Help Give That Poor Kid A Dignified Funeral

Will you help pay for Ray Allen Etheridge’s funeral? He’s the homeless kid found murdered in Cherokee Park. You can donate at any PNC branch, despite what the story says. [WDRB] Errrr. Nope. Master P is paying for it all. Glad to see someone step up like that!

Despite a judicial rule against endorsements, a Jefferson District Court judge appeared in an ad for a woman’s clothing store, modeling a coat next to copy that said: “The verdict is in! They FEEL great!” [C-J/AKN]

Sure, everything is screwed up lately but don’t forget about this great event at the zoo. [WHAS11]

In the past five months, Fayette County health officials have quarantined two patients who had traveled to or from Liberia after they showed symptoms similar to those of Ebola. [H-L]

Police have arrested a man in connection with the slaying of 12-year-old Ray Etheridge at Cherokee Park. [WLKY]

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there’s no cure or vaccine on the market. [HuffPo]

An attorney for the former sheriff of Clark County, Indiana says his client has taken a plea deal to the federal charges he is facing. [WAVE3]

The thin red line on the topographical map winding through the Daniel Boone National Forest from Rowan County in the north to Pickett County, Tenn. in the south is a recreational jewel and a valuable economic development tool, according to Steve Barbour, executive director of the Sheltowee Trace Association. [Ashland Independent]

Jefferson County Public Schools and Louisville Metro Police plan to review school safety procedures following the shooting Tuesday of a student at Fern Creek High School. [WFPL]

Rand Paul is warning that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might be downplaying the threat from the Ebola virus. [Politico]

A recent study says Kentucky could earn about $30 million per year if it legalized marijuana. [Business First]

Next to Jim Epperson’s name on his nameplate is a figure of man a skiing. [News & Tribune]

Enough Is Enough With No Kill Louisville Shysters

They’re at it again! This time trying to raise $50,000 by duping people:



They’re back to promoting a help desk, which is not a thing. All the spaying and neutering they’re claiming to pay for? It was funded by METRO COUNCIL DISCRETIONARY FUNDS. Taxpayer dollars. Not No Kill.

And they’re making claims about their food bank that are… specious, at best.

The Ficklins claim they have nearly 900 food bank recipients signed up. But regular readers of this website already know that their “food bank” is anything but these days. They have next to no food. Organizations that used to deliver truckloads of food each week have tossed the organization to the curb.

Companies like Blue Buffalo stopped working with NKL but thankfully have started supporting other charities in the area:


They’ve even lost a bunch of volunteers recently and former food bank workers have spilled the proverbial T on what a sham the operation is.

You’ll absolutely want to read the rest after the jump… details of animal theft, apparent neglect…

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A TL;DR Version Of Ad-Hoc Committee Events

Someone just asked me to explain what’s happening with the Metro Council ad-hoc committee on Animal Services and this is how I responded:

Jim King is spinning like crazy.

Kelly Downard is out for blood.

Tina Ward-Pugh is mad.

Cindi Fowler is so mad she can’t speak.

David James is getting agitated.

Kevin Kramer is going to stroke out.

And these terrific lawyers are going to chap ass left and right.

Thought it was worth sharing here.

People Just Can’t Stop Saying Heinous Crap

You already know people say crazy things on television news stories and in comments online.

But when a kid gets killed, some people immediately go off into the deep end.

Let’s take a look at a few examples:




Who could say such hideous things?



Possumbilly City?


If you want to help cover Ray Allen Etheridge’s funeral, stop by any PNC Bank branch to make a contribution. Help send the kid off with dignity.

Council Is About To Take Greg Fischer To Task

And people still wonder why we cover the intricacies of smaller school districts. It’s because that’s where we’ve shown for years the focus should be. [WDRB]

Can we please start taking youth homelessness more seriously in Louisville and in Kentucky? [C-J/AKN]

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Louisville Metro Police released new details after a woman was found locked inside the trunk of her daughter’s car. [WHAS11]

A Woodford County High School student is at odds with administrators who put her into an alternative school and stripped her of her position as senior class president after she purchased from a classmate a pill that treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro Police said a 12-year-old boy found dead in Cherokee Park on Tuesday afternoon was killed. [WLKY]

After years of listening to Wayne LaPierre croon away about how “only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” we finally have some real data to test whether this rationale for arming civilians (and selling more guns) is really true. [HuffPo]

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of homeless children in the county. [WAVE3]

Turns out Louisville’s Metro Council DOES have subpoena power and can force Greg Fischer to turn over documents and hand over staffers to testify. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. [WFPL]

The Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger vote was delayed after New York regulators found deficiencies. NY’s consumer protection agency pointed to the companies’ substandard customer service. [Ars Technica]

The world wouldn’t have bourbon without Kentucky. [Business First]

New Albany will maintain zoning control over the two-mile fringe area between the city and Floyd County, the Indiana Supreme Court decided. [News & Tribune]

Yep, Metro Council Does Have Subpoena Power

If you missed last evening’s Metro Council ad-hoc committee meeting on Animal Services, it was tons of fun. And not just because Jim King got his rear end handed to him by his own attorneys several times over. If you wish to watch the entire meeting, click here to stream it or download it.

Just want the juicy bits? That’s what we’re here for.

Here’s the Jim King nonsense:

We hear King is now pandering for Fischer because he fears the release of dirt stemming from his daughter’s custody battle.

Also hear from members of the ad-hoc committee and from King’s own staff that King is attempting to railroad the investigation and is pressuring members of the committee to wrap things up instead of digging in for the truth.

While Jim King played the role of excuse maker and apologist, Kelly Downard was the opposite and pushed hard for cooperation. Downard not only ripped on the obfuscation from the Fischer Administration, he promised to go to war for whistleblower protections and demanded Fischer crew stop blaming the messenger(s):

Refreshing, to say the least.

Here’s a look from Kevin Kramer about Sadiqa Reynolds’ unbelievably irresponsible behavior with official government documents:

Kramer brought up a great point about determining legality of what’s gone on and what Fischer’s done to cover it up.

Here’s one of the committee’s attorneys explaining that they have subpoena power and the ability to compel documents and witness testimony:

Yep, it just got real.

And you know things are bad when Tina Ward-Pugh gets bent out of shape:

When Ward-Pugh is ringing alarm bells about the way Metro Government is operating, really, it’s pretty bad.

The next meeting will be in a couple weeks and you can expect all hell to break loose between now and then.