This week the Transportation Lady has things to say about archaeologists:
June 15th, 2012 by jake · No Comments
June 15th, 2012 by jake · 2 Comments
From the Department of Things That Will Tick A Bunch Of People Off: Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study. [WFPL]
You can’t even go to Walmart these days without finding a body in the parking lot. [FOX41]
This Bluegrass Mental Health thing is going to be a disaster. Maybe another airport or KLC funtimes? The board members we’ve spoken with are ready to pop a vein. [John Cheves]
Everybody is completely freaking out about Churchill Downs and its new plans for the Kentucky Derby. [WAVE3]
Kentucky is one of the nation’s fattest states, with nearly a third of children, 60 percent of women and 80 percent of men considered overweight or obese. [Courier-Journal]
Just days after a deadly day care van accident, the owner of Heavenly Angels has decided to close the facilities. [WHAS11]
A 47-year-old Nicholasville man has been charged with 50 counts of rape in Hardin County involving a juvenile who gave birth to his baby when she was 13, according to state police. [H-L]
Residents in the Park Hill area said lead, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals are seeping into the soil outside their homes. On Thursday, dozens of homeowners demanded more answers from those investigating the toxic hazard at a public meeting held on the topic. [WLKY]
We’re really supposed to believe this “most livable city in America” thing, right? Our eyes can’t roll any harder. [Business First]
Something tells us Shelbyville is about to have a really fancy and expensive legal battle on its hands over sidewalks. And it involves Jack Conway. Note: He has time to waste on sidewalks but not on Kentucky Retirement Systems. [WAVE3]
Because we all know there’s nothing at all shady going on at Kentucky Retirement Systems. Absolutely nothing at all. [Page One]
As part of its effort to make do with a tighter budget, the state is ending a $54,000-per-year program that recruits parents who have been through the child welfare system to mentor others facing similar circumstances and help reunite Jefferson County families. [C-J/AKN]
Clark County’s Board of Aviation Commissioners attorney was apparently fired and a lawsuit was filed against him following a disputed land acquisition that will cost the county more than $840,000. [News & Tribune]
June 14th, 2012 by jake · 6 Comments
Some Lexington company, LM Communications, just bought WBKI.
Remember that station and how it failed like 85 times because jesus?
They sent out a fancy Word doc (that is still a thing? the new owner sent it from an AOL address) about it:
“I am very excited to purchase my first television station,” said Martin, “and especially happy that my first acquisition serves the largest city here in my home state. I believe WBKI has tremendous unrealized potential and I plan to explore and utilize all opportunities available to me to elevate WBKI into a much stronger TV station that it’s traditionally been.
“Being a local Kentucky owner will be one of my greatest assets in the effort to grow the station’s share of viewers in the Louisville market. For the first time, critical decisions regarding policy and operations at WBKI will be made locally on a daily basis, and I believe that gives my company an advantage that previous owners have never enjoyed.”
This should be… oh, wait, no one even remembers that station.
Back to your reg-luhly scheduled afternoon of taking secret sips of bourbon while eating Crunch n Munch.
June 14th, 2012 by jake · No Comments
June 14th, 2012 by jake · 16 Comments
Look, it’s our two favorite people, Justin Scally and Sadiqa Reynolds at Zoofari:
Following in Greg Fischer’s footsteps as darlings of the local social magazine, The Voice-Tribune.
Who wants to bet they didn’t pay a dime for their tickets?
Note: There’s a strange relationship that has developed between Jim King and the LMAS/Fischer folks and it only makes sense that Jim King’s wife, who sits on the Zoo board, would want to be affiliated with them. Despite, of course, loud protestations from other board members just a few months ago about the two. You’ll recall that several members of the Zoo board came to us to express concerns over Reynolds’ attempted meddling at the Zoo. And over “secret” meetings Debbie King was holding at her private office.
June 14th, 2012 by jake · 3 Comments
Here’s something for Louisville to be proud of: Cincinnati ranked as the second-most bedbug-infested city in the U.S. for the second year in a row. [Business First]
The horsey set is upset over a race day Lasix ban in Kentucky. They say it will put the state at a racing disadvantage. [H-L]
Had Greg Fischer been cognizant enough, he would have gone on that crime prevention walk in the West End last night. But we all know that wouldn’t have happened. Ever. For any reason other than to promote himself. [C-J/AKN]
Matthew Barzun makes Louisville proud with his fancy dog accessories meeting with Anna Wintour. Note: She is some lady that the gays like, apparently. [New York Magazine]
Looks like Possibility City is going to be home to a future drone base. [WIRED]
Kentucky plants to give the Koch Family nearly $4 million despite no solid plan being put into place. Despite no specifics. And the state still owes Ed Hart more than that. Kentucky taxpayers get the shaft again. [FOX41]
Residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood may be able to get some answers about contamination near their homes at a community forum today. [WFPL]
Outrage over the University of Kentucky’s decision to lay off one of its longest-serving and best-known black employees continues to ripple across Lexington and beyond. [H-L]
You can’t even expose yourself, urinate on someone’s porch and slash their tires in Louisville without getting arrested these days. [WAVE3]
If you missed it, Rand Paul is working feverishly to kill the food stamp program. His brethren claim the program is immoral and they’re making it their mission to starve 800,000+ Kentuckians. [Page One]
Here comes the extreme cry for more cash from all sources. University Hospital leaders say they have cut in half the money they give the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center — and may even consider reducing it to zero amid their financial struggles. [C-J/AKN]
Not surprisingly, everybody now wants to know how much these new JCPS learning “initiatives” are going to cost. [WHAS11]
Here comes Time Warner Cable throttling your bandwidth, preventing you from streaming video, capping your data, et al. Only a matter of time until they start blocking news outlets that are critical of the company. [WSJ]
June 13th, 2012 by jake · 5 Comments
While Greg Fischer plays his continual game of pat-a-cake, Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott is taking to the streets with Metro Police to let people know what’s up.
“It is important that we continue to let residents know Metro Police are there to help and get to know the community,” says Scott. “Part of reclaiming our streets is re-enforcing our partnership with the people who keep us safe.”
Scott is taking on a Crime Prevention Walk that begins at 6:00 P.m. at the 2nd Division LMPD Substation on Bohne Avenue.
It’s nice to see at least a few elected officials taking the West End seriously.
June 13th, 2012 by jake · No Comments
It’s a ruh ro week for David Yates and his aide, Marty Meyer.
Take a look at this exciting email conversation (that’s been CCd to everybody in the city) that started Monday evening:
From: Stephen Porter
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 5:54 PM
To: Meyer, Marty
You have just confirmed to me by telephone that CM Yates intends to push action on his Landmarks Ordinance amendments at tomorrow’s Planning/Zoning committee meeting. Please send me and the copied persons to this e-mail the latest revision of David’s proposed ordinance. Also, please note that this Committee meeting is not even listed on the SIRE system as being scheduled for tomorrow. Is there really a meeting, and, if so, what time?
I want to say very clearly that pushing this at tomorrow’s meeting, with no public notice, no promised continued discussion and a final version not available until the night before, is not the kind of legislative procedure that is open and transparent to the public. Our last conversation indicated we were making progress on some compromises and that we would meet and discuss further. Now David is cutting that off and backing away from that promise. That is unfair to the public and as discourteous to those of us who have been involved as I can imagine. I am extremely disappointed. As an attorney, David should understand professional courtesy. None has been afforded here. More importantly, the public is being blind-sided. This heavy-handed approach is poor conduct for an elected official. I ask David to reconsider.
Stephen T. Porter, Attorney
Then everyone from Francis Aprile to Mary Moss Greenbaum chimed in:
From: mary moss
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:08 AM
So Stephen Porter,
WHAT DO WE DO about this?
Is the Mayor involved in any way or is he remaining “neutral” and standing to the side?
The answer to that question is unclear to everyone I have asked (so far.) Surely he doesn’t favor negating the “considered opinions” of a Landmarks Commission, dedicated to protecting our heritage, and politicizing each decision by tossing it to the Metro Council.
Also just what is Mr. Yates’ agenda?
Thank you for filling me in, as have been out of town.
mary (moss greenebaum)
Today, Marty Meyer finally saw fit to respond:
Not sure why your trying to imply that Councilman Yates tried to push this through without notice. Please see the committee minutes from two weeks ago
And that, kids, his how David Yates’ political prowess petered out.
June 13th, 2012 by jake · 6 Comments
This Fischer Administration official has a controversial past, sure.
And she’s made a habit of breathing fire at anybody who dares question her.
But did you know she’s hiring her sorority sisters left and right and protecting them at all costs?
June 13th, 2012 by jake · No Comments
If the River View development comes to fruition, not only will it result in a prime piece of downtown “public space” being transferred to private interests, but the long-promised “public plaza” component of River View will have been much reduced, and lack a view of the river itself. [CoNA]
You know a story that opens like this: Newcomers rarely make it into the winner’s circle at the All American Futurity, considered the Kentucky Derby of quarter horse racing. with a headline like: Mexican Cartel Hides Millions in Horse Races, U.S. Alleges is going to get the horsey set a bit flustered. [NYT]
All Greg Fischer can do is call the folks responsible for the recent bout of gun violence in Louisville “knuckleheads.” Meanwhile, all of the West End, several community leaders and even a Metro Councilwoman are questioning Greg’s “task force” that isn’t solving anything. [WHAS11]
Bruce Lunsford has been elected by foal and stallion nominators to be a new member of the Breeders’ Cup. [DRF]
Louisville isn’t even in the top ten manliest cities in America this year. Possibility City comes in at a compassionate 11. [This Is So Dumb]
Greg Fischer’s “task force” may be the focus of laughter in the West End. But at least some leaders are attempting to actually stop the violence in Louisville. [FOX41]
The way this story opens is sure to piss Rick Pitino off a little bit. Or is he also afraid of the Herald-Leader? [H-L]
Everybody’s favorite constable was back in court yesterday and will be back again in about two weeks. [WAVE3]
Angry at her boyfriend, a Louisville woman allegedly rammed a 2010 Dodge Charger three times into a Shively convenience store while her beau was inside, according to an arrest report. [C-J/AKN]
A national hotline for human trafficking victims received calls from about 10,000 individuals last year, from every state in the union. 438 calls came from Kentucky with 59 being crisis calls. [NPR & Polaris Project]
We’re still wondering why Susan Lukjan is the most important story in the metro area. [WLKY]
This is why Louisville can have nice things: First Choice Market, a 20,000 square-foot full-service grocery store at 3044 Wilson Ave., has opened to serve an estimated 35,000 residents in Louisville’s Park DuValle neighborhood. [Business First]