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Pitino Likes Cards’ Spirit and Attitude

Rick Pitino is talking about why this year’s Cards are so good. “They are so willing to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back,” he said after the win against Syracuse. Pitino compared this bunch affectionately with his 1987 Providence Final Four team. Remember that this was widely expected to be a rebuilding year. In the preseason, Pitino called it a bridge year. The Cards were predicted to be in the lower half of the Big East standings, but with six regular-season games left, U of L sits in fourth…


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Big Four – A Bridge We Can Actually Finish

Most of us know that the Ohio River Bridges Plan is never going to happen, despite all the hysteria over this week’s Bridges Forum. But every time we pass by the Big Four Bridge and that wonderful looping expanse we’ve built in Waterfront Park, we think about how nice it will be to ride and/or walk across the scenic old railroad bridges – especially if officials have the sense to prohibit vehicular traffic. At least that’s what I’m hoping happens during today’s press conference at the Waterfront, where Greg Fischer “will announce that Kentucky, Indiana and the City of Jeffersonville…


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Karen Sypher’s Whitley City Circus

It could be that this week will be the last time local TV stations have a convenient excuse to lead their newscasts with recycled footage of Karen Sypher walking in and out of the courthouse, but she’s not going down quietly. Last night she appeared on a radio station in Whitley City, Ky. promising to reveal more new evidence prior to her Friday sentencing. The radio show, hosted by Darlene Fitzgerald Price (a newly recruited member of her legal team and failed U.S. Senate candidate), airs on a station that couldn’t support even the miniscule traffic that Sypher had generated…



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Nourishing a Community: Time to go mainstream

There is a lot happening in the local food movement in Louisville these days. More than 30 area farmers markets make seasonal, local food available throughout the year. Dozens of restaurants are now sourcing fruits, meats, dairy, and vegetables  from local farmers. Bellarmine University has a vegetable farm that gives students hands-on experience in a demonstration environment. Jefferson County Public Schools has set a goal of 25% of  meals to be made with local ingredients. And just last weeekend the mayor announced a program that will create incentives for local agricultural entrepreneurs. Seems like everywhere we turn, new seeds of…


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Lifestyle Strategies for the Health of Your Heart and Your Body, Too!

How to Become Heart Smart for Your Heart. Whether you are male or female, heart disease is by far the largest single killer. For every 1,000 people born in the same year, cardiovascular disease would claim 427 lives while all other causes combined would equal 573. In fact, heart disease actually kills more women than men, almost 422,000 per year, that’s about one per minute, more than the next four leading causes of death, including all forms of cancer, combined. Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are 2 to 3 times higher than pre-menopausal women at the same age. African-American…


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Smoking Ban in the Tobacco State?

There is yet another smoking ban under consideration in the tobacco state; but this time, it is state-wide. Bans of this type are always politically favorable–indeed, you rarely hear a politician, even one that opposes a ban, speaking openly against it. Well, and why would they? Public opinion polls almost always show a majority supports a ban. Newspaper articles and spots on news broadcasts follow the same model: details of the proposition, followed by interviews with public health experts decrying the negative effects of smoking, followed by interviews of citizens railing against those evil, evil smokers. Yet something is missing…


How to Announce an Engagement in 2011

David and I were pretty secretive about our engagement. Well, not exactly secretive, but we wanted to be able to share the news with our family and friends before someone unintentionally found out about it on Facebook. For special news like this, we wanted to see our friends’ smiles. The problem with not telling everyone at once is that you have to tell everyone one at a time. Seems simple, yes? Not so much. We got engaged on November 2 and enjoyed our secret for a few days. Then it seemed everyone got really busy. Holidays approached, friends left town,…


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Get on the Bellarmine bandwagon

Eric Crawford’s story in the Courier-Journal this morning was a nice piece about Bellarmine basketball. Scotty Davenport’s job as head coach, however, is more impressive. After several years of mediocrity, Davenport has not only lifted the image of Bellarmine basketball, but the school as a whole.   I’ve been on those early-morning bus rides Crawford spoke of. Traveling anywhere in the Great Lakes Valley Conference is so different than when I played Division I at St. Louis University. There are no planes. There are no nice hotels. There are no manager’s grabbing your bags and taking them to your room. A…


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Now or Never for Berman

Tonight’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting is the last hope for those in favor of keeping Superintendent Sheldon Berman on the job, and the prospects don’t look good for a reversal in the Board’s 5-2 vote to get somebody new. It’s not that Berman doesn’t have support. Groups and individuals as diverse as GLI’s Joe Reagan, the NAACP’s Raoul Cunningham, business leader David Jones, Jr. and state Rep. Darryl Owens have said that replacing the chief is not the solution to the system’s problems. Mayor Greg Fischer, asked about the issue today by WHAS Radio, says he’s not picking…