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Gambling On Kentucky

Exactly four years ago today, Governor Steve Beshear proposed up to twelve casinos in Kentucky. As of Tuesday morning his latest proposal wants to allow up to seven casinos to operate in the commonwealth. You may ask what is different except the number of gambling palaces. Well first of all, this new proposal only allows a statewide referendum on the idea. The new bill is also being introduced by a Republican in the State Senate. Not something I would have guessed could happen four years ago. None of these changes guarantee passage. In fact I’d guess the chances are less…


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Pusateri’s FFA Campaign Promises to Be Extremely Different

One couldn’t help but approach yesterday’s 2012 Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff and Arts Showcase with an added curiosity. It was, after all, the inaugural fanfare for Louisville’s first arts season in 35 years that has not rolled out under the reign of legendary Allan Cowen. Louisville’s ears have been pricked for signs of transformation. Indeed there would have to be—the Fund for the Arts moving from the leadership of a life-long arts enthusiast who spent his childhood in the concert halls of Pittsburg, to a home-builder-turned-philanthropist with an admitted indifference to classical music. There couldn’t be two personalities…


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Great News for The Healing Place

I’m passing along some great news from The Healing Place: Louisville, KY (January 31, 2012) — The Healing Place, a nationally recognized drug and alcohol recovery program, will receive an $800,000 Kresge Grant after meeting $1.2 million donation requirement. The Kresge closing grant will complete funding for the women and children’s campus which opened in 2010. You are invited to a Victory Reception on Thursday, February 2 from 3:00-6:00 pm to celebrate the completion of Kresge Grant which is Phase 1 of the current Partners for Hope Initiative.  A special presentation will be made at 5:00 pm by Jay Davidson,…


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Some Super News Items

Welcome to Super Bowl Week, where we’re all wishing we had a way to get in the big game, and can’t believe that tickets to Sunday’s Giants-Patriots game will set you back a couple of house payments.  The game, of course, is a big deal for local TV, and it’s really better to watch the game in a place where you can actually hear the commercials and, yes, pay attention to the game.  The Patriots are favored by 3, so I’m going with the Giants and Eli Manning. Oh, the game is on WAVE this year, and kicks off at…


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The Humongous Party of the Weekend

You’ve probably heard the endless promotion of Cabo Wabo in local media. It’s the party to bring you out of hiding, forget about the horrible weather, and boogie the night away.  It’s where all the cool kids will be Saturday night, the highlight of January. Facebook RSVPs alone number 600, and you can bet more than that will show up with $12, and a coat to donate, at the Mellwood Arts Center Saturday night. Here are details of the bash, provided by Cabo board member John Witten. 2012 Cabo Wabo Coat Party- Benefiting The Children’s Peace Center of Our Lady…


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Shop for a Cause

Today is the kickoff for 3rd Annual ID+A Holiday Auction, benefiting Metro United Way.  You can see and bid on the baskets by clicking the link in the information below.  Bidding will run from December 12 until 12:00 p.m. EST on December 16, 2011. The 3rd Annual ID+A Holiday Auction includes 7 gift baskets valued at over $150 each.  The themes are: UofK Tailgating, UofL Tailgating (do we sense a competition?), Holiday Tablescape, The “Touch” of the Holidays, Holiday Survival Kit, Holiday for the Hungry (donated to a Metro United Way family), and Christmas in the Commonwealth.  Bids are placed…


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‘OCCUPY BIKE SEATS’ Could Give Movement Needed Traction

The world looks on and wonders aloud, “Where is the Occupy movement headed?” It might help first to know what the heck the Occupy movement is – beyond the collective frustration of 99 percent of the population feeling ripped off by the ruling one percent. Here’s an answer that could give Occupy some momentum.


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It’s Something to Buy Nothing and Give a Coat

I won’t be shopping on Friday with all those fools. In fact, I’ll be participating in Buy Nothing Day on Friday, a peaceful way to protest the focus on commercialism at Christmas (and maybe watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special). I’ll also go through my coat closet to find something to donate to the Free Coat Exchange. The project is organized by Ted Loebenberg, a colorful character who always says, at our Breakfast of Champions events, that he runs a “multi-hundred dollar company.” With Ted, it’s not about money, but about making a difference. He’s been doing a coat exchange…


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Healing Place Brings on Corporate Supporters, Seeks More

If you watch local newscasts, you can’t help but notice a ton of stories about crimes committed by people who are caught up in the despair of alcohol and drug abuse. What doesn’t get the spotlight is the work being done by The Healing Place to help individuals get help for their addictions. The Healing Place just announced it is getting some much-needed corporate support (from Texas Roadhouse and Brown-Forman) to help reach a goal to qualify for a Kresge Grant for its women and chldrens’ campus. Here’s the organization’s news release: Louisville, KY (November 14, 2011) — The Healing…