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NBA to Louisville Update: Miller to Meet with Stern

Don’t get all excited yet, but talk of an NBA team’s move to Louisville is ramping up. Last night, WAVE-TV’s Kent Taylor aired an interview with J. Bruce Miller, the local attorney hired by the Metro Council to negotiate with the league about bringing a team here. Miller said a few potentially key things have happened. For one, his unnamed investor group has signed a “No Shopping” agreement tying their money to Louisville if they pursue a team. And Miller said that renovations to Freedom Hall as a home to the team wouldn’t be in the previously-mentioned $100 million range,…


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Boel is on the Way Back

I caught up with former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel today. As I expected, he sounds as if he’s been a model rehab patient.  He’s back in town, celebrating his three-month sober anniversary on Sunday, watching the Packers with his pal Terry Meiners. Boel, in his direct and humble way, said he goes to three AA meetings per week, 2 counseling sessions. He’s found a sponsor in his recovery effort, has lost 32 pounds and is running and cycling every day. He can’t drive, because his license has been suspended. “I’m trying to get well,” he said. “The folks at rehab…


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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…


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VIDEO: Louisville’s Big Groundhog Party

Thanks to my cohort in partying, Larry Bolton, for helping create this video from last night’s Groundhog Day Party, hosted by my cousin Julie and her husband Kevin Ryan. This year it was at the St. Matthews Community Center, right behind Ten Pin Lanes. My favorite piece of Groundhog stuff: a t-shirt reading: “I Just Came Out of a Hole.” And there’s good news — you can expect an early spring!


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Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at LouisvilleKY.com. Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here. One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks…


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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…