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Delectable End of the Week Goodies

What a way for the week to end — with every TV station camped outside the federal courthouse, anxiously awaiting for something, anything, to happen with the Karen Sypher sentencing. As I write this, WAVE has a live stream from the other side of Broadway from the courthouse, where people are milling about. It may be the least interesting live stream in the history of video. Except for the comments you can overhear from the unseen people behind the camera about female reporters. Karen’s wearing a blue pantsuit with an open-collared light blue top.  Check out the C-J’s video footage…


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The Sypher Circus is Underway

Today at 1:30, Karen Sypher is supposed to get her medicine. The circus, I’m told, has already begun down by the courthouse. And the big question is – will local TV stations cut in to local progamming to reveal the sentence? WAVE-TV news director Kathy Hostetter says it depends on what happens. She’s certainly got a crew down there. “We will cut in if needed, depending on what happens,” she said. “More than likely we will cut in. ” Sorry soap opera fans. A real-life drama may be pre-empting today’s show. More than two hours before the sentencing is scheduled,…


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Adjusting to a City Without Strippers

U of L’s Wednesday game got top billing on ESPN last night, and the Cards showed future opponents how to beat them — denying the three and playing intense, hand-in-your-face defense.  Check out Gabe’s piece.  Not mentioned during the game broadcast: Karen Sypher, who seems, maybe, to have run out of rope and will be sentenced tomorrow.  Experts say she goes to the pokey for 5 years, minimum. Unhappy in Overalls: Fox41 found some farmers willing to go on camera to complain about Louisville’s new no-nudity ordinance.  300,000 people here for the Farm Machinery Show. Quote from a guy in…


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Highlands Loses Another Gem–Swanson Reed Gallery. A Few Words from Reed

It is with a troublesome burden that I am writing about another tenured business closing in the Highlands neighborhood. When I saw the 30% OFF banner across the window of the Swanson Reed Gallery, I felt as if it were a big white flag of surrender. It may have been but this battle was hard fought to the end.  One of the most eclectic pit stops on 31-E, the 1377 storefront was just shy of 30 years and too young to die, in my opinion. January 2011 did not get off to a very happy new year for several merchants…


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Joe Biden Drops In On a Wacky News Cycle

Remember, Joe Biden’s in town, which means you might have to alter your path around the airport and U of L.  His talk, which you can watch streamed live, is at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, at 11:30.  Later, the VEEP is doing a private chat with some U of L students with no cameras or recording devices allowed. If Biden takes a look at the news, he’ll be amused by some of the kooky ideas going around, like. . . Our Antiquated Alcohol Laws: In Hardin County, you can get a drink at certain…


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Getting Angry in 87th-Ranked Louisville

The only thing spreading to Clarksville is fear. As you probably expected, the new Louisville no-nudity ordnance has the self-righteous crowd in Indiana rocking the Fear Machine and renewing a fight against adult superstore Theatair X in Clarksville. Logic might suggest that adult businesses will set up across the River, so yesterday the fear-mongering ROCK group held a meeting. And WHAS-TV cameras obliged them, repeating at least one unfounded claim, which is really a pretty funny one — “They call Theatair X a bully in the sex industry – where gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS thrive. They say it’s a…


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The Over-Under on Fischer’s Speech

I feel like I’m so far behind on making wisecracks about our public officials, media types and tattoo-parlor crashers.  But it’s easy to make excuses for inactivity these days — it DID snow a few inches yesterday. This morning I went to the Okolona Business Association breakfast, where the speaker was our own blogger/staff nutritionist Barbara Day. She had some good advice for pushing away from the table, and was shocked that the guy sitting in front of her at the Yum Center last night had 3 beers. I didn’t need to hear how many calories that was. 7th District…


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List of Cancellations: Everything

We are apparently getting the promised snowstorm. As I write this at 2:30, it’s coming down hard outside the window here. JCPS let out high schools at Noon, elementary schools at 1:25, and Luke has already called to see about going sledding. U of L called off classes tonight, and I expect that whatever your event is tonight – fugeddabout it. Which is too bad for the Voice-Tribune people, who have a big party scheduled at the Kentucky Center, and it’s media darling Angie Fenton‘s 36th birthday and all.  She’s probably relieved. It’s canceled. And how’s this for irony. Bellarmine…


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Super Future Starts Here

Snow, Snow, Snow:  I’ve been watching TV news lately, and got the idea that we may get a few inches of snow soon. But a mild storm 48 hours away doesn’t always have to be the lead story, does it? Be Nice: I’m going to try and be nice and help promote tonight’s cool panel discussion sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s called The Future of Journalism. The five panel members are all certainly qualified to talk about the topic — Sarah Kelly of LEO, Shea Van Hoy of the Jeffersonville Evening News, Kathy Hostetter of WAVE-TV, Gabe…


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Get in Touch with The Greatest

It’s a Holiday, and a good one. Rather than just enjoy the day off (if you work for the government), it’s a good day to visit the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. If you haven’t been, you’re missing one of the city’s best attractions. To celebrate the holiday, and the 69th birthday of “The Greatest”, there are special admission discounts. Take an old cell  phone down there and get in free. Otherwise it’s $2. The Center is presenting King’s “I Have a Dream” speech all day. Ark Farce: Experts lined up to scoff at attendance projections for the Ark Encounter amusement…