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Oscar Noms: Jenny and ‘The Dude’

It’s been a busy morning on my side of the Net. The Academy Awards dropped their nominations list and as I fervently scanned over it I couldn’t believe what I saw: Mark Ruffalo is nominated for an Oscar. I jest. Ruffalo is a good actor and you should check out him in movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Brothers Bloom.” This year’s “Oscar surprise” is that hometown actress Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for her work in the film “Winter’s Bone.” “Winter’s Bone” is based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell about a seventeen-year-old girl named…


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U of L forum pricks writer’s conscience

I first heard about the University of Louisville‘s community forum on public discourse through a news update on my iphone. I thought that might be interesting to see but I have way to much to do at home after an unexpected three-day weekend. Oh well. Then I read on Facebook where U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Greyson and UofL political science professor Jasmine Farrier would be holding the forum at noon and it would streamed live through UofL’s homepage. Hmmm. Maybe I could catch it. Then I forgot about it while switching out a load of…


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Driving Home in the Snow

It’s amazing…even with just a little snow on the road people are driving like a blizzard is coming. We sell Louisville Homes luckily we didn’t have any appointments today. I’m not so worried about the snow.. it’s more about the drivers. Bob Sokoler is a former Anchor/Reporter turned Louisville Realtor 7 years ago in Louisville Kentucky. You can learn more about Bob and his Team at www.weselllouisville.com


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The Entrepreneur of Soap

Jim Gregory isn’t your average newly-minted college graduate.  Or your average entrepreneur. For one thing, his business card is a bar of soap, and he is quick to tell you he expects to become the first to successfully market soap to a worldwide audience on the Internet. Gregory started making soap in his dorm room at Hanover College in Indiana and in three years has built a business that did $10,000 in soap sales, one bar at a time, in 2010. And Grandma Gee’s Handmade soap, named for the 23-year-old’s great grandmother, is an exciting product, if you listen to…


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Root Beer Won’t Float for Yum

Louisville-based Yum! Brands announced today it plans to sell two of its fast-food brands to focus its energies on the others.  There are 1,630 A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurants in Yum’s portfolio of more than 37,000. The rest are Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC locations. The news, which is making a big splash on the Internet, is simply that the company is looking for buyers. So don’t take down all that signage at the new arena just yet. The official company word is that the two brands “don’t fit” into the company’s long-term strategy. That sounds like a…


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Get in Touch with The Greatest

It’s a Holiday, and a good one. Rather than just enjoy the day off (if you work for the government), it’s a good day to visit the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. If you haven’t been, you’re missing one of the city’s best attractions. To celebrate the holiday, and the 69th birthday of “The Greatest”, there are special admission discounts. Take an old cell  phone down there and get in free. Otherwise it’s $2. The Center is presenting King’s “I Have a Dream” speech all day. Ark Farce: Experts lined up to scoff at attendance projections for the Ark Encounter amusement…


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The C-J’s Joke Includes J-town

If it weren’t presented in this morning’s newspaper as if it were legitimate news, it would be easy to laugh off this “Top Places to Work” supplement. But what caught my eye was the listing of the city of Jeffersontown as the city’s top mid-size employer. Upon closer inspection, you find out that the insert is a product of a 4-year-old company with an office in Pennsylvania called Workplace Dynamics, which conducts employee surveys. The company asked 876 local companies to participate in this survey, and a whopping 78 did so. About 9 percent. Would you be surprised to know…


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Finishing Week 1 with a Flashing

Friday. Friday. Friday. Wrapping up week one in the life of LouisvilleKy.com, and we’re continuing to make improvements here. Watch for some exciting new writers coming on board. Yesterday, for example, I spoke with Steve Paradis, who has some great insight into the sustainability movement for food and owns Fresh Start Growers Supply downtown. You can also expect a first post soon from former WLKY morning anchor Abby Miller, whose posts about family life and media were hugely popular back when we worked together at another place I can’t mention. So keep coming back, we’re always coming up with something…


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Non-Profits for Profits

You don’t have to grow a small business alone in Louisville, KY–in my opinion it would be foolish to think that you can do everything alone, especially when you don’t have to.  Last Fall I discovered two hidden gems in Opportunity City both of which are extraordinarily special in regards to what they do for our community and what they can do for you.  These two facilities that I speak of are Custom Quality Services and Harbor House. Custom Quality Services is a 180,000 sq. ft. behemoth facility located in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, KY.  You’ll need a golf…


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Wienies at JCPS, and a Quote Machine Retires

Now that I’m getting back in the groove of blogging, I’m starting to hear some interesting little tidbits about some of you people. Don’t forget there’s a link on the left to send me ideas, and you can always reach me on Facebook.  So here’s what I’m hearing: When Did JCPS Hire the Wienies?: There was absolutely no reason for JCPS to call off school yesterday.  It is a pain for parents. The snow barely covered the ground. Blame JCPS Transportation Director Rick Caple.  The fear of screwing up seems to guide the decision-making process. Cox and Fox: If you…