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Kissing + Science = Cool

I never put science and kissing together. They seem like mutually exclusive ideas. Science is classrooms, beakers, experiments, evolution.   Kissing is intimacy, physical attraction, sex. So it took a presentation at the Idea Festival by a scientist from Texas to put the ideas together for me. Sheril Kirshenbaum explained, in a scientific way, the origins, experiments and research on why and how humans, and animals, put their lips together.  It may seem silly to spend serious research time on kissing, when there are so many important topics to study, but scientists want to have fun, too. Kirshenbaum’s presentation opened Day…


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LEO Readers Love Us, They Really Love Us

I’m humbled. LEO Readers voted LouisvilleKY.com the best local website, best local blog and voted me the best feature writer. Our own star, Cindy Lamb, was 2nd choice for that category. I’ll start working on my acceptance speech. In the interest of sharing the love, let’s take a look at some other media winners of note. Local columnist — LEO’s Sara Havens, the Bar Belle Local Celeb you Love to Hate: WHAS Raido/Great Day Live host Terry Meiners, who also got Best Radio Personality Local News Writer: WFPL’s awesome Phillip Bailey TV Meteorologist: WAVE’s Kevin Harned News Anchor: WAVE’s Dawne…


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We’ve Got Your Bridge Info, Right Here

I heard Rebecca Jackson, in a press conference yesterday, say that all President Obama has to do this week is declare an emergency for our little bridge situation, and the construction will start immediately on the East End bridge. Jackson, who leads a group that has done anti-River Fields advertising, talked to media yesterday along with David Jones and Bill Samuels, and some Metro Council members. Jones has offered $10 million in a loan to get the project started. He made an appearance on Great Day Live! on WHAS-TV this morning, and said another $6 million has been pledged to…


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Dracula Will Surprise, Scare You

Actors Theatre is in its 17th year of producing “Dracula” before Halloween. But I’d never been, and have somehow made it through 51 years without knowing what’s behind the legendary tale. And I don’t really get into all the vampire culture. When I went to the latest adaptation Friday night,  I half-expected a bunch of blood-sucking and horrific stuff straight out of the HBO series True Blood. What I saw was an amazing performance with great special effects that added up to a spine-tingling experience. I’d only heard about Bram Stoker’s novel, upon which all of the Dracula-ean legends are…


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Ratings Race is On for Local Stations

First, a disclaimer. Last week’s TV ratings, in which major programming changes took place at every local station, were affected by the shutting down of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The constant traffic reporting, as well as changed schedules for commuters, altered viewing habits. We just don’t know how they were altered. So let’s not make any big conclusions about how the new shows did locally. On second thought, let’s do. In the newly-competitive 9 a..m. slot, Great Day Live! on WHAS beat Regis & Kelly on WDRB by a narrow (3.8 to 3.4) margin.  That shows that plenty of R&K…


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Future Cloudy for These Cards and For U of L

Argue with me if you want, but I don’t think U of L beats Kentucky Saturday if Will Stein doesn’t get hurt. Teddy Bridgewater isn’t polished, experienced or ready, but he’s shown that at least he can perform under pressure and that he’s got a big-time arm. Yes, the biggest question marks for the Cards, the offensive line and the secondary, came up big and assured the victory. And if you’re a UK fan, this third straight dismal performance has you looking around the country to see who the next hot coach is you might recruit. While TV viewers (OK,…


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Make it a PARKing Day

PARKING DAY: I’m glad to get behind this movement sponsored by Broken Sidewalk and the Urban Design Studio. Today, at seven spots around downtown,mini-parks will be set up in parking spaces. The idea is to call attention to the need for more urban greenspace, which is a pretty good idea. And if you’re so motivated you can ride your bike around to all seven of the designated spots. There’s a LOT going on this weekend, so much that driving all the way over to Lexington to see a couple of mediocre football teams play at Commonwealth Stadium seems a waste….


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A Place That’s Full of Ideas, Including a $10 Million One

Some Good, Bad, and Crazy Ideas: Can Money Buy Happiness, or a Bridge? David Jones is offering up $10 million if public officials will just agree to get started building an East End bridge. Nice gesture. Not gonna happen, even though Jones says construction could be completed in just two years. A List of Ideas: I like #s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 on Brian Tucker’s list of radical, novel bridge ideas. Especially #6. Dismiss and divest of all power every single person sitting on the Bridges Authority board. Throw away all the studies, drawings, and opinions of…


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Love a Parade? Head to J-town

The place to be this afternoon, of course, is Jeffersontown, where the big parade goes right by my place. The Gaslight Festival is the 5th largest festival/party in the Southeast, the Chamber brags, and brings in 200,000 people a year, mainly for the Arts and Crafts Fair and Street Party that starts tomorrow. It’s a hokey parade. The grand marshals this year — members of a 13-under Little League baseball team. Banks and other businesses hand out candy, and Mayor Bill Dieruf and members of the City Council act like big shots riding on top of convertibles. Other kids groups…


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Kicking Up a Local Radio Ruckus: River Fields vs. WHAS

I made my monthly appearance on Joe Elliott’s radio show today, where we talked about, well, you guessed it. The Sherman Minton Bridge. Given that the Bridge isn’t going to be working anytime soon, it’s fascinating that a lot of people are getting comfortable with the idea of paying a toll to cross a bridge. It’s partially the realization that no bridge is going to be built without toll money. And that ferry idea? It’s got a long way to go, with just 58 people boating it the first morning.  The ferry option won’t take off without some serious marketing…