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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Thurby, Furby, Derby and Strange Tales of the Track

Happy Derby! So much to tell you, so much to do. I spent much of Thursday driving for Uber and Lyft (click links for free rides), meeting out-of-towners from places like Utah and California, amazed at our trees and the fact that the kids are out of school for Oaks. Also, Churchill Downs hosted a wonderful media gathering, and the Oaks Eve Bash out at Woodhaven was a big success.  And here are some things I’m hearing: Two Shot: Just my opinion, but when WAVE and WDRB sent out “News Alerts” yesterday that a shooting had occurred near the Pegasus…


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Jtown Taking Action to Reduce Heroin Epidemic

Heroin addicts who want to get to rehab and avoid jail will be able to show up at the Jeffersontown Police Department to get the help they need. Getting the addicts off the streets, and not putting them in jail, is the goal of an innovative program starting in Jeffersontown August 1. Mayor Bill Dieruf announced the new initiative at a press conference, along with Chief Ken Hatmaker and Sgt. Brittney Garrett. “Jtown started the HERT (Heroin Emergency Response Team) project to come up with an innovative way to help people with addictions,” he said. “We’re not just talking about…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Some Justice, Some Horseflesh and Something’s a Thunder

The Derby horse are here early this year, and so is the media throng. For my interview with Jennie Rees for the Rusty Satellite Show this week, I went with photographer Bill Brymer to Churchill Downs’ backside, and recommend it highly. This is before all the tents, all the media, all the hangers-on, so it was just me and Bill hanging with the horses, their connections and people who know the game. Bill got the shot above of Derby contender Mohaymen, who was the story of the day. We watched Jennie interview a Japanese trainer, who has Lani in the…


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Chris Thieneman is NOT GUILTY of Assault Charge

Chris Thieneman finally got his day in court, and was found NOT GUILTY of the most serious charge against him brought by an ex-girlfriend. In Judge Amber Wolf’s court, a jury considered charges stemming from a September 2013 incident in which the former girlfriend, April Smith, claimed that the former U of L football star and political candidate tried to strangle her. This occurred after Thieneman got out of a car she was driving on Brownsboro Road. Smith left the car running and followed Thieneman to a nearby business in which she was a partner with Thieneman. Thieneman faced the possibility…


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Louisville Ky Council Members sponsor Naloxone Training Session

Louisville, KY., – Metro Council Members Angela Leet (District 7), Kevin Kramer (District 11), Kelly Downard (District 16), Glen Stuckel (District 17), Marilyn Parker (District 18), and Julie Denton (District 19) along with The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will offer free Naloxone (also referred to by its brand name as Narcan®) kits and a training session on how to administer it to reverse the effects of overdose from heroin and other opioid drugs and prevent death. The free training is open to the general public. First responders, family and friends of those who use heroin or other opioid drugs are encouraged to attend. The…


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Louisville Ky youth invited to help reduce city violence

OSHN honors National Youth Violence Prevention Week Louisville, Ky., – In honor of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) is inviting Louisville youth to submit project ideas that aim to reduce youth violence in Louisville. OSHN wants to offer a platform for Louisville youth to voice their concerns about youth violence. The Idea Challenge will culminate on April 8, 2016 with the One Love Louisville Youth Edition launch party at the California Community Center, from 4-7 p.m. The launch party, which will include music and refreshments, will be designed in an art gallery…


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Jeffersontown police chief gets a big promotion

FRANKFORT, KY (Mar. 21, 2016) – Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard W. Sanders will serve as the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police (KSP). Sanders appeared on the Rusty Satellite Show in August 2015. Hear the podcast here. Sanders joins KSP with more than 40 years of experience from federal and local law enforcement agencies. He has held executive leadership positions for the past two decades and was named Kentucky’s Chief of the Year in 2012. In addition, Maj. William Alexander Payne with Jeffersontown Police will perform the role…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: March Badness Ain’t All That Bad

I could certainly pout about plenty of the items that perturb me around here, like enduring these NCAA Tournament games with no real rooting interest, thinking what might have been had the Cardinals been taking on a 14 seed today. And then there’s the disturbing news out of Bowling Green yesterday, where some un-named thing happened that resulted in the resignation of Coach Ray Harper and the suspension of three players. Politics? Sheesh. Mitch McConnell finds it convenient to ignore the Constitution by refusing to consider President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. The Kentucky Senate keeps cranking out anti-progressive legislation,…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Green Days – Driving with Andre, Jtown’s Podcast, River House, Stage One, Speed, Actors, St. Pat’s —

Of course the mysterious and elusive Andre McGee is an Uber driver in Kansas City. The big question is — How did the local and national media spend all this time wondering where the University of Louisville’s fall guy in its basketball sex scandal is and how to interview him, when all they had to do to question him was hail an Uber? Of all the characters in the sordid story, McGee seems to be the only one who has not had to answer to media. According to reports on the ESPN story coming out Sunday, McGee has been keeping a…


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Louisville Ky to conduct full scale ‘active shooter’ drill Wednesday

EMERGENCY SERVICES TO CONDUCT AN ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE March 8, 2016 Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to Attend Louisville, Ky.,  – Louisville Metro Emergency Services will be conducting a full scale Active Shooter Exercise on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 near Slugger Field between Main & Witherspoon and Preston & Jackson Streets.  Again, this will be a drill only with law enforcement and first responder agencies present. Emergency Services is requesting media presence at Preston & Witherspoon between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to report to the community the preparedness of Louisville Metro Government regarding this type of situation. We are honored to…