Articles by RickRedding

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Governor Chicken Tucks Tail Again

There may be nothing we can do about it, but I sure am disappointed in Gov. Steve Beshear, who seems so afraid of being seen in public with David Williams that he’s given up the pretense of making up excuses for not showing up. Last night’s KET Debate, in which the topic was education, would seem an ideal opportunity for the Governor to tout his policies, given they’re in such sharp contrast to his opponents. And traditionally the KET Debates are the ones that get the most attention — a statewide TV audience and a chance to engage the public….


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Some Original Thinking on Bridges

What if. . . the community’s leaders got behind a plan to build smaller, less expensive local-access bridges right now. Architect Steve Wiser has a plan that he says is do-able right now to help fix the area’s transportation problems. Wiser wants to build at least three local-access bridges, at $100 million each, that could be carrying traffic within five years. He’s holding a press conference Wednesday at the K&I Bridge, and hopes that some public officials, including members the Metro Council, will show up and listen. Wiser points out that crossing the Ohio River around here, even before the…


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Fairgrounds To use Technology to Rip You Off

Next time you go to the Fairgrounds, you might get the privilege of paying $8 to park through a machine. The state is paying some $3.2 million over 10 years to get the machines up and running in hopes of speeding your trip around Ring Road.  You’ll be able to use a credit card or cash. I think I’ll park over there behind the Cracker Barrel and walk in. Or try crashing the gate on my bike and see if the officials come up with an anti-bike rule, like they did for this year’s Kentucky State Fair. I’m not complaining…


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Moneyball Much More Than a Baseball Movie

You don’t have to like baseball, or Brad Pitt, to like the new movie “Moneyball.” I read Michael Lewis’ book about the revolution in the way baseball players are analyzed a few years back, and never imagined it as a movie. It was all numbers and analytics, and tucked away in there was a nice little story about Billy Beane’s decision to take a completely new approach to building the cash-poor Oakland A’s. Much like another movie adapted from a Lewis book, “The Blind Side,” “Moneyball” the movie uses statistics as a sidebar to telling a story about revolutionary game-changers…


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Donaghy’s Disturbing Tell-All Talk at IF

Tim Donaghy has plenty of shocking truths to tell about his fall from grace as an NBA referee.  It was shocking for many in the Idea Festival audience Friday to hear how Donaghy won 80 percent of his bets on NBA games using his knowledge of injuries, players, owners and coaches. It was shocking to learn that he wasn’t just making bets for himself, but was feeding his info to the mob, and that he’d get a couple grand for every pick he gave them, which amounted to more than 100 NBA games. It was shocking to hear how he…


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Where Else? — The Highlands Boasts Weirdness

A new mural just completed in the Highlands puts a label on the area — weird, independent and proud. The Highland Commerce Guild sponsored a contest to design the mural, with a $1,000 prize to the winning artists — Bryan Todd and Kirby Stafford.  The whole process, from Contest period to Mural completion, took about 3 months. There were 16 entries, and the painting took three days, with the paint donated by Dages Paint. It’s at the corner of Bardstown Road and Lucia. The Guild will host a mural reception party Sept. 30.


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Could Beer be a Conference Deal-Breaker ?

The big topic on Drew Deener’s sports talk show this morning — What if U of L moves to a new conference whose rules don’t allow beer sales at games? The latest on U of L and conference realignment is that the Cards are standing tall with the remaining Big East members. The ruckus over at the Big 12 seems to have died down after the league replaced its commissioner and the schools there seem to be staying put. But everyone knows U of L could be persuaded to leave the Big East for a more attractive set up in…


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Tedeschi-Trucks and Ken-Ducks Rule This Weekend

This is one of those colossal Louisville weekends — with so much to do and all without crossing a bridge. I want to point out and promote two big events for good causes, which is not in any way to dismiss the Idea Festival or the NuLu Fest, both of which I have plans to attend. On Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cadinal Stadium, there will something a lot more entertaining than a football game going on. The southern Blues of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band will play to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The husband-wife team of Derrick Trucks and Susan…


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FAILS – Kingdom and Social and . . .

Here’s a look at what’s happening around here from a glass-half-empty perspective: Who Will Save the Kingdom?: You have to admire Ed Hart for his efforts to save Kentucky Kingdom, the amusement park he’s working hard to re-open and the one it seems politicians in the state legislature seem determined to keep from happening. Hart issued a statement today, after he’s secured $29 million in private funding for the project (mostly from the Al J. Schneider Co.), saying basically that the foot-dragging of government officials has now made it impossible for the park to open next year. Still, Hart says…


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New Judge Series Has Local Connection

You might not have tuned in lately to WKYI-TV. That’s channel 24, or 138 on Insight.  In the past, the station has aired some local programming, like shows featuring Wayne Perkey, Bob Valvano and those View-like women who produced “View from the Ville.” I didn’t see any of those shows either. But the station has cleared a new show with a local connection that’s worth tuning in, called “Last Shot with Judge Gunn.” It airs weeknights at 8, and is produced by Matt Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American turned actor turned big-time Hollywood producer. Battaglia is a…