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Tom Burch-True To Himself and Women’s Rights

Lots of controversy this week in Frankfort as four different anti-abortion bills were stymied by the House Health And Welfare Committee.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s ever been to one of those committee hearings, since the long-time chairman, Tom Burch of Louisville, has always made it very clear that he is staunchly pro-choice. Three of the four proposals were sponsored by Republican David Floyd, who didn’t even bother to show up for the hearings. Dave is a pretty smart guy, and my guess is Floyd knew way ahead of time the measures had no chance. But, some observers suddenly contend…


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Let’s Talk TEDx!

Boy-O-Boy, TEDx Manhattan made a huge splash in Louisville. More than 300 people were in attendance for the local event hosted by Grasshoppers Distribution this past Saturday at Bellarmine University. The event was kicked off with a welcome by co-sponsor and hostess, Emily Bingham. She and her husband, Stephen Reilly were the force behind bringing TEDx Manhattan to Louisville. Stephen was in attendance in New York and was asked to speak about Louisville and our local food movement. Master of Ceremonies and Chief Organizer, Caroline Heine, of Heine Brothers Coffee, did a fantastic job helping the crowd transition throughout the…


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Sarcasm Not Working Well for Denton in Frankfort

Julie Denton, Republican senator from Eastern Jefferson County, is increasingly at odds with her GOP Senate leadership. Late last year, she announced she would run against David Williams for Senate president but relented for lack of support. Last week, she publicized details of a Senate Republican Caucus meeting and called the lightning speed at which a bill was rocketing through the legislative process “a travesty of justice.” Senate Bill 110, which vastly expands the practice of optometry, has been front-page news because of its unprecedented momentum.  Mighty money and powerful sponsors — including Senate Republican leader Robert Stivers, are propelling it at a record pace. Increasingly, Denton’s fellow…


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Is it possible to have an environmentally-conscious event without breaking the bank?

The most common piece of advice I’ve read in wedding books and magazines is to make a list of priorities, so we know what’s important to each other in a wedding. Being the social creatures that we are, we know we want to be surrounded by family and friends,  have an open bar, and a live band. (How could a local musician use a DJ for her wedding?)  As far as planning goes, however, a major factor for us is being as Green as possible. Sure, we could just buy carbon offsets from a site like this one, but I’d…


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Portman, Kunis Vie for Being ‘Black Swan’

Maddening! Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, and Wynona Ryder. Directed by Darron Aronofsky I was hesitant to see this movie. I’ve had several friends say that it’s the greatest thing since Elvis, sliced bread, and the invention of the wheel. Any other detractors are mumbling. In fact Yahoo! Movie reviews gives it a pretty high average rating in their system. Still, I held out on seeing it until last night. My verdict: It’s okay. That’s not to say that it’s a bad movie; far from it. This is the kind of movie made for up-and-coming filmmakers…



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Adjusting to a City Without Strippers

U of L’s Wednesday game got top billing on ESPN last night, and the Cards showed future opponents how to beat them — denying the three and playing intense, hand-in-your-face defense.  Check out Gabe’s piece.  Not mentioned during the game broadcast: Karen Sypher, who seems, maybe, to have run out of rope and will be sentenced tomorrow.  Experts say she goes to the pokey for 5 years, minimum. Unhappy in Overalls: Fox41 found some farmers willing to go on camera to complain about Louisville’s new no-nudity ordinance.  300,000 people here for the Farm Machinery Show. Quote from a guy in…


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Slow Start Dooms Cardinals in Cincinatti

After the Cardinals pulled off their stylish win over Syracuse on Saturday, fans in the ‘Ville had been buzzing about the incredible team effort of late. What U of L hadn’t encountered yet was a team playing for its life. The teams entered the game with identical 19-6 records, but U of L was ranked 16th and Cincy was in a more desperate position. The final was 63-54 as Cincy dominated much of the game before a sparse house of 11,511 at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati came into the game battling for post-season positioning.  It needed a win to bring…


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Bye Bye Borders

Louisville’s retail real estate market just took a really big hit — two prominent and huge Borders stores will be closing as a result of the parent company’s bankruptcy filing. The biggest gap may be downtown, where a 23,000 SF Borders anchors Fourth Street Live. Let’s start the speculation now — will the city’s economic development staff offer up some cash to Cordish to put something in there to keep a black hole from developing in the middle of the city’s major tourist attraction? Let’s just wait and see. Given the flack Jerry Abramson and the Metro Council caught for…


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The great fence at the Great Lawn

They’re already charging us money to put air in our tires. Airlines smile when they shake us down for putting luggage on planes. Now Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry and his board is getting in line to make the taxpayers of Kentucky pay to sit on the Great Lawn to watch Thunder Over Louisville.  If that last sentence doesn’t raise an eyebrow, then check your pulse. The first announcement was that Iroquois Park was eliminated from the Mini Marathon course. That was absurd enough, since the park was part of the tradition of the run, and since the south-end neighbors…