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New Blood No Relief for Jeffersontown Taxpayers

When Greg Fischer took over as the new Mayor of Louisville, he required all employees who wanted to keep their jobs to  submit some ideas about their positions and how they might make them better.  Skeptics said it was Fischer’s way to get them to justify their jobs, and good government types thought it might actually result in trimming some of the fat in local government personnel. He ended up keeping just about everyone, but the exercise certainly made employees aware that they were lucky to have those jobs. Given the same opportunity to assess his 102-employee organization in Jeffersontown,…


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Deja Vu All Over Again – Louisville Goes Prude

When the National Farm Machinery Show arrives in town next week, some good ‘ole boys are in for a rude awakening. Because the traditional trek to Trixie’s may not be happening, and if it does, the boys won’t be getting their usual peek at a womsn’s ta-ta’s at the same time hoisting a cold beer. And if it’s still open, Trixie’s will be closing its doors at the early hour of 1 a.m. That’s because the city is scheduled to start enforcing its No Nudity ordinance tomorrow.  It effectively puts 25 local businesses employing more than 300 tax-paying citizens out…


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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Will Fischer Deliver?

I know, the post-Super Bowl malaise. And we’ve got the dank, gray weather to go with it.  At least the good guys won, though all of us at the annual Gilderbloom Game Fest were pulling for a tie, which for a moment seemed possible. The Steelers made that 2-point conversion to cut the Packers’ lead to 3, and there was some faint hope the Steelers would get the ball back and score a field goal.  Maybe it made John Schnatter a bit nervous, but there would be no free Papa John’s pizza for the masses. The rest of the show…


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Tonight was anything BUT a good night for the Fox network.

How do you screw up an internationally televised concert? Ask Fox or the producers of this year’s Super Bowl! Maybe it was just my TV or my house, but did anyone else hear the atrocious audio mix called the half time show on Fox tonight? Someone owes the BlackEyedPeas and their fans an apology! Sure it’s no easy task coordinating a concert in the middle of the Super Bowl, but you would think someone would have rehearsed, set levels and set memory points on the mixers. Maybe I’m just making something out of nothing but “Tonight’s going to be a…


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Louisville’s Guide to Super Bowl XLV

No, Louisvillians don’t have a vested interest in tomorrow’s gridiron grudge match, but who won’t be tuning in? Either for the commercials, the halftime show, or the game itself, everyone has something to see in this Super Bowl. And both the Packers and Steelers have plenty of local support. The Packers have long been a favorite in the Derby City, going back to the Golden Boy,  Paul Hornung. Born and raised here, Hornung won the Heisman Trophy before a Hall of Fame career in Green Bay. The Louisville Sports Commission this year gave out the first Paul Hornung Award, to…


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NBA to Louisville Update: Miller to Meet with Stern

Don’t get all excited yet, but talk of an NBA team’s move to Louisville is ramping up. Last night, WAVE-TV’s Kent Taylor aired an interview with J. Bruce Miller, the local attorney hired by the Metro Council to negotiate with the league about bringing a team here. Miller said a few potentially key things have happened. For one, his unnamed investor group has signed a “No Shopping” agreement tying their money to Louisville if they pursue a team. And Miller said that renovations to Freedom Hall as a home to the team wouldn’t be in the previously-mentioned $100 million range,…


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Where’s Harvey? Mini Should Always Go South

My guess is Kentucky Derby Festival president Mike Berry has never laced up a shoe, run the Mini Marathon, suffered the rolling hills of Iroquois Park, then, finally, reached the last hill and saw paradise waiting along Southern Parkway, a long, flat stretch of heaven lined with shouting fans and little children holding “I love daddy” and “You can do it, Pat” signs for their loved ones. My guess is he’s never descended onto Southern Parkway a little bloodied to only be resurrected by the masses who go ten deep all the while urging the miniMarathon runners to their final…


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Boel is on the Way Back

I caught up with former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel today. As I expected, he sounds as if he’s been a model rehab patient.  He’s back in town, celebrating his three-month sober anniversary on Sunday, watching the Packers with his pal Terry Meiners. Boel, in his direct and humble way, said he goes to three AA meetings per week, 2 counseling sessions. He’s found a sponsor in his recovery effort, has lost 32 pounds and is running and cycling every day. He can’t drive, because his license has been suspended. “I’m trying to get well,” he said. “The folks at rehab…


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What Makes a “Classic?”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I really liked The Da Vinci Code. It was a page-turner, and I like history, art, puzzles, and Masons. But recently at a reputable bookstore, I saw a display of “Classics” that included Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, and The Da Vinci Code. My gut tells me that putting Dan Brown with Melville and Fitzgerald is ridiculous. But I also remember the first time I heard Nirvana on an Oldies-type station, I objected. Maybe my gut feeling is just telling me I’m getting old. What are the requirements of something becoming a classic? Wildly…


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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…