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Best Local TV Sweeps Reporters

I love TV sweeps months, especially February, because that’s when TV stations put a big emphasis on investigative reporting, which usually comes with a big dose of sensationalism. Sometimes it works, and having a reporter work on one story for several weeks results in good journalism. Short-staffed stations even require anchors to get out from behind their desks and actually go and interview people about issues. You won’t see many anchors outside the studio in March, but in February you’ll see it: WAVE’s Scott Reynolds up at the Indiana State Capitol, or WHAS’ Rachel Platt talking up JCPS principals and…


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Council Supports Cleavage Ban

I’m just kidding. I was having a conversation today with April Perkins about how silly the No Nudity ordinance is — we decided Louisville must now be the largest city in America where you can’t pay to see a topless dancer — and wondered what absurdity Bob Henderson’s bunch downtown might support in his effort to keep locals from thinking about sex. The headline here is how I imagine The Onion might treat the story. Seriously, can’t you imagine a “No Tolerance for Ta Ta’s” measure? TV reporters rushing to ROCK leaders asking them about the spread of venereal diseases…


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Taylor Swift Comes to Yum!

The Yum Center just announced that Taylor Swift, that’s right, Taylor Swift, will perform at the KFC Yum Center July 2. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10.  This seems like a big deal.  Here’s the official release. Anybody going? LOUISVILLE, KY (February 9, 2011) – Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated “Speak Now World Tour 2011” will include Louisville as a stop on its North American leg. Sponsored by COVERGIRL®, this high-energy, theatrical presentation is centered on one of today’s biggest cross-genre artists as she delights fans with special guest NeedToBreathe in the city’s newest multi-purpose arena, the KFC Yum! Center…


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Traffic gremlins? What’s yours?

Enough is enough. Greg Fischer’s No. 1 job as new mayor of Louisville has nothing to do with bridges, budgets, figuring out why the Kentucky Derby Festival eliminated Iroquois Park from the Mini Marathon (toughest job the man has been faced with so far, I’m certain) or who the head dog catcher in town is going to be. No, his main priority should be working on finding someone–some computer–to keep our streets and traffic flowing as smoothly as one of his silk ties. Sounds trivial, I know, but what in local politics isn’t, really? Seriously, I think Louisville may have…


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Amazing Grace in Highlands Closing Soon

Grace Carswell is still Amazing after all these years, although she has not been part of the Amazing Grace  Whole Foods market since 2006. After splitting with husband and business partner, Paul Koenig, both the store and its creators have gone through some changes. When they opened the store at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 1995, Grace may have had thoughts about the positive impact such a business would have on the city; but I doubt she ever thought it would close its doors this soon. The latest news is the store will shut down by the end of the…


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I believe the children are the future

Ever wondered who’s looking out for the little guy? No, not the figurative “little guy” – our children. Well, here’s your chance! Next week, on February 17, is the 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day. Whose job is it to make sure the next generation is given the right tools for a successful future  – access to education, health care, a stable family environment? Let me let you in a secret – not just the folks with kids. We all have a stake in this so I hope you will find some time to either join us at the Capitol Rotunda or…


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What do you do with sentimental clutter?

I remember when Garrett’s parents sold their house in the suburbs of Chicago and downsized to a condo. We were all living in Brooklyn at the time, and he had to go back to clean out his old bedroom. That meant throwing away a lot of stuff. I’ve never had to do that because my mom is a packrat. She bought her parents house in 1974 (and her parents bought it in 1950), and even let them keep most of THEIR stuff there. So that house is filled with old photographs and sentimental curiosities. Nothing valuable, just things that have…


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Should I buy 100 calorie packets to help me lose weight?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. When you are trying to lose or maintain weight, knowing how many calories you are eating each day is important. The 100-calorie packets are convenient but expensive. Many of these are junk food. Here’s some 100 calorie food suggestions for you: 29 pistachios, 12 Quaker® Quakes Cheddar Rice Snacks, 40 Rold Gold® Classic Pretzels Sticks, 1 hard boiled egg & 1 slice of Melba Toast, 2 cups of raspberries, 28 grapes, 1 cup blueberries, 45 steamed edamame, ½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons of hummus, ½ cup low fat cottage cheese with…


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Getting Angry in 87th-Ranked Louisville

The only thing spreading to Clarksville is fear. As you probably expected, the new Louisville no-nudity ordnance has the self-righteous crowd in Indiana rocking the Fear Machine and renewing a fight against adult superstore Theatair X in Clarksville. Logic might suggest that adult businesses will set up across the River, so yesterday the fear-mongering ROCK group held a meeting. And WHAS-TV cameras obliged them, repeating at least one unfounded claim, which is really a pretty funny one — “They call Theatair X a bully in the sex industry – where gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS thrive. They say it’s a…


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Pump It Up!

It’s not every day or every city that one can Google the name of their mayor + breastfeeding and get such great news! Kudos to Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Matt Zahn with the Dept. of Public Health and Wellness for making life a little easier for moms and a lot healthier for the youngest constituents of the Louisville Metro! This should have an impact on information passed on to postpartum moms at the four area birthing hospitals–Baptist Hospital East, Norton, Norton Suburban and University–where women will be encouraged to choose breastfeeding for nourishment and bonding in the crucial hours…