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February 28, 2006

What a Week

Lucky District 13Proving once again the notion that Metro Council is but a springboard for those with political capital to spend, former 13th district rep Ron Weston was elected to the state House on Valentine’s Day, leaving the Council to fill his seat with one of six applicants. Public interviews will be held today at 4 p.m. at City Hall with four Republicans and two Democrats. The seat will again be up in November’s general election. There will be a full Council vote on March 9 to choose the new member. —Stephen GeorgeZealot WatchHoping the federal judiciary is more decalogue-friendly than it was six years ago when a federal judge barred a Ten Commandments monument from the Kentucky capitol grounds, a state Senate committee passed a bill that would restore the Thou Shalts. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel, R-Indiana, filed a resolution protecting prayer in that state’s legislature. The resolution seeks to allow praying to any god, but you could kinda tell which one he had in mind.Doing his partThe world’s population reached 6.5 billion people last week. Selflessly trying to mitigate the problem was Donald Mathis of Louisville, who parachuted unsuccessfully from the 25th floor of a Waterfront Plaza tower. Also unsuccessful was the mitigation attempt: He survived. This Week in GunsAlso trying to mitigate the overpopulation problem, the Kentucky House passed a bill encouraging citizens to shoot intruders.64 tries to 86 selfInterstate 64, the much unloved slab of ugly, noxious concrete that stands between you and your happiness, is coming apart at the seams. A four-mile stretch of the downtown roadway will be closed for repairs for six months later this year because its 30-year-old steel joints have rusted and eroded, sending the much-dissed highway further into a spiral of shame, despair and self-loathing. In addition to replacement steel joints, the Transportation Cabinet plans to outfit the interstate with a half tab of Xanax, a pint of Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road, and the complete third season of “Gilmore Girls” on DVD.