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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…


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Where are we going? Medical Cost and ACOs with Geisinger Health System, The Heritage Foundation & the Urban Institute

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The Health Enterprises Network (HEN) provided a panel discussion on Where are we going? Medical Cost and ACOs. The panelists were from Bruce Hamory, MD, FACP with Geisinger Health System, Ed Haislmaier fromThe Heritage Foundation and John Holahan, PhD with the Urban Institute.  Mark Birdwhistell, former Secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services and current Chief External Officer/Chief of Staff at the UK Medical Center. Dr. Hamory with Geisinger Health System which has 900 physicians at 35 locations throughout rural Pennsylvania said that the US health care system is the most…


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Rest In Pieces, 306-310 East Main or Remember the Elmo

The chain link fence was adjusted to protect passers-by from falling brick, metal and glass. The  humid summer air hung with silt and grains of time as the backhoe reached up into the second floor of the building that housed many a bar, restaurant and office space in its day and peeled back the walls with much rumble and crash. It would take a tornado or quake moments destroy such a sturdy building but as for now, Nature has very little say in the matter. I see where at least three gentlemen have a job, job job –to ring out…


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Homearama a Hit at Norton Commons

Here’s some evidence that the economy is turning — they’re packing them in at Homearama at Norton Commons, where 21 homes (16 already sold) are on display. The two-week showcase of homes in the East End has been host to hundreds of visitors since opening July 16. Last night was no exception, as a break in the heat seemed to bring out a big crowd, and there was a lot of waiting to go up and down stairs in every house. There’s nothing like Norton Commons — the architecture is meant to bring back memories of Louisville neighborhoods of the…


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Some Good Louisville Things Come to an End

Yes, those Borders stores are closing at Gardiner Lane and on Shelbyville Road. They’re selling everything at 40 percent off, starting today. The going-out-of-business sale is going gangbusters at Doll’s Market, too. No one should be happy about these developments. Borders has been around 40 years, Doll’s more than 50. More Blue Lots: Why is it that Todd Blue seems so determined to create surface parking lots downtown in the place of historic buildings? Our Cindy Lamb is looking into that question, as Blue is in the midst of another fight with preservationists over a building at 306-310 Main Street….


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VIA Was In On the Start of the Internet Age

VIA Internet Studio is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party tomorrow at Actors Theatre. And being 15 years old in the Internet business makes the company started by Kelly McKnight the senior statesman among companies doing innovative things on the ‘Net. In 1996, I was a reporter at Business First, and can remember lobbying the bosses there for this newfangled email thing and access to the Internet. Kind of hard to imagine life without it, isn’t it? Kelly, a good friend, wrote this piece about the anniversary, which I think is worth sharing, about VIA’s journey. – Rick Before…


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Doll’s Market Closing

UPDATED: Here’s the official word from John Doll, via Facebook: Doll’s Market announces it will be closing and going out of business in the very near future. A firm closing date has not been set. Doll’s Market and its predecessors have operated the grocery store at 3620 Brownsboro Rd. since 1960. The closing was most directly the result of a significant downturn in sales t…he last few weeks. Doll’s sales would typically suffer the 3 months before Derby and then rebound beginning Derby week. That did not happen this year. An unsuccessful $1.35 million expansion in 2001 resulted in only…


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It IS the Heat in the City

Drunks hitting telephone poles, judges losing their cool, some guy pushing an old lady into the pool and a respected restaurateur busted by the FBI for threatening phone messages? Yea, it’s the heat, and it’s at least in part responsible for short tempers and random shootings. “You’re a Dead Man” — Advice to Majid Ghavami, owner of Majid’s in St. Matthews. If you’re going to threaten someone’s life, don’t leave it on their voice mail. Ghavami left several threats intended for a man from Louisville now living in California, as reported on WHAS.  If you’ve met him, you know Majid…


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The Last Out at Browning’s

Tonight, the crew at Browning’s is having its last hurrah. We’re gonna miss Paula Barmore and Anoosh Shariat, the proprietors of the ballpark restaurant, and being able to stop in for a cold one before Bats games. And for the last two years, it’s been a great spot for lunch downtown, thanks to Shariat’s creations in the kitchen and easy and convenient parking. So tonight let’s get down there and toast Browning’s and wish Paula and Anoosh well on their next adventure. And remember, beer fans, there’s plenty of reason for optimism about the location. A new group will open…


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NASCAR Kingpin Bruton Smith to Kentucky – “Let’s speed it up!”

In the smoking asphalt aftermath of what race fans are calling “Carmageddon,” Speedway Motorsports CEO, Bruton Smith, has both harsh words and hope for the Commonwealth. With 1-75 shut down and I-71 crawling like a parking lot, over 20,000 fans eager to witness the debut of NASCAR at the Kentucky Speedway could not get there. Those who did were managing full bladders, empty gas tanks and worn to a frazzle from, in many instances,  a 45 minute hop that turned to four hours. They were so dazed  that the staggering $8 beer prices meant nothing. Not having to pee on the side of the road meant everything. I am not a race…