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Metro Councilman James Getting Married

Metro Councilman David James is engaged to be married. The bride-to-be is Michelle Myers, an assistant in the Jefferson County Attorney’s office. Myers also volunteered on James’ campaign to win the 6th District seat on the Metro Council. The wedding is set for July, and will take place at the Women’s Club of Louisville, in James’ district. Myers said the couple is house-hunting in Old Louisville. Both James and Myers have daughters in their 20s. James is a member of the University of Louisville police force. He was elected to the Old Louisville seat last fall.


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Now What Do We Do?

While I’m still basking in the joy of picking long shot Animal Kingdom, I have to admit there is a Derby let down. It’s a similar feeling to the deflation that comes after Christmas. I cleaned, cooked, gambled,  entertained out of town guests, took in as many Derby Festival events as possible and after 3 exhausting weeks of horses, bourbon and everything Derby what is there to look forward to in our fair city? For me, personally, I have a count-down clock that is telling me I have 173 days until St. James but what about all the days in…


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Kingdom Came, Now It’s Reality

Whoa. Hello Reality. My Derby Week seemed to be more marathon endurance contest than the series of fortunate events I had planned.  That’s not a complaint.  But here it is Monday, and I’m overloaded with notes about the experiences of a schedule I loaded up just to see if was possible. In an nutshell, it was two mornings on the backside,  three consecutive nights at big t0-do’s — Oaks Eve Bash at the Seelbach, Mint Jubilee at the Palace, Night of Silk at the Galt House — and squeezing in Oaks and Derby at the track. So here’s some thoughts…


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Mint Jubilee Stage Show a Big Hit

The Mint Jubilee re-established itself among the most-watched Derby Eve parties Friday with an amazing stage show featuring American Idols Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen, along with country star Linda Davis and a band that got more of the 500 people in attendance up on the dance floor. Matt Battaglia, currently a Hollywood producer and a former U of L All-American football player, addressed the crowd along with brother Chris and Tommy Thieneman, providing assurance that the Brown-Forman-sponsored gala will continue. Here’s some shots from the party:


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Plum Pretty! and Baffert’s Big Day

Plum Pretty won the Kentucky Oaks Friday, with Martin Garcia aboard, paying $14.60 to win for me and everyone who believed my pick yesterday. A few races earlier, Baffert-trained First Dude won the Alysheba Stakes race. Yea, I had that one, too. So I guess I have to include Midnight Interlude in my Derby picks tomorrow. The crowd at the Oaks was announced at 110,122, the third-largest in Oaks history.  It was especially crowded, yet subdued, in the Paddock.


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Louisville Bike to Work Profile: Meet one brave bicycling barista

The confident 25 year old observed that many Louisville motorists haven’t yet caught on to the emergence of more bikes on the roads. “At the same time,” she added, “bad bikers give us all a bad name” by doing things like riding on sidewalks into crosswalks and generally ignoring traffic laws.


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KY Derby in Texas this year, show updates, and playing accordion with Suzy Bogguss.

After 18 hours and thirty-three minutes in my Mom’s Camry yesterday, two books, and several podcasts, I am in Texas. You may wonder what a good Kentucky girl is doing away from Kentucky on DERBY WEEKEND. I am wondering the same thing. I turned down gigs with Love Jones, at the Mint Jubilee, and several fancy schmancy parties because we’d already made these Texas plans … but I’m not looking back. I’ll just watch on TV. Thankfully, I remember my TwinSpires.com password, and we’re throwing a Derby Party here in Texas. It’s a throwback to my college days in New…


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Back-Side, Front-Side, I wore my Fascinator backwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           One more day to broadcast from the Backside.    Photo One:  As promised, a photo of Rocky Knight with mounds of  Krispey Kreme Donuts which are handed out early mornings at Dawn at the Downs.  Friday, KOOL Louisville Oldies 1570am  Kirby Adams and Rocky Knight bring you live interviews from the Backside.    Photo two: Rows of white three sided tents house crews from radio channels and t.v. stations during early mornings Derby week.  Photo Three: Later in the day moved to the “front of the house” or the Main Gate.  Ran into Mint Jubilee Host and actor Matt Battaglia.  The Mint Jubilee…


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Real Louisville News is Gone to the Track

Yes, it’s fun to get into the Derby hype, so there’s not a lot of actual news going on in town this week, except. . . Keys to the Kingdom: It was surprising to see the city engage in such a public display of negotiation yesterday with its big offer to finance part of Kentucky Kingdom. It was odd, however, in that the guy behind the effort, Ed Hart, was nowhere to be seen.  So before you start asking where to buy your season passes, know that there’s plenty of negotiating left to do. Chris Poynter, the Mayor’s spokesman, acknowledged…


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A Penguin in the Palace for Mint Jubilee

If you follow hockey, and I don’t, you probably know about Sidney Crosby. I had to look up the facts about the Canadian who is perhaps the best player in the NHL, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I do remember watching him score the decisive goal in the Olympics for Canada against the U.S. He’s also very interested in the fight against cancer, and thus is thrilled to be coming to the Mint Jubilee at the Louisville Palace Friday night. Proceeds from the event go to the Mint Jubilee Foundation, which will distribute grants to cancer-related charities. The Jubilee,…