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Everything’s Getting Cool on Frankfort Avenue

What a difference a new owner makes, right? Frankfort Avenue has a bright pink building now where there used to be an ugly, dilapidated house and a greasy diner. And look what’s going on across the street. Coming soon no more than 100 feet away is a new Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen. I hear both are opening very soon.


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Winners and Losers and an Online Guru

Finally, a happy Monday after the rarest of football weekends — U of L won, UK won and WKU won.  I went to the Cards’ game, which left me with two lasting memories.  First, the biggest play of the game, the one that spelled doom for Rutgers, was the pass that would have been a game-clinching 84-year TD had Mark Harrison not dropped it. But he did, and the Cards managed a much-needed 16-14 win. But the victory was marred by the game’s other defining moment — when cornerback Anthony Conner slammed into the knee of Rutgers wideout Mohamed Sanu…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – There’s a Troll Under the Bridge!

It’s not every day you can utter the word “bridge” in this neck of the woods and get a positive response but this week, it’s all good at the Troll Pub Under the Bridge. Located at the historic corner of 2nd and Washington, this establishment offers stacked sandwiches to rib eye steaks, regional favorites and vegetarian offerings. The architectural miracle in itself is mesmerizing yet the affordable, diverse menu will hold your attention and appetite. Step back into time and greet the spirits in the rafters of Whiskey Row while digging into a juicy half-pound bison burger with sides of…


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Rick’s New York Slip and Why UK Fans Deserve a Title

Oh, my. Here’s the bad choice of analogy that Rick Pitino used yesterday about Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving the Big East. The setting was the Big East Media Day in New York. My problem is not them leaving,” he said. “My problem is you did it in 48 hours. Don’t run away with a girl after one date when you’ve been dating someone else for three or four years. You’ve been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect.” You might have guessed that Big Apple newspapers jumped on the quote, given Pitino’s well-publicized tryst with Karen Sypher…


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First to know: Have you Chime.in?

  Considering I try to nurture my inner nerd as much as possible, and that I am an information junkie, it should come as no surprise that I found yet another social media site. And this morning kids, I #Chime.in before I checked facebook. *Gasp* That’s right. I have a new love.  Chime.in Yesterday was the birth of chime.in, a beta platform of a new type of social sharing and interest building feed sites. If you are familiar with “pulse” it reminds me of that type of sharing look and feel. I was lucky enough to be a #firstchimer yesterday,…


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Strong and Phillips Get Clear Messages

Wow. Can you imagine what Charlie Strong could have gotten from the University of Louisville if he had managed to win home games against Sun Belt Conference and C-USA schools?  If he’s getting a 7-year contract extension and a raise from $1.6 million to $2.3 million a year for going 2-4, imagine what Tom Jurich would have had to come up with if he’d actually won a few games. U of L announced today that Strong’s contract extends his deal through 2018, which is quite the vote of confidence. In fact, it’s in stark contrast to the “vote of confidence”…


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Back to School Edition

Some local universities seem to be in the news lately, for good and bad reasons. Heap a Trouble for For-Profits: Check out this investigation by Huffington Post into for-profit schools. It’s eye-opening to read about heavy-handed sales tactics used to entice students into enrolling, where they could take advantage of government funding programs and get themselves in debt while earning degrees of dubious value. The target is Education Management Corp.,  which operates schools across the U.S., including Brown Mackie College. Jack Conway has joined a national lawsuit against EDMC. As a former instructor at the local BMC campus, I’ll tell…


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Wall Street Protestors

The Wall Street  fiasco is rather comical, in my opinion.  We have taken the stance, as a nation, that if we don’t like something, let’s just protest.  Let’s spend hours, days, or weeks complaining about the way things are, instead of spending that time trying to figure out a solution. Complaining is EASY.  Finding solutions are HARD.  I guess that’s why protesting is so popular now-a-days. So here’s my take…. Don’t like the bridge situation in Louisville?  Let’s set up a protest on the Kennedy Bridge and not let anyone across.  That will make our point!!!  Thought you had to…


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Doulapalooza! Music, Midwives, Moms….More!

      A doula is a trained professional who accompanies a woman, a couple, through labor with continuous physical, emotional and informational support. We offer non-medical care with comfort and focusing measures and support the woman’s desires in goals for the birth of her child in both hospital and home environments. Just over 12 years ago, I trained to become at doula- labor coach, if you will, via the Seattle Midwifery School. One of my decisions to return home to Louisville was Birth Care Network was getting organized and I wanted to become a part of the birth advocate community…


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New Slugger in the House

Your weather forecast — It’s raining. Now let’s move on. A Real Slugger: The Slugger Museum has installed a really, really lifelike statue of Yankee Derek Jeter, who joins Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Ken Griffey Jr., the only players immortalized with statues inside. This weekend you can get in for $2, in honor of Jeter’s uniform number. Glad he didn’t choose a number like, say, 52.  The museum, in its 15th year, recently passed the 3 millionth visitor milestone. Not The Greatest Decision:  It was strange seeing Muhammad Ali pop up on TMZ. But the champ and his wife…