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Ag Commish Battle Could Be Close, But Farmer is My Pick

If you pay attention to the polls, the election that is days away is a foregone conclusion. Turnout is expected to be dramatically low, and Democrats in every race hold insurmountable leads. It would be hard to make a case against Steve Beshear as Governor, Jerry Abramson as Lt. Gov., Jack Conway as Attorney General, Adam Edelen as State Auditor, Allison Lundergan Grimes (she of the most pleasant, watchable commercial of the season) as Secretary of State, and Todd Hollenbach as Treasurer. But then there’s the Agriculture Commissioner’s race between Democrat Bob Farmer and Republican James Comer. Farmer held a…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Gobblin’ at the Seelbach and Brown for a Memorable (Perhaps Haunted) Meal?

Ask any ghost buster or history writer in town and you’ll discover that Louisville is not only a great place to live but a fine city to haunt.  From Whiskey Row to Sleepy Hollow; Cherokee to Waverly,  our county is brimming with the restless past. To celebrate those living and hungry for a hot meal on this Halloween weekend, I’m suggesting a visit to the Seelbach and the Brown for lunch with the stars. Make that four Stars and four Diamond each. At the Seelbach’s Otto’s Cafe, you may be greeted by the Lady in the Blue Dress. Here’s a hint…


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Clifton Gets a Slice of Life and a Sweet Scoop – Comfy Cow and Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

  I’m talking to Homemade Pie Kitchen owner Adam Burckle He is smiling and gesturing but I lost him at “..,going to be incredible!” His voice cannot compete with the drill and hammers on the roof above. His excitement can. Standing with one shoe on hardwood floor and another on raw concrete base,  Adam is surrounded by sawdust, dangling cords and buckets of paint. Yet…. If they bake it we will come. Right? Opening is planned by Friday this week. Me? I’ll wait patiently for a slab of their famous Dutch Apple w/Caramel. By a fireplace and with a shot…


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Parks Director Finds Trouble from WAVE

Just when you thought people in powerful positions couldn’t do anything dumber, the city’s Parks Director is caught on tape by a TV reporter drinking at a bar and preparing to drive his city-provided vehicle. The news just broke about 1 p.m. on the WAVE-TV website.  While you can’t tell all the details from the story below, it appears that WAVE’s Eric Flack was able to capture images of Heitz leaving a bar and getting ready to drive. It looks like if Flack had waited, Heitz would have gone ahead, and perhaps been in deeper trouble. It’s a good opportunity…


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Big Blow to Big East, Cards

When the Big 12 Conference bigwigs sat down to figure out which Big East team to recruit as its 10th member, pending the expected departure of Missouri to the SEC, the decision came down to West Virginia and U of L. And it looks like the Mountaineers will be scheduling Oklahoma, Texas and the rest of the Big 12 schools. The New York Times is reporting today that the deal is done, and that what’s left is a 5-team Big East — with Cincinnati, south Florida, Connecticut and Rutgers joining U of L. And the Times story indicates that the…


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City’s Food Truck Regs Leave Operators Unhappy

You may have noticed a small story in the media last week — that the Mayor’s office had altered the existing laws to help and encourage operators of food trucks around town. This has been in the works for months, suggested by the growing food truck community and Steve Paradis, who has held a couple of food truck parties at his Fresh Start Growers Supply business downtown. The release had this great quote: “Food trucks add a new element of energy on the street and we needed to relax the regulations to encourage more of them,” said Fischer. “This is…


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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…