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Louisville: Nudity-Free Since Just Now

Welcome to another dreary winter’s day in your newly nudity-free city. 56 degrees this weekend, so hang on and tune up the bike. And there’s some good news in here somewhere. Hogan’s Hope: That money the city got from the Readers’ Digest contest (ok, it’s just $1,000) will be going to the Save the  Hogan’s Fountain effort to preserve the teepee. Also, Tammy Madigan, the group’s organizer, says that the local band Hogan’s Fountain will be donating proceeds from iTunes sales of its song “Shine Your  Light on Me” to the effort. All .99 cents, Every little bit helps. Local…


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Louisville’s Library FINALLY has an App!

When’s the last time you went to the library? Sure, I know the shiny, unbroken spines beautifully displayed at Carmichael’s and Border’s are enticing, but the library is much more fun. Really, it’s just about my favorite place in Louisville. Thousands and thousands of books on ANYTHING you want … and all yours for the borrowing. I remember being taught how to use the card catalog in the mid-1980s, just as computers were beginning to integrate our homes and classrooms. I loved the huge pieces of furniture that held tiny index-card-sized drawers. But I remember being a library aide in…


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New Blood No Relief for Jeffersontown Taxpayers

When Greg Fischer took over as the new Mayor of Louisville, he required all employees who wanted to keep their jobs to  submit some ideas about their positions and how they might make them better.  Skeptics said it was Fischer’s way to get them to justify their jobs, and good government types thought it might actually result in trimming some of the fat in local government personnel. He ended up keeping just about everyone, but the exercise certainly made employees aware that they were lucky to have those jobs. Given the same opportunity to assess his 102-employee organization in Jeffersontown,…


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Where’s Harvey? Mini Should Always Go South

My guess is Kentucky Derby Festival president Mike Berry has never laced up a shoe, run the Mini Marathon, suffered the rolling hills of Iroquois Park, then, finally, reached the last hill and saw paradise waiting along Southern Parkway, a long, flat stretch of heaven lined with shouting fans and little children holding “I love daddy” and “You can do it, Pat” signs for their loved ones. My guess is he’s never descended onto Southern Parkway a little bloodied to only be resurrected by the masses who go ten deep all the while urging the miniMarathon runners to their final…


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Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at LouisvilleKY.com. Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here. One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks…


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Finally-Fischer Boots Zelinsky at Animal Services

Just in — Mayor Greg Fischer has replaced Wayne Zelinsky at the troubled Animal Services department. It’s long overdue. Here’s what the Mayor’s Office just released: LOUISVILLE (Feb. 2, 2011) – Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky. Fox, currently Deputy Director of MetroSafe, will oversee animal control for the city while the Fischer administration conducts a national search for a new full-time director and completes a top-to-bottom review of Animal Services. Fox will remain in the new role until April, when Fischer plans…


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Groundhogged in Louisville

Up in Punxsatawny, Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so you can count on an early spring.  Yippee! Sometimes it seems like I’m in that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray, because every year I go to the same party and they show the movie and all the same people are there. Just kidding. I do have plans to attend the 33rd Annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration, hosted by my cousin Julie Ryan and her husband Kevin, who own the most extensive collection of Groundhog crap this side of Punxsatawny. Fortunately, the location changes every year, and…


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Exile on Main Street

For a city that should have a sense of place, it appears to be the reverse. This week’s broken, if you will, news about the green light for demolition of Main Street’s historic row, paints us with the burden of being a place with no sense. Oh, the irony? Oh…the Iron Quarter. I waded through the speech from Todd Blue on last night’s newscast, feeling not only waterlogged but also smelling of bullshit and decay. The first odor stemming from money and entitlement and the second stench belongs to the once-glorious city block of commerce and entertainment that greeted highway…


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Beshear Issues Challenges in State Of the Commonwealth-sort of

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear offered up a slew of challenges in his annual State Of The Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. He managed to call out Washington, Wall Street, and The Kentucky State Senate all within 30 minutes, and nary a word on casino gambling! Beshear is normally restrained when giving speeches, but actually managed to call up some fire and brimstone when he called for Washington to “get off our backs” when it comes to regulating the coal industry. More impressive than I’ve seen from him in a while. He also managed to directly challenge the Kentucky State Senate-calling on…


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Rotary Club Reluctant to Help Mayor Help Teens

At his State of the City address  on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer spoke briefly about the Youth Opportunity Showcase, a summer jobs program for teenagers. The program began in 2006, under Mayor Jerry Abramson’s leadership. It seeks to provide 1,000 of Louisville’s teenagers with jobs. In the original release, the goal of the program was to provide teens with “positive activities,” “job skills,” and to help “build resumes.” Oh, and also, to keep those rabble rousers off the street. Darned rowdy teenagers. Mayor Fischer’s speech was given to the Rotary Club. With a room full of Presidents, CEO’s, and other…