PEE ALERT: PIU Says No Wrongdoing At LMAS

What, there’s someone out there who thought Greg Fischer’s Public Integrity Unit would find wrongdoing at Louisville Metro Animal Services?

Here’s a joint statement from Cindi Fowler and Kelly Downard:

We welcome the opportunity to review the findings of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as well as the Public Integrity Unit. The Metro Animal Services Ad Hoc Committee began its work last September in hopes of resolving a number of questions that arose out of reports following the death of an animal under the control of Metro Animal Services. The Metro Council worked hard last year to compile our report and we look forward to reading the work of two other bodies to get answers to some of the questions that we weren’t allowed to investigate.

Because this body has not had the opportunity to read this document prior to its release to the press by the Mayor’s Office, we will not be able to make any comments regarding its content. As co-chairs for the Animal Services Committee we look forward to beginning to close out our work on this matter by calling those persons who were kept from speaking to the committee last fall and following up on any items uncovered within the PIU report.

We already know that Metro Council found wrongdoing. So much wrongdoing that it chastised the mayor and his henchwoman, Sadiqa Reynolds. It went so far as to create a whistleblower protection ordinance in honor of our investigative reporting.

So the PIU finding nothing?

HAHAHA!

Pass the popcorn and put on your goggles.

FLASHBACK:

There you go. Read all about what the Metro Council discovered and reported.

Then read all about the entire council voting in unison to stick it to Greg Fischer and his team.

Remember it all as you hear about Fischer’s own people saying they found no wrongdoing. And know in your heart, your mind, your gut that he’s flat-out lying.

It’s some serious bullshit.

Let’s Hope For A Scandal-Free Friday, Folks

New body cameras have arrived in Jeffersonville and officials hope they will protect both police and the public. [WDRB]

Now’s your chance to tell JCPS exactly what you think. We’re linking to this old story because that front-page hype about David Jones and his wife was insane. [C-J/AKN]

While Kentucky legislators debate ways to fight the deadly spread of heroin abuse, a new poll indicates that problems with the drug continue to grow worse, particularly in the state’s metropolitan areas. [WHAS11]

The Legislative Research Commission must turn over all sexual harassment complaints involving lawmakers and staffers filed within the past five years, plus an investigative report about allegations against former state Rep. John Arnold, a judge ruled Wednesday. [H-L]

A 14-year-old special needs boy has a brand-new three-wheel bike, after his was stolen in Okolona. [WLKY]

Rand Paul on Wednesday continued to walk back his comments that parents should be allowed to choose whether to vaccinate their children, saying he holds the same position as President Barack Obama on the matter. [HuffPo]

A Franklin County judge on Wednesday agreed to add House Majority Whip Johnny Bell as a defendant in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a legislative staffer. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama’s pledge to reform the way U.S. spy agencies access vast amounts of metadata on Americans’ telephone calls is facing increasing obstacles, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe on Barret Avenue will likely lose a few regulars this fall. About 300 city employees currently working at the Urban Government Center on Barret Avenue will relocate to the Edison Center on Seventh Street in Old Louisville. [WFPL]

The low-level radioactive waste disposal site Maxey Flats near Hillsboro is prepared to enter its final capping construction, which will be performed by Montgomery County’s Walker Co. [Ashland Independent]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are up about 1.23 percent this afternoon, to $150 per share. That’s after the company reported higher fourth quarter revenues and profits compared to a year ago. [Business First]

It was a Louisville judge who finally made Jerry Westmoreland sober for good. Westmoreland had spent days in jail suffering from delirium tremens — better known as the DTs — when the judge sent him out of Louisville instead of back into Central State Mental Hospital. [News & Tribune]

The Willihnganz Mess At UofL Just Got Scandalous

Oooh, the scandal is thick at the University of Louisville. And not just because of the Wolfson article we highlighted earlier on Page One.

Get a load of the letter to the editor Sam Connally sent to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, et al.

Here’s the email he sent:

Feb 4, 2014

Uof L Board of Trustees —

Attached you will find an “Open Letter” sent to the editor of the Courier-Journal this afternoon, regarding Shirley Willihnganz’ resignation as EVP and University Provost, in which I clarify pending complaints regarding allegations of misconduct on the Provost’s part related to the funding of the UofL health plan and the integrity of race discrimination complaints.

My opinions, of course, are personal in nature and reflect my best personal and professional belief as to the facts that govern my recent termination from UofL on at at-will basis, without cause, as Vice President for Human Resources and University EEO Officer. All documents referenced in the attached letter to the editor have been released to the public by the University and are in the public domain. Thank you.

With all best wishes,

Sam Connally

And the letter:


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The best part of it all?

I do not expect your readers to take my word for these representations at face value, but in any “he said/she said” environment, the astute reader will ignore what both sides are saying and “just follow the money.” The money chase will lead to the truth as it always does. This is why God created courts and judges and juries – so that the truth will ultimately be discovered and known by those who care.

Get the popcorn ready!

What On Earth Is Wrong With JCPS These Days?

Everything people want to know about the Ohio River Bridges Project can now be learned in one hour. [WDRB]

An attorney for Louisville Water Co. chief executive Jim Brammell wants a judge to throw out the results from a breathalyzer that was used following his August arrest and determined Brammell’s breath alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit allowed to drive in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

The bleachers were filled at Stopher Elementary School with Lauren Eason’s students. 130 are in her class this year but almost all will pass through her inventive classroom before they go to middle school. She wants no students left out. [WHAS11]

The bourbon was flowing and, at least in one Washington ballroom, a spirit of bipartisanship broke out Tuesday night, courtesy of Kentucky’s distillers. [H-L]

Jefferson County Public Schools officials are responding to what police say is surveillance video showing a school resource officer twice assaulting students. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016 includes a major change for legally married same-sex couples, making them eligible to receive Social Security spousal benefits regardless of where they live. Currently, these couples are unable to get such benefits if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. [HuffPo]

What the heck is wrong in Clark County? A woman was trusted with the care of hundreds of inmates, until she became one of them. [WAVE3]

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. [Reuters]

Rose Mollyhorn, 52, has spent most of her life within a 12-block area of Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, and she’s seen drastic change over those years. [WFPL]

Rand Paul says Common Core contains anti-American history… but it doesn’t have history requirements. [Think Progress]

Some Ford Motor Co. employees in Louisville will be kicked into a higher pay bracket because of the automaker’s plans to hire workers elsewhere in the U.S. The raise will amount to an approximately $9 per hour increase. [Business First]

Clark County Commissioner Rick Stephenson appeared in Jeffersonville City Court on Friday for a hearing following his drunken-driving arrest on Christmas Eve. [News & Tribune]

UofL Provost Stepping Down In Just A Few Months

Woah, check out this email that University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz just sent out to UofL staff:

Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 9:53 AM
To: Cmoffice,Service Account
Subject: Message from the Provost
Importance: High

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be stepping down as provost at the end of this academic year.

Being part of the transformation of this university from a very good urban school to a nationally recognized metropolitan research university has been a joy and an honor. Watching how you have worked and dreamed and tirelessly pushed to make this happen has left me awed and humbled. Seeing Dr. Ramsey’s leadership shining, unbending, visionary and strong continues to be inspiring and I have learned so much from him. And working with our students has to be the most hopeful experience anyone could have. My senior staff and support staff are simply the best, and so much that is good is because of them. So many on our boards and in our community support this university, and much of what we as a university have become thrives from their attention and support.

So, I know there will be questions about why, and what and who next, but the simplest response is that after 13 years it’s time for me and for the university for change and just as each of us sits on the shoulders of those who have gone before, I know that this university is on such a trajectory that somebody great will want to be the next provost.

A heartfelt “thank you” to all of you. My plan is to finish out the academic year, take a year’s administrative leave and then figure out what next. I am lucky to have a tenured faculty position here and hope I have colleagues who will want me back. This is a wonderful university and I have loved it for the nearly 30 years that I’ve been here. I will continue to do that.

Gratefully,

Shirley

Boom goes the dynamite?

The flood gates are about to open.