David James Holding 10:00 A.M. Presser Today

Metro Councilcritter David James, who voted in support of Barbara Shanklin’s corruption, is holding a 10:00 A.M. press conference today in Jefferson Square.

The purpose? To “explain” his vote in support of and to keep Shanklin on the council.

He asked that this presser not be broadcast to the public, so here you go. It’s being broadcast to the public.

Secrecy surrounding anything related to Shanklin and Metro Council should not be permitted.

Thank David Jones For Your Fun Tax Increases

How has this loose cannon not been disbarred? The state’s Judicial Conduct Commission ruled former jurist Martin McDonald guilty of Misconduct. [WDRB]

Strange – we thought it was rampant waste, fraud and abuse ruining MSD. Those “flushable” wet wipes, baby wipes, hemorrhoid pads that you send swirling down your toilet bowls are gumming up the works for the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District — clogging sewer line pumps, screens and other mechanical parts at sewage treatment plants, racking up equipment damage and labor costs. [C-J/AKN]

Police say a stabbing in the 1900 block of Kendall Lane in Shively on Monday night has left one man in the hospital. [WHAS11]

As a marketing venue for Kentucky’s most famous spirit, Bourbon Street is hard to beat — and in July, it’s steamy enough to make any drink look good. [H-L]

Louisville police are on the scene of a fatal shooting at an apartment complex in Pleasure Ridge Park. [WLKY]

Jennifer Lawrence sat down with Vogue to discuss paparazzi and the super “weird” past that made her the lovable star she is today. It turns out America’s dream best friend had a pretty “unhappy” childhood. [HuffPo]

A year after two motorcyclists were injured in a hit-and-run accident police have yet to make an arrest, but the woman who was the passenger in the vehicle that allegedly caused the accident has filed a lawsuit. [WAVE3]

Angry taxpayers spoke, and the Jefferson County school board listened — sort of. After a contentious, standing-room only meeting Monday night, board members for Jefferson County Public Schools turned down the district’s request to raise property tax rates 3.1 percent — then minutes later approved a smaller 1.4 percent hike that will generate roughly $8 million more for public schools. [Toni Konz]

Yum! Brands Inc. again reported weaker same-store sales for restaurants in China as many consumers there remain hesitant to eat chicken due to an Avian flu outbreak. [Business First]

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it’s a smaller hike than the JCPS staff’s 3.1-percent increase recommendation. [WFPL]

For five months one of the three bridges that cross the Ohio River from Southern Indiana to Louisville was closed. [News & Tribune]

How Can JCPS Justify That Gigantic Tax Hike?

29 year-old Damon Talbert was found dead in a car in Louisville’s west end late Friday night. [WDRB]

There’s no way on earth Jefferson County Public Schools – with its rampant waste – deserves this property tax hike. Jefferson County Public Schools wants to raise property taxes as much as 3.1 percent this year to gain an additional $17 million that district officials say is needed to offset state and federal funding cuts and continue vital programs that boost student achievement. [C-J/AKN]

A child was sent to Kosair Hospital Saturday night after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in the 3600 block of Dena Drive in South Louisville. [WHAS11]

Two of today’s best-selling high-end bourbons, Maker’s Mark and Pappy Van Winkle, got their start in very different ways but their recipes for success have two things in common: wheat and non-traditional marketing. [H-L]

The victim of an overnight slaying was the brother of dance creator ‘Sugar Shizz’. [WLKY]

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has inducted its latest jockey, Calvin Borel. [WFPL]

Louisville metro police are investigating an early morning shooting that sent one man to the hospital with grave injuries. Just before 9:30 a.m., police arrested a suspect in the shooting, Michael Murphy, who is reportedly in his late 40’s. [WAVE3]

A legal debate over whether one member of a same-sex couple has spousal privilege that would shield her from testifying against her partner is at the heart of a capital murder case in politically conservative Kentucky. [Reuters]

Suburban fire districts’ money-saving decision to respond only to the most serious medical calls, leaving all others to Louisville Metro EMS to handle, makes it less likely that ill and injured people outside the old city limits will survive, the head of Metro EMS warned. [C-J/AKN]

When I last reported on the plight of the downtown Louisville office market, there was plenty of gloom and doom on the part of local brokers and landlords. [Business First]

Henryville students started their second school year in their rebuilt facilities last week. While they may not have noticed the differences as much as last year, teachers are still trying to replace what they lost in the March 2012 tornado. [News & Tribune]

Turns out the 1960s were an unbelievably scary period of time for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Colonel Sanders. [Buzzfeed]

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.