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Louisville Natives To Be Honored in 60th Annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade

Louisville, Ky. – The 60th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, themed “Best of Louisville,” will honor some familiar faces from the River City.  Famous Louisvillians whose names you’ll recognize and some whose faces you’ve seen hanging on murals around the city will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals of this year’s parade. “Over the years, the parade has featured a who’s who list of celebrities and hometown favorites,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO. “This year’s parade is living up to its theme – the ‘Best of Louisville’ – and we’re honored to be able to showcase the stars of our community…


Start Studying in Louisville KY – Names to Know Derby Week

You’re going to need to know something about horse racing to survive social outings around here the next week and a half or so. I recommend keeping up with videos like this one, produced by Churchill Downs and featuring Jill Byrne, that chronicle the road to the Derby for the horses and their connections. Names to know — American Pharaoh, Dortmund, Carpe Diem, International Star, Frosted, Itsaknockout.  And be aware that if you think you’re talking politics at your next cocktail party, Far Right, at least this week, is a horse, not a philosophy. Materiality is a horse, not a bad…


Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County

From Ky.gov… FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. “Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop…


Getting That Text Out Derby Day May Be Easier Following Verizon Upgrades At Louisville’s Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Verizon Wireless has beefed up its network at Churchill Downs with new “small cell” technology and other upgrades to handle the burgeoning traffic generated by the hundreds of thousands of Derby week guests who want to share messages, photos and videos via their wireless devices. On Derby day 2014, 4G LTE traffic on the Verizon Wireless network increased 224 percent over Derby day 2013, and Verizon customers consumed 1.37 terabytes of data. All trends point to continued massive growth in wireless data traffic. Verizon, a technology leader with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network,…


Take A Walk On The Virtual Side: University of Louisville Offers Online Tours

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has formally launched its first virtual campus tour website. The new site offers a comprehensive virtual walking tour of UofL’s Belknap campus, as well as a quick overview of the Health Sciences Center and the university’s athletics facilities. It even features virtual student ambassadors. The site was created in partnership with YouVisit, a New York-based company that creates tours for institutions and businesses around the world. It is viewable from multiple platforms, including mobile devices, Facebook and web browsers. “Our hope is that these new virtual campus tours will allow us to better showcase…


Booming – the Indiana Buckhead’s Thunder Experience

Well now I know what I’ve been missing all these years. I went to Thunder on the Indiana side, where the street party rivals that of anything over in Louisville. Actually, Paula and I got there about 5, paid $10 to park about a mile away, and then decided to skip the anticipated traffic headaches by skipping out about 9, just before the fireworks. We were the last car allowed on 65 South, then enjoyed a solitary ride east on 64, home in time to watch the fireworks on TV. We discovered while we were there that Buckhead’s knows how to…


Festival Spins for a New Queen in Louisville KY

Louisville, Ky. -With the traditional spin of a wheel Briana Lathon of Louisville was named the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen at the 57th annual Fillies Derby Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel. Briana is a senior at Centre College majoring in politics. She is a New Horizon scholar, has studied abroad in France and Ghana and plans to attend law school upon graduating. This year’s Derby Festival Princesses anxiously awaited the traditional spin-of-the-wheel, performed by Fillies President-elect Linda Miller. The other members of the court include: Kathryn (Katy) Ashby of Hanson, KY, a junior at…


Jay Bilas Cracks Louisville KY Up at They’re Off Luncheon

If this basketball analysis thing doesn’t work out, you get the feeling that Jay Bilas might make it as a stand-up comedian. And for that matter, WAVE-TV’s Scott Reynolds, emcee at the Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off Luncheon, pulled off some good one-liners himself, as well as a pretty good Barney the Dinosaur impression. Reynolds introduced a wave of dignitaries to speak on the wide dais, and apparently all of them employed writers with the assignment of ribbing Bilas about being from Duke. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery (who was on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer,…


Louisville Metro Council Passes Ordinance to regulate Pop Up Parties

Louisville, Ky., – They are parties that happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally in a building that was subleased from an unsuspecting owner.  There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe.  That will soon change. By a vote of 25 to ) with one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a new ordinance that will crack down on so called Pop up Parties that will now require licensing and trained security to keep party goers safe. “This ordinance changes what has become a major concern for LMPD officers and the people…


Thunder Strike – I’m Going to Buckhead’s

I think I’ve done Thunder about every which way you can — with one exception. I’ve been to the Great Lawn, to the Science Center party, to a private party in the National City Tower, the mighty Vernon bowling alley, to the Galt House, my friends’ houses and right down on the River. But no, I haven’t tried it over there on the sunny side, so that’s where I’m going Saturday. Take it from the owner of Buckhead’s, Wes Johnson, who’s been doing this for nearly two decades. “If you love Thunder, there is simply no better place to experience it…