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The Louisville Real Estate Sky Is Not Falling

Despite record temperatures and fear of a faltering economy, Louisville Homes going under contract for the month of July 2011 actually increased almost 11 percent from the year before (see data below). The numbers may be artificially low for July of 2010 because many homebuyers had purchased a home earlier in the year thanks to federal tax incentives. Still the trend from year to year shows some positive signs. For example the July 2011 homes going under contract numbers are only off 2.5 percent from July 2009. Better yet 2011was actually up 20 percent from 2008. You can make the…


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Let’s Get Behind the Kenwood

I think I saw Saturday Night Fever about a dozen times at the Kenwood Drive-In in the summer of 1978. Me and a few pals would try hiding in our trunk, while one of us drove in alone. When we started getting caught doing that, we knew where there was a hole in the fence surrounding the Southside Drive landmark. Back then, getting away with sneaking in must have saved us $2. Of course, this came after cruising around to several stores trying to buy enough Little Miller’s to get through the movies. Once inside, we’d hang out near the…


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Here’s News of Running, Boel, Beshear and Poor Karen Sypher

How about some good news? Yesterday I went to the Water Tower for a little shindig celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the Pure Tap water program. The Mayor was full of quips, and Greg Heitzman patted everyone on the back from a bunch of politicians to the guy who thought up Pure Tap to Water Company employees like my frat bro Jim Grunow. . . Then Sports Commission honcho Karl Schmitt announced some actual news — that the Water Company is jumping in to sponsor a 5K race along with its Half-Marathon in November.  .  . Then the hundred or…


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Louisville restaurant offers prices based on the stock market losses.

DISHING UP STOCK MARKET FOOD AND DRINK U.S. stocks jumped the most in more than two years, rebounding from the worst drop since 2008, and 10-year Treasury yields touched a record low as the Federal Reserve vowed to keep interest rates near zero through mid-2013. The dollar weakened and the Swiss franc rose the most since at least 1971. What does this mean for Louisville residents who are still recovering from losses due to last week’s stock market disaster? Dish on Market is offering a new program based on the S&P 500 index – a Prime Rib cooked to order,…


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And Did You Hear About the Guy Driving Around with his Junk Out?

There’s a lot of serious news being reported out there, but how can you not pay attention to the story of the 46-year-old Lyndon man, Robert Linton, who was busted on New LaGrange Road driving around at 2 a.m. in a shirt, shoes and, presumably, a smile. He blew a .18 on the breathalyzer and admitted to drinking 10 beers. Musta really been drunk to say that. The cops reported that they made him cover his “junk” with a t-shirt while trying to walk a straight line. Off Come the Gloves: Here’s the new TV spot that goes all negative…


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Bad Karma is Pervasive Around Here

Is there some bad karma going around? I’m really sorry about your portfolio, and there’s plenty of doom and gloom in the financial press. But then, I found this headline on MSNBC: “Wall Street Set to Rebound after Biggest Drop in Years.”  So keep your chin up, despite the bad news. Sure, I’ve got this hamstring pull that’s keep me off the racquetball court, but I’m optimistic that in a few more weeks, I can go out and test it again. It was not a good night for the Louisville Bats, who dropped an 11-3 decision to Columbus in a…


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This is Not a Joke, Seriously

It’s really hot out there. It’s so hot, websites featuring jokes about the heat are overrun with visits. In offices, people are sharing jokes about fire hydrants chasing dogs, steaks cooking on dashboards and a southern Indiana man beating his wife to death with a rock. Except that last one’s not a joke — it actually happened.  What’s wrong with these people? Me and Joe: This afternoon I’ll be beating the heat by talking about some local issues in the air-conditioned offices of WGTK-AM 970, as a guest on Joe Elliott’s show at 1. Please tune in, and call us….


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The Museum Plaza That Couldn’t Get Built

Most of us remember the fanfare when the Museum Plaza project was announced six years ago. It was a big deal, originally touted as being designed by world-renowned architects with an estimated cost of $70 million. In 2005. It was so long ago that one of the C-J sidebars was written by Chris Poynter, then a C-J reporter. The main story opened this way: A tower, possibly with 26 floors or more, on Louisville’s riverfront designed by one of the world’s leading architectural companies. There was plenty of optimism as planners actually broke ground in 2007 and infrastructure was put…


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Louisville Live is Dead

The owners of the local station, the CW (WBKI-TV) have canceled the station’s three-year-old morning show, Louisville Live. Staffers were told after this morning’s show that the cancellation was effective immediately. Tara Bassett, who’s been hosting the show for seven months, said she felt bad for the staff members who lost their jobs. “I was told after the show that it was being canceled, effective immediately, by the owners. That’s the only thing they told me,” she said. “We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback,” she said. “I’m just sorry for my young producer, Erica (Benton) and the other…


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Why Medicine and Religion Don’t Mix

The Courier-Journal editorial board is never going to get on board with the proposed merger that would put U of L Hospital under the jurisdiction of an owner whose policies on medicine are determined by the Catholic Church. I’m not, either. The story is a big deal in the paper, as it should be, the latest being an editorial this morning applauding Jack Conway for stepping into the fray. He announced yesterday that the state would have something to say about the proposed merger. Mayor Fischer is expressing concern on behalf of Metro Government. As a public hospital funded in…