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Council’s Plan Would Kill Preservation

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. — David Yates says an amendment is being added that would allow the requirement of 100 signatures of property owners within a mile to be altered to require 10% of the property owners in the area. He said the goal of the ordinance is to give Metro Council some control over the process. I had to make a few calls to get this straight. Last night, the Metro Council introduced an ordinance that would require that, for any property to be eligible for landmark status, an application must include 100 signatures from property owners living within a…


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While You Wait, News on Schools, Media and Jer

Still awaiting word on the all-important re-districting plan that is holding up everything in Frankfort.  Today the C-J takes its stand, pushing for keeping everything the way it is (old district plan) and rightly criticizing the partisan method used for setting new boundaries. You can’t leave this up to the politicians. Here’s some other big and small ideas: Charter Knowledge: If all you know about Hal Heiner’s push for charter schools in Kentucky is what you hear in that expensive ad campaign, take a look at this OP-ED by JCTA president Brent McKim in today’s C-J.  Using public money for…


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Would Anyone Go to Bluegrass Boardwalk?

Is it When or If?: I have a hard time believing that the operators of Holiday World will actually, someday, strike a deal with the Fair Board that will allow them to open and operate Kentucky Kingdom. But yesterday it was news that members of the Koch family had formed a new company, Bluegrass Boardwalk, that will attempt to cut a deal.  And since there’s even a website and social media attached to the idea, it’s got to be real, right? Rick Pitino, for one, is thrilled: The Rick has talked plenty about the need for the Big East to…


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This Changes Everything in State Politics

News, of course, is the reporting of changes in the world. And in our world, yesterday’s ruling in Frankfort was big news for anyone running for the House or Senate in Kentucky. When the politicians in charge in Frankfort re-drew district boundaries, they did so with such a partisan attitude that they lost sight of the goals of fair representation for citizens.  And when the losers (House Republicans, mainly) filed a lawsuit protesting the partisan nature of the changes, a judge agreed. The parties in charge was simply too greedy.  And the judge, as of yesterday, had the power to…


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Results of a Giant Weekend

I was glad to see the Giants win on Sunday, just because Eli Manning has more appeal than that darn Tom Brady. Maybe the most remarkable moment, in the game anyway, was watching Ahmad Bradshaw trying NOT to score in the final minute.  The most buzz seemed to be about the great Clint Eastwood spot. In general, and I did watch most of them, I didn’t see any commercials that really made me go “WOW”. My favorite was probably the Jerry Seinfeld-Jay Leno one.  It was funny, but then I had to go and look up what product they were…


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Ready, Set, Sweeps

If you’ve watched any local TV lately, you’ve seen the promos. Every station has been up with promos for tonight’s newscasts, each hoping for a audience bump thanks to their promotions of investigative stories. Most people don’t think it makes much difference, but that doesn’t stop stations from dipping into the creepy music stash and recording big-voiced promos for news stories. You’ll see plenty of bad guys and regular folks attempting to dodge cameras. Although there’s none tonight, there will be stories focused on some bizarre sexual crime or act. Bad behavior will be exposed. And once in a while…


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More Winter, More Absurdity from Richie and Others

It’s Groundhog Day, which always serves to remind us of the great Bill Murray movie and how most of us would really like to have a few days back to live over again. And the weather. I don’t know how Kevin Harned talked WAVE-TV management into it, but he and John Belski are up in Puxsatawny, Pa. this morning for the big party at Gobbler’s Knob with Phil, the groundhog. And the verdict is. . . . PHIL SAW HIS SHADOW — SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER Harned and Belski, the station claims, are the first local meteorologists to cover…


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Morrisson Switches Races, And Other Policital Wanderings

I never thought that Curtis Morrison’s chances of upending the popular Tom Owen on the Metro Council were very good. Neither did Morrison, apparently, because on the filing deadline yesterday the commnity organizer and Bridge Toll opponent withdrew from the Metro Council race, went to Frankfort and filed to run in the 35th District State Senate race.  There he will face incumbent Denise Harper Angel. Owen will have 2 Democratic opponents in a primary — Bryan Matthews and Mason Roberts. And a Republican filed in the heavily-Democratic Highlands district — Kirt Jacobs. He does those leadership interview segments in the…


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Great News for The Healing Place

I’m passing along some great news from The Healing Place: Louisville, KY (January 31, 2012) — The Healing Place, a nationally recognized drug and alcohol recovery program, will receive an $800,000 Kresge Grant after meeting $1.2 million donation requirement. The Kresge closing grant will complete funding for the women and children’s campus which opened in 2010. You are invited to a Victory Reception on Thursday, February 2 from 3:00-6:00 pm to celebrate the completion of Kresge Grant which is Phase 1 of the current Partners for Hope Initiative.  A special presentation will be made at 5:00 pm by Jay Davidson,…


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Filing Deadline News — Look Who’s In!

The best news about today is that it’s the end of January, the cruelest, most awful month on the calendar. And it’s also the filing deadline for 2012 political races. And while there may be more surprises ahead, the biggest and certainly most interesting race around here will be in the new 37th State Senate district. Doug Hawkins, the former Metro Council member famous for his fight against a “bomb” shelter, filed his paperwork today to run in the Republican primary. He will face activist Chris Thieneman. There’s likely to be an interesting primary on the Dem side there, where…