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A Desperate Green, Decision for JCPS and Winston’s Women

Two big stories, plus crime, are dominating the news during this respite from weather-related crises — Judy Green and the JCPS superintendent search. This is What Desperation Looks Like: Judy Green “believes racism is involved and that she’s being targeted” after five Metro Council members began the process of removing her. A grand total of 20 people showed up to support her at a rally yesterday. Green says she’s going to fight it and is “disappointed” that her colleagues voted to do this to her. The gutsy Council members were Kevin Kramer, Tina Ward-Pugh, Barbara Shanklin, Madonna Flood and Stuart…


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Stars Came Out For the Animals

I was fortunate to be invited to Zoofari 2011 on Saturday, the big fund-raiser for the Louisville Zoo. It was the 31st annual event, and it always brings out some of the city’s biggest and most generous big-shots. The highlight of the evening, at least for the Zoo’s patrons, is the auction of animals up for adoption. No, nobody takes home a polar bear for their back yard, but generous people bid to become adoptive parents of animals at the Zoo. Videos, cleverly done by 2Thomases Video Productions, are presented to encourage the crowd to ante up for one of…


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Good Things, like Harbor House, Must Be Celebrated

This morning, the Harbor House of Louisville hosted a breakfast at the Brown & Williamson Club at the football stadium, and everything that happened was good. If you weren’t moved by the stories of Harbor House’s good works, you would have smiled at the stage when a group of Harbor House residents enthusiastically sang a few songs. You might have gotten teary-eyed at the video showing the sheer happiness of Harbor House participants, or laughed at the stories shared by Maria Smith, the CEO. On the heels of the city’s generous support of the Crusade for Childen (And Republic Bank’s…


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KIPDA to Enroll Qualified Medicare Recipients in Extra Help Program at the 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), through its Social Services Division, will be working with Spanish-Speaking Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky to assist them in getting money to help lower their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs this weekend.  The 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair on June 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to noon will give the Hispanic community and other fair-goers an opportunity to seek qualification and approval for funds on the spot at the event. “We are pleased to be working with the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Louisville again this year,” said Barbara Gordon, Director of Social Services for KIPDA. …


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Louisville Dogs left with less than 24 hours to live

According to Derby City Dog Rescue there was a huge number of  animals brought into LMAS this past weekend (100+) and it has left them  with a difficult decision to make – there are 39 dogs that need rescuing by  tomorrow – Wednesday June 1st 5pm – otherwise they will not make it  another day. Help these dogs, foster a dog or  forward this post to a friend if you can’t foster an animal. Repost on Facebook, Twitter, or your own  blog – but do something. Louisville is a city full of animal lovers. Let’s show how much we care….


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Louisville Cyclists to Honor Local Bike Advocate and Author Joe Ward

Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.

As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved:


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Media Musings and Getting Out of the Dog Biz

Here’s a big shout-out to Terry Meiners, who allowed me to visit his 84WHAS Radio show yesterday and blabber on about the Governor’s decision to snub the President, whether Richie is going to help or hurt David Williams and he let me plug LouisvilleKY.com. He even came up with a new theme song for the site, by Rick Bartlett, “Louisville  K Y”. Belski Blog: Weather guy John Belski is back on WAVE, but not on the air. He will be doing a blog on the WAVE3 site, but mostly about folksy stuff related to weather.  Kevin Harned was promoting it…


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The Heat is On

Mayor Greg Fischer and officials from the Community Foundation of Louisville and Metro United Way today announced 27 grants totaling $250,000 to area nonprofit organizations that help create a college-going culture in the Louisville community. This funding is in response to the vision created by 55,000 Degrees, a public-private partnership that is working to increase the number of people in our community with college degrees by 55,000 by the year 2020.  Over 140 requests for funding were received. Grants were awarded for programs that address five key “tipping points” that are predictors of students’ future success in their educational journey:…


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Bike, Walk or TARC to Louisville’s Car-Free Happy Hour

Rain or shine, one night each month Louisville’s active transportation advocates get together for food and beverages wherever they can find enough bicycle parking. You should come, even if you need to drive. You’ll meet people from all walks of life. No pun intended. The thing we have in common is some measure of independence from automobiles. Come see. Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Can you believe I posted this bit of shameless promotion from my phone! This is crazy for a guy who started out as a printer setting lead type by hand. By the way, folks, here’s…


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A Worthy Ride for Louisville’s MS Charity

Meet Dean Brooks. He’s kind of crazy. On Monday morning at 7, he’s going to get on one of those spinning bike things at Milestone Fitness Center and says he’s not getting off for 12 hours.  He could put in 220 miles.  It’s the seventh time he’s done it, raising money for MS, the same charity hosting a big walk this weekend. I got a note from Brooks on his plan: This will be the 7th time that I have done this ride. I will ride for 12 hours. Last time I got off the bike only 3 times for…