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Hey…WHAS 11….You’re LIVE!

What caused WHAS 11 reporter Mike Colombo to accidentally appear on camera for some 30 seconds during ABC prime time? It’s a scary moment for the WHAS 11 staff. During a commercial break during ABC’s 20/20, up popped a live feed of Mike rehearsing lines for his live shot at 11. Mike had no idea he was live and his photographer even responded to a white balance request (registering the camera color balance to white) while on the air. The problem was most likely caused by an engineering gaffe or control room equipment failure. Though it looked odd, Mike didn’t…


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My editor’s flare…

My editor, slave driver he is, was wondering where I’d been, how I was doing. He sent up a flare, something I saw in the night sky as I looked up from the hardwood floor I was tearing out of my new home. It was a bright flare, one I enjoyed watching because, of late, moving and drudgery has been No. 1 on my list. So as a decided to put my hammer and saw down and watch my editor’s flare fade into the distance, I wondered if he really thought I was lollygagging somewhere in the Cayman Islands with…


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Oh Baby! Gossipy Louisville People News

An occasional departure as we slip into National Enquirer mode: Loving On Melissa: A magazine called Southern Indiana Living got things mostly right in a puffy profile of WHAS-TV’s Melissa Swan, who must hate it that the mag reveals her age (54) and calls her a local legend. A Book We Want to Read: Because we love Ashley Judd.  The Kentucky-born actress releases a memoir next month, “All That is Bitter and Sweet” which is advertised as mainly about the UK grad’s charity work.  So no photos from Rupp Arena, though John Calipari is among those singing its praises. English…


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Humana Fest Kicks Off

It’s not really surprising that Humana announced today that it’s kicking in another $2.1 million to keep its Festival of New American Plays going for another three years. Humana’s Virginia Judd, who made it official at a news conference kicking off the Festival this morning, said it’s the longest-standing arts sponsorship in the country, dating back to 1979, in the days of Jon Jory and Wendell Cherry. Six playwrights took turns talking about the creative process and what a thrill it is to have a show premier in Louisville at Actors Theatre.  It was great to see how excited they…


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The Fireworks in Frankfort

I know it’s hard to pay attention to what’s going on in Frankfort, but if you were, you deserve to be upset right about now. You’ve got virtually nothing to show for your $1.5 million. You’re paying your legislators for this unnecessary short session. We used to only have legislative sessions every two years, but lawmakers somehow convinced us it was necessary to send them to Frankfort every year in 2000. And because of politics and the fact that Republicans and Democrats can’t compromise, only a few bills have gotten through. One allows optometrists to perform some surgeries, an action…


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Loving and Admiring Louisville Ladies

Awards season is upon us, and one of my favorites each year is the voting in Today’s Woman magazine’s Most Admired Women. The local magazine offers up six women in each of a dozen categories and tallies up the online votes to come up with the city’s most admired females.  You can also vote by Fax or Mail if you haven’t yet joined the 21st century. If you don’t know at least a few of these 72 women, you’re not very well connected. I’m going on memory here, but it seems to me the Media category is most often captured…


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Almond Crusted Salmon

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Nutrition Information Per Serving: 326 calories, 29 grams protein, 16 grams of fat, 16 grams of CHO, 3 grams of fiber, 275  mg sodium. Preparation Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients* 1 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped (use food processor, it’s easier) ¼ cup plain bread crumbs 2 tbsp brown sugar ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning ½ tsp kosher salt 1/3 cup egg whites, beaten or 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water ¼ cup flour 1 ½ pounds salmon (6 fillets) Instructions Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Bob Edwards-a man of few and powerful words

From  NPR’s “Morning Edition” to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bob Edwards has been our voice of reason as well as the touch of broadcast genius. He’s on the radio, on the internet and on our minds. As a native  of Louisville, he always has a lot to say about his hometown and gives back to our city. He is not shy about bragging about the neighborhoods, rituals and history of Louisville. His reaction to the complicated issue down on Main Street, as Bob Seger would sing, is straightforward. The fact that my intro is longer than his comment is almost…


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How to Be Famous, Cheerleader Edition

So now we can add rain to the list of reasons public school administrators will, without hesitation, delay school. But the severe weather that occurred this morning around 4 exposed a more serious problem. The MetroSafe warning system failed and no sirens wailed when they should have. I heard WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold discussing his conversation with MetroSafe’s Doug Hamilton today, telling Joe Elliott that the failure was, as yet, unexplainable. A Bartman Moment, Almost: Nobody was pulling harder for Pittsburgh to miss that last 3-pointer in overtime yesterday than U of L cheerleader Jordan Alcazar grabbed the basketball before time…


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Todd Blue’s Two Cents on the $50 Million Iron Quarter

History made Whiskey Row and now history will take it down. It went up one brick at a time and it’s going to come down a lot faster. Soon. Somewhere between a dream and a deal, Todd Blue wants to revive a block of Main Street to many times the strength it had a century ago as whiskey warehouse to nightclubs and office lofts… and then some. Restoring more than just buildings, and hopefully utilizing as much of the original iron, tile and other materials as possible, Blue and his current and soon-to-hired crews plan to return the block to a…