Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

From Ky.gov…

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate.”

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 5 percent each; Owen County, 5.1 percent; Boone and Campbell counties, 5.2 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 5.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2014 — 14 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Leslie County, 12.8 percent; Letcher County, 12.3 percent; Breathitt County, 11.6 percent; Clay, Elliott and Jackson counties, 11.5 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.3 percent; and Knott County, 11.2 percent. In 2014, 19 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to 36 counties in 2013.

Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2013 to 2014 were Leslie County, -4.9 percentage points; Letcher County, -4.4 percentage points; Knott County, -4.3 percentage points; Harlan County, -4.1 percentage points; and Perry County, -3.7 percentage points.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.

A separate report issued in February showed that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)  during the fourth quarter.wellness_worksite

Gambling in Louisville KY: Civil War & in the mid 1860’s Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

From Cyndy Tandy, the latest from Louisville Uncovered
By 1830 had become Kentucky’s largest city, workers such as early hands, haulers, and shippers, and its early hotels, taverns, and gambling dens were quickly joined by traders, merchants, warehouses, and markets to run the region’s agricultural and textile bounty—tobacco, hemp, pork, and corn, and jeans.
Money men came and invested in the city’s boom, as well as insurers to guarantee it. Keelboats and wagons,  steamboats, engines, and later the railroads, even at one time wooden cargo air craft were all  built in to all the city’s payloads. seized the manufacturing opportunities, such as farm implements and furniture. Labor forces were waves of German and Irish immigrants arrived to join locals and  black freedmen. The result was an economically diverse and ethnic mix (61,000 whites, 4,900 slaves and 1,900 free blacks) that made in 1860 the nation’s 12th largest city. On the eve of the Civil War, it was an essential commercial and transportation link between North and South.
became a staging ground for Union troops heading south.  Union troops flowed into from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  White tents and training grounds sprang up at the Oakland track, Old and Portland.  Camps were also established at Eighteenth and Broadway, along the Frankfort and Bardstown turnpikes.
By early 1862, had eighty thousand Union troops throughout the city.  With so many troops, entrepreneurs set up gambling spots offering  keno,  fero, roulette and poker (C-J,  1920) along the North side of Jefferson from 4th to 5th Street, extending around the corner from 5th to Market, then continuing on the South side of Market back to 4th Street.  Photography studios and military goods shops, such as Fletcher & Bennett on Main Street and Hirschbuhl & Sons, located on Main Street, east of 3rd Street, catered to the Union officers and soldiers.  With so many Union troops, brothels also sprung up around the city.
Some interesting facts: 
Economic Timeline
1782 First traders leave recently established town headed for New Orleans, followed a year later by opening of first general store, tobacco warehouse, and commercial production of whiskey
1816 First insurance company incorporates and branch of the Bank of the United States opens
1831 Opening of first canal allowing navigation around the Falls of Ohio
1859 and Nashville Railroad runs first train from to Nashville in 10 hours
1861 Union loyalties prevail over Confederate sympathies, and becomes major staging, supply, and medical center for northern troops in the Civil War’s western theater
1883 The Southern Exposition, at the time the second largest industrial and mercantile exposition in the nation’s history, begins five-year run
1896 Local tobacco market ranks as world’s largest
https://youtu.be/eHN1ZDsRadE
Political/Civic Timeline
1780 Assembly of Virginia establishes the town of , which will become the only sizable city that grows up on the southern banks of the Ohio River
1792 Commonwealth of Kentucky enters the United States as the 15th state
1837 City Council establishes a city college that becomes the precursor of the University of
1855 “Bloody Monday” election day ethnic violence leaves 22 dead
1861 Civil War breaks out, straining ties within the city and across Kentucky
1863 Emancipation Proclamation frees slaves
1865 In aftermath of the war, city becomes home to a number of influential former Confederates 1875 First running of the Kentucky Derby, won by Aristides
1879 Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute (later Simmons College) established as first institution of higher education open to blacks in Kentucky and, by 1931, one of only three liberal arts colleges accessible to black students in the United States
1891 New Board of Parks Commissioners recruits Frederick Law Olmsted to design three large suburban parks linked by parkways
1905 Free Public Library opens
1937 Great Flood of the Ohio River submerges much of city

Louisville to Cuba – Sign up for Trip of a Lifetime Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

Want to go to Cuba as part of a group of Louisvillians in a People-to-People exchange program?

Dr. John Gilderbloom of the University of Louisville is organizing a unique one-week trip to Cuba. Only groups with permission from the U.S. State Department can legally travel there, and this is the first U of L group to go.

And you get to travel with Gilderbloom, who has made dozens of trips there and has written extensively about the island.

And then there are just a few spots left. The trip begins June 12. If you’d like to join in, follow the link below:

Here are some details, also available here.

University of sponsored people to people program
Program emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, architecture, transportation and housing.

10 rooms confirmed at the Hotel Sevilla. It is rated a four star Hotel in the heart of Havana. Upon confirmation of the arrangements, I will immediately send you application forms which each participant must complete.

Costs are divided into three parts:

AIR $479 via American Airlines roundtrip from Miam to Havana VISA $75
LAND ARRANGEMENTS $2,495

AIR
$479 per person roundtrip Miami/Havana/Miami

Costs include U.S. Departure taxes and Cuban medical insurance
Costs also now include Cuban departure taxes previously paid in Havana upon departure. Costs do not include $20 charge per checked bag plus overweight charges

Schedule:

AA 9450 MIA/HAV 12:50 PM-1:50 PM / Check-in by 9:50 am – Concourse. D, 2nd fl AA 9451 HAV/MIA 2:50 PM-3:50 PMí

VISA
$75 per person
(This visa is not applicable for any participant born in Cuba)

AND
LAND ARRANGEMENTS

University of . June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla. The price is $2,495 includes Hotels, transfers, breakfast, lectures, bus, English speaking

presentations by Cubans and Americans involved in Planning. Single room is $300.

IMPORTANT:

DEPOSIT OF $200 PER PARTICIPANT IS DUE NO LATER THAN April 25 made out to John Gilderbloom, and sent to John Gilderbloom, 1405 Morton Avenue, , KY 40204

FINAL PAYMENT VIA BANK TRANSFER IS DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 17.

INDIVIDUAL FEDEX DELIVERY OF TRAVEL PACKETS (WITH VISA, TICKETS, AND OTHER INFORAMTION) WILL BE CHARGED $25 PER PACKET.
June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla

Organized by

John I. Gilderbloom Ph.D., 2013 Presidential Medal Award Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity
Urban and Public Affairs, University of , Kentucky http://sun.louisville.edu

email: jgilde02@sprynet.com phone: 502-608-7567

Program emphasis emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, transportation and housing.

Friday, June 12

Depart hotel lobby and transfer to Miami Airport via private motor coach

12:50pm 1:50pm

Afternoon

Charter departs Miami for Havana Arrive Havana

After clearing customs, we will proceed by private motor coach to the Sevilla Hotel, our accommodation Upon arrival, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

Walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)/Obisbo Street.

This afternoon, we will become acquainted with Havana, one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere. View examples of colonial architecture around Havana’s handsome main squares.

Reception: from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. mansion of the U.S. Embassy

Dinner at the roof top restaurant of the historic Hotel Sevilla Departures: Hotel Lobby

With its old world charm and architectural splendor, this 1908 colonial hotel will transport you back to another time. The spectacular Roof Garden restaurant features a stunning Venetian- style painted ceiling and panoramic views of the city and the sea. The Hotel Sevilla is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Program Session: Havana’s Historic Preservation

Walking Tour of the Capitolo Area (new city)

Departures: Hotel Lobby

The program will be held in the Convent of Santa Clara, which is a striking example of how this historically important building has been restored with attention to bothhistoricpreservationandpresent-dayneeds. Anais Nin once lived and wrote here.

Speaker: Isabella Rigol

Evening

Saturday June 13

9:00 am – 12:00 nn and

12:00 nn – 2:30 pm own or

2:30 pm – 4: 00 pm

Formerly Director of Restoration and Preservation for Old Havana
Professor of Planning, University of Havana

Prof. Rigol was in charge of unprecedented historic preservation effort in historic Old Havana.

Lunch/Free Time to Explore Havana either on your join one of ULI’s Cuban tour guides

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Preservation,
sing and Transportation Ideas by U.S. Citizens

Hou

Evening

Sunday,June 14
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Program Session: Model City of Havana

Departures: Hotel Lobby

We will meet back at the hotel and proceed to the “Maqueta de la Havana.” The Model City shows every building, street, and tree in Havana and is a wonderful planning guide. Here, the group will take part in a workshop with Miguel Coyulla and exchange ideas on planning issues in Havana concerning buildings, transportation, commercial development, tourist development, and recreational uses.

Speaker: Miguel Coyulla
Development Expert, Urban Planner

Presentation of Planning, Architecture, Dinner at the Hotel Naçional

Departures: Hotel Lobby

Program Session: Globalization of Cuba

Location: Sevilla Hotel

Speakers:

Nicola Cecchi
Presidente
Cristobal Investment & Financial Services And
Eduardo Luis Rodriguez
Architect & Planner

10:30 am – 12:00 nn with

Afternoon

Evening

Monday, June 15

9:00 am – 10:30 am Havana

Sr. Cecchi is considered a leading “player” in commercial development and, as a lawyer, puts together many international commercial investment deals.

Sr. Rodriguez is the author of Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925 to 1965 which has won wide acclaim as the best book on building design in Cuba. He is considered the leading architecture critic in Cuba and edits a Cuban journal on architecture. He has lectured at Harvard and other leading schools.

A walking/bus tour of commercial developments Sr. Cecchi and Sr. Rodriguez.

Free Afternoon – Time to Explore on Own

Suggestions:

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Departures: at 5:30 p.m. Hotel Lobby

Historic Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El Morro) Sunset Cannon Ceremony

Program Session: Hotel and Office Development in

Location: Sevilla
Speaker: José Choy

Architect

Sr. Choy has been called Cuba’s greatest living commercial architect, and is considered to be the “Frank Gehry” of Cuba. He has created some of Cuba’s most highly acclaimed hotels, office buildings and homes in the past 15 years. After he speaks, he will take us on a personal visit to a shopping mall he designed as well as his bank building on Avenida 5 in Miramar.

Santería Museum & the artist Salvador

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Plaza de Armas Art Fair
Cigar Factory Tour
Santa Maria Beach (departures at 12:00nn)

Dinner at local Paladar

10:30 am – 12:30 pm by Sr. Choy
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm

Early Afternoon

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Evening

Tuesday June 16
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Evening

We will visit his studio and outdoor sculpture garden. He is the subject of a PBS documentary

Tour of shopping mall and office building designed

Lunch at La Ferminia (Miramar)

This is an outdoor luncheon with a beautiful garden and musicians.

Miramar

We will spend the afternoon in the Havana suburb of Miramar. Before the revolution, wealthy Habaneros used to live in the grand houses that characterize Miramar. It is still an exclusive district, but many of the mansions have been converted into offices for foreign companies and embassies that line the main thoroughfare, Avenida 5.

Private non-profit development partnerships

Location: Visit Housing Sites

Speaker: Isabella Leone

Sra. Leone has helped build houses for poor people under the sponsorship of the Lutheran Church; previously she was a Professor of Planning at the University of Havana. We will also visit newer hotels in Miramar.

Dinner Paladar.

Las Terrazas including lunch

Alamar

We will return to Havana and meet with residents of Alamar.

Evening on Your Own

Wednesday June 17
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Demographic and Social Changes in Havana

Location: Sevilla Hotel
Speaker: Ruben Bancroft (and graduate students)

Dean of Engineering, Planning, Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Havana

Dean Bancroft has sponsored numerous international conferences on development in Havana. He will address the demographic, social and economic make-up of the Cuban people.

Visit to neighborhood school
Meeting and Reception at the U.S. Interests Section

Visit Jaimanitis and Jose Fuster enterprise Lunch at Fuster’s
Free afternoon

Dinner at El Aljibe followed by Tropicana Night Club

Bus departure from Sevilla Hotel to airport 2:50pm Depart Cuba for Miami

3:50pm Arrive Miami

 

John Gilderbloom photo John Gilderbloom photo John Gilderbloom photo

Gilderbloom Racking up Praise for Two-Way Street Study Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

Dr. John Gilderbloom’s research on two-way vs. one-way streets, conducted partially on Brook Street in Old Louisvlle, shows that all sorts of statistics on living improve with the conversion. The study’s gotten the attention of scholarly journals and the Washington Post.

Here’s an excerpt from the Post’s piece, headlined — Why One-Way Streets are Bad for Everyone But Speeding Cars, published April 17:

In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.

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Brook Street in Old Louisvllle was changed in 2011. Stats show it was a good move.

 

“Sociologically, the way one-way streets work,” he says, “[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by.”

It’s also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime. At least, this is the pattern Gilderbloom, director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville, has observed in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, in Houston and Washington where streets that once flowed both directions were converted in the 1950s and ’60s into fast-moving one-way thoroughfares to help cars speed through town. The places where this happened, Gilderbloom noticed, deteriorated.

“I thought about that for a long time,” he says. “But we didn’t have much empirical data on it.”

Where he lives now in , he and fellow researchers have begun to prove the curious link between how we engineer roads and what becomes of the neighborhoods around them. Their research offers a lot more fodder for anyone who doesn’t like one-way streets simply because they’re baffling to navigate.

First, they took advantage of a kind of natural experiment: In 2011, converted two one-way streets near downtown, each a little more than a mile long, back to two-way traffic. In data that they gathered over the following three years, Gilderbloom and William Riggs found that traffic collisions dropped steeply — by 36 percent on one street and 60 percent on the other — after the conversion, even as the number of cars traveling these roads increased. Crime dropped too, by about a quarter, as crime in the rest of the city was rising. Property values rose, as did business revenue and pedestrian traffic, relative to before the change and to a pair of nearby comparison streets. The city, as a result, now stands to collect higher property tax revenues along these streets, and to spend less sending first-responders to accidents there.

Dr. John Gilderbloom

Dr. John Gilderbloom

Gilderbloom is quoted in the website Curbed on the topic, “Traffic engineers have criticized our work. But empirically, we found people liked going on the slower streets because it’s more interesting. Traffic volume increased on two-way streets, even as they became slower.”

 

Jay Bilas Cracks Louisville KY Up at They’re Off Luncheon Friday, Apr 17 2015 

If this basketball analysis thing doesn’t work out, you get the feeling that Jay Bilas might make it as a stand-up comedian. And for that matter, WAVE-TV’s Scott Reynolds, emcee at the Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off Luncheon, pulled off some good one-liners himself, as well as a pretty good Barney the Dinosaur impression.

jay Bilas spoke to media before the luncheon. Bill Brymer photo.

jay Bilas spoke to media before the luncheon. Bill Brymer photo.

Reynolds introduced a wave of dignitaries to speak on the wide dais, and apparently all of them employed writers with the assignment of ribbing Bilas about being from Duke. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery (who was on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Mayor Greg Fischer, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and KDF president Mike Berry all made Duke references in their remarks.

But Bilas, the most entertaining They’re Off speaker in years, took it all in stride. He was especially tough on Reynolds, the emcee. It was more like a roast as the two traded barbs about their abilities.

Bilas, whose brother lives in Lake Forest near Tom Jurich, said he comes to Louisville every year to play in the country club’s member-guest tourney, which he referred to as “member-cheater.” He also took credit for U of L’s 1986 championship, saying his lack of defense helped Pervis Ellison score all those points in the Cardinal triumph.

“If not for me, might have one less national championship,” he said.

Bilas pleased most of the crowd with praise for the U of L and UK basketball programs, and even mentioned WKU.  And he made a suggestion for a future They’re Off Luncheon – to invite his broadcast partner Bill Raftery.

All the jokes were delivered with a deadpan look, and smile. A few times he had to remind the audience  he was joking.

The Festival honored the late Jim King for his years of service.

And now, , spring has officially arrived. 15 days ’til Derby.

Jay Bilas sat down with WAVE's Scott Reynolds  to answer questions prior to serving as featured speaker at the Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off Luncheon. Bill Brymer photo

Jay Bilas sat down with WAVE’s Scott Reynolds to answer questions prior to serving as featured speaker at the Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off Luncheon. Bill Brymer photo

Louisville Metro Council Passes Ordinance to regulate Pop Up Parties Friday, Apr 17 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – They are parties that happen in abandoned warehouses, empty storefronts and occasionally in a building that was subleased from an unsuspecting owner.  There is little to no trained security and the structure is not always safe.  That will soon change.

By a vote of 25 to ) with one abstention, the Metro Council has passed a new ordinance that will crack down on so called Pop up Parties that will now require licensing and trained security to keep party goers safe.

“This ordinance changes what has become a major concern for LMPD officers and the people who live in areas where these parties have taken place,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) who was primary sponsor of the ordinance.

She has been working with members of LMPD, ABC, IPL and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to bring a level of safety and security to the “Pop-up” Parties that have been occurring throughout our community.

Concerns about the need for the ordinance were raised after several complaints lead to a shooting and drug bust by LMPD.

Thmetro2e new ordinance requires party promoters to apply for a permit, carry insurance, have proper parking, and the Fire marshall will conduct an inspection. Police will have the ability to shut down the operation if a permit and or security is not in place.

Joining Butler as co-sponsors of the ordinance are Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3), Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Councilman David Yates (D-25) and Councilman David James (D-6).

“This is the time of year when young people are getting out and about and coming together to have fun. However, we want to make sure that they are safe and not taken advantage of by those more interested in making money than in their safety,” says Woolridge.

“Public safety is the top priority of many of us on the Council and this ordinance will help protect our young people,” said James.

Passing on Plastic – Mayor Says 85% of Louisville KY Residents Following New Law Saturday, Apr 11 2015 

Louisville, Ky. – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that the vast majority of households are obeying a new rule that requires the use of reusable or compostable containers for disposal of yard waste.

The regulation, which prohibits disposing of yard waste in traditional plastic bags, was passed in May of 2014 by the Jefferson County Solid Waste Management District and enforcement began January 1, 2015. Through the early weeks of gardening season, the Solid Waste division of Metro Public Works estimates that more than 85 percent of the approximately 80,000 households from which yard waste is collected are using approved disposal methods.

“That is great news that will help us make a greener more sustainable and attractive community,” Fischer said. He urged the remaining 15 percent of households to “get on board” with the regulation.

Prior to the new rule was putting 32,000 tons of yard waste into the landfill each year because it was very difficult to separate the organic material from the plastic. That prevented the material from being turned into compost and mulch that can be used to make gardens healthier and more attractive.

Removing plastic from the yard waste stream means saving limited landfill space as well as gaining the benefits of compost and mulch.

The high compliance rate so far is due to an education campaign launched last spring by the Solid Waste Management District and Public Works. The campaign spells out the following preferred yard waste management and disposal methods:

  • Mulch and/or compost yard clippings to eliminate cost and need for yard waste collection
  • Place yard waste in reusable containers like traditional plastic garbage cans to reduce the need for continual purchase of single-use bags
  • Place yard waste in paper bags designed for yard waste collection
  • Place yard waste in compostable plastic bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards
  • Use seasonal drop-off centers for yard waste materials

    Yard waste that is set out in traditional plastic bags is not being collected. Instead haulers are leaving informational stickers on the bags and households are receiving reminder letters about the regulation. Continued noncompliance is subject to fines up to $100.

The rule applies whether you live in the inner part of known as the Urban Services District, or in a smaller city or subdivision anywhere else inside Jefferson County. More details about how to reduce yard waste volume is available at www.lelelouisville.com.

Fischer noted that the yard waste initiative is part of a broader effort to make the city more environmentally sustainable. Other progress and initiatives include:

  • Recent completion of a Tree Canopy Study
  • Examining ways to reduce the heat island effect of living in the city
  • A wet-dry recycling program that is dramatically increasing recycling rates in the Central Business District
  • A new Green Fork Certification program for restaurants that consistently recycle food waste
  • Recognition in March as a Top 25 City for the most Energy Star certified buildings

Let’s Get Fired UP for Another Week in Louisville KY Thursday, Apr 9 2015 

Sure, the big news may have been that big Rand Paul announcement, but here are some very interesting stories making the rounds in Louisville KY this week:

This is NOT Hazing: A U of L fraternity, TKE, is being investigated because members forced pledges to be designated drivers, paint themselves for sporting events, and, if you can believe it, carry books. Is this something worth investigating? Frats are getting a bad rap these days, thanks mostly to the racist video of University of Oklahoma SAE’s, but being forced to carry books? Insert sarcastic comment here. (WLKY)

Now THIS is Hazing: The swim team at WKU is the subject of a report which contains this sentence: The photographs also showed individuals with a penis drawn on them, the words “insert dick here” with an arrow drawn to the mouth, the word “nigger” written on an individual that appeared to be passed out and females passed out in various positions, in one of which a female is passed out in the bathroom with her underwear pulled down. Expect harsh penalties ahead. (WKU Herald)

Rodden Treatment: Former Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden will find out Monday if a plea deal he signed that allows him to avoid jail time will be signed by a judge. According to the C-J, here’s what he did:  In May 2013, Rodden gave a known prostitute law enforcement credentials and a badge so she could get a government employee rate at area hotels. Later that month, he met her at a downtown hotel, where he gave her a uniform shirt and other clothing with the sheriff’s department insignia before paying her about $300 for oral sex, according to court documents. (Courier)

Seven Wildcats Let Loose in Lexington: All seven of the UK basketball players expected to enter the NBA draft confirmed that they will do just that. That doesn’t mean they will all be drafted, or that they will ever play in the NBA. But if they do, it would be some kind of record. (USA Today)

One Bad Night For Jeff Woods: The family of a woman who died after being hit by a tow truck downtown has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. WHAS-TV sports reporter Jeff Woods, who was driving by the scene in a station vehicle, is accused of running over the woman, stopping momentarily, then fleeing the scene. He hasn’t been on the air since, and is named in the suit. (Courier)

Guy Walks Into Bar, Proceeds to Ruin His Career: Because of sexual assault allegations, Xavier Morales won’t get the top job in the Secret Service in . Insider reports he “allegedly told the woman, while still at the pub, that he loved her and wanted to have sex with her. Later, at Secret Service offices, he is alleged to have grabbed her and made unwanted sexual advances.” (Insider )

RS92JeffRehmet rs92MarkHitchingsIt’s the Weekend – Enjoy Gonzofest at Waterfront Park, the first Bats home stand, the last week of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, and watching The Masters on TV (Jordan Spieth leads after Thursday’s first round with a 64.)

Rusty Satellite Is Jammin — Catch the latest show with musician Jeff Rehmet and Fern Creek wrestling coach Mark Hitchings. (Rusty Satellite Show)

And Some Interesting Stories on KY.com:

Hey Terry! You got a New Deal

What do you mean no Selfie-Sticks at the Derby?

Realtors Always Say It’s a Good Time to Buy, Right?

New Rules in Boat Race, but It’s Really About the Bourbon

 

 

Louisville KY Downtown Buildings, on Omni Site, Coming Down ASAP Thursday, Apr 9 2015 

Engineers say buildings must be removed immediately due to imminent safety concern

Recent inspection finds Morrissey parking garage, including Typewriter building, and Falls City Theater Company building have significantly deteriorated and must be removed

LOUISVILLE (April 9, 2015) – Recent inspections by Louisville Metro’s Division of Construction Review and private structural engineers have determined three buildings in the 400 block of South Third Street should be removed immediately due to structural problems that pose imminent safety concerns for the community.

The buildings are the Morrissey parking garage, including the Typewriter building, and the Falls City Theater Company building, located in the block of the new Omni project.

theatre-equipment-co-neon-sign-third-street-louisville-omni-3In 2009, both structures were evaluated by a structural engineer and found to be in poor condition. Last week, following heavy winter and spring storms, an evaluation by the same engineer determined the deterioration had increased, and that drastic temperature swings and heavy precipitation have increased the risk for building collapse outward, posing significant safety hazards to the public.

The Falls City Theatre Company building’s walls are sagging, bowing and “pulling away” from the structure causing a portion of the roof to cave in. The back northeast corner is collapsed, posing significant safety concerns. Other issues include significant bowing and cracking of walls and failure of supporting elements.

Taking these observations into account, along with a review by its own staff, the Division of Construction Review confirms the findings that the buildings have significantly deteriorated, are in imminent danger of failure or collapse and present a safety hazard to the public. Therefore, the agency has determined that the buildings must be removed. The demolition process will begin immediately.

Historically significant items have been removed from the buildings and securely stored.

The former Water Company building, in the same Third Street block, remains under evaluation. Recent examination by the structural engineer has determined that while the building has experienced structural decline, it does not pose the same imminent safety concerns for the community. If, following further evaluation, any demolition or removal of this

building or its components is recommended, a collection of required agency reviews and public comment processes will be followed per Metro Ordinance.

The former Odd Fellows Hall, which now houses the PARC agency, is not involved in this phase of review and remains in good condition.

To see current conditions of the Morrissey parking garage, including the Typewriter building, and the Falls City Theater Company building, see attachment.

GLI Chief Calls For Uniting Rural and Urban Kentuckians Thursday, Apr 9 2015 

GLI's Kent Oyler

GLI’s Kent Oyler

From GLI’s Kent Oyler…

“We See You; Do You See Us?” That was the profound quote from former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton as he discussed Kentucky’s urban-rural divide at the recent Leadership Louisville Best of Leadership Summit. Wow! We See You; Do You See Us? Those words should be a wakeup call for those of us in urban areas that have for years grumbled about the export of capital and political power to the rest of the state.

Whether it is “fair” or not, the reality is that the balance of political power, and the accompanying share of the state’s $19 billion biennial budget, does not lie within the urban areas, despite the fact that by some calculations 70%+ of Kentucky’s 4 million people are urbanites. The harsh reality is that transformation of our Commonwealth into one that can compete effectively with other progressive states along our borders requires a coming together of urban and rural interests; an imperative that requires realization of our state’s motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

Collaboration between the larger cities and state government is the topic of the 2015 Bingham Fellows class. They are exploring the causes and effects of our collective unwillingness to work together in Frankfort to make Kentucky economically and socially healthy. They have their work cut out for them.

A good place to start would be in asking those of us who reside in the cities to try to truly understand the perspective of those that live in rural areas. You know, Covey’s proverbial “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” To show respect before expecting it back.

Surely the rural areas are aware of what is going on in and Lexington — they may read the C-J and Herald-Leader and many watch and Lexington TV stations — but do we pay any attention to them? Do we know their leaders? Do we care about their news?

We must realize that the cities and farms across the Commonwealth are in this fight together. If there is an enemy, it resides beyond our borders. We must divide and conquer, not divide and fall.

We must seek a reasonable and forward-focused balance of power. Getting to know and respect each other is not capitulation; it is common sense and a smart strategy for moving our state to a place where true change and collective prosperity is possible.

Let’s change the narrative. Let us engage with the political leadership that hails from around the state. Let us let the rural legislators know that we in the cities need and respect them. Let us work together to make the pie bigger by adopting an abundance mentality. Let us see them.

Let both the urban and rural interest understand that Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri and the other states that we compete with for jobs and talent are happy to see us fight amongst ourselves. Let us no longer be divided in the name of petty politics and personal gain. More true than ever; United we stand, divided we fall.

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