]

Greg Fischer’s office and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority plan to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to demolish the largest remaining public housing complex in the city. Because fuck poor people. Fuck them. Foul language? Yes. Because it’s always about fucking poor people to make wealthy folks feel safe when they drive in from the interstate. [WFPL]

A local (in E-town) medical practice agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3.8 million in U.S. District Court to settle claims owners engaged in improper conduct by extending chemotherapy treatment times to maximize reimbursements and inappropriately billing office visits for infusion therapies. [News-Enterprise]

Former President Clinton will come to Louisville on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to accept the PGA’s Distinguished Service Award. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Parks Authority didn’t initially have Colston Park on its meeting agenda Monday, but it ordered two appraisals of the property anyway. [News & Tribune]

Our Community Cannot Live Successfully In Denial

That denial: pretending that racism isn’t alive and well in Louisville and that this is the most compassionate, amazing place on earth. We all love the city but let’s get real and quit it with the hype. If you love it, you’ve gotta be real with it.

No, folks, allowing comments to remain doesn’t mean they condone anything:




It’s good to allow comments to remain intact to show the community where certain people stand. When stations like WDRB delete racist comments, the truth about a very real undercurrent in our society is whitewashed.

Why sugar-coat reality?

Hate-filled people exist and it’s important to realize you can’t just wish them away.

Not Just A Homophobe But Also A Race-Baiter?

The latest from John David Dyche further illustrates why it was a good decision to cut him from the Courier-Journal. It’s as if he believes the entire city is the Pendennis Club and no non-WASPs are allowed.

Some excerpts:

While Louisvillians obsessed over two basketball teams made up mostly of African-American youths beating their opponents on the court, two other such groups were, in separate incidents, brutally beating innocent bystanders and an unruly man on a bus. March mob madness.


This bitterly ironic contrast and misplaced priorities bring to mind decadent Rome’s “bread and circuses.” Nielsen ratings may make Louisville the capital of the big time college basketball’s billion dollar empire, but its downtown parks and streets are unsafe as another generation of its citizens stares into an abyss already full of pointless deaths and wasted lives.


“It’s not the way we roll in the city,” the mayor said. His attempt to be “hip to the jive”…


The mayor could not have been clearer. If you just play by the rules your input is unwelcome. So either become a community activist or shut up.


Fischer would clearly prefer to keep his focus on bike lanes, Scandinavian-style long-range planning, and, of course, the local option sales tax. After this frightening outbreak of ugly mob violence, however, he is fortunate not to face credible Republican opposition for reelection.

Most media and government spokespeople simply referred to the marauding band as “teens” although videos showed the mob to be made up of African-American youths. Nobody seemed willing to say this in a public statement.


But when someone so adamantly insists on telling you, “This is not about race,” it is probably is about race, at least to some extent. And so it is here.


There is a lot of white crime in Louisville, and much of it is even more reprehensible than these incidents were. And the vast majority of African-Americans in Louisville are exemplary citizens and fine people. But there is simply no denying that the city has a huge crime problem in the African-American community.


The races also now largely share common, coarse, and degrading entertainments, too.


Black people = basketball? Check. Jive lingo? Check. Community activist (aka people like Barack Obama)? Check. Scandinavian (white people)? Check. “Urban” (black) terrorism? Check.

This city’s privileged white folks have been wringing their hands something fierce this week. It’s been surreal to watch.

So let’s get a couple things straight: Growing up in a single-parent household does not make you violent, a criminal or uncontrollable. Throwing out random statistics about black men being absent fathers accomplishes absolutely nothing. Give it a goddamn rest.

This generation of young people is economically and socially oppressed. The ridiculous mouth (finger?) diarrhea from scared, extremely privileged white people like John David Dyche is part of the problem. Instead of focusing on the reality of the racial divide in this city? It serves only to further the divide, the fear, the white flight racism of the 1950s.

Until people like John David check out of public life, this crap will continue. Until people like Greg Fischer realize their extreme wealth makes them 100% disconnected from real life, nothing will change. Until people like Jim King — who has absolutely forgotten his roots and made it very clear to the public that he’s not the same man he was three or four decades ago — stop sitting on their mountain of cash at the head of a government body while proclaiming that there aren’t homeless youth in their districts? Until then, this city gets more of the same. Unrest, fear, sadness, aching youth, bickering, backstabbing, bullshit.

You got what you voted for, Louisville.

Have Extra Cash? Consider Helping A Family Out

An Eastern Kentucky family is in need. Many of you have deep pockets, so please consider helping them. [Sad Situation]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s local-option sales tax proposal took legislative form Tuesday, but even the bill’s sponsor doubts its chances in the 2014 session of the General Assembly. [WDRB]

A Kentucky judge on Tuesday ordered Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville to undergo mediation to resolve their dispute over Kosair Children’s Hospital. [C-J/AKN]

It is a controversial bill and if it becomes a law those that have a concealed carry permit would be allowed to bring their guns into the bar. [WHAS11]

Comcast Corp. has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $159 a share in an all-stock deal, combining the largest two U.S. cable companies, according to four people familiar with matter. Bend over, grab your ankles, get ready for data caps, increased prices, even worse customer service. [Bloomberg]

Federal regulators violated the law by not considering potential health dangers from a large surface mine near the Knott-Perry County line, an attorney for two environmental groups argued Tuesday. [H-L]

A witness in a high-profile murder case who is currently behind bars says his life is in danger. [WLKY]

James Miller is giving Bill Lamb’s extremism more attention than it deserves. This is what he does – yell about liberals in the media in order to focus attention on his own bottom line: viewership. It is not surprising and is not worthy of being called anything other than complete B.S. [WFPL]

WAVE has conducted another “investigation” into police officers, apparently. [WAVE3]

The United States plunged 14 places in the annual Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday. The group said it was “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom it had tracked during 2013. [HuffPo]

Last month, the Department of Local Government Finance did something it was not expected to do — certify Floyd County’s 2014 budget. The budget was projected to be $2.9 million short when it was sent to the state late last year. [News & Tribune]

With less than two months to go until Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. announced six financial sponsors for this year’s fireworks event. [Business First]

Watching Matt Bevin attempt to redefine himself this week has been painful. Not because anyone cares about him or because flat-out misleading Kentucky voters is what’s been wrong with the Commonwealth for ages. But because he appears to have publicly admitted to potentially serious financial crimes. [Page One]

JCTA Finally Noticed The Big Pension Mess

Bill Lamb may just be one of the most self-entitled people in all of Louisville media. Interesting to see him continue pushing the myth of entitled welfare queens. [WDRB]

Jeffersontown officials hope a revised tax break proposal will attract new businesses to the city as well as encourage existing ones to expand. The City Council introduced it last week after it had undergone several changes since being voted down in December. [C-J/AKN]

No matter how the Louisville Water Company attempts to spin this, it’s not making anyone comfortable. Especially not after all the times algae blooms have caused their tap water to stink. [WHAS11]

Democrat Bill Hollander is officially announcing his candidacy for Tina Ward-Pugh’s 9th District Metro Council Seat. Hollander is a former managing partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, former president of the Crescent Hill Community Council and the immediate past chair of Leadership Louisville. [Press Release]

Police released surveillance pictures from two different Chase Bank robberies. [WLKY]

Kentucky State Police have launched a poster contest that targets missing children. [Press Release]

Detectives running an investigation in Valley Station late Tuesday morning called in a SWAT team after something suspicious caught their eye, but their suspicion did not pan out, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman. [WAVE3]

Teeing off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to extending unemployment insurance benefits, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign accused McConnell Tuesday of “laughing” at Kentucky’s unemployed. [Sam Youngman]

Thang Lian is a resettled Burmese refugee student who attends Jefferson County Public Schools’ Newcomer Academy. In March, he turns 21, which means the district can no longer financially support his education. [WFPL]

Clark County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative may be in line for some grant funds from the Indiana Department of Correction, but conflicting information caused the Clark County Council to decline taking action at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Guessing the Jefferson County Teachers Association has finally started paying attention to the pension disaster in Frankfort. [Change.org]

The business world was buzzing on the news that Osaka, Japan-based Suntory Holdings Ltd. would purchase Beam Inc., the parent of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. [Business First]

Yes, Racism Alive And Well In Possibility City

After Louisville’s media outlets revealed that a suspect had been arrested in the St. Matthews Kroger murder case, something happened that won’t surprise anyone reading this. But that something is what a ton of people don’t want to talk about. Whenever we bring it up, we’re accused of causing drama and promoting unrest.

Here’s the deal: racism continues to be a real problem in Possibility City and it’s not taken seriously by this town we call home.

Here’s the mugshot that was released (we’re only using WDRB as an example):


What happened next involves all local television and print outlets. WDRB, WHAS, WLKY, WAVE, C-J/AKN, et al. It’s disgusting. Not that the comments were allowed to remain but that people harbor such unbelievably awful feelings toward non-whites.

Let’s take a look at a bunch of screenshots from various outlets:

And there was this gem:

What the hell is wrong with people?

Yes, racism is a problem everywhere. It’s not unique to Louisville. But until civic, government, media and educational leaders take this more seriously? Nothing will change in Louisville. Media outlets have a responsibility to better cover this issue – if that’s possible. Elected officials have a responsibility to discuss these issues. Schools have a responsibility. You have a responsibility.

I don’t in any stretch of the imagination believe racism can fully be eradicated but come on. The least this city should do is work hard when it comes to having a conversation about equality and ignorance like this.

It’s 2014 and idiots are making ridiculously racist remarks – publicly – using their names and photographs. Unreal.