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Mayor Greg Fischer: 79 Days and Counting

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Full disclosure, I did not vote for Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer.  I am conservative.  My voting record is independent, however. I voted for Mayor Abramson & President Clinton. In the mayor election cycle, I helped my friend and fellow Church member, Hal Heiner, in his campaign.  However, I liked what then Candidate Fischer had to say when he was debating Heiner before the election. I have to admit I didn’t even know anything about Greg Fischer at that point except that he was running against Hal Heiner. I remember thinking after the…


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DaMarcus Smith Denied Release from UCF

DaMarcus Smith is starting to look like the prodigal son. Smith asked Coach George O’Leary for a release from his letter of intent to the University of Central Florida. Smith was originally committed to the University of Louisville, but in a now infamous turn of events reconsidered announcing that he signed with the Knights. O’Leary denied Smith’s request today, saying “the big thing is you sign a legal document and that’s what it is – a legal document. I’ve never in all my coaching given a release to an NLI and I’m not about to start. And he knew that….


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Time to Care about Education

That email headline really caught my attention — “Louisville Turns up the Heat on Education.” It was one of those cheeky emails from the Friend of Lou bunch touting the 55,000 Degree project. It’s a goal set by education leaders last year to increase the number of people with college degrees — the goal is 40,000 bachelors and 15,000 associates degrees by 2020. The logic is simple — the more smart people around, the more money they’ll make and the more prosperous the entire community. It’s a public-private partnership financed by local foundations — they’ve somehow come up with more…


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Some Big Stories, But a Woman in the Men’s Room?

Sure, there’s stuff to cover in the news, like the Mayor going down to the ‘hood, the Metro Council demanding ethics compliance from MSD, and there are dangerous feral hogs wandering around in Jefferson Memorial Forest.  They’re having a big party at Bellarmine tonight, and UK is in the Final Four. Another story concocted by the Karen Sypher defense team, claiming a former high school principal called in one of the extortion threats, is buried in the news. But get this — at Urban Active on Dixie, there are complaints about a woman nosing around in the men’s locker room…


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A Dish Worth Fighting Over

There aren’t many dishes that are worth fighting over. Usually if your S.O. and you both crave something you just get two (or three!). After all this is the land of plenty. If you’re both have a crush on meat-lover’s pizza then you just get a bigger one. If you get into a race to inhale the appetizers you begrudgingly decided to split, you can still keep the peace by grabbing a pen & napkin and visibly adding up the total number of calories in your date’s 22 oz. sirloin and baked potato. If he/she doesn’t take notice and stop hovering over…


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To iPad or not to iPad…

It’s pretty much a given that the tablet PC of choice these days is an Apple iPad. No other brand even comes to mind (actually, are there any other brands out there?). So, the question of whether or not to buy a tablet PC isn’t really should I buy from Steve Jobs versus Bill Gates, it’s more a question of: do I really need one of those damn iPads? Is it cool? I love cool gadgets. But, I’m very, very picky about what I define as such. There’s a very fine line between nerdy and cool. It has something to…


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Come on down!

Slowly but surely, Louisville is getting away from it’s “fly-over country” status. Two of these smoke-in-the-cockpit emergency landings in a week makes us quite the meet, greet and extinguish hub! Ya’ll come back now, hear?   Glad everything went smoothly and no one was hurt. And yes, I still call it Standiford Field.


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Meet Another ‘Invisible Bicyclist’ – Alan Sweeny II – car-free and loving it

Alan couldn’t have picked a harder time to go car-free. He admits the past winter’s weather was a big challenge, but he has made a game of it. “It’s really not that bad. In fact, it’s rewarding. Every time I get to work it’s a fun to look back at what I went through to get there,” he said. Overcoming the elements gives him a sense of victory.


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WHAS, WAVE Enter Helicopter Sharing Agreement

Imagine this — you see a news helicopter passing over a crime scene.  The graphics are for WHAS-TV. But then you see the bird turn around, and it goes by and displays the graphics for WAVE-TV. That will be the reality starting Friday, when a new contract the two stations have signed goes into effect. The two stations will share air time and the video feeds will be identical on each station. Mark Neerman, WHAS-TV’s news director, says the new arrangement saves both stations money and is similar to deals being made in the TV business. “It’s becoming really common…


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Corporate Babble is Good for Weddings

One of my favorite ideas ever is Corporate (or Buzzword) Bingo.  It’s the game you play while in meetings, or listening to the head honcho talk, where you count the number of times you hear corporate-speak.  Words and phrases like teamwork, synergy, deal-breaker, game-changer, same page, culture, vision, mission, fast-track, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, none of those things are bad by themsleves, but we all know that when they are strung together by a talking head, you need something to help you pass the time.  Well, I found a place where at least some of these phrases matter.  Wedding…