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Shafer Takes the Deal, Pays $1,000

Here’s the deal: If you’re a high school teacher and decide to start a romance with a student, and take him out parking and ply him with beer and have sex with condoms, and get caught by police, it’s going to cost you. Carrie Shafer struck a deal with prosecutors today and will pay $1,000 and have 3 years of supervised probation. She can never teach again. Of course, that is the official sentence handed down today in court. There’s no telling what the incident has caused in her own family life as the mother of two young children living…

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Summer Stuff in River City

Let’s declare that summer is officially on. Yesterday was the last day of school, the news is full of stories about idiots leaving their kids in hot cars, and there’s all sorts of stuff to do in our little city of possibilities. And it’s the weekend to be nice to those firemen collecting money for the Crusade for Children. Last night, I was a guest at the Kentucky Country Day graduation ceremony. The student speakers in the 81-member class were incredibly talented, and the keynote by Tori Murden McClure was inspiring, and funny. She provided a list of things not…

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No Simple Solution to Louisville’s Fitness Failure? I Disagree.

I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.

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Ride a bike. Take TARC. Walk. Drive a car if you must. But don’t miss it!

The latest American Fitness Index is out and Louisville is near the bottom again. As some people are quick to point out, there’s no single solution to our health problems. But I know of one simple solution that can bring us health and wealth. The Dutch discovered it more than half a century ago. See what a difference it can make in your everyday life. Ride a bike, walk and use transit systems as often as you can. Here’s a good place to start. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is a bike lane. Share the road. Pedalaround…

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Louisville Cyclists to Honor Local Bike Advocate and Author Joe Ward

Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.

As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved:

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Two Louisville Women Say Bike To Work Day, 2011 Is Better Than Morning Coffee!

Norma and Mary Lou tried the buddy system on May 20, 2011. They decided biking to work would be a great way to improve heart and lung health while saving money on gas. I caught up with them on their return trip Friday afternoon. They shared a feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment and decided commuting by bike is the way to go – at least in good weather. These two virgin bike commuters are typical of cyclists who find that once they get engaged in bicycling it’s very hard to quit. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is…

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A Good Friday in Louisville

Yay! Friday. Yay! It’s not raining. How about some good news. No More Stamps: Should taxpayers foot the bill when Metro Council members want to provide Cokes at public meetings? Should we pay for tickets so members can attend high-priced events? Gift cards to constituents for winning decorating contests? Jim King wants a ruling from the County Attorney on what’s OK and not OK for members to spend their discretionary funds on. I suspect the free gift card party is over. Miraculous Science: U of L researchers are making headlines in the world of science, coming up with a new…

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Texting while driving…pass this along and save a life!

Our blog posts are designed to keep you up to date on Louisville Trends. BUT THIS BLOG post is different! It’s about a subject that hits close to home for many of us. Like many, I have tried TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. After seeing this video my texting while driving days are over! I’ll be sending this to our kids, you may want to consider sending it to people you love and care about! We want to read Louisville KY… but more importantly we want you to be around to enjoy Louisville and the wonderful life ahead of you! This video…

“It’s the Environment, Stupid”

We all remember the Clintons and “It’s the Economy, Stupid”… and now many people have tuned in to understanding that everything, even the economy, is the environment. Let’s take this all a step sideways – because as you know I write about health and wellness – and understand how belief systems ARE the environment. Dr Bruce Lipton, biologist, quantum physicist and best selling author, explores the concept of beliefs factoring into biology in a way we pedestrians can understand in “The Biology of Belief”. He has since written the book “Spontaneous Evolution”. While I haven’t read it yet, the Q&A at…

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Bike Week Reminder: Bicycles Rule Worldwide! Two to One!

Damn, those Danes are stylin’! Just take a look at Cycle Chic, a Website with a bold tagline: “Hold my bicycle while I kiss your girlfriend … The Original. Bringing Sexy Back Since 2006.”

In Freiburg, Germany, 70 percent of local trips are made by bike or public transit or on foot thanks to regular, annual investments in bicycling infrastructure dating back to 1976.

In Australia, the state of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, amended planning laws to require all new large buildings to provide bike parking and other facilities such as lockers and showers.

New York City and Chicago have proved that even northern-tier American cities can become walkable and bike-friendly when they make the investment. In Washington, D.C. you can ride your bike straight down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on a bike boulevard!