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Doing the Right Thing Friday

Finally Friday. It’s been a great week, and an exciting weekend ahead. Here’s a few things you might have missed. First, check out Billy Reed’s piece on Artis Gilmore, who was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday night. My favorite inductee was UK’s baller Rex Chapman, who was throwing behind-the-back passes and pulling up for three’s while I was watching from press row back in the ’80s.  He and Darrell Griffith will always be my two favorite college players of all time. I also had a soft spot for Ed Kallay, an institution in media as I…


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Whoever Heard of a PDS?

I’ve had my fill of not only weather, but weather panic. And of the new (to me) weather term — PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Last night, during a perfect evening on the Waterfront, I was enjoying Over the Rhine with a thousand or so folks with a gorgeous sunset in the background, with the Belle of Louisville rolling by on the River. Suddenly, about 8:30, the singer Karin Bergquist announced this was the last song because she’d been told to wrap it up because of the oncoming storm. So there was no encore and the crowd dispersed. Blame the city….


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Green Weeps, Blames Others

Every media organization in town was covering the Judy Green ethics hearing yesterday, but the best way to keep up with things while they were happening was by following Phillip Bailey’s tweets. The WFPL reporter was giving some great play-by-play, and left little doubt that the testimony proved that Green broke ethics rules, blamed it on her assistant, and that she was crying throughout while her appointed attorneys argued she was some sort of do-gooder Robin Hood character. Telling details: Representatives of the 100 Black Men group, and her own current legislative aide, were called as witnesses but failed to…


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Hamilton’s List of Excuses

Cheri Bryant Hamilton reacted to being singled out for giving away taxpayer money (in the form of Kroger gift cards) in exactly the way you’d expect — she attacked the media, avoided actually answering questions, defended the practice, feigned outrage at the idea she would use the giveaways to influence voters, claimed the money is so insignificant it doesn’t matter and passed out blame in every corner she could think of. So the bottom line is this — Hamilton thinks it’s OK to pay people for winning door decorating contests, and for volunteering to help her campaign against drinking in…


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More Ethics Problems for Judy Green: Kroger-gate

The new problem for Judy Green, and for Cheri Bryant Hamilton, is that the Metro Council members don’t seem to think they did anything wrong. Green, if you read the C-J’s story on the distribution of Kroger gift cards, believes it’s OK to buy a bunch of gift cards with taxpayer money to hand out to constituents at parties. Worse, though, is that she thinks its OK to buy more cards than you are giving away and pocket the balance. That’s much more of a grievous ethics violation than Hamilton’s, who thought it was OK to reward volunteers who helped…


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And No Drinking til 6

I don’t really like this new weather guy at Fox41. Ever since Jude Redfield’s been on the air, the weather has sucked.  Some Paul Emmick fans started a Facebook group “Keep Paul Emmick on Fox 41 News.” But only 40 people joined. Bueno Bocaditos : The popular Seviche restaurant on Bardstown Road in the Highlands will close Sunday, but that’s a good thing for fans of Chef Anthony Lamas’ Latino cuisine.  For four weeks, workers will be busy expanding into the old ear-x-tacy space next door, creating an additional 30 seats, a new lounge and bar, and there are 40…


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Metro Councilman James Getting Married

Metro Councilman David James is engaged to be married. The bride-to-be is Michelle Myers, an assistant in the Jefferson County Attorney’s office. Myers also volunteered on James’ campaign to win the 6th District seat on the Metro Council. The wedding is set for July, and will take place at the Women’s Club of Louisville, in James’ district. Myers said the couple is house-hunting in Old Louisville. Both James and Myers have daughters in their 20s. James is a member of the University of Louisville police force. He was elected to the Old Louisville seat last fall.


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Only One Way to Look at It: Two-Way Traffic is Good

Last night, the Metro Council approved a plan pushed by Council member David James that will convert parts of First and Brook streets in Old Louisville from one-way to two-way streets. It was the culmination of an idea being pushed for years and adopted by James when he got into office last year.. “More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” says James. “Converting a majority of one-way streets to two ways allows for additional parking, trees, and bike lanes that calm traffic, making neighborhoods more livable for all who utilize the…


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Obviously Those Metro Council Funds Should be Cut

This morning’s C-J editorial addresses an obvious point to anyone who wants good government — the discretionary money provided by the city to Metro Council members should be drastically reduced or eliminated. No one other than the groups getting the money would notice if the funds went away. As the editorial points out, a lot of the money is given to churches and faith-based groups, or organizations like Dismas Charities, which already has a black eye from the public’s point of view. Small cities and support for public schools may be worthy causes, but the way the money is awarded…


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Green’s Ethics Battle Just Beginning

The long and slow process of relieving Judy Green of her duties on the Metro Council kicks off today. She’s the focus of a meeting of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission beginning at 11:30. The meeting may not take place, however. The original complaint, filed by political rival Ray Barker in January, has triggered an avalanche of other accusations against Green. She’s been dodging cameras, then agreeing to interviews, all the while claiming innocence in spite of irrefutable evidence that she’s done plenty wrong. Barker’s complaint focused on Green’s mismanagement of a bogus program to hire members of Green’s family…