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Turning Blue – Todd Reminds Activists “People need to get a life.”

  Trying to contact Todd Blue for a comment or suggest an interview has been difficult but not without it’s enlightening and frustrating moments over the past seven months.  I’m trying to make sense from a volatile email I received a week ago from Cobalt Ventures CEO Todd Blue, so the following timeline leading to the outburst is hopefully therapeutic for this scribe. In late February, I was compiling Blue’s segment of the series “Two Cents on the Iron Quarter,” he was thorough and firm. Okay, a little kvetching but he was under duress. Understood. I became interested in following…


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Earthquake Felt in Louisville

A 5.9 earthquake in Virginia confirmed as being felt in Washington, New York City and North Carolina was also felt in Louisville, KY. According to the AP, the U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County. In my office – at around 1:45pm this afternoon – just 4 stories up in downtown Louisville the building swayed for what felt like over…


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Big Local Issues: Penis Trial, Bigamy, Garage Sale

Penis Envy: Anybody else find it funny to see reporters and anchors’ discomfort in covering this “penis” story? Would anyone care about this trial in Shelbyville if the doctor had amputated Phillip Seaton’s hand? And I heard Mr. Seaton uttered this unforgettable string of words, taken completely out of context: “He said the good news was he cut off my penis.”  Really, the story has been getting way more attention than it deserves, but why not? It is about a penis. Me and Mr. Jones: OK, I should have called Matt Jones yesterday about his dispute with Bill Lamb. I…



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GE’s Hip, Cool, Green, Efficient Data Center

You may find it hard to get too excited about a Data Center, but the technology unveiled today at Appliance Park is big news for anyone concerned about energy efficiency, environmental impact, technology and economic impact for the city. GE Appliances is making huge investments in Appliance Park, and today unveiled its new Data Center, touting its energy-efficiency, its special Platinum LEED-certification and a whole lot of state-of-the art technology. Check out all the details about the project, which involved re-using an existing factory building, at this link. Rep. John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer were among the officials on…


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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…