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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…


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An hour in and still boring…

It’s a Monday morning here and the rain is beating ceaselessly against my office window. The gray overcast sky that permeates the majority of winter doesn’t want to go away. I’m thinking to myself “maybe it’s just February.” Like any other drone I double-click over to the Internet and find this apropos quote from last night’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards: “It might be bad. It might be horrible.” This was said by actor James Franco before he and co-host Anne Hathaway MC’d last night’s Oscars. It couldn’t have been more spot-on. Hathaway kept up pretenses by being exuberant and begging…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Jeff Noble Has Designs on the Future of the Row

Jeff Noble is a resident of Butchertown, a Legislative Aide to Councilman Brent T. Ackerson, senior political adviser to the Yarmuth for Congress campaign, longtime Democratic Party activist, and a local blogger at www.ohioriver606.blogspot.com. His first involvement to save a local structure was in 1979 when he opposed the demolition of the Will Sales Building at 4th and Liberty streets. His views are his own and should not be construed as anything other than his own. In a perfect world we would demolish the buildings saving only the facades; construct an open-air market on the 1st Street end to replace…


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New Ideas for Easy-to-Make Breakfasts for Kids

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Kids and adults, too, need to eat breakfast every day. Breakfast means break the fast. Kids will do better in school and parents will do better at work if they eat breakfast. Here’s few easy recipes: Nutty Fruit Breakfast Wrap -1 whole wheat tortilla, ¼ cup low fat vanilla yogurt, ½ cup fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries, ¼ tablespoon of toasted wheat germ (high in folic acid and vitamin E) and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts like walnuts. Fold in sides of tortilla, then roll. 1 serving = 314 calories, 10 grams of protein,…


Antonio Hart Blew Comstock Hall

I posted to my facebook page Friday night that Holly Brockman-Johnson let Antonio Hart play sax for her tonight. That, he did. Hart was in the ‘ville for UL’s annual Jazz Week. A last minute opportunity to interview him was presented to me so I hopped in the car with a friend who was driving him to and fro. Antonio Hart is cute. He wore a knit cap, cool glasses, an Eddie Bauer scarf … and the man, he’s skittish. I didn’t ask him too many deep, personal questions but that skittishness gave way to caution and then before we…


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Downtown: A Yum Complaint and Doc Crow’s

I hate to rain on the parade of civic and school pride as it relates to the University of Louisville’s phenomenal success as the home team at the KFC Yum Center, but all the prosperity has created a bit of a problem for the women’s program. The Lady Cards took care of Seton Hall, 59-49, in a game devoid of much excitement on the floor. U of L got an early lead and held it throughout against an abysmal 8-20 team before an announced crowd of 9,875 on Senior Day.  Mine and Luke’s favorite player, second-leading scorer Shoni Schimmel, played…


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Wisconsin: The First Return Salvo

As I observed the protests and political gamesmanship going on in Madison, Wisconsin, I tried at first to understand what was going on, then why it was going on, and then what the outcome will be. Now I realize GOP Governor Scott Walker may have killed his own momentum. Walker has been trying to effectively bust the union for state workers, leading  to the huge demonstrations-that much is clear. He got some early traction among the citizens for his budget restructuring, then it disintigrated into a union-busting measure. He claimed unions weren’t willing to make concessions. They made concessions. He claimed…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Jennifer Charles–New Architect on the Block

Born in Gloucester, Virginia, Jennifer Charles graduated college at the University of Virginia in 1992 before traveling across the nation to earn her Masters in Architecture at UCLA in 1999. There’s a world of history and design in between and that’s pretty much where she and husband Ed Charles, decided to settle. Right in the middle of everywhere here in Louisville. Published in LEO’s “Letters to the Editor” in the February 23, 2011 issue, the relatively new citizen to the Metro and downtown business owner asked questions of both Todd Blue and Greg Fischer. I asked if she had two…


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What can Blue do for you?

A recent spoof of the fluff piece published in Sunday’s Courier-Journal has been circulating. Just too good not to share ~ Todd Blue, Demolisher First Website:  brokensidewalk.com Song stuck in your head right now: (And the Walls) Come Tumbling Down by John Mellencamp and “Blow Up” by J Cole Phrase you repeat too often:  “It can’t be done” Phrase you would like to outlaw:  “It can’t be done” (unless it is an old building to be saved, then it really can’t be done.) First Concert:  Pink Floyd, the Wall Best Driving Music:  “Money” by Pink Floyd Book on night table…