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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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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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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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Now or Never for Berman

Tonight’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting is the last hope for those in favor of keeping Superintendent Sheldon Berman on the job, and the prospects don’t look good for a reversal in the Board’s 5-2 vote to get somebody new. It’s not that Berman doesn’t have support. Groups and individuals as diverse as GLI’s Joe Reagan, the NAACP’s Raoul Cunningham, business leader David Jones, Jr. and state Rep. Darryl Owens have said that replacing the chief is not the solution to the system’s problems. Mayor Greg Fischer, asked about the issue today by WHAS Radio, says he’s not picking…


Good Vibrations

We have in our culture and language examples such as “we resonated”, “the vibe was bad”, “good vibrations”, “on the same wavelength”, “in sync”… All suggest our recognition that vibrations and frequencies are visceral, they influence how you feel and who you spend time with – or not, including yourself! My intentions are: • To remind you that you already know that vibrations have an impact on you • To introduce you to the many local Sound Healing practices and practitioners • To get you to experiment with Sound Healing – you truly only “get it” through the sensory experience…


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I believe the children are the future

Ever wondered who’s looking out for the little guy? No, not the figurative “little guy” – our children. Well, here’s your chance! Next week, on February 17, is the 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day. Whose job is it to make sure the next generation is given the right tools for a successful future  – access to education, health care, a stable family environment? Let me let you in a secret – not just the folks with kids. We all have a stake in this so I hope you will find some time to either join us at the Capitol Rotunda or…


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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…


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Parents Want it Both Ways

So we waited all this time for the so-called experts (definition: somebody from out of town) to tell us what we already knew about parents’ attitudes toward the JCPS’ student-assignment plan — parents want diversity, as long as it doesn’t affect what school their kid attends. They want the freedom to choose neighborhood schools and they sure as hell don’t want their kids spending an hour or more each way on a bus. TV stations have been doing meaningless polls that show the same overwhelming sentiment. Now that the expert from California, Gary Orfield, has spent 2 months doing a…


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Big Shots on Schools

It may be an important step in improving the quality of the public schools to have open, public discussions, so I applaud Business First for hosting its “What’s Brewing” event the other day with some smart guys, including David Jones of Chrysalis Ventures andVic Staffieri of LG&E. Some other big shots showed up — like JPCS superintendent Sheldon Berman, JCPS board members Debbie Wesslund, Diane Porter and Carol Haddad.  Even Hal Heiner was three, though someone should tell the newspaper that Heiner’s not on the Metro Council any longer. Our own Barbara Day was there as well — and gave…