Articles by RickRedding

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What’s the Safety Concern for School Bus Ads?

The only reason opponents have come up with to oppose allowing financially-challenged school systems is concerns about “safety.” Huh? That’s a patently ridiculous position, and one that could cost school systems a lot of money. Rep. Terry Mills has, for the second year in a row, brought a measure to the state legislature that would permit school systems to sell advertising on the sides of their very visible buses. But the measure didn’t pass last year over safety concerns, and it’s likely that someone in the state Senate will oppose it again. Of course, there are and should be restrictions…


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Beshear to U of L: NO, Ask Me Again and I’ll Tell you the Same

U of L Hospital Still in Trouble: Another effort to get U of L Hospital some love from the Governor has failed.  Beshear announced today there will be no revised plan to get U of L a piece of the merger pie. That deal was consummated last week between Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives, a deal that will basically save Jewish. U of L simply botched the merger from the start by keeping details secret from the public and not playing nice enough with politicians, including Beshear, and failing to emphasize the positive ($$) aspects…


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Cards Drop to 15, Murray up to 14, WKU Shopping Coaches

Let’s get caught up on hoops, shall we? Over-Rated: Those of us who watched U of L’s disheartening double overtime loss to Notre Dame on Saturday know the team has problems, mainly with its offense. The Cards can’t score. And that makes it really hard to watch them. 50 points in regulation?  It is not even an average free-throw shooting team. No one that this bunch deserved that #4 ranking a few weeks back, and this week’s #15 seems to be a little generous. Race to the Top: Undefeated Murray State, quickly becoming the talk of college hoops, passed the…


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Boel Inspires Breakfast Crowd

John Boel had already put in a full day of work when he arrived at the University Club at 7 this morning. The newly-hired WAVE-TV reporter told his Breakfast of Champions audience some inspiring stories from his journey from top news anchor at WLKY-TV to rehab for alcohol addiction and a rebirth on the morning news. While much of his speech focused on his recovery and some frightening statistics about addiction, readers here might be more interested in his thoughts on media and how he came back to the local airwaves. Boel said that in November he felt he was…


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The Voice Moves Beyond St. Matthews

The Voice-Tribune isn’t a strictly St. Matthews paper anymore, a fact that’s made ever clear by the paper’s recent move to new offices on East Main Street.   Since being purchased by Blue Equity in 2007, the paper has made plenty of changes — more color and expanded sections, new publications and the sponsorship of events, including what’s become a huge annual Best Dressed event and monthly parties at local restaurants. The paper, which seemed to resist technology before being purchased by the Blue Equity, now has a significant web presence, including several online-only blogs. Managing editor Angie Fenton, who came…


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Fundamentally Good and Bad Guys ‘Rassle at Actors

I’m proud to say I’ve never been to a professional wrestling event, but I can imagine the atmosphere is a little bit like it was last night at Actors Theatre for the press night performance of “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.” The normally sedate Actors crowd was prompted to raucous noise making by the ring scene atmosphere. I doubt I was the only one there who doesn’t consider wrestling ( or ‘rasslin’) a cultural option or an actual sport. In fact, the outstanding Alex Hernandez (who played Macedonio “The Mace” Guerra” ) explained throughout the 2-act play that the…


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Being Uncool for the News Cause

It’s not like I ever thought I was that cool, but then, it’s another thing when your own son puts it out there in public. In a response to the heavily-trafficked post on UK basketball the other day by Gabe Duverge, Josh wrote this: “i can verify that rick redding does not know anything about being hip.” The good news about that is the UK piece generated record traffic here at LouisvilleKY.com, and I’m willing to be exposed publicly for non-hipness for the cause of this site. So here are some other people who aren’t that hip, but are making…


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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…