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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…


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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….