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No Pledge Drive Here at LouisvilleKY.com

Welcome back from your weekend. Did you watch, and cry, as 21-year-old Rory McIlory choked at the Masters? He had a one-shot lead on the tee at #10, and proceeded to hit his tee shot in a place no one’s ever reached, up by some cabins. He then proceeded to blow any chance with a 7, followed by a series of missed putts, and finished tied for 15th. Meanwhile, Tiger proved mortal in missing a series of short putts after getting a share of the lead on Sunday, and some guy from South Africa I’d never heard of until Saturday,…


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Richie’s Reaching In Divorce Case, But It Won’t Matter in Election

Richie Farmer is just cracking me up. When word of his divorce was made public last week, including details that his wife claims that Richie doesn’t give her any spending money, he released this quote:  “For her sake and for the sake of our children, we will have no further comment on this matter. We ask the press to respect our privacy as we deal with this private family matter.” I’m sure David Williams, Farmer’s running mate in the Republican primary for governor, is cringing at this news as well. Maybe he should throw Rebecca, who says Richie only allows…



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Mid-City Mall Gets a First Class Boost – A Post Office in Valu Market

I had just purchased a birthday gift for my mom at Carmichael’s Books and was rushing to the Highland Ave. USPS branch with my beautifully wrapped package and card scrawled in daughterly verse, only to find the doors locked.   Oh, those early Saturday hours. I would have to haul it out to St. Matthews or go with a UPS Store. Right?   But wait…didn’t I just see the customer service area at my Highlands Valu Market decked out with the USPS eagle? Of course! I had forgotten there was a newly installed, full service post office at the Mid…


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Brent Ackerson’s budget survey of District 26 residents that maybe spills some beans

If you are in Metro Council District 26, the chances are that you probably received Brent Ackerson’s 26th District Spring Newsletter in the mail. If you are not from the district, I regret to say that a  copy was not yet up on Ackerson’s web-page at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Members/26/Home.htm. Anyway, the four pages mostly discuss such mundane but important matters such as grass cutting and street paving and junk pick up.  (Brent and his assistant Jeff Noble really did well on the grass cutting issues)  However,  the most interesting part is Ackerson’s survey on page three  asking constituents for feedback on budget priorities….



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NYT “36 Hours” Scribe Washburn Talks Whiskey Row

One of the best nods to our little/big city by the river in print past was Michael Washburn’s “36 Hours in Louisville, Ky” published March 31, 2011 in the coveted Travel section of the New York Times. This pre-Derby buzz is only a taste of a life enriched by journalism and appreciation of literary culture for the Brooklyn resident.  The Louisville native, Atherton graduate  and former U of L student has thrived after transplanting in New York City. His work has appeared in Washington Post, NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle to name only a few prestigious forums.  The bright city…


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Not a Perfect Start for the Louisville Bats

Last night’s Louisville Bats  opener seemed perfect in every way. There was great weather, a huge crowd and plenty of first-day optimism. It was all good, that is, unless you were among the hundreds of fans hanging in the lobby waiting for your tickets at will call. The Bats made a smart move in the offseason – dumping Ticketmaster for a new ticketing system. But they didn’t expect a big glitch on opening night that caused huge lines for will call and at the paying ticket windows. I spoke to Nick Evans of the Bats, who said the walk-up ticket…


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Finally Some Love for Jockeys

There’s no group that’s more overlooked during the Derby party season than the short, strong men who ride the horses around the track. That’s why I was glad to see the Galt House is organizing the inaugural Night of Silk Derby Party on Derby Night to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  They had a press conference this week, at which Pat Day spoke, and announced that the new event has some impressive sponsors, a great dance band and an auction that I bet will have better horse-related items than any other.  The $375 ticket price, considering that…


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Groomzilla!!!

If you haven’t read Brigid’s blog from yesterday stop and do it now…I’ll wait.  She always impresses me, but her ability to so easily showcase the most frustrating part of this whole experience is wonderful.  I mean really, it is 2011. It all started with our first meeting with a caterer.  I set up the meeting, I sent her all the preliminary information, I asked 90% of the questions, and at the end of the meeting she turns and says, “So Brigid, have you picked out your colors yet?”  My immediate thought was, “They’re my colors too, you ____.”  It only got worse from there.  As everyone…