Articles by RickRedding

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It’s Time for UK to Drop Its Louisville Trip

Kentucky’s basketball team beat Arkansas-Little Rock last night at Freedom Hall, 73-51. It wasn’t much of a game, as the #2 Wildcats dispatched the Trojans playing hard for only half the game. Only 14,747 fans were willing to shell out $45 to see this spectacle, which had to have been a disappointment to Coach John Calipari, who had used his powerful social media outlets to encourage local fans to show up, even promising he’d have his players stick around for autographs if the Hall was filled. He sent out this message to Big Blue Nation. BBN, are we filling up…


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Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith Dies

Gatewood Galbraith, perennial candidate for Kentucky governor and advocate of legalization of marijuana, died last night. He was 64. The news is making the media rounds as reported by his running mate, Dea Riley, in a Facebook post this morning about 9:30. It said: Dear Friends I have just been notified that Gatewood passed away last night. I am heading to Lexington to be with his family. Please say a prayer for his family and friends and all those who loved him. Gatewood brought plenty of levity to gubernatorial debates, especially going head-t0-head with Steve Beshear both in 2007 and…


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One More Classic From the Richie Farmer Quote Machine

We all had a lot of fun with Richie Farmer during the last election — as area journalists discovered the Ag Commissioner’s fondness for spending tax dollars in inappropriate ways, then acting as if there was nothing wrong with having a fancy vehicle, TV, or taking junkets. Then there was the divorce, filed by his wife at the worst possible time for him politically, and Richie tried playing victim, saying everyone was out to get him. But the icing on the cake was his decision to, during the last weeks of the campaign (when it was obvious he and David…


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Rachael Kamuf — Journalist, Mentor, Friend

Rachael Kamuf, who was on the original staff at Business First and was an editor at LEO, and a board member for the local chapter of the Society of Profesional Journalists, died in her home earlier this week. That was a difficult sentence to write. I worked right next to Rachael for four years at Business First. She was a great mentor, was frequently irritated by my phone habits, but was a caring and thoughtful person who loved chasing a news story. We worked on a few investigative pieces together, and took great pleasure in getting to the bottom of…


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Don’t Join the Exercise Resolution Crowd, Make it a Lifestyle

I noticed the crowds at Urban Active and Louisville Athletic Club are picking up, as they do every year, with newly-resolutioned people vowing that this is the year they’ll stick with it, lose the weight, quit smoking, eat right, etc. And most, of course, won’t stick with it, and about March they’ll be back to their old lifestyle. That’s right, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been struggling a bit lately because of a knee injury, and considering how I might replace the fitness and mental boost I get from playing racquetball 3-4 times a week. For the last several weeks, I’ve…


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Year Two: Who Came Back and Who Got Married

We’re back for more in our second year here at LouisvilleKY.com. Send me your suggestions (rick@louisvilleky.com) for making the site better, or start a dialogue by leaving a comment. Is This All You Got?: Gov. Beshear released a list of top 10 accomplishments, which was pretty easy to poke fun at, as John David Dyche did in his C-J column today. Example — Beshear took credit for creating 13,718 jobs, but didn’t have anything to do with many of them, and all those announced didn’t necessarily come to fruition. Cozy With King: Looks like Jim King will get an unprecedented…


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The Biggest Local Media Stories of 2011

Here you go — a completely unscientific subjective list of the top stories I’ve covered in local media in 2011. It’s usually disappointing to me, in this modern digital world of news consuming, to see what posts from this site generate the largest amount of traffic. It’s the same reason I hate the popularity of reality TV shows, or NASCAR. Or how really bad TV commercials, like the one with that damn KIA Store chick, keep showing up on TV. So I didn’t use that information to determine my list. I saw plenty of significant changes on the local landscape,…


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Death of a Hospital Merger

Gov. Steve Beshear killed the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiative. Beshear’s long-awaited decision was announced this morning. It puts an end, presumably, to the talk of the merger which had been hailed for its potential to finance improvements and improve care. But the critics of the merger claimed the new entity, which would follow religious-based directives that restricted abortions and end-of-life procedures, would not fulfill the requirements of a public hospital. Beshear’s blessing was necessary for the merger…


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Making 2012 Better Here on LouisvilleKY.com

LouisvilleKY.com was born about a year ago, so it’s a good time to assess where we are and want to go from here. I might even make a resolution or two for the future. You’re welcome to chime in. When I started the site, the idea was to make it an extension of what I was doing with a handful of loyal volunteer bloggers over at WLKY.com. We had, for six months, reported news and given our opinion on stuff on that station’s web site, hoping to drive traffic and, ultimately, sponsorships.  Of course, in this mixed-up and moving media…


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Pitino Really Planning Ahead

Rick Pitino sure knows how to make news. Today he was asked an otherwise non-controversial question in a news conference, and his response is making national news, being picked up in media including USA Today. The question was about the big week ahead for U of L. Here’s what he said: “One thing I do because of my age is that I really don’t look ahead,” he said. “For years I have been preaching the precious present. When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left. My contract is going to run out in…