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Gilderbloom: Why LouisvilleKY Residents have Shorter Lifespans

 Junk Science and Negative Impacts of Pollution By John I. “Hans” Gilderbloom and Gregory D.  Squires    What’s it like to live in Louisville, Ky.,  with one of the shortest lifespans in the U.S.? This fact may be unknown to most but it is frightening those whose lives are needlessly cut short. Longevity and the number of years of healthy life here in the state of Kentucky, the city of Louisville, and particularly neighborhoods like West Louisville are among the shortest in the nation.  Strongly associated with this these shortened lives is that these places have some of the worst…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs and Levy’s Renew Pact for Food Service

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT), the racing icon and year-round entertainment institution that is the home of the Kentucky Derby, and Levy Restaurants, its hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension. The agreement signed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants and Churchill Downs renewed their partnership for another decade through 2026. Under the contract, Levy Restaurants will continue as the historic track’s hospitality partner for the annual celebrations of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, the track’s three racing meets that comprise more than 70 days of live Thoroughbred racing each year, and the track’s extensive year-round schedule…


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America is Destination for Gifted Young Athletes from Europe

Why Gifted Young Athletes Often Head to America While there is a very proud tradition of sport in Ireland, just like the rest of Europe, we do tend to see America as the land of opportunity for gifted teens who look like they have careers ahead of them in various athletic pursuits. This isn’t necessarily because there is more attention given to athletes in general in the USA, but because they have a culture that is highly supportive of developing sports stars and their education system is more geared towards helping young athletes develop in a university environment – here, and…


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Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Plane MH370 Remains Unsolved

What Really Happened to Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane MH370? The fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Plane MH370 is one that still remains an unsolved mystery. The completely unexpected and mysterious nature of its disappearance captivated audiences for months as investigators, agencies and even governments tried to determine where the plane went and what caused it to disappear. There are many unique theories out there that seek to explain what really happened to Plane MH370 in 2014. We’ll review some of the theories – both reasonable and outlandish alike – of what went wrong. Pilot Hijacking One of the first and…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Statue’s Limitations, Suddenbreakingnews, Jokes and Parties

As John Asher might tell you, it’s just eight days until the 142nd Run for the Roses, and we’ve already begun to celebrate. Here’s what’s worth paying attention to. Kentucky Name Drops: Exaggerator. Suddenbreakingnews. Nyquist. Creator. Mohaymen. To have some proper Derby conversations, learn that these are names of horses who will likely be in the Derby. 20 will start. Nyquist is the undefeated favorite. Buy a Racing form, or ask anyone for their opinion, if you want to know more. And listen to my interview with John Asher on the Rusty Satellite Show. No Joke – the Mark and…


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Jtown Taking Action to Reduce Heroin Epidemic

Heroin addicts who want to get to rehab and avoid jail will be able to show up at the Jeffersontown Police Department to get the help they need. Getting the addicts off the streets, and not putting them in jail, is the goal of an innovative program starting in Jeffersontown August 1. Mayor Bill Dieruf announced the new initiative at a press conference, along with Chief Ken Hatmaker and Sgt. Brittney Garrett. “Jtown started the HERT (Heroin Emergency Response Team) project to come up with an innovative way to help people with addictions,” he said. “We’re not just talking about…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Some Justice, Some Horseflesh and Something’s a Thunder

The Derby horse are here early this year, and so is the media throng. For my interview with Jennie Rees for the Rusty Satellite Show this week, I went with photographer Bill Brymer to Churchill Downs’ backside, and recommend it highly. This is before all the tents, all the media, all the hangers-on, so it was just me and Bill hanging with the horses, their connections and people who know the game. Bill got the shot above of Derby contender Mohaymen, who was the story of the day. We watched Jennie interview a Japanese trainer, who has Lani in the…


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Chris Thieneman is NOT GUILTY of Assault Charge

Chris Thieneman finally got his day in court, and was found NOT GUILTY of the most serious charge against him brought by an ex-girlfriend. In Judge Amber Wolf’s court, a jury considered charges stemming from a September 2013 incident in which the former girlfriend, April Smith, claimed that the former U of L football star and political candidate tried to strangle her. This occurred after Thieneman got out of a car she was driving on Brownsboro Road. Smith left the car running and followed Thieneman to a nearby business in which she was a partner with Thieneman. Thieneman faced the possibility…


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Jockey Jim Showcases Life of Jimmy Winkfield in Play by Larry Muhammad

LouisvilleKY play by Larry Muhammad Begins April 30 They’re a rare sight today, but African-American riders dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby, winning 15 of the first 28, including the inaugural run May 17, 1875. One of the most famous was Jimmy Winkfield, arguably the first superstar jockey who rode winners at racetracks spanning a quarter of the globe. He was earning $100,000 a year in the early 1900s. This fantastic horseracing saga, with all the backside intrigue and fortunes changing hands against the backdrop of 20th century war and upheaval, is performed live each night of Derby…


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Top Election Issues in LouisvilleKY

Calvin Page is a journalist and blogger who specialises in articles concerned with all things business, from finance, to management, to keeping a green office, and even the real estate aspects. For more information contact Calvin here:calvpage@gmail.com. Top 5 Election Issues for Louisville Residents Political elections are always won or lost over key issues. The candidate who garners the support of the majority of Louisville, Kentucky voters will be well on their way to the White House, but to win you have to understand which issues mean the most to the electorate. Some issues, like gun control and money, are…