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The Biggest Game in Town

Last night, more people got their entertainment from a women’s college basketball game than from anything else going on in Louisville. 15,601. It was only the third largest crowd of the season for the Lady Cards, but remarkable because it wasn’t the opposition that attracted the crowd — Not Tennessee, not Kentucky, not Connecticut — but merely one of the top-tier squads in the Big East, Rutgers. The Knights, 5-1 in the league, kept it close until midway through the 2nd half, when U of L pulled away with a 17-0 run, winning 56-45. The Cards are now 5-3 in…


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TV Spot for Mint Jubilee

Feeling Derby? Click on this link to see the spot:  Mint PSA 001-MPEG-4 800Kbps Hey, it’s almost February. Which means Derby season can’t be far behind. This year, the Mint Jubilee will be held Derby Eve at the Louisville Palace. It’s going to be different, thanks to the involvement of the original founders Matt Battaglia, and Chris and Tom Thieneman. The Derby Eve party will feature plenty of new frills. Take a look at this TV spot, produced by Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American who is now a Hollywood producer.


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Parents Want it Both Ways

So we waited all this time for the so-called experts (definition: somebody from out of town) to tell us what we already knew about parents’ attitudes toward the JCPS’ student-assignment plan — parents want diversity, as long as it doesn’t affect what school their kid attends. They want the freedom to choose neighborhood schools and they sure as hell don’t want their kids spending an hour or more each way on a bus. TV stations have been doing meaningless polls that show the same overwhelming sentiment. Now that the expert from California, Gary Orfield, has spent 2 months doing a…


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Fischer’s Five Things

Today Greg Fischer gave his first State of the City address. Here’s the official release. Your thoughts? LOUISVILLE (Jan. 27, 2011) – In his first State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer today called for a new economic development vision for Louisville, saying the city has lost too many jobs the last decade while competitor cities have grown. He said Louisville needs a culture change and must act more boldly to be relevant in the 21st Century. He also proposed to begin a dialogue with Lexington to create a “super region” along I-64 and he has asked the Brookings…


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Big Shots on Schools

It may be an important step in improving the quality of the public schools to have open, public discussions, so I applaud Business First for hosting its “What’s Brewing” event the other day with some smart guys, including David Jones of Chrysalis Ventures andVic Staffieri of LG&E. Some other big shots showed up — like JPCS superintendent Sheldon Berman, JCPS board members Debbie Wesslund, Diane Porter and Carol Haddad.  Even Hal Heiner was three, though someone should tell the newspaper that Heiner’s not on the Metro Council any longer. Our own Barbara Day was there as well — and gave…


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The Over-Under on Fischer’s Speech

I feel like I’m so far behind on making wisecracks about our public officials, media types and tattoo-parlor crashers.  But it’s easy to make excuses for inactivity these days — it DID snow a few inches yesterday. This morning I went to the Okolona Business Association breakfast, where the speaker was our own blogger/staff nutritionist Barbara Day. She had some good advice for pushing away from the table, and was shocked that the guy sitting in front of her at the Yum Center last night had 3 beers. I didn’t need to hear how many calories that was. 7th District…


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Ongo – Media’s Next Failure

Ever since the dawn of the Internet newspapers have struggled to find a business plan that will work online. For me, it started in the late ’90s at Business First, where the publisher resisted the idea of putting content online, even though every other media operation was doing it. I was successful in campaigning for a work-related e-mail account, and we got access to the Internet. Eventually. Today is the launch of a site called Ongo, which for $6.99 will offer you access to some of the top newspapers in the country. You can see s0me of the same stories…


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JCPS: 2 Inches + Panic = Snow Day

I was watching Fox41 this morning as the morning team did its best to make viewers think the two inches of snow we got overnight justified the panicked reaction JCPS officials announced at 5 — SNOW DAY! The station sent Lindsay Allen to Elizabethtown in hopes of finding some weather-induced crashes and back-ups, but she stood in front of a side street with barely a hint of the white stuff as cars whizzed by her on the main drag. Shots outside the studios showed wet streets. It was fun watching Lindsay measure the total – 2 inches – and she…


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Gannett’s Design Centers Providing New Layoff Strategy

All kinds of giggles going on in the news – topped by the story of a drunk woman who rammed her car into a tattoo store. A responsible tattoo parlor operator refused to tat up 50-year-old Marie Reeves. Of course, she did what anyone refused tattoo service would do — got in her car and rammed the front of the store.  She was able to back her car up, head on down the road, where she plowed into a couple of gravestones at a cemetery.  Naturally, her next move was to catch a cab from the cemetery down to Hotel…


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Rand Paul vs. Women

Gotta give it up for Rand Paul — especially if you hate women who have abortions. In an AP story, Paul called Roe v Wade “one of the most horrific judicial travesties in the history of our nation.” Paul’s on board supporting a “Life at Conception Act” making the rounds in Washington. All these new members of Congress seem to be competing to show the world that they are more against abortion than each other. No, Paul missed the memo on civil public discourse at U of L yesterday. The act purports to make it a law that “all unborn…