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The “Crap, We Lost to Morehead” Edition

Oh, NO! Not Morehead. Add Morehead State’s Demonte Harper to the U.S. Reed Cardinal opponent Hall of Fame. His 3 with 4 seconds left stunned Card Nation yesterday afternoon, ruining a perfectly good St. Patty’s Celebration at Ri Ra on Fourth Street, where I was, and countless other game-watching locales. While this team was fun to watch and had the potential to win it all, we all knew it had the potential to throw in a clunker against anyone.  Even Morehead. Now What?: Don’t know about you, but my tourney team is the BYU Cougars and Jimmer Fredette.  And I…


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Manual Teacher’s Relationship with Student was Ongoing

Last Friday afternoon a 17-year-old male student at Manual High School told his parents he was going to a friend’s house. He lied, but that’s standard procedure for a teenager. What he did was spend part of the night with 38-year-old Carrie Shafer, a biology teacher at his school. A police officer later discovered the couple in Miles Park, and arrested Shafer after finding alcohol and a prophylactic near their vehicle. It sparked a firestorm of media coverage, and is being investigated by the Crimes Against Children Unit of the local police department. She resigned on Sunday.  The events that…


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TARC Driver Gets Up Early to Pedal His Way to Downtown Louisville

Hugh is a TARC driver. His work day starts at 5:45. He likes the bike-on-board racks on the front of all the TARC coaches as much as I do. “I use them in the evening because I’m not much of an evening-traffic rider. I ride in the morning for the exercise and to save gas. And when I get off in the evening I usually put my bike on the TARC and TARC back home.”



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Manual Teacher Story Provides Media Lessons

What in the name of Mary Kay Letourneau is going on around here? There’s no doubt the juiciest story in the news yesterday was that 38-year-old biology teacher Carrie Shafer of Manual High School was caught drinking and probably having sex with a 17-year-old Manual student in a public park.  If I’m a news director, it’s a no-brainer that it’s the lead story on the late news. But I’m not a news director. Still, here’s a clue as to why WLKY-TV leads the late news ratings. WLKY reporter Erin Haynes was live outside the Courthouse (where nothing at all was…



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Legislature 2011-No Compromise No Satisfaction

 After hinting that the Kentucky House and Senate were doing SO well early in the 2011 session that they might adjourn early saving taxpayers a lot of dough, Senate President David Williams now says a special session is needed. Hmmm, sounds like he changed his tune when he lost control of the debate. Williams made that bold, and ultimately outlandish statement during the early days of the session when his full agenda zoomed through the GOP controlled Senate. He was making the assumption that he could bully the House, and by extension Governor Steve Beshear, into caving in and rubber-stamping his…


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Crazy Idea from Billy Reed: Character Counts

I had lunch with Billy Reed today. The famed sportswriter was talking with a few members of the Okolona Business and Professional Association at the University Club about his crazy ideas about sports. Billy thinks character should still count in athletics. He’s for university presidents placing an emphasis on academics. He thinks bad behavior by student athletes should be punished. At Georgetown College, where he’s heading up something called the Academy for Character in Sport, 25 percent of every coach’s evaluation is based on character development. As part of that program, he’s put together a video series (airing on KET)…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Edie Bingham Believes Our Future is Enriched by the Past

Thanks for keeping up with my “Iwo Cents” series on this issue. I wil cross post all of these onto my Facebook page listed under Cindy Flanagan Lamb if you would like to remain in the loop. I am honored to stand beside Edie Bingham and Martina Kunnecke as they stand up for the future of of our city. In this particular mode, it is raising a voice for the row of buildings who cannot speak for themselves.  I believe that our rich history is stronger than the block of abandoned and weakened structures and should be a part of the new designs. Money…


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Know Your Local News Types

Let’s have a news quiz. See if you can tell why each person is in the news: Judy Green: After LEO’s scathing story last week, Green has been investigated by every local media outlet, and the Courier-Journal turned up even more batshit crazy activities in a follow-up story on Sunday. Karen Sypher:  Facing 87 months in jail, the Pitino-extortionist will do anything to keep her name in the news and avoid going to jail, even making a speech at a local African-American church, saying she feels “blessed” at a low time in her life. Madeline Abramson: The former First Lady…