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Rape, Cleveland, Texas, and Louisville.

What can we learn from this? What does this have to do with Louisville? Like every city, we have our crime. We have a considerable number of people that are more vulnerable to crime. We have sections of town where crime is more likely to happen. But how do we tend to respond? I cannot count the number of times people, intending to impart advice designed to help keep me safe, have said, “oh, stay out of Portland. That neighborhood is dangerous.”  “You shouldn’t go out (at night) by yourself. It’s dangerous.”  “You shouldn’t ever get toasted at a bar!”…


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Danger, Danger: Living in Rubbertown, Butchertown

Kelly McKnight, who works across the street from the Swift plant in Butchertown, knew something was wrong when he walked out his building’s front door and saw a bunch of people in white coats milling about. So he altered his plan to go out and went back to his office. But the water he got once inside “tasted metallic” and a c0-worker said his eyes were burning. He later felt he was getting a headache. At 11:30, he said, firefighters came inside and forced everyone out.  The ammonia leak at the Swift Packing Plant had caused officials to warn everyone…


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Wedding: Advice on Slashing the Guest List.

At first I was pretty miffed when I didn’t receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding, but now, having tortured myself over my own guest list for months, I understand. Kate, don’t worry … we’re still cool. I know that your Prince has a huge list of folks he’s obligated to invite — other princes, dukes, Elton John, etc. Also, y’all are older than your average couple, which means you’ve met lots more people. Keeping your list limited to 2000 must be about as hard as it is to keeping ours to, um, well let’s just say way-smaller-than-average. Between my…


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Schimmel and Lady Cards Stun Xavier, 85-75

Shoni Shimmel is the Jimmer Fredette of Women’s Hoops. The freshman phenom Shimmel had a career high 33 points to lead the Cardinals to their third ever NCAA Sweet 16.  Louisville stormed back in the final eight minutes of the game, holding Xavier to five minutes without a field goal. The Lady Cards even forced six turnovers in six straight Musketeer possessions. Schimmel’s effort was the coming out party for Louisville’s latest superstar. Her athleticism and raw talent mirrors that of former Louisville All-American Angel McCoughtry. Schimmel’s turn around jumper to bring the Cards level with Xavier was nothing short…


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Why Jobs Are Not Brewing in Louisville?

By Barbara Day I attended the Business First What’s Brewing Tues morning at the KY International Convention Center. Tom Monahan, Publisher of Business First, asked a series of questions to a panel about JOBS, JOBS & JOBS. The panel included: Paul Coomes, PhD, Economics Professor, University of Louisville, College of Business, Eileen Picket, Executive Vice President of Greater Louisville, Inc, and Tom Underwood, Kentucky State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses. Tom Monahan started the conversation by stating, “The Louisville area, which includes Southern Indiana, lost 7,500 jobs in 2010. There are now fewer jobs in the region than there…


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Rubbertown Gets Bounced Again

  It shattered the arrival of Spring, just as the sun was setting in the warm orange skies. A furnace explosion ripped through the walls of the Carbide Industries plant, burning and curling metal; sending shards of debris and plumes of smoke into the air. At a gathering in Audubon Park, we heard an alarm sound in the back room. No one really thought much of it–after all, we are a beeping, buzzing culture of technology. A few people patted their pockets out of habit, assuring them it was not their phone. Our host has the Midland All Hazards Weather…


Energy of ALLOWING

Recently I was sent a link to an Awakening with the Masters teleconference call with Jo Dunning. Her powerful story inspired me to ask a question that has been helpful in expanding my awareness. Maybe it will help you also. Jo Dunning’s Journey She had always been curious about life and plants with a longing for knowing more. She learned a little bit about “everything” and felt she had the answers to life’s questions. But these “answers” were all from what she had read, from other people’s perspectives. She asked for a rapid change and the Universe provided it in…


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Sustaining the Message with Green

Everybody in town, it seems, is ready to talk about sustainability. The question is whether anyone is going to do anything. Yesterday, Greg Fischer appointed 25 people to a Food Policy Advisory Board, which may lead to some new ideas for improving our diets and eating more local food products. I did a story the other day on Chef John Varanese, one of several local chefs emphasizing local foods who is even producing a TV show called Big World of Food. One of our sponsors, Fresh Start Growers Supply, hosts regular classes on how to do urban agriculture, such as…


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Lights Out on Shelbyville Not a Media Story

We were in the 4th frame at Ten Pin Lanes last night when all of  a sudden, the place went dark. The loud din of pins crashing stopped. Emergency lights came on. And the Monday Night Men’s Bowling League was done for the night.  Outside, businesses up and down Shelbyville Road, just inside the Watterson, were dark. Here’s what happened, according to LG&E’s Chip Keeling. A fuse at a substation failed, caused by a break in a line. So crews had to check the line, and that took about an hour and a half. The fuse was replaced and the…


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More Motherlodge plus an Op-Ed/Whine on Shows Starting on Time

I’m playing on Thursday night at the Monkey Wrench as part of the Motherlodge Festivities. If you ask me what Thursday’s show will be like, I will tell you that I don’t know. I will also tell you that my control issues are flipping out because I don’t know. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s about control because I don’t really care what the vibe or order of the show is. I only want to be forewarned. Is that the same thing? Control versus knowledge? Really, if we’re talking about control issues, let’s talk about my favorite “cause” in the…