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]

Woah! A Cordish Racism Mess In Kansas City

You know how Cordish has been mired in all kinds of racism-related scandals here in Louisville?

Get a load of what’s going on in Kansas City with the Power & Light District development operated by Cordish.

From the Kansas City Star:

The owner of the Kansas City Power & Light District is fighting back against a lawsuit that alleged a pattern of discrimination in the entertainment area with one of its own.

Countersuits are common. What’s unusual in this case is that Cordish Cos. and two related entities filed a defamation suit this week against the attorneys who filed the earlier lawsuit on behalf of a former district employee.

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The most damaging of those, Cordish officials say, are allegations that Cordish employed white people as “rabbits” to provoke altercations with black people as an excuse to eject minorities from district clubs in 2012 and 2013.

Cordish denies it did any such thing.

But on Thursday, Cusimano’s lead attorney, Linda Dickens, reaffirmed the allegations of discrimination, produced one of those “rabbits” for members of the news media to interview and called Cordish’s countersuit “a bullying tactic” meant to distract attention from her client’s claims.

“If they had real evidence to defend the lawsuit with,” she said, “they wouldn’t be wasting their time with this.”

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Jean Maneke, a Kansas City lawyer who specializes in free speech law, said she could not think of another example where a lawyer has been sued for repeating allegations made in a lawsuit.

“There is case law that says the material contained in pleadings contained in a case file is absolutely privileged,” she said.

In its lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Baltimore-based Cordish accuses Cusimano, Dickens and another attorney in her firm, Austin Johnston, of concocting the rabbit story as a way “to extort money” from the company.

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In his lawsuit, Cusimano alleges that he was the victim of the very tactic that he, an African American, had been ordered to use to reduce the number of black people in the entertainment district.

The man in handcuffs, he said, was probably a “rabbit” who’d picked a fight on the orders of district officials who wanted to get rid of him after he’d raised concerns about discriminatory practices.

In a letter to Cordish dated Dec. 10, 2013, and attached to the Cordish lawsuit, Dickens alleged that Mosaic used rabbits throughout Cusimano’s time there, starting in the summer of 2011.

“In the summer of 2013 alone,” Dickens wrote, “Glen used a rabbit, or saw one being used, approximately 20 to 30 times.”

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In a signed affidavit, Alexitch said that in exchange for starting fights that led to ejections, he was given free drinks and cash, ranging from $50 to $150 a night.

At a Kansas City coffee shop Thursday afternoon, Alexitch told The Star that one way he started trouble was to walk up to groups of black men and insult or flirt with their dates.

It’s a scandalous mess! So be sure to read it all.

And then ask yourself why your city continues to give that company hundreds of millions of dollars with no questions asked.

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:


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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.

Look, We’re All About Doing Something Good

And especially support something like this:


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FROM THE RELEASE

But maybe it would be a better idea to hold a vigil for local kids that have been killed by gun violence?

Maybe a vigil to mark all the hungry people relying on Dare to Care to survive?

Or, you know, maybe to support all the minority youth feeling oppressed, ignored and forced into bad behavior?

Just a thought about time better spent.

UPDATE —

They held it:



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Looks like about 27 people showed up.

All News Should Be About Bourbon All The Time

Researchers at the University of Louisville are launching a clinical research study to develop an objective approach to discharge patients with heart failure from the hospital with the goal of decreasing their possible readmission, according to a press release. [WDRB]

Seems like only yesterday she was claiming this wasn’t happening, that there’s no way it could happen so quickly, yadda yadda. When you drink the Kool-Aid, you get egg on your face. [C-J/AKN]

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy is now suspended after a two month investigation; another deputy has resigned. [WHAS11]

A pilot program in Fayette County high schools helps students see their futures in a new way. Aujia Hines had little interest last year in going to college and only vague ideas about her future career, and she disliked talking in front of other students. [H-L]

A Louisville man faces new charges after being convicted for his role in a deadly beating, but he will not spend any time behind bars. [WLKY]

Need another reason to ignore J.P. Davis in the Ninth District Metro Council race? He couldn’t be bothered to respond to a survey of extreme importance to the district. Partially because he couldn’t understand the survey questions and partially because of the fool he paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to “advise” him. [Click the Clicky]

Oh — this, too. Damaris is great but J.P. appears to be a vapid, Stephanie Horne-style candidate using her as a prop. Hugely insulting to voters and people with functioning brains. [HEAD – DESK]

Police are still looking for answers in the death of a woman was found shot and nearly naked on the side of a gravel road near Bullitt County. [WAVE3]

It’s not going to change its name anytime soon, but auto membership club AAA is increasingly in the business of fixing bikes and giving rides to cyclists who run into trouble. [NPR]

Bourbon and American whiskey are quickly becoming huge international exports. [Business First]

Myers Middle School is set for some major changes before the 2014-2015 school year begins. [WFPL]

The Clark County Probation and Supervision Department’s home incarceration program purchased 28 new ankle monitoring bracelets, but the funds to make the purchase remain unapproved by the county council. [News & Tribune]

Some Life Or Death Egg On Local Faces

We’re big fans of teachers. Just not so much the overpaid nitwits who run their unions.

This is what we mean:

EpiPen Saves Madison County Student’s Life

A Madison County student was in the right place at the right time when she started to have a severe allergic reaction.

Luckily for the student, she was able to get a shot from an EpiPen from the nurse; a shot that saved her life.

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But thanks to a new state law that encourages schools to have their own EpiPens, Madison County is one of the few systems ready for these kind of emergencies.

“The ambulance driver said how fortunate we were that she was given an EpiPen shot without a prescription,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said her daughter was tested for allergies when she was young but had no idea she had devolved any over the years.

She was told had her daughter not had the shot, the outcome could’ve been drastically different.

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The Madison school district started carrying a stockpile of EpiPens in June 2013 and since then, they’ve had to use them twice.

This is an issue covered heavily on Page One the past couple years:

That’s right. JCPS/JCTA decided to remain “neutral” on the issue. While secretly fighting against it.

And now we’re seeing just what a costly mistake that could be.

Louisville Media Is Sometimes A Giant Cat Fight

The next time there is a power outage, turn to your phone. LG&E and Kentucky Utilities have upgraded their website and app. It’s now more user-friendly and includes the weather radar. [WDRB]

With 30 more apartments under construction at the rapidly developing Masonic Homes of Kentucky, it again is seeking additional access to its campus from St. Matthews. [C-J/AKN]

You know the drill. Another day, another school bus accident. [WHAS11]

Just in case you were wondering? Yes, Kentucky’s economy sucked during the month of April. [Page One]

Sure, she’s an entertainment reporter but shouldn’t Kirby Adams have to disclose the PR work she’s done for bourbon companies in the very recent past? [H-L via AKN]

The Belle of Louisville marks a major milestone this year – 100 years of cruising the Ohio River. To help celebrate, a big birthday bash is planned for October along the waterfront, despite budget cuts. [WLKY]

In his first intervention in the Ukraine crisis, the US ambassador to the Court of St James’s issues an unequivocal warning to bullying Moscow. Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand up. This is precisely what America, in close partnership with Britain and our other allies, is doing in response to the mounting crisis in Ukraine. [Daily Mail]

A veterans group, already restoring one centuries-old Louisville cemetery, is making plans to restore another one. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth’s office held another art contest this year. Get all the details at his official government website. [Click the Clicky]

Just in case you were wondering how petty and bitter many local media buttcramps are these days. Some will stop at nothing to jealously rip a competitor apart. [WFPL]

How much animosity exists between Kosair Charities Committee Inc. and Norton Healthcare Inc.? [Business First]

Clark County employees have not received a raise in years and have seen the county’s contribution to their retirement funds disappear. The county commissioners declined to add more to their burden. [News & Tribune]