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Money OK’d For Bike Bridge Project

(Tuesday February 15, 2011 from that “other” Louisville Website.) $22 million pledged for Jeffersonville ramp, resurfacing bridge deck; construction to begin this spring with completion by 2013 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, will allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge – creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville. The agreement will turn an unused, rusting hulk into a new pathway that will provide connections from Louisville’s Waterfront Park to downtown Jeffersonville. Under the memorandum of agreement signed…


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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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See the Saw and Celebs Dish It Out for Charity

One of the finest local charity events is the Celebrity Dinner Party benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Friday was the 43rd annual, held at the Mellwood Arts Center. It is hosted by Denny and Susan Crum, who took up the ball some years ago after Pee Wee Reese was the chair for many, many years. The twist to the event is that local quasi-celebrities (like me) serve as waiters. Though we don’t have to actually serve the food, we do hustle drinks and beg for tips. Among the celebs pitching in for the cause: WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold, Chuchill Downs’ John…


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13th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Tomorrow (Feb. 12) kicks-off the 13th Annual Jewish Film Festival. The festival features 10 award-winning international films aimed at providing audiences a means to understand Jewish culture and its intricacies. The first of the films shown is “Tough Crowd”, an eight minute short created by Louisville native Jeffrey Roth and feature film “Eli and Ben.” Following that Congregation Adath Jeshurun will host the opening night event Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets cost $15 and include a dessert reception. “A Film Unfinished” will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 at Chao Auditorium for free. On Sunday, Feb. 20…


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Amazing Ending in the Highlands

When the Amazing Grace Whole Foods store opened in the Highlands in 1995, it was about the only place in town to find many of its products.  There was not much of a healthy foods movement. But as Paul Koenig told me yesterday in his cluttered upstairs office, today you can get Kashi cereal at every Wal-mart, Target and Kroger in town. And that competition, as much as anything, is why he and his wife Andrea say they’re closing the store at the end of February. They say there’s little possibility that a new buyer will emerge, even though they…


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Roundup: Why We’re Fat, Louisville

You feeling it? Warmth, sunshine. Coming this weekend. Meanwhile, you should, but won’t, attend the Car-Free Happy Hour tonight at Browning’s. Here’s some top hits from the news. . . Big Daddy on Whiskey Row: Greg Fischer is not going to take my suggestion and make Todd Blue offer Frank Faris a spot for a new Ginny’s Diner on Whiskey Row. But couldn’t he at least not write in the deal that Blue can operate a parking lot there for 5 years? Or say that if does, that Blue himself has to stand out there in the street waving cars…



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Council Supports Cleavage Ban

I’m just kidding. I was having a conversation today with April Perkins about how silly the No Nudity ordinance is — we decided Louisville must now be the largest city in America where you can’t pay to see a topless dancer — and wondered what absurdity Bob Henderson’s bunch downtown might support in his effort to keep locals from thinking about sex. The headline here is how I imagine The Onion might treat the story. Seriously, can’t you imagine a “No Tolerance for Ta Ta’s” measure? TV reporters rushing to ROCK leaders asking them about the spread of venereal diseases…


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Traffic gremlins? What’s yours?

Enough is enough. Greg Fischer’s No. 1 job as new mayor of Louisville has nothing to do with bridges, budgets, figuring out why the Kentucky Derby Festival eliminated Iroquois Park from the Mini Marathon (toughest job the man has been faced with so far, I’m certain) or who the head dog catcher in town is going to be. No, his main priority should be working on finding someone–some computer–to keep our streets and traffic flowing as smoothly as one of his silk ties. Sounds trivial, I know, but what in local politics isn’t, really? Seriously, I think Louisville may have…