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Finally-Fischer Boots Zelinsky at Animal Services

Just in — Mayor Greg Fischer has replaced Wayne Zelinsky at the troubled Animal Services department. It’s long overdue. Here’s what the Mayor’s Office just released: LOUISVILLE (Feb. 2, 2011) – Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky. Fox, currently Deputy Director of MetroSafe, will oversee animal control for the city while the Fischer administration conducts a national search for a new full-time director and completes a top-to-bottom review of Animal Services. Fox will remain in the new role until April, when Fischer plans…


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Will Kentucky Lawmakers Let You Trust Your Nurse?

Did you realize that state lawmakers are digging in for a battle over whether you can get drugs from a licensed nurse practitioner? The controversy, detailed in Steve Shaw’s LEO cover story this week, sounds more like a bunch of physicians protecting their turf than anything involving the safety of patients and their access to quality health services. There’s a shortage of family practitioners, especially out in the state, where the void for basic needs could be filled by licensed nurses. But the law provides a catch — the nurses have to sign a collaborative agreement with a physician —…


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Groundhogged in Louisville

Up in Punxsatawny, Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so you can count on an early spring.  Yippee! Sometimes it seems like I’m in that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray, because every year I go to the same party and they show the movie and all the same people are there. Just kidding. I do have plans to attend the 33rd Annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration, hosted by my cousin Julie Ryan and her husband Kevin, who own the most extensive collection of Groundhog crap this side of Punxsatawny. Fortunately, the location changes every year, and…


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No Ticket Teasing, WAVE! and What’s Coming on TV

There was a minor flap over at WAVE’s 725 Live show Friday when the station mistakenly advertised it was giving away tickets to the George Strait show at the Yum Center April 9. It didn’t have the tickets yet. But the station’s Doug Garrett, who posted the message on WAVE’s Facebook page, tells me it was his mistake and that the tickets will be given away this week. The episode gave some viewers a chance to vent publicly about the 725 show, with many commenting that the station should go back to News during the 12:30 hour.  Garrett told me,…


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Iron Quarter Resolution Good for Blue

My gut reaction to this — looks like Todd Blue gets his way.  The developer of the controversial stretch of buildings on Main Street, once envisioned as a huge retail complex, will get to tear down the buildings in 90 days.  The city will absorb up to $450,000 in cost to preserve the building facades, or build new ones that look just like the old. That’s the price Mayor Fischer says he’s willing to pay to stay out of a legal battle with Blue, who still has the option of selling the properties if he can find a buyer. This…


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Family Matters In Jeffersontown

In Jeffersontown, the city’s $18 million budget is just insignificant enough, its 102-member workforce just small enough, its government leaders just powerful enough — that it’s easy to get away with stuff that would never fly in Metro Government. The new Mayor, Bill Dieruf, didn’t really promise that he’d change the way things are done in the small city, and at least in hiring preferences, he’s not. He’s a businessman, after all. And his defense of what appears to be political favors in hiring are simply a matter of hiring the best-qualified person for the job. There’s no ethics code…


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Keeping Up with the Locals

We’re nearly a month old, and already surpassed our first milestone — 100 posts on the site. It happened over the weekend with some really great local items — Bob Sokoler’s fascinating video from Actors’ Lobster Feast, Kirk Kandle’s account of moving an entire home by bike, with video.  I keep adding interesting contributors, so keep coming back to the site to see what’s new. Gabe, Part 1: Hope you saw the piece on the Cards’ Peyton Siva (the hero of that double overtime win at Connecticut Saturday) by our new sportswriter, Gabe Duverge. I’m looking forward to getting a…


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Lost Dog in Anchorage

Spotted these signs going up this morning all over the Anchorage/Owl Creek area. Although this doggie may well still be lingering in that territory, even a small dog can walk several miles in a short time – so I urge folks in Middletown, Lyndon, Hurstbourne and Jeffersontown to keep their eyes peeled for this pup. The number listed on the poster is 931-5546. Get on it, my fellow pet detectives.


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The Biggest Game in Town

Last night, more people got their entertainment from a women’s college basketball game than from anything else going on in Louisville. 15,601. It was only the third largest crowd of the season for the Lady Cards, but remarkable because it wasn’t the opposition that attracted the crowd — Not Tennessee, not Kentucky, not Connecticut — but merely one of the top-tier squads in the Big East, Rutgers. The Knights, 5-1 in the league, kept it close until midway through the 2nd half, when U of L pulled away with a 17-0 run, winning 56-45. The Cards are now 5-3 in…


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TV Spot for Mint Jubilee

Feeling Derby? Click on this link to see the spot:  Mint PSA 001-MPEG-4 800Kbps Hey, it’s almost February. Which means Derby season can’t be far behind. This year, the Mint Jubilee will be held Derby Eve at the Louisville Palace. It’s going to be different, thanks to the involvement of the original founders Matt Battaglia, and Chris and Tom Thieneman. The Derby Eve party will feature plenty of new frills. Take a look at this TV spot, produced by Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American who is now a Hollywood producer.