Film Review: Best of Enemies Friday, Aug 28 2015 

debateimagesThere is no way to overestimate the pivotal nature of the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, during the 1968 presidential nominating conventions.

Until the moment of the contentious contretemps between these erudtie intellectuals from opposite ends of the political spectrum, television’s coverage of the political process was relatively straight forward.

It’s never been the same since.

“Best of Enemies” tells the whole story, including how the moment affected both men for the rest of their lives.

For more details, listen up:

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THE WEEK: Political Rebels, Arts Heroes and Finishing a Bowl Friday, Aug 28 2015 

Yippee! I’m celebrating a birthday, so it’s already a good week. Plus, it’s the last weekend before the start of FOOTBALL SEASON, and all your teams are undefeated, and your fantasy football geeks are all tied for first. Here in Louisville, the news is picking up, like. . .

Chris Hartman

Chris Hartman

Hartman Arrested: Ex-Rusty Satellite guest Chris Hartman, director of the local Fairness campaign, got himself arrested for disrupting a breakfast sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau at the State Fair. Hartman and two others held banners and made a lot of guests at the Ham Breakfast uncomfortable by going inside (they had tickets). Hartman said that the Farm Bureau promotes discrimination against gays. (Courier story)

Big Blue Politician? I really hope Matt Jones is serious about running for Congress. Sure, he’ll have to move to Lexington, but Jones has the opportunity to be a really popular politician who will bring a new approach to the job, and run outside the party system, though he’ll run as a Democrat. (Insider)

I Discovered that Jennifer Bielstein Really Likes Her Job, and Living Here:  Listen in on the Rusty Satellite Show this week, and watch this video from Bill Brymer:

Making Needle Exchange Work: Dr. Sarah Moyer, interim director of the Metro Public Health & Wellness Department, has been doing multiple jobs since she arrived in January. Most importantly, she’s directed the most successful needle exchange program in the state. (Insider)

Joey Mechavich

Joey Mechavich

Now I Want to See the Opera: Joey Mechavich spends two months a year here, and travels to exotic places doing a job he loves. Listen to his enthusiasm for Opera on Rusty.

Breakfast with a Real Champion: Save the date as on Sept. 22 the Breakfast of Champions will welcome U of L AD Tom Jurich as our speaker. And you’ll hear from him soon on the Rusty show. Sign up on Facebook.

He’ll Talk About This: According to WDRB’s Eric Crawford, Jurich has a plan to close the bowl and add capacity to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. He’s holding a press conference today.

Want a Job? Snelling’s Job of the Week is a Certified Medical Assistant.

Public Art: The Mayor’s had a good week. Today he gets to “put the finishing ingredients into a newly created beer” and unveil a new public art project near 10th Street on the River.

Check out more great stories here at LouisvilleKY.com.

 

 

Public Meetings set for planned Sixth Street Bike Lanes in Louisville Thursday, Aug 27 2015 

Louisville, Ky.  (August 27, 2015) – Two public meetings are scheduled to share and receive feedback on plans to add bike lanes to Sixth Street from River Road south to Zane Street. The project is intended to improve the bicycle network by re-configuring lane widths and on-street parking between River Rd and Broadway, and reducing travel lanes between Broadway and Kentucky to provide a buffered bike lane. The project is tentatively set to get underway during the week ofSeptember 28.

Shared lane markings are to be added from Kentucky Street to Zane St.  This project will provide a direct link for cyclists between the River Walk multi-use trail and buffered bike lane on Kentucky St. More details are available here on the Bike Louisville website. The public meetings are as follows:

One of the changes between River Rd and W Main St.: reduce the width of the existing north-bound, south-bound and two-way left turn lane in order to add a 5’ south-bound bike lane and 2’ buffer.

One of the changes between River Rd and W Main St.: reduce the width of the existing north-bound, south-bound and two-way left turn lane in order to add a 5’ south-bound bike lane and 2’ buffer.

Monday, September 14 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

444 S 5TH Street. First Floor Conference Room

 

Friday, September 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park

Louisville Councilman Magre issues statement about Health Department actions against the Economy Inn Wednesday, Aug 26 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Councilman Steve Magre (D-10) has issued the following statement upon learning that the Department of Public Health and Wellness has issued a notice of intent to suspend the Economy Inn’s operations (June 18 store here):

“This action really comes as no surprise for those of us who have continued to hear about the problems in the operation of the Economy Inn. I am glad the Department is taking this process seriously in enforcing the same rules and regulations as other businesses in Metro Louisville. It would appear they now understand what needs to take place.

I have often been asked if I am trying to close down the Economy Inn and I have said many times, I am just bringing the concerns of the people who live around the Economy Inn to light.

Photo from WDRB.com

Photo from WDRB.com

If the owners of the Economy Inn truly are serious about being a good neighbor and want to provide a safe place to be like any good hotel, they will clean up their own act. If not, it will be the Economy Inn that will eventually be responsible for its closing because of their refusal to address these many concerns.

There are still too many police runs to this facility.

We will soon be moving forward, with the help of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office on amending the Metro Code of Ordinances dealing deal with public nuisances in an attempt to address many of the problems of the Economy Inn and other facilities like it. I expect to be ready to move on that sometime around the first of September.

In the meantime, I hope the Department will continue to pursue what needs to be done to correct the situation with the Economy Inn.”

Metro Louisville To Try New Approach to Methane-Energy Project Monday, Aug 24 2015 

Mayor announces effort to answer citizen concerns about green energy investments

Company will offer revised proposal for biodigester within two months

 LOUISVILLE  – Citing the need for greater understanding of green-energy-producing biodigesters in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that an Indiana company will spend the next two months listening to and addressing concerns before seeking formal approval of a proposed methane-energy project at 17th and Maple streets.

“Residents of West Louisville have historically suffered from environmental problems created by our community’s past. They deserve to have their valid concerns heard and answered,” Fischer said. “They also deserve to hear the science and facts about the waste-reducing, renewable-energy-generating investments proposed by Star Energy Holdings and Nature’s Methane, and the projects deserve consideration.”

“Given the historical experience of West Louisville, we understand the very real concerns about safety and quality-of-life impacts,” said Steve Estes, CEO of Star Energy Holdings, the parent company of Indiana-based Nature’s Methane. “We are committed to answering questions, addressing concerns and showing how we are a different kind of corporate neighbor.”

Star Energy plans to invest up to $40 million in a green energy facility at 17th and Maple streets that will recycle organic leftovers, including material created in the distilling of bourbon at Heaven Hill’s adjacent Bernheim Distillery.

Rather than ship out 30 to 40 daily truckloads of “stillage” through the neighborhood for disposal or placing this material in the MSD sewer system where it goes for treatment at the Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant, the proposed facility will transfer the material underground to enclosed, airless tanks, where the natural breakdown of organic materials will create and capture methane for commercial energy use.

This process is nearly identical to the natural breakdown of food scraps and yard waste in a backyard compost pile. However, rather than allowing the methane produced to escape into the environment where it can contribute to the breakdown of ozone in the atmosphere, as is the case with the compost pile, a digester captures it and adds it to the existing natural gas pipeline that runs through the city for use in homes and businesses.

Star Energy plans to use the latest technology created by GE Power and Water, which is being safely used in hundreds of communities across the globe, and is considering a proposal from GE to operate these facilities. GE’s facilities are designed and operated to ensure that the gas is contained in a safe and sustainable system that prevents the gas from igniting.

As part of their plan to listen and provide answers to the community, Star Energy will continue meeting with community and business leaders, offer tours of nearby biodigesters to them, and share information on the success of other biodigesters around the country.

Fischer said the two-month period will provide an opportunity for citizens across Louisville to become more educated on this expanding technology.  “Like all projects of this nature, it will go through the regular permitting process, including opportunity for public comment,” Fischer said.  “The concerns of our citizens need to be heard and evaluated.”

A number of other communities in the United States have adopted biodigesters as a strategy to reduce truck traffic associated with organic waste disposal, remove organic solids from their landfills and create clean, safe, sustainable energy. Most recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the City of San Jose, California to announce the first anniversary of a large-scale commercial digester built to help the city meet its goal of achieving zero waste diverted to its landfill by 2022. Other municipal digesters are operating or under construction in hundreds of communities across the nation.

“Biodigesters offer a tested, safe technology for turning food waste into clean energy,” said Keith Hackett, Louisville Metro Director of Solid Waste Management Services. “With Louisville’s goals of reduced landfill use, increased recycling and alternate energy production, our community needs to continue to explore opportunities like biodigesters, which provide green energy and green jobs.”

“This approach reduces the organic leftovers we put into our sewer system and landfills, something we all pay for in this community,” said Maria Koetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability. “It also helps us reach our goal to become a more sustainable Louisville, a goal that is good for every neighborhood in our city.”  Koetter noted that this approach is being used safely and effectively at other locations in the Louisville area – including an Oldham County facility adjacent to the YMCA branch in Buckner.

Fact Sheet on Proposed Biodigester

The Proposal: Nature’s Methane is a subsidiary of Star Energy Holdings, LLC, a renewable energy developer focused on anaerobic digestion technology that converts food scraps and other organic materials that would otherwise be thrown away to pipeline-quality natural gas and high quality organic solids that can be used in agriculture. With a $40 million investment that will create 10 new jobs, the proposed biodigester would pipe in distillers grains from Heaven Hill (no trucking required), supplemental food waste delivered from grocery stores and other high-volume generators, and fats, oils and greases from food service operations.

The Facility will be Designed to Minimize or Eliminate Odor.  The facility will be designed to minimize or eliminate odor during receiving and processing of materials. The building is designed to be pressure controlled so that when doors open to allow a truck to enter, air flows in rather than out. Doors will be designed to open and close in a matter of seconds to minimize air flow. Trucks will not unload materials until the building door closes. All materials will be placed in the delivery tank within 24 hours of arrival so that there is no long-term storage of unprocessed materials on the site. The receiving floor inside the building will be washed down nightly to ensure a clean environment. The building is also designed to move aid through a biofilter that removes all odor-causing particles three times per hour around the clock. Anaerobic digestion happens in the absence of oxygen, and without oxygen, we can’t smell things, so once materials are placed into the receiving tanks where they will circulate through the digester in a closed system, no smell from these materials will exist.

The Facility will be Safe.  Methane, carbon dioxide and oxygen must be mixed together in very specific quantities and be exposed to a source of ignition, such as a spark, flame or other heat source, before methane can catch fire. Nature’s Methane is in negotiation with GE Power and Water to use its line of Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion technology, which is currently operating in over 250 facilities with exemplary safety records. There are a number of layered systems designed to ensure safe operation and the elimination of oxygen from the process. Other systems ensure that byproducts of the natural digestion process are collected and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Additionally, all personnel working at the facility will be trained operators, and Nature’s Methane is reviewing a proposal for GE to provide operational oversight in its Louisville facilities.

The Facility Will Reduce Waste Going to the Landfill and Create Sustainable Energy.  Biodigesters keep organic waste out of landfills and capture energy that is released as these materials decompose. As organic materials break down, regardless of where the decomposition happens, they release methane gas, which is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and 21 times more effective than carbon dioxide in trapping heat. Biodigesters eliminate methane emissions and provide a safe, renewable way to produce the same gas that we use in our homes and businesses. The proposed Nature’s Methane facility will keep organic materials out of the landfill, which is where most materials generated by homes and businesses in Louisville are currently sent. The facility will produce clean natural gas through a process that is less reliant on fossil fuels than other methods of natural gas production. This project achieves a Vision Louisville/Sustain Louisville goal of developing a waste-to-energy facility in Louisville.

The Facility Potentially Reduces Trucks in the Area. Currently, stillage from the Heaven Hill distillery is trucked out of the neighborhood in both large and small trucks that go to area farms where the material is used to feed hogs and other livestock. The Nature’s Methane facility will reduce the number of trucks that are required to take this material away from the distillery, as much of it will be sent to the digester. Biodigesters use naturally-occurring bacteria to break down organic materials. These bacteria need more than one source of “food” to be healthy, just like all other living things, which means that some trucks will come to the digester to provide supplemental materials to add to the stillage. However, the project will result in a net decrease in truck traffic.

Biodigesters Are Used Throughout Our Community and Nation.  Biodigesters are used across the country to reduce waste and create green energy, and are operating or under construction in hundreds of cities, including in Oldham County, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Jose, CA, Longmont, CO, and St. Louis, MO. There are at least three digesters operating in or very near Louisville today, but these facilities have such a low impact on surrounding properties that most neighbors have no idea that they exist. The US Environmental Protection Agency maintains a webpage focused on the use of anaerobic digestion as a safe and sustainable practice for cities and agricultural operations and promotes the use of this technology across the nation. Learn more:http://www.epa.gov/methane/agstar/anaerobic/index.html

Rock ‘n’ Roll TV: Stewart’s Sayonara (Springsteen video included) & Ten Angry Men Friday, Aug 7 2015 

newsIt’s just the morning after. (Actually afternoon, but I’m speaking metaphorically.)

So, it’s way too early to tell if last night’s television fare — the most compelling in memory — was a watershed moment of the medium?

It might have been. Stay tuned.

Even if not, what a fascinating double dip it was.

It was Fox News’s finest hour. The network that has turned passing off conservative propaganda as news into a fine art proved itself capable of at least one shining moment.

Moderators Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly actually moderated a captivating Q & A with the ten GOP presidential candidates currently leading in the polls. They asked tough but fair questions, the kind that had they been presented by Rachel Maddow would have had Hannity and O’Reilly calling her a “commie femoNazi Demo Dyke, pushing the Obama/ Clinton socialist agenda.”

Listen, I dislike Fox and what it stands for as much as the next old hippie liberal. But when the network did it right last night, even should it turn out to be not only the first time but the last as well, it deserves plaudits.

The forum — which it was more than a debate though interchange broke out periodically — was Must See TV between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00.

At which time slot, the nation turned its yearning eyes to John Stewart’s farewell gig as host of Comedy Central’s groundbreaking “Daily Show.”

It was a sweet sendoff, much more so than the night before when Stewart and his writers tried to hard to hit a grand slam, but ended up grounding out meekly back to the mound.

The capper to the whole evening — Stewart’s “moment of Zen” but a fitting final comment on the Fox Forum too — was the Boss, singing “Land of Hope and Dreams/ People Get Ready” with a segue to “Born to Run.”

So, before I consider the evening further, let’s enjoy that musical interlude one more once.

So, today’s question, though arguably premature, is, will last night’s doubleheader someday be considered a watershed cultural moment?

What with Fox News proving it can be worthy, honestly “fair and balanced” when it chooses to be, on the same evening its arch nemesis bids his adieu?

It’s a high bar. Television’s been there when it mattered for over a half century now.

Joseph Welch calling out Joe McCarthy in the early 50s. Man walks on the moon. Twin Towers falling. Richard Nixon, shvitzing like a pig on a stick, losing the ’60 election in the first televised debate. M*A*S*H’s finale. U.S. beats Soviet Union in Olympic hockey. Watergate hearings. Vietnam War nightly on Cronkite. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald getting shot and killed. The ’68 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Elvis’s ’68 Comeback Special.

Okay, looking at that quickly assembled, far from complete list, I realize last night’s events might not stand the full test of time.

But it was stellar nonetheless.

Stewart’s been on Fox’s case for years now. Most objective people would say fairly so, even if Stewart’s methods have been more than a bit smug.

So, how ironic it was. On the night he ends his run, Fox News actually steps to the plate and connects.

It may be just coincidence.

It may mean more.

We’ll have to see.

And, no, I haven’t the slightest idea who “won” the debate? But, more important, it was illuminating. Some candidates gave reasoned answers. Some were presidential. Some seemed not ready for an Oval Office.

What’s curious is how differing the reactions have been in social media and among the nation’s pundits. Some liked Rand Paul’s strategy of trying to interject himself, several times out of turn. Others thought it foolish and defeating.

Anyway, I’m not going to get into all of that.

What I know is the bar’s been raised. Much to my surprise. Are any of the “liberal” networks going to host a Democratic debate? Will their moderators be willing to ask tough questions and demand answers? Same query for those who emcee when the Final Two are head to head?

As for the future of TV punditry, well, in the short run there’s a huge void.

In the long run, only time will tell who has fell and who’s been left behind?

What I do know is that Thursday night’s telly was a double bill for the ages.

Rock ‘n’ Roll TV.

Louisville selected as one of first cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities” initiative Wednesday, Aug 5 2015 

LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville is one of the first cities selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities – a $42 million initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents.

Louisville is one of eight cities that will receive expert on-the-ground support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to make local government more effective. Since the launch of the What Works Cities initiative in April 2015, mayors from every region of the country have expressed their desire for assistance to address local challenges using data and evidence and within the first six weeks alone, 112 U.S. cities across 40 states applied.

“Making better use of data is one of the best opportunities cities have to solve problems and deliver better results for their citizens. The first group of cities in the What Works Cities program  represents the range of local leaders across the country who are committed to using data and evidence to improve people’s everyday lives,” said Michael R. Bloomberg.

What Works Cities collaborates with participating municipalities to review their current use of data and evidence, understand where they are utilizing best practices and identify areas for growth. Through its expert partners, What Works Cities then designs a customized approach to help mayors apply tools to address a variety of local issues including economic development, public health, job creation and blight.

louisville skyline

“Our Office for Performance Improvement leads our efforts in using data to make decisions and to drive our ambitious agenda,” Fischer said. “We focus on what works for citizens and use data to improve what doesn’t work. That’s why our participation with What Works Cities is a perfect partnership. I’m honored that Louisville has been chosen for this important work.”

Working with the What Works Cities world-class partners, Louisville will enhance its open data system to improve accuracy, make it easier for city employees and residents to utilize city data, and ensure data used in decision making is open and transparent. Louisville will also integrate rapid, low-cost evaluations into planning new initiatives and improving existing programs.

Two areas of focus for Louisville include:

  • Making performance data used in the city’s LouieStat process more user friendly and accessible, visually attractive and available in near real time allowing citizens to track progress in meeting strategic goals; and
  • Working with The Behavioral Insights Team, a global organization that originated in the heart of the UK government, to increase the effectiveness of the City’s day-to-day operations and aid departmental decision-making by integrating low-cost evaluation into the planning of new initiatives as well as into improvements of existing practices.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our team to continue to mature in our use of data and evidenced-based practices to improve how we serve our citizens,” Chief of Performance & Technology Theresa Reno-Weber said. “Our team is grateful to be named an initial member of What Works Cities and looks forward to working with other cities and global experts – one of the many benefits of this program.”

In addition to Louisville, the other inaugural cities selected to participate are Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

One hundred cities will be admitted to the program on a rolling basis through 2017, adding momentum to the national movement among cities to use data and evidence to improve the delivery of government services and advance cities’ strategic goals. The What Works Cities initiative capitalizes on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ belief in the importance of data and evidence to improve people’s lives and make government more effective.

The consortium of leading organizations that has been assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to provide a program of support, includes: Results for America; the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University; the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School;   Sunlight Foundation; and The Behavioral Insights Team.

Partners will inspire, challenge, and support cities to:

  • Create sustainable open data programs and policies that deliver results, increase resident engagement, and promote transparency;
  • Better incorporate data into budget, operational and policy decision making;
  • Conduct low-cost rapid eval
    uations that allow cities to continually improve programs; and/ or
  • Focus funding on effective approaches that deliver results for citizens.

For more information on What Works Cities, visit whatworkscities.bloomberg.org.

 

Cecil’s Revenge: Perils of Palmer, Part Deux Monday, Aug 3 2015 

palmerIn a less insane, yet still digitally-accelerated world where each 24 hour media cycle seem like a pony express ride from Topeka to Tobanga, we should have by now forgotten his name, his misdeed and moved on to the next he say she say brouhaha.

In a society morphing curioser and curioser with each passing un-birthday celebration, the guy, accused of stealing time, the guy with the maddest hat, the chapeau you could buy from him for ten shillings and a sixpence, that guy might have paused, then wondered, “Palmer . . . Palmer . . . wasn’t he that not so mild mannered Minnesota cavity-filler who  . . . what was it he did?”

So, contrary to the normal course of events in our increasingly social media-run culture, Walter Palmer, DMD remains in the headlines. Even if he remains in hiding, literally, a pariah.

This cultural weltanschauung continues to fascinate, to extrapolate into any number of considerations, overwhelm like a tsunami.

First there was the inevitable confirmation of Newton’s 3d Law. To the initial outrage, there was an equal and opposing backlash.

It was just a lion, why the hatred? It happened in Africa, what’s it got to do with the U.S. of A.? Where’s the outrage about all the people being killed here in America?

Why now, people have been paying tens of thousands of dollars for decades, going on big game hunting safaris in Africa?

Which, since the pendulum swings as pendulums do, invigorated the vitriol. Palmer’s office was besieged with protests and signs of people’s disgust.

Then the media watchers stepped in. How much is too much? Is the reaction to Palmer’s heinous actions out of proportion to his act? Does the fellow deserve exile?

And then, and then . . . and then along came the most unfortunate if hardly unforeseeable twist in the whole tale.

Fox News has reported that GOP presidential polling leader, one Donald Trump, has offered to pay Doc’s legal bills, pontificating that “Walter Palmer has done nothing wrong.”

So, as the first Roger Ailes-dictated Republican candidate “debate” draws nigh, the current favorite of the elephant herd, The Donald, is weighing in, not on global warming, or the financial crises in Greece and Puerto Rico, or the undue influence of big money in elections, or the deficit situation, or the inordinate number of blacks being felled in the name of law enforcement, or the state of health care, or even his favorite cause du jour, foreign illegals sneaking across the Rio Grande, but on the fate of Walter Palmer.

As Chester A. Riley so adroitly mused decades ago, when his TV show ruled Friday nights, “What a revolting development this is!”

It’s bad enough that a nation of tweeterers and facebookers, along with erstwhile “observers of the passing scene” like myself, expend inordinate amounts of energy considering the ethical decisions made by Walter Palmer DMD. Now the subject has breached the wall of presidential debate like some fast growing cancer.

Where have you gone Walter Cronkite, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you?

 

 

GPS Tracking Being Added to City Vehicle Fleet Monday, Aug 3 2015 

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has announced that many vehicles in the city fleet will soon be outfitted with a new tool aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and driving safety, and improving maintenance.

Global Positioning System (GPS) units will be added to 481 cars and trucks assigned to Fleet Services, Facilities, Public Works, Metro Parks, Codes and Regulations, Louisville Forward and Emergency Medical Services under a contract with Verizon Network Fleet. The GPS device will send readouts on idling time, driving performance, maintenance status, plus vehicle and driver location.

The information will be monitored within each department by email or logging in to a Network Fleet Portal. Cathy Duncan, Director of Fleet and Facilities Management said, “We expect to see an increase in miles per gallon on Metro vehicles through a reduction in idling time, and to reduce fuel cost while verifying safe driving practices.”

GPS in City Cars

Fischer said GPS monitoring “will provide us with real world data that will help us plan for more efficient use of vehicles and increased worker productivity.” Installation will begin immediately and be completed within 60 days.

Costs for the program include just under $76,000 for installation plus monitoring fees of $9,000 per month. Projections call for savings of approximately $2,000 per vehicle per year.

THE WEEK’s NEWS: Ice Cream, a Roller Coaster and Some Real News Friday, Jul 24 2015 

The current news cycle is being dominated by yet another tragic shooting, this time in Louisiana, and America’s continuing failure to do anything to change how easy it is for deranged individuals to get their hands on guns. However, there’s plenty of good news in good ole Louisville K Y . . .

 

Comfy Cow OpeningCOMFY COW’S RANGE: Could an ice cream business be Louisville’s next national success story in business? The six-year-old startup launched by partners Tim and Roy Koons McGee opened a commissary this week with plans to market sweet treats nationally.

CHRIS THIENEMAN’S COURT BATTLE: Watch the video on this site from Chris Thieneman. He was scheduled to go to trail to defend himself against assault charges brought by an ex-girlfriend on July 21. But the prosecution granted a delay as it attempts to get the Judge recused because, get this, Judge Erica Williams might have seen the video because she has access (like every other local judge) to see it here or on Facebook. Chris has refused to settle, the easy thing to do, because he says he’s innocent.

Stacy Funk and me. Bill Brymer photo

Stacy Funk and me. Bill Brymer photo

THE BEST PARTY: Stacy Funk has helped coordinate the Best of Louisville party with Louisville Magazine for years. It’s July 30 at PLAY. She promised a category for Best Podcast next year on the Rusty show. Here’s how to get tickets.

HEBERT GOES FULL CIRCLE: Before he became WHAS-TV’s top political reporter and then Jim Ramsey’s top spokesman, Mark Hebert got a job fresh out of WKU on a Frankfort radio station. Now he’s hosting a radio talk show about the school at 93.9 FM.

A STORM CHASER WE CAN LOVE: Forget those crazy weather folks. The city’s best Storm Chase will be at Kentucky Kingdom when the park unveils its new roller coaster next year. Storm-Chaser-140DegreeStall

NULU KNOW PARTIES: All the cool kids will be the NuLu Summer Block Party this weekend.

WANT TO HEAR GOD LAUGH? In this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, that’s David Tandy’s response when I asked about his political future plans. It was his way of saying that his future might include a run for Mayor, or Congress, but he’s not sure how it’s going to turn out.

METRO COUNCIL BACKS OFF AIRBNB RULES: Saying any new law would be a nightmare to enforce, the Metro Council is backing off its proposal to charge airbnb hosts a $250 fee. So, you can still rent my house.

ANOTHER REASON I’M NOT FOR BEVIN: The GOP’s candidate for governor is against gambling in any form, including new casino gaming legislation, in any form. Does he know that a coalition of Louisville business leaders has pushed for this for years? Not a progressive stance or a way to get votes around here.

CAN YOU DRIVE A FORKLIFT? The Snelling Staffing Job of the Week is a 1st Shift Manufacturing Plant Manager responsible for Quality Control, Analyzing Production and Employee Performance and Scheduling. Details at Snelling Staffing.

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