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Super Future Starts Here

Snow, Snow, Snow:  I’ve been watching TV news lately, and got the idea that we may get a few inches of snow soon. But a mild storm 48 hours away doesn’t always have to be the lead story, does it? Be Nice: I’m going to try and be nice and help promote tonight’s cool panel discussion sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s called The Future of Journalism. The five panel members are all certainly qualified to talk about the topic — Sarah Kelly of LEO, Shea Van Hoy of the Jeffersonville Evening News, Kathy Hostetter of WAVE-TV, Gabe…


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Fisher Touts His Green Cred

Mayor Greg Fischer touted his efforts at making Louisville greener today with a press conference at the Newburg Library, where he talked about the heating and cooling, lighting and carpeting that were part of the building process. Of course he had nothing to do with it, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and give him credit for making green building ideas public.  He also mentioned some interesting stuff going on at the Metro Development Center on Fifth Street, taking the opportunity to use the word photovoltaics in an actual sentence. The Mayor even mentions his plan to…


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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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And Some LouisvilleKY.com News

If this site were a person, we’d be wearing onesies and have just gotten home from the hospital. So please bear with us as we continue to make improvements. And thanks for stopping by, Louisville (too much “Anchorman” over the weekend). One of the improvements is the calender you see to the right. I’m picking and choosing events worth mentioning there, so if you want your event up there, get in touch with me. You can also expect to see more new writers making their initial posts on LouisvilleKY.com, as the site is continuing to grow in variety, quality and…


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Lamb: “Local is the Future of TV”

Bill Lamb, Fox41’s GM, is finding it hard to contain himself over the prospects for his station in 2011, starting with today’s launch of a 6:30 newscast. “It’s going to be a journalist’s dream,” he says. “It will be all news and a little bit of weather. No sports, no puff pieces. It will be high-energy and fast-paced.” Lamb said the station has hired five new people in various positions as a result of the new newscast, including an anchor for the 4 pm newscast in Gil Corsey. He was most recently in Charleston, W.V.  David Scott and Jennifer Baileys…


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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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Weekend Edition Featuring the Rick

I get the feeling that Rick Pitino is not over his little spat with the media. You may remember that hastily-called press conference, when Pitino blasted the media for reporting on the whole Karen Sypher mess. I went to that one, and the media assembled there are still scratching their heads over Pitino’s speech, which was to tell everyone in the media that they shouldn’t cover Sypher’s antics because they were lies. He seemed to be motivated to speak out after a TV station interrupted programming to report a new Sypher development. But Pitino can’t control what the media chooses…


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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…