What a Week
Bridge of sighs
The Transportation Cabinet canceled Atlantic Painting Co.â€™s $17.8 million contract and ordered it to stop not painting the Kennedy Bridge. Atlantic had been not painting the bridge since spring 2004 and now will not paint the bridge on a permanent basis.
You make me feel like dancinâ€™
Architects and city officials unveiled plans for Museum Plaza, a striking new skyscraper slated for the old Kingfish site on Louisvilleâ€™s waterfront. The $380 million mixed use tower, boldly designed to resemble John Travoltaâ€™s signature disco pose from the film â€œSaturday Night Fever,â€ will house an art museum, condos, lofts, a hotel, office space, 100 miles of green space, a basketball arena and a bridge to Indiana. Most citizens praised the new tower and its striking design, but one influential detractor â€” John Schnatter â€” thinks it should be built on the old Water Company site instead.
A statewide survey showed that 32 percent of Kentucky homes lack computers and 68 percent lack high-speed Internet access, prompting worries about a worsening digital divide. On a brighter note, the survey reflects favorably for Kentuckians on the pop-up, dullblog, IM, Myspace, spyware, privacy, adware, spam, e-predator and porno divides.
This week in guns
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would make secret the list of Kentuckians who carry concealed weapons. (Hint to outsiders: Itâ€™s all of us! Bang, bang! Ha ha ha.) Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would bar prosecution of anyone who brings weapons onto the property of schools that donâ€™t display â€œNo guns allowedâ€ signs. When asked, â€œSchools? Are you shitting me?,â€ Sen. Yosemite Sam, D-Nicholasville, said, â€œVarmint, Iâ€™m a-gonna blow you to smithereens!â€ And finally, Yosemite Dick Cheney, weary of others doing all the shooting on his behalf, shot a man in Texas. Fortunately, the man was a lawyer.