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Portman, Kunis Vie for Being ‘Black Swan’

Maddening! Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, and Wynona Ryder. Directed by Darron Aronofsky I was hesitant to see this movie. I’ve had several friends say that it’s the greatest thing since Elvis, sliced bread, and the invention of the wheel. Any other detractors are mumbling. In fact Yahoo! Movie reviews gives it a pretty high average rating in their system. Still, I held out on seeing it until last night. My verdict: It’s okay. That’s not to say that it’s a bad movie; far from it. This is the kind of movie made for up-and-coming filmmakers…



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New Slogan: Kentucky, the Charlie Sheen of Commonwealths

Thanks, Shelly: On Monday, Sheldon Berman spared us all some drama by telling the school board to save its breath on saving his job, he’s ready to move on. So that’s that.  Note to those who pushed him out – be careful what you wish for. The diversity vs. student achievement problem won’t be solved by a new chief. Kentucky Greedy Festival: Last night Mike Berry pulled out the best he had in his P.R. basket to try to justify charging people to watch a free fireworks show in a public park. And the media ate it up. Berry whined…


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Money OK’d For Bike Bridge Project

(Tuesday February 15, 2011 from that “other” Louisville Website.) $22 million pledged for Jeffersonville ramp, resurfacing bridge deck; construction to begin this spring with completion by 2013 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, will allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge – creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville. The agreement will turn an unused, rusting hulk into a new pathway that will provide connections from Louisville’s Waterfront Park to downtown Jeffersonville. Under the memorandum of agreement signed…


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Bicycling for Louisville Tour Explores Local Civil Rights History

Join Bicycling for Louisville on a BICYCLE tour of local civil rights history. That’s right, Bicycling for Louisville is adopting the Anne Braden Institute’s wonderful Civil Rights Tour – by Bicycle! The tour originally was mapped out as a self-guided event for motor vehicles, but the local bike advocacy group decided to encourage bicyclists to give it a spin on Feb. 26. “For a fun, family-friendly day of fresh air, friendly folks, and inspiration, join us by bike,” said Amanda Fuller, one of the Bicycling for Louisville board members who adopted the tour for bikes. “Dress for the weather and…



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Nourishing a Community: Time to go mainstream

There is a lot happening in the local food movement in Louisville these days. More than 30 area farmers markets make seasonal, local food available throughout the year. Dozens of restaurants are now sourcing fruits, meats, dairy, and vegetables  from local farmers. Bellarmine University has a vegetable farm that gives students hands-on experience in a demonstration environment. Jefferson County Public Schools has set a goal of 25% of  meals to be made with local ingredients. And just last weeekend the mayor announced a program that will create incentives for local agricultural entrepreneurs. Seems like everywhere we turn, new seeds of…


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Yum..

We have a number of great restaurants in Louisville. I had a lunch meeting last week at P.F. Chang’s on Shelbyville Road. They have one of my favorite dishes (Mongolian Beef with additional scallops) You really have to try this dish. My plan was to take a picture of the dish. That was my plan…buy the next thing I new I was done and the food gone. I promise to publish it again during my next visit! Bob Sokoler is a former Anchor/Reporter turned Louisville Realtor 7 years ago in Louisville Kentucky. You can learn more about Bob, his Team…


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Make it Special, Louisville

OK, the pressure is on. Valentine’s Day.  Get busy, cuz there’s a lot of other stuff going on. I’m with Claudia Coffey on this one — the electronic messaging is fine, for what it is. But alone it’s not getting you anywhere. Live from Whitley City!: Tomorrow night, Karen Sypher will be on the air from the McCreary County Courthouse in Whitley City (Pop. 1,111, SAAA-LUTE). On a local radio station. Wonder what the time cost? She’s going to jail Friday, and this is the oddest, latest, lame attempt to avoid the orange jumpsuit. She says she’s finally going to…


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I Love Mountains

Right now, a group of concerned citizens are camping out in Gov. Beshear’s office in hopes of getting his attention on the issue of mountaintop removal, contour mining, strip mining, surface mining – whatever you care to call it – that’s been destroying Eastern Kentucky for half a century.