Will The Zoo Hold Secret Interviews Again?

You bet your ass it will. And probably at Debbie King’s office — just like last time.

The Zoo is yet again looking for a Development Director.

Since it’s allegedly about half way to its $10 million project goal, all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. Which means it’ll take someone with serious skill and likely a family background (you know that’s how it works in Louisville) in money to finish.

We hear Walczak has already set his sights on an insider — the current coordinator already making bank and isn’t liked too well by the board.

And a certain Frazier is in the running?

So you know what that means. Fun, secret meetings.

We’ll get calls asking us to keep things hush-hush in 3, 2…

White Flighters Panicked Over Peaceful Protest

FFS, it’s not bourbon if it’s made in Indiana. [WDRB]

In responding to his most recent performance review, Metropolitan Sewer District executive director Greg Heitzman objected to the middle rating that his board gave him, an evaluation that was colored by a bitter union dispute. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police are helping make the holidays brighter for senior citizens in the community. [WHAS11]

Seems like only yesterday Steve Beshear and Jack Conway were pushing this as the second-coming. Like most economic developments Beshear touts, here’s yet another failure. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here’s a look at panicked white flighters freaking out about a peaceful protest. If only more people had the guts Amy Rock has. [WLKY]

Isn’t it fascinating to see a bunch of fat white people freaking out about a scary black guy protesting? Because it’s obviously the best thing to do — to prosecute a protestor instead of bothering to do anything about the slaughter of poor brown people at the hands of wealthy white communities. Almost as fascinating to watch the Louisville Metro Police threaten to arrest peaceful protestors this weekend in a super-white neighborhood because some sheltered kids were scared. [HuffPo]

Six Fern Creek Traditional High School students were taken to the hospital after drinking water tainted with prescription medication. [WAVE3]

Adam Edelen is still in a pissing contest with Bobbie Coleslaw for her shady spending. [External PDF Link]

Amid national attention to police tactics across the U.S., Louisville officials are making an attempt to open up a dialogue between local police and the community. [WFPL]

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched this week says the opposite. In filings with the U.S. Department of Education, two Delaware nonprofit groups allege that some of the state’s publicly funded, privately managed schools are actively resegregating the education system — and in a way that violates federal civil rights law. [David Sirota]

For nearly a decade, Maria Hampton has been the face of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in Louisville [Business First]

The lawsuit that Jeffersonville residents filed against MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. has been dropped, but a judge’s ruling Thursday and a new lawsuit against the city mean the fight is far from over. [News & Tribune]

Another Reason People Don’t Trust The Police, Legislators, Judges And The System In General

Cross-posting this from Page One because it is mind-blowing.

Oh, this is crazy.

This means good cops can’t blow the whistle on bad cops because people in state government get their feelings hurt:


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Ferriell was employed with the City of Audubon Park Police Department from November 2006 through October 2010. In late July and early August 2010, Ferriell reported a violation of federal law to personnel within the department. Ferriell alleges that as a result of his report, he was subjected to different terms and conditions of his employment, and ultimately terminated on October 6, 2010. Ferriell filed a complaint against the department on January 3, 2011, alleging a violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Act, KRS1 61.101 et seq. The City of Audubon Park moved for summary judgment on grounds that the department is not an “employer” within the meaning of KRS 61.102, and the trial court, relying exclusively on Wilson v. City of Cent. City, 372 S.W.3d 863 (Ky. 2012), granted the city’s motion on December 18, 2012. This appeal follows.

On appeal, Ferriell argues that Wilson should not be broadly interpreted so as to exclude all cities from being considered employers under the Whistleblower Act. Next, Ferriell claims that Wilson should only apply to city employees who perform non-essential state functions, and police departments who perform essential functions should be considered employers under the Whistleblower Act. Thirdly, Ferriell claims that police departments are “authorized to act on behalf of the Commonwealth” and therefore are employers under the Act, despite the fact that cities are not political subdivisions of the Commonwealth. Finally, Ferriell maintains that the trial court’s ruling should be reversed because if police officers are unprotected by the Act, they have no recourse for wrongful termination.

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Ferriell first argues the trial court erred by granting summary judgment in favor of Audubon Park because the Wilson opinion does not say no city can ever be an employer for purposes of the Whistleblower Act. However, while Wilson acknowledges that “gray area” entities exist which may or may not be “political subdivisions” of the Commonwealth, the court clearly holds that cities are not political subdivisions. We agree with the trial court that because Audubon Park is indisputably a city, it cannot be considered a “political subdivision” of the Commonwealth, and thus is not an “employer” for purposes of the Whistleblower Act.

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Since the Wilson court clearly held that cities are not political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, after a thorough analysis of the legislative history of the Whistleblower Act and the General Assembly’s intent to exclude cities from such, and made no distinction for departments performing “essential” functions, we decline to make such a distinction.

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If the legislature had intended to name police officers agents of the Commonwealth, it could have enacted a statute doing so, but it has not. Therefore, city police departments remain city employers not covered by the Whistleblower Act.

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Because city police departments, such as Audubon Park’s police department, are still part of their respective cities, they cannot be considered employers as defined in the Whistleblower Act.

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[W]e believe that providing recourse for police officers who claim to have been wrongfully terminated is the province of the legislature, not this court.

Insanity.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Buy A Lottery Ticket — Hell Has Frozen Over

The newspooper has credited us with that story we broke about yet another University of Louisville administrator being fired.

From Andrew Wolfson:

The University of Louisville’s vice president for human resources was fired this week over what the school would only say was a personnel matter.

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University spokesman Mark Hebert said Connally’s “separation” did not involve suspected illegal conduct.

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Hebert declined to say if Connally would receive a buyout or elaborate on why the university ousted him.

“We would not normally talk about personnel matters and that is the case with Mr. Connally,” Hebert said.

He did dispute the portion of a post on the Ville Voice, which first reported the ouster, that said Connally was escorted from the campus by police.

A couple things:

Hebert didn’t dispute the po-leece escort either via email or text message. None of Connally’s colleagues disputed it. I won’t violate someone’s request for off-the-record commentary but as a former journalist, it would appear that Mark Hebert has forgotten what planet he lives on. Especially knowing that in exchange for giving me a statement I told him I wouldn’t publish an audio recording of Jim Ramsey accidentally spilling the proverbial T on Connally. (Spilling the T is a drag queen / Real Housewives thing. Urban Dictionary it if you need.)

Update — Hebert just begged me again to go off-the-record. UofL’s panicked.

Folks at UofL tell us it’s common for individuals let go to be escorted out of the building. Common sense tells each of you that it would happen at UofL since it happens everywhere else on earth. Rent-a-cop or UofL pretend cop (that part’s not important), the guy was walked out and lots of people saw it.

Something wouldn’t have to be “illegal” at the University of Louisville for it to be corrupt as hell. It’s almost as if Hebert is being forced to tell Wolfson things he knows to be complete bullshit. Because Jim Ramsey craps his pants when I come knocking whether my critics like it or not.

Hebert’s colleagues tell us that just before he was canned, Connally was involved in a shouting match with Shirley Willihnganz — the woman who turned a blind eye to Robert Felner’s corruption for several years. About half a dozen other people who don’t work directly with Hebert separately said the same.

Here’s hoping Hebert is ready for the next few months of non-stop work he’ll be forced to do. He should know by now that when I’m on a story, I’m on a story. It’s not a blip on the radar.

Final note:

Everyone really needs to go buy a lottery ticket. You know hell has frozen over when the paper credits another outlet that isn’t paying for said credit. And you know lottery revenues probably suck right now. You’d be helping the state and cashing in.

Yep, Felner Cronies Continue To Wreak Havoc

Aaaand the rumors have begun about Toni Konz fishing for a job with the Kentucky Department of Education, just like Nancy Rodriguez. Remember, they’re just rumors. Even though there’s an established pattern of Holliday fluff. [WDRB]

In 2008, Louisville set out to boost its college-educated workforce — setting the goal for half its working-age adults to hold associate or bachelor’s degrees by 2020. But at the current rate, the goal won’t be reached until 10 years later, according to a report issued Tuesday by the city’s 55,000 Degrees initiative. [C-J/AKN]

You know what leads to ill-advised posts like that? Ignorant, back water racism. Nothing less than pure racism. Here’s hoping Norton sends that poor, uneducated woman some help in avoiding such… ignorance… in addition to firing her. [WHAS11]

The Urban County Council is expected to review a new ordinance regulating ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber in January, months after debate began on how Lexington should regulate the companies that use technology to connect drivers with riders. [H-L]

Do you know these folks? Louisville detectives need the public’s help identifying two burglary suspects caught on video. [WLKY]

The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars half a century ago, according to an audit issued Wednesday. The news might come as a shock to Americans struggling to keep up with rising costs. [HuffPo]

This story will probably cause you to pop a vein. A woman is facing charges after her mother was found covered in bedbugs, fleas, feces and urine, according to Louisville Metro police. [WAVE3]

On a memorial to West Virginia’s most recent mining disaster, the silhouettes of 29 figures are etched into black granite, men posed with arms around each another like teammates. [NY Times]

The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas standards ended on Monday, and more than two million individuals, states, corporations and trade groups were eager to weigh in. [WFPL]

Really? Is anyone surprised that Robert Felner lackey John Deasy is in this mess? L.A. school district officials turned over 20 boxes of documents Monday in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project, officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon. [LA Times]

Marvin Maxwell is eager to sell his Mom’s Music location on Mellwood Avenue where, for years, musicians have bought instruments, recorded songs and learned how to rock. [Business First]

The Clark County Commissioners and county council are set to take a closer look at the finances of Clark Memorial Hospital. [News & Tribune]