Rumor & Innuendo

Caddyshock. A rumor floating about the golf world concerns the biggest schmuck in the sport. And he’s not even a linkster. Steve Williams has used his lucrative role as Tiger’s club carrier to foster a major ’tude. Rumors are he’s leaving the golf messiah’s side. Williams denies it. But a source advises that indeed this will be his last year walking the fairways with His Tigerness.

Sick over ‘Sicko’: The Humana memos on Michael Moore’s new documentary

In an item that ran in last week’s City Strobe section, LEO asked Humana employees who were sick over “Sicko” — Michael Moore’s new documentary that criticizes the American healthcare system for being more driven by profit than care and examines more egalitarian systems in other industrialized countries — to provide the newspaper with any interoffice memos concerning the film. We offered to print the memos verbatim, with no editing, and to protect the identity of the person or people who offered them.

Rumor & Innuendo

“The Mustard Belt is back in a America.” In a call rivaled only by Al Michaels in 1980 — “Do you believe in miracles? Yes.” — Paul Page thus capped one of the great contests in sports history. Joey Chestnut bested Kobayashi in the Nathan’s Famous July 4 International Hot Dog Eating Contest — “The Greatest 12 Minutes In Sports,” as coined by Page — by a count of 66-63. Kudos to event officials for not giving Kobayashi the automatic DQ when “suffering a reversal” in the last minute. And that is one of sport’s most sublime euphemisms.

Flexing their muscle

Last week in Frankfort, Democrats unveiled a new strategy for negotiating Republican-dominated state government: Guts“The special session simply provides welfare for politicians, and it is very unfair to Kentucky taxpayers. Included are talking points and a set of quotes from a diverse group of political and policy experts to help you communicate this important bi-partisan message. As always, we encourage you to distribute this document to your e-mail lists as well as to other outlets in your community.”—Rapid Response Alert issued by the Kentucky Democratic Party on Tuesday, July 3He spoke in sharp jabs of obloquy, quick like an auctioneer, before the podium microphone last Thursday, boasting a clarion call for defiance that is grossly out of character for this political body. I kept waiting for the caveat to come from House Speaker Jody Richards, a decent man’s decent man with questionable energy these days, after he stumbled through a bid for governor a few months ago.

City Strobe

Nurses, doctors simpatico with ‘Sicko’The red that progressive doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are seeing over the roughly 47 million uninsured Americans probably looks a lot like the blood-colored, “Sicko”-branded scrubs they wore Friday morning as they shouted, “I get sick!” in unison outside Baxter Avenue Theatres. The boisterous demonstration actually inspired a neighborhood dog to bark its own outrage at the insurance-driven woes of the American healthcare system — or maybe it just had a cough.

Representin’ : What’s love got to do with it?

Debate over partisan staffing gets way too personalWe, the media, all got the unsigned letter last week. It came from someone inside the Metro Council, typed but poorly constructed, outlining four jumping off points for investigations into a body seeming more worth investigating as each day passes and each new accusation ends up on TV.

More layoffs hit The C-J: Twelve axed as part of ad department realignment; staff dissent grows

By now, it is understood that daily newspapers face tough times. Today’s readers have myriad options for getting information, and their long-held allegiances to dailies have all but vanished. To that, add high overhead for print publications. And to that, add that most major dailies are owned by publicly traded corporations, which tend to cut jobs as a way of maintaining or increasing profits.All told, there have been better days.

City Strobe

It’s lonely at the topWith the overwhelming majority of Americans opposed to the Iraq war, even Republican senators are waking up and smelling the IEDs. In recent days, staunch Bush supporters Richard Lugar of Indiana, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, John Warner of Virginia and the somewhat-less-staunch Olympia Snowe of Maine have pressured the president to begin supporting the troops by bringing them home. Many other Republicans who face re-election are also cutting and running from “we can’t cut-and-run.”

Forecasting Louisville’s film future

Life is full of examples of changes that just sorta upend how we are used to doing things. Think automated answering systems, job outsourcing, video killing the radio star and on and on. Film is no exception, and if you’re a buff, you’ve already noticed how changing distribution patterns and Hollywood’s never-ending love affair with blockbusters have limited the choices we have on our big screens. So what does the future hold?—Cary Stemle

A narrow crack in the schoolhouse door

We have come a long way since 1975, when a federal court mandated a school desegregation plan to dismantle the dual school system that was a product of de jure segregation. Louisville was a racially divided, tumultuous city in the midst of societal change.