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We’re #2 in fast food – followup!

That noise you hear is your waistline expanding! The reason most likely… Fast Food! Have you noticed there’s a fast food restaurant on almost every Louisville corner? It’s not just by accident, remember there is a reason YUM Brands is headquartered here. Now according to a new survey commissioned by the website “The Daily Beast “ Louisville ranks second for the number of fast food restaurants based on a cities size. Independent data collector AggData totaled the number of fast-food locations of the nation’s 30 largest chains in nearly 500 cities. The “Beasts” final list was limited to cities with…


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Budget Solution: Kentucky and West Virginia Merger

We all know the Commonwealth Of Kentucky has faced huge budget shortfalls over the past several years, and so have many other states. But look just to the east, and you’ll find a state considered, without a doubt, to be one of the epicenters of poverty in the United States. I speak of the beautiful state of West Virginia. I admit a love and bias toward the Mountain State since I was born there and lived there prior to my move to Kentucky almost 15 years ago. But I also know how much poverty lies within its borders. So, imagine my surprise and…


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Roundup: Why We’re Fat, Louisville

You feeling it? Warmth, sunshine. Coming this weekend. Meanwhile, you should, but won’t, attend the Car-Free Happy Hour tonight at Browning’s. Here’s some top hits from the news. . . Big Daddy on Whiskey Row: Greg Fischer is not going to take my suggestion and make Todd Blue offer Frank Faris a spot for a new Ginny’s Diner on Whiskey Row. But couldn’t he at least not write in the deal that Blue can operate a parking lot there for 5 years? Or say that if does, that Blue himself has to stand out there in the street waving cars…



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New Crack in Cracker Barrel Plan

Something else has come up in developer Chris Thieneman’s quest to bring Valley Station residents a new Cracker Barrel, and what eventually happens could escalate or cool off a long-simmering feud with city government. After years of having his Dixie Highway development plan blocked by neighbors, Thieneman last month finally brought his plan for Cracker Barrel to a successful approval at the Metro Planning Commission. At that point, the only obstacle would be an objection from neighbors, and two promptly filed their intent to protest the approval, setting back the plan for months, or years. But Thieneman persuaded the neighbors,…


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“Digging” a Hole in ESPN’s Professionalism

ESPN has been long accused of bias in its sports analysis, but rarely is this bias showcased in prime time during an actual game. The behavior displayed by ESPN color commentator Digger Phelps during last night’s Louisville-Notre Dame game was downright despicable. Not only was Digger wearing a Fighting Irish logo on his sweater, but he made biased statements against the Cardinals throughout the contest. After Kyle Kuric’s first half-ending dunk garnered a technical foul, Phelps berated him. He exaggerated Kuric’s actions and continued his commentary on Kuric throughout the game. Phelps referred to Notre Dame as “we” or “our” multiple times….



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Cardinals Can’t Finish off Irish in Overtime.

When the tip-off started the extra period, it quickly became clear that the Cardinals were done. Despite a strong 40 minutes, collapse was the word to best describe U of L’s effort in OT. Buzzed from an early three-pointer, the Fighting Irish scored 14 unanswered to begin overtime. Regulation and overtime looked like two completely different games. While it is another loss, the Cardinals hung tough in an extremely hostile situation and continue to prove their mettle. Junior Kyle Kuric led the Cards with 28 points, including an electrifying dunk to end the first half.  Kuric earned a technical for staring…


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From our “You’ve got to be kidding” department

Did you know there was a magazine indexing iPhone apps? Oh yes just what you may have been waiting to see! 947 apps all under one cover for the one low price of $19.99. Wait Nineteen dollars and ninety-nine cents? Are they kidding? The cost of 20 of those iPhone apps? Has anyone at the publishing company heard of the Internet? Remember Google? One click and hundreds of apps. Yet this magazine has already had 5 editions and appears to be raking in the bucks…but who is buying these magazines? Bob Sokoler is a former Anchor/Reporter turned Louisville Realtor 7…


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2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Deals with Obesity Epidemic*

Compiled by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Because more than 1/3 of children and more than 2/3 of adults in the US are overweight or obese, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines places a stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. There were four major action steps for Americans in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) from Executive Summary*: 1.       Reduce the incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity of the US population by reducing overall caloric intake and increasing physical activity. 2.       Shift food intake patterns to a diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans…