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):


FROM WDRB’S FACEBOOK PAGE

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.

Who’ll Move To The Portland Neighborhood Next?

Yep, $26 million of your tax dollars are paying for unbelievable discrimination at Sunrise on the basis of sexual orientation in 2014. [WDRB]

Four things that put cities’ record-low murder rates into context. Over the same period that murders dropped in large cities, they have risen in suburbs. [Think Progress]

Here’s the latest press release from the Ohio River Bridges Debacle that WHAS11 passed on intact, not bothering to do actual reporting on the matter. News Director will attempt to leave nasty comments about us being too lazy to report on things in 3, 2… [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville’s Yearlings Club spring forum series will begin Jan. 12 with a discussion of local initiatives to help young black men. [C-J/AKN]

Ford has announced its best sales results in six years and strong demand for pickup trucks is a big reason why. [WLKY]

Public schools in this Appalachian town pocked with shuttered factories and vacant storefronts got an average of $8,362 to spend on each student’s education in 2013, the least they had gotten in five years. Several hours away, at the public K-8 school in the wealthy Jefferson County suburb of Anchorage, revenue rose slightly to $19,927 per student, more than twice as much as Barbourville’s. [John Cheves]

We’re not entirely sure how you can cover The Wolf of Wall Street without mentioning any of the involved shenanigans. [WAVE3, BuzzFeed, LA Weekly]

Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic. Why children in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from asthma. [NBC News]

Gill Holland poached his first thingy from Butchertown/East Market for Portland. Predictions on the next big move? [WFPL]

Tina Ward-Pugh tweeted this out over the weekend and you should take a look at it. Louisville wants to be a city of parks and there are a lot of ideas like this around the world. [Design Boom]

Among the 2014 goals of Tendai Charasika, executive director of The Enterprise Corp, is to increase the community involvement in the city’s entrepreneurial scene. Business First]

The New Albany City Council will select a new leader during its first meeting of the year on Monday and cast decisive ballots on forming a port authority and curbing aggressive panhandling. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Close Our Homeless Shelters! Possibility City!

Jobs lost and people on the street: today we uncover hidden consequences of the government shutdown, still happening in Louisville. Four shelter houses are dangerously close to closing with federal funding in flux. [WDRB]

What was that, again, about the health care game in America not being solely about profit? Riiiight. [C-J/AKN]

This teevee station is back to regurgitating press releases from the Ohio River Bridges Debacle. [WHAS11]

To avoid going negative in its transportation fund, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. on Monday approved $400,000 from its rainy day fund for diesel fuel purchases. [News & Tribune]

It’s one of the biggest Christmas parties of the year in Louisville. Rep. John Yarmuth was among those drawing numbers for prizes at People’s Rights in Demanding Equality’s annual holiday bash. [WLKY]

Health officials shouldn’t be blaming ignorance, they should be blaming Frankfort. That’s where the problem lies. In Kentucky, numbers of HIV and AIDS cases are rising. Health officials are blaming ignorance. [H-L]

Can you imagine if people in Louisville did this over the “resignation” of the guy at Sunrise? You know, the organization that you tax dollars fund? The one that the Fairness Campaign has said nothing about? Students held a second day of protests in a Seattle suburb on Friday after a Catholic high school asked a popular administrator and coach to resign because he married his same-sex partner. [Reuters]

This sort of thing happens and there are no rewards offered, labor unions don’t freak out, wealthy people don’t panic. And then we get accused of attempting to start a race riot for pointing out the facts. [WAVE3]

The number of Catholic acute-care hospitals has been increasing rapidly, threatening women’s access to reproductive health care, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union and The MergerWatch Project. [ACLU]

Ron Turnier admits he felt he “let down” the NuLu neighborhood when he and wife, Mollie Turnier, decided against building a warehouse and retail operation for their business on a vacant lot they own at Shelby and Market streets. [Business First]

This stuff, sadly, is what the group Hal Heiner is affiliated with wants to use your tax dollars to support. [Wonkette]

A longtime Louisville resident will have perceptions about what’s a “rich” part of town or a struggling part of town—but do the perceptions align with reality? [WFPL]

Though police officials don’t believe it will curb homelessness in the city, the New Albany City Council moved to strengthen laws on aggressive panhandling. [More News & Tribune]

Why Louisville Remains In The Dark: Its Media

(And some of its elected officials – but we’re focused on media today.)

The State Auditor of Public Accounts released a report on Kentucky Retirement Systems this week. While lacking and elementary as far as audits go, it was still a decent beginning. A nice start at examining the reason (KRS) the state’s finances are in shambles.

The previous auditor refused to do it and whitewashed most things. The current auditor? He’s trying to muster the courage to do important work. Emphasis on trying.

You can read all about it on Page One by clicking here. 19 serious findings of fiscal mismanagement and general corruption. It’s a report that barely scratches the surface but it’s a report nonetheless. Your local tax dollars keep KRS afloat, so it’s something you should take to heart.

Where’s your local media? Spoiler alert: absent.

  • Nothing from the Courier-Journal
  • Nothing from Business First
  • Nothing from WHAS11
  • Nothing from WLKY
  • Nothing from WDRB
  • Nothing from WAVE3

Why? Why no coverage of one of the most important audits in five or six years? Likely because most in the local media don’t understand it. Instead of attempting to digest everything in the report (mind you, it’s tiny compared to previous airport board audits and the doozy that took down the Kentucky League of Cities) and instead of doing their homework, everyone has chosen to ignore it.

Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows.

We realize that it’s mostly up to managers and news directors. They prefer to focus on blood and hype. But come on. This is a serious disservice to the entire area. Truly unbelievable.

If WHAS can cover an indictment of a county clerk 200+ miles away in Southeastern Kentucky (how many times did the previous news editor claim West Liberty was barely covered because it wasn’t in the viewing area?), there’s just no excuse.

Watch, though, when the audit of Jefferson County Public Schools is released, it’ll be all you hear about for days and days. The paper will have an early copy with three or four stories pre-prepped, Joe Arnold will be live at the central office enraged with a visible forehead vein, Connie Leonard will be mad but won’t understand why she’s upset, the kids at WLKY will foam at the mouth and will be outraged at the salaries some people receive. The report probably won’t be too deep, likely won’t uncover much that isn’t already known (we have to base this on the way the auditor has handled other school districts) and will still be treated like it’s the beginning of the end by local media.

This is why Louisville can’t have nice things.

Is There Really Less Crime? Or Just More Hype?

Even with the bitterly cold temperatures, some people are still sleeping on the streets. [WDRB]

Gov. Steve Beshear says regulations to implement Kentucky’s new health benefit exchange will move forward despite Republican efforts to block the rules in committee last month. [C-J/AKN]

Why the hell is this news? What in the living crap is wrong with the new News Director? [WHAS11]

Adam Edelen released his audit of Kentucky Retirement Systems. Just like his audit of Montgomery County Schools, it’s severely lacking. And that’s with the 19 findings of significant deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting. [Page One]

According to the crime stats from police, Louisville is becoming a safer place to live. [WLKY]

Miami-Dade County put up 57,000 liens for sale last year alone — more than any other county in the country, followed by Lee County, Fla., and Jefferson County, Ky., which each offered more than 40,000 liens. [WaPo]

Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with a major grocer to make sure area children in need don’t go without this holiday season. [WAVE3]

A Kentucky man who was using a public restroom decided to set his loaded pistol on a toilet paper dispenser when the weapon slipped off and shot him in the leg. [HuffPo]

Dozens of people have placed bids on historical items being auctioned by the state. [H-L]

Racial disparities in marijuana arrests have more to do with the neighborhoods where Louisville Metro Police focuses its attention than with race, Chief Steve Conrad says. [WFPL]

Is economic development as simple as getting a direct flight? It certainly could help. [Business First]

Ten years from now the issue will still exist, but on Wednesday, a step was taken to draft a plan to help the homeless. [News & Tribune]

Time To Build An Ark Because The End Is Nigh

It’s considered crude to discuss, but what is often flushed down the toilet was bubbling up out of the manhole covers in the New Broadmoor subdivision Sunday after heavy rains caused flooding in parts of Louisville. [WDRB]

Really? People in Louisville are surprised to find out that Leland Conway is as racist and ignorant as that clump of brain dead meat Mandy Connell? Please. She was apologizing for Mark Foley even after he admitted to his scandal. And she spent her entire time in Louisville attempting to further divide this already segregated city. That timeslot died with Francene. [Joe Gerth]

Torrential downpours caused major flooding in the metro area. [WHAS11]

Kentucky is emerging as the primary battlefield in the war between Republicans and Democrats over President Barack Obama’s health care law. [H-L]

The crazy ass rain even caused all the fun at St. James to close early. [WLKY]

Investors in Yum! Brands Inc., which operates KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, might get a stronger sense of how the company’s China unit is doing as earnings results are released this week. [Business First]

When you hear the record breaking totals, we must also remember those record breaking totals bring along with them heart break. [Dawne Gee]

It’s probably because they despise their hot mess of a mayor. Nearly 20 percent of Jeffersonville residents haven’t paid their sewer bills for at least a year. [News & Tribune]

Amid a banner year for the University of Louisville’s athletics program, some players and parents were seeking out the administration, angry about a coach whose tactics they say crossed the line. [C-J/AKN]

Have a lot of stuff ruined by the flood? Metro Gubmint can probably pick it up for you. [Click the Clicky]

Some Louisville-area residents have begun assessing and cleaning up flood damage to homes and other property. [WFPL]

Mandy Connell Leaves Louisville And, Well…

Here’s some of her goodbye message as she departs for Denver:

For me, this experience defies explanation in the best possible way. The people of Louisville are simply the best. The. Best. Warmest, kindest, most open and caring community I’ve ever seen. I tell my friends who are incredulous that I live in Kentucky that Louisville is the most surprising city I’ve ever been in. So much to do, so many amazing restaurants, a strong sense of community, and caring and generosity of both spirit and funds. Being a part of the Crusade for Children has been wonderful. That very special event is and will always remain unique to Louisville, because Louisville doesn’t forget it’s past. I met someone when I was new to the area who had moved away after college and moved back years later, and he told me once you live here, you want to come back. It’s as if Louisville sings the song of a siren that follows you when you leave and pulls you back…happily.

I didn’t quite get it then, but I get it now.

-SNIP-

Someone else will be hired to do this job. Please be kind and give them a chance! I would remind many of you that when I arrived, many were not happy. I was not Francene, would never be Francene, and you were not happy. I have the emails to prove this, lest you be in denial. But it worked out. You got used to me. I settled in. So I ask you to give the next host a chance. You will get used to them. They will settle in. You may even like them better! Seriously, it could happen. I hope it does, because I love this audience that much!

She’s right. Many of us didn’t like her when she got here, though we gave her several chances. And many of us are glad she’s leaving.

Why? Let’s take a stroll down racist lady memory lane:

As you can see, we welcomed her initially. We defended her for a while. Then she continued to step in the crazy, the hateful, the ridiculous. The worst? She embraced racism, embraced her own anti-semitic comments (and continued to attack John Yarmuth after the whole snafu), played the victim all along.

We knew you were a hot mess when you first told the story about how you were defending your friend, Mark Foley, as he was admitting to that congressional page incident. Don’t let the door hit you on your purposefully ignorant, racist-baiting, anti-semitic ass, Mandy.

Another Day, Another Big MSD “Surprise” Leak

MSD reports a sewage is spewing into Pond Creek along the Pond Creek Trail in southern Jefferson County. [WDRB]

Animal nutrition company Alltech confirmed Tuesday that it is one of two bidders seeking the naming rights for a proposed new Lexington Convention Center. [H-L]

Keep an eye out for something new in District 9 that will help the environment. On Tuesday, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) participated in an unveiling of three new permanent recycling containers. [WHAS11]

An ASPCA expert on investigating animal abuse will give an all-day training session Wednesday to metro animal-control officers, prosecutors and law enforcement agents. Meanwhile, LMAS continues to rot. [C-J/AKN]

Stop us if you’ve heard this story before… A Louisville man is accused of dozens of counts of animal abuse. [WLKY]

How is it ethical journalistically for WHAS11’s Claudia Coffee to cover State Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen without any sort of disclosure? She’s done it for months and months (most recently yesterday) like it’s no big deal. That, folks, is why we tend to roll our eyes at HAS lately. [Integrity Is Everything]

Two teens may face the death penalty in connection with a double slaying over the weekend. [WAVE3]

Papa John’s International Inc. posted higher sales and profit during the second quarter, the Louisville-based pizza chain reported Tuesday. [Business First]

Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. [WLEX18]

Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools’ program targeting at-risk students. [WFPL]

If you spend a few minutes digging through the Kentucky Retirement Systems performance documentation for fiscal year 2013, you’ll notice that one of the most notorious managers using placement agents has disappeared. [Page One]

After more than half a decade of enrollment decreases, Greater Clark County Schools announced an expected increase of 100 students for the new school year. [News & Tribune]

Arena Authority Revenue Dropped? Surely Not!

Louisville Metro Police say they found more than just drugs during a narcotics investigation at a Louisville hotel: they found several women acting as prostitutes. [WDRB]

Several Louisville Metro Council members aren’t happy with Mayor Greg Fischer for failing to restore previously cut urban services in his new budget proposal. [WFPL]

This is certainly not a humane way to put any sick pet down. The guy obviously needs a crash course on common sense. But firing him as a councilman? That’s kind of extreme in this instance – and we’re all crazed animal lovers here. [WHAS11]

Here’s your non-shocker of the morning. Arena authority financials show a reliance on city money and event revenue dropped by more than $4 million. [C-J/AKN]

As the school year rounds out for Jefferson County Public Schools, union contract negotiations began Monday between the district and the teacher’s association. This comes of the heels of criticism from Kentucky’s education commissioner about some of JCPS’ low-performing schools. [WLKY]

Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate. A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. [H-L]

Today John Yarmuth meets with Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall. [Press Release]

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative outcomes is apparent across the country. [NPR]

Dear WHAS11 medialady: dismissing suicide prevention efforts in a sarcastic manner is a surefire way to get us to tell the world who you’re humping for stories. This city has a tragic suicide rate and it is not something to be laughed at. [Media Failure]

A woman convicted of burning down her business for insurance money is ready to clear her name. [WAVE3]

One of 14 people arraigned last week on federal charges of being part of a drug distribution ring was a Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver, the school system said. And you wonder why the school bus system is so screwed up in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who are at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. [Business First]