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I Was There: Occupy Louisville

A sign posted at the edge of camp. On Thursday, I went down to Occupy Louisville for the solidarity rally. The rally was across the street from City Hall, at 6th and Jefferson. The people gathered were buzzing about the attacks on protesters in other cities–yet here in Louisville, the police were absent. Occupy Louisville and LMPD have not had any issues. In fact, the only officers we saw were overseeing traffic redirection for the decoration of the city for the holidays! This video was actually shot the second time we sang, since so many more people arrived. We started…


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Actors’ Play Shows Military POV

The new play at Actors’ Theatre is a big deal in the military community, and has been performed on military bases all over the world. But it provides a more valuable insight into the minds of those who do the fighting for those of us who aren’t connected so closely with the services. “ReEntry” features five actors who march around the stage, stopping to perform brief vignettes, talking as if being interviewed by an unseen reporter. The dialogue comes from actual interviews conducted with veterans by director KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman. Exposed are some of the raw emotions felt…


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Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

I don’t believe in ghosts. So when I heard about the SyFy Channel’s journey to Frankfort to seek out paranormal activity at the Buffalo Trace Distillery,  it seemed intriguing. Luke and I went over there last night. The agenda was to watch the debut of the Ghost Hunters episode at 9, followed by a tour of the supposedly haunted warehouse and mansion. The staff, including P.R. maven Amy Preske, who was featured in the episode, had plenty of creepy stories about the Stony Point Mansion. Col. Albert Blanton died in an upstairs room here in 1959. Presko, who has an…


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Third Screen is the Future of Journalism

This wasn’t some hot-shot Internet entrepreneur talking about the importance of mobile journalism. Chip Mahaney has made a career in television news, and he was telling about three dozen people at a talk organized by the Society of Professional Journalists that mobile is the main driver of local journalism, that he pushed reporters to adopt a mobile first strategy and that, get this, competition to be first is no longer a driver in his business. Mahaney, director of Digital Content for Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company, pointed out some shocking truths about the way people consume news. The third screen, in…


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It’s Back to Boring for Cards in Pitt Loss

Darn you, Charlie Strong. Got us all fired up with that big win at West Virginia, and left us thinking maybe you’d figured out how to move the ball, that you’d got the young QB, Teddy Bridgewater, to show some brilliance. That you were more than a defensive-minded coach. Bowl game? Maybe. So I went over to the game with Pittsburgh yesterday, figuring there would be more improvement from this team, with talk of a Big East title in the air.  Tried to forget those debacles against Marshall and Florida International. I parked (free) and tailgated with my buddies in…


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Speed Limits In Louisville

When I was a young lad (and yes, we had cars then) it was pretty much common knowledge that the police would give you a 5-mph grace over the posted speed limits.  Nowadays I am amazed at the folks driving, especially on the interstates.  The speed limit signs evidently mean absolutely NOTHING to anyone.  If you are in the left lane, driving 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, prepare to be tailgated, tail-ended, or passed on the right side, with ANY of these scenarios accompanied by the “one-finger” salute. Maybe it would be better to just take down…


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Possibility to Reality – Wendy Whelan’s Triumphant Career to be Chronicled on KET

  You never know who you’re going to run into at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds in Crescent Hill, but the array of celebrities on a recent Sunday morning was enough to alert the media! International ballet sensation Wendy Whelan was in town for a whirlwind tour of her childhood haunts, filmed by the Kentucky Educational Television Network. The New York City Ballet’s principal dancer was accompanied by her famous mom, Louisville’s own Kay Whelan, first dance teacher, Virginia Wooton Weber, and Weber’s husband, noted musical theatre actor William Weber. “Isn’t it amazing how life comes full circle,” said Kay, her daughter’s…


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Freedom is NOT FREE: Up front and Personal with Wounded Warrior Staff Sergeant Lani Abalama

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., M.S. Many Americans have lost their lives and have been wounded protecting our freedoms. I had the opportunity to sit next to wounded warrior, Staff Sergeant Lani Abalama who is currently stationed at Fort Knox at the 2011 Vets ‘n Vettes. Staff Sgt. Abalama agreed to let me interview him while we were at lunch. I jokingly accused Staff Sgt. Abalama of being very confused when he told me he had first served in the Marines for 7 ½ years and then transferred to the Army. He can officially retire from the military in 7…


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Vets ‘n Vettes Matches a Vet with a Wounded Warrior

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. My Facebook friend, April Kauffman, from New Jersey, invited me to Annual Vets ‘n Vettes three-day event which was held November 3 – 5 at the National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green.  I had never toured the museum and was anxious to meet April, this human dynamo from New Jersey, so I attended the event and was able to check off both things on my bucket list. Facebook Friends to Face-to-Face Friends! April and I became  Facebook friends because I am an outspoken advocate for our military and their families.   I am a…


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Technology and TV Stars at the Breeders’ Cup

Louisville got plenty of national spotlight during the weekend, as Mother Nature cooperated for a spectacular Breeders’ Cup event that  surely convinced its execs to bring the event back soon. It’s in Santa Anita next year. For fans of racing, the Breeders’ Cup far outshines the Kentucky Derby. The two-date race card, and the spectacular prize money, attracts the best in the business from around the world. It’s an international event and with that comes a more sophisticated atmosphere, and not just because the infield is closed. There’s less drinking, unless you count the people at the amazing Grey Goose…