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The Kentucky Kingdom Saga Hits a Low Point

It’s a local tragedy that no one is willing to come up with the money to keep the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park from collecting another year’s worth of rust. Ed Hart is holding a press conference this morning to say that the plan to re-open the park is delayed, again, for at least a year, because the state and the city have failed to come up with financing to open the park. Best-case scenario is that some part of the place will open in 2012, barring a miracle. Meanwhile, according to Hart spokesperson Susan McNeese Lynch, Hart is spending $100,000…


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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…


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Chocolate Bunnies Feelin’ the Pinch? Easter Price Gouging a Threat!

Greetings, Pagans! For those of us who have worshiped at daybreak on the front porch of our homes by digging into an Easter basket and passing out with a sticky, brown grins by sunset– this economic news might just send you off to pray. Hershey said this week it’s going to raise prices by 9.7%, a move that many people expect competitors to follow. The entire industry is facing huge price increases for raw ingredients — the cost of sugar has more than doubled in the past year — and can no longer absorb the higher expenses. — So says…


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Miller Says NBA Dream is Still Alive

Tonight J. Bruce Miller will tell a group organized by YPAL that the NBA dream is still alive for this year. The event starts at 6:00 at Patrick O’Shea’s downtown. In an interview this afternoon, Miller said he’s working on a number of fronts and that he’s optimistic an NBA team could be the home team at Freedom Hall this fall. Miller said he’s trying to convince the group of  five investors, who he says have committed to Louisville, to come forward and make their identity public in order to fuel energy about the team. The group has a “no-shopping…


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YPAL: Entrepreneurship Seminar

In the corner conference room of Kentucky’s Life Science and Innovation Center Nucleus some of Louisville’s most brilliant minds gathered.  The Young Professionals Association of Louisville hosted the Entrepreneur Seminar, a gathering dedicated to helping young professionals understand the different avenues of entrepreneurship and how to translate ideas into real business venture opportunities. YPAL, along with the University of Louisville College of Business, brought together a group of people that generated such a feeling of electricity that I could imagine a light bulb fully illuminating without the need of socket if held in the middle of the room. The Panel…


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Mayor Greg Fischer: 79 Days and Counting

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Full disclosure, I did not vote for Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer.  I am conservative.  My voting record is independent, however. I voted for Mayor Abramson & President Clinton. In the mayor election cycle, I helped my friend and fellow Church member, Hal Heiner, in his campaign.  However, I liked what then Candidate Fischer had to say when he was debating Heiner before the election. I have to admit I didn’t even know anything about Greg Fischer at that point except that he was running against Hal Heiner. I remember thinking after the…


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To iPad or not to iPad…

It’s pretty much a given that the tablet PC of choice these days is an Apple iPad. No other brand even comes to mind (actually, are there any other brands out there?). So, the question of whether or not to buy a tablet PC isn’t really should I buy from Steve Jobs versus Bill Gates, it’s more a question of: do I really need one of those damn iPads? Is it cool? I love cool gadgets. But, I’m very, very picky about what I define as such. There’s a very fine line between nerdy and cool. It has something to…


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Abercrombie & Fitch–Titillating Fashion for the Splash Park

All the parental rage over the push-up bikini tops for young girls at Abercrombie & Fitch got my attention recently. Yes, it’s swimsuit season and the marketing machine, fueled with morality, has exploded in the faces of many a concerned family. I’ve seen the mostly  nylon–yuk–bikinis on every network news and cable program. The title of “push-up” has been dutifully replaced by “striped” by A&F to calm the masses. Too late. The classic reaction of most any child is to crave whatever their parent rejects. Ding! Thanks Abercrombie & Fitch. Why pay any  more big advertising bucks than you have…


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Cleaning up after Jerry Continues

It’s time to give Greg Fischer some credit. Today, after confronting yet another situation in which a lax attitude toward ethics resulted in an embarrassing revelation, Fischer said he wants to make sure members of boards and commissions aren’t taking from the till of the organizations they serve. He’s calling for resignations, and its likely you will start hearing about some in the next few days. The latest snafu came as a result of the C-J’s story revealing that Audwin Helton, elected last summer as chair of the MSD board, was picking up six figures annually from MSD for his…


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Fischer Spreads Silver Tsunami News

This morning Mayor Greg Fischer came out to Jeffersontown to participate in the ribbon-cutting for an affordable housing complex for seniors, and had another opportunity to speak about his “silver tsunami.” That’s Fischer’s pet phrase he uses every time he has an opportunity to talk about efforts to attract businesses taking care of our aging population. The Brookstone Senior complex, just behind the Stonybrook Cinemas, is an $8 million project which will have 56 units renting at $605 per month. It’s expected to open in December, and already has at least one person signed up.  The bulk of the financing…