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Thieneman Files to Run for open 37th District Senate Seat

Chris Thieneman, a long-time political activist in the city’s South End, will run for the open 37th District Senate seat in the 2012 Primary. Thieneman, a Republican, most recently ran in the 2010 Mayoral primary. He finished second in that race, despite winning a majority of precincts in the newly-redrawn 37th Senate district, which stretches from the Ohio River toward the airport. The seat is currently held by Perry Clark, a Democrat who no longer lives in the District after the Senate’s re-drawing of boundary lines. “I’ve always fought for improving the lives of people in the South End, and…


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JCPS Stands Up to Over-Protective Parent

I was looking through the news trying to find something to get worked up over. I was bummed that the Ravens and 49ers lost yesterday, preventing a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl and plenty of media stories about their time helping their Dad at Western. There’s the fact that Newt Gingrich might actually be president.  Then there was another embarrassing incident involving our own U.S. Senator, Rand Paul.  I’m no UK basher, but there’s the fact the the Wildcats will be named the new #1 in the country today, while U of L should be dropped from the Top 25….


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Green’s Sour Grapes

Earlier this week, Mayor Fischer announced he’d hired Maria Koetter as the long-awaited Director of Sustainability for the city.  For those of who remember the 2010 Mayoral election, the hire brought us back to Jackie Green’s independent candidacy, and speculation at the time that Green dropped out of the race that he was promised a job in the new administration. Turns out he wasn’t, but this week’s news prompted Green to send the following letter out to his followers. I think it’s interesting enough to share with you here: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability by Jackie Green, former mayoral candidate…


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Basketball is King at Bellarmine

Let me count the ways that attending a basketball game at Bellarmine is way more rewarding than watching the flailing Cardinals down at the Yum! Center. * I pulled up on Norris Place and parked on the street, about a hundred yards from the gym, 30 minutes before tipoff. Free. I could have pulled into the lot and been closer. No one was standing outside hawking parking spaces for ten bucks. * On the way in with Luke, my 13-year-old son, we got in a short line to buy our $10 tickets when a nice woman walked up, asked if…


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At Last, Cracker Barrel Comes to Valley Station

LOUISVILLE – Valley Station residents are finally getting their Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. After almost eight years of consideration and planning, ground is being broken on the property at Dixie Highway and Bethany Lane this morning. The project is expected to be completed by mid-July. Flynn Brothers is the general contractor. Financing is being provided by Stock Yards Bank. The developer is Thieneman Real Estate. The restaurant is being built on a six-acre site at Dixie Highway and Bethany Lane, just north of the Greenbelt Highway. Jim Torcivia, Vice President of Real Estate for Cracker Barrel, said the new…


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Insider Ire on Journalism, ArkSpeak, Ali’s 70th, and Guess Who’s for Pot?

OK, local journalism followers — you’re gonna want to read Terry Boyd’s rant against local television station WAVE-TV. Boyd called me last night, complaining that the story that his Insider Louisville blog broke had been stolen and aired on the station without attribution. Yes, this kind of thing ticks us off. If I break a story, I want to get credit when it’s repeated on the nightly TV news.  Boyd claims WAVE aired the story on the potential courtship of Kentucky Kingdom by the owners of Holiday World, using his story for its information without giving any credit. In his…


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Don’t Believe that Santa Claus is Coming to the Kingdom’s Rescue

The big news yesterday was that the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. are talking about taking over the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. As Terry Boyd detailed in depth yesterday at Insider Louisville, the fact that Koch family has admitted it is interested doesn’t mean any deal is imminent. The local TV stations who jumped on the story (WAVE even took credit for breaking the story at 7, though Boyd’s piece was published earlier in the day) pushed it to the top of their newscasts. As attractive a story as anything involving Kentucky Kingdom is, it’s nothing for…


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Card Troubles, Knight Triumphs

Yes, I wasted a few hours yesterday afternoon watching Rick Pitino’s Cardinals stink things up in Milwaukee yesterday. The Cards looked awesome for about 3 minutes, building an 18-2 lead, but then reverted back to form, missing shots, turning the ball over and generally playing an uninspired brand of basketball. The outcome was never in doubt in the 2nd half, with the final coming at 74-63. For those of use who thought maybe this team had hit bottom in losing by 31 at Providence. It’s not. U of L has no scoring threat outside of Russ Smith, and with Kyle…


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You Are Not Changing Me with that Garbage that you wrote

Rick Pitino attacked C.L. Brown of the Courier in his press conference today, because The Rick thinks an article Brown wrote criticizing Pitino’s practice methods was erroneous. That’s a little New York coming out of Pitino in the featured quote above. I pulled a few more excerpts below, and here’s a link to the whole exchange. Pitino doesn’t take criticism well, especially when things are going bad. I’ll never forget the one he had during the Karen Sypher mess, when he told the media that they should all ignore any news coming from Sypher. He assembled the media in a…


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The Humongous Party of the Weekend

You’ve probably heard the endless promotion of Cabo Wabo in local media. It’s the party to bring you out of hiding, forget about the horrible weather, and boogie the night away.  It’s where all the cool kids will be Saturday night, the highlight of January. Facebook RSVPs alone number 600, and you can bet more than that will show up with $12, and a coat to donate, at the Mellwood Arts Center Saturday night. Here are details of the bash, provided by Cabo board member John Witten. 2012 Cabo Wabo Coat Party- Benefiting The Children’s Peace Center of Our Lady…