Representin’ : Can we get a Kumbaya?

The Metro Council passed the budget, Lord, kumbaya The Metro Council passed the budget, Lord, kumbaya The Metro Council passed the budget, Lord, kumbaya O Lord, kumbaya                    —Unknown, 2007 The Metro Council commenced its annual rite of passage last week, passing a budget that closely resembled the one proposed by Mayor Jerry Abramson about a month ago. Apparently everything was hunky-dory at chambers Thursday — that often happens at the end of the month-long slog that is budget negotiations. We’re talking $810 million this year, a lot of coins tossed, and our representatives like to make sure it is all going to the right places, stress be damned. Good for them.

Time for a special session, Fletcher says

Ignoring the staggering taxpayer cost of $60,000 per day, Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Monday called a special session of the General Assembly to address the “urgent need” to pass an energy bill, among a few other “important” things, he said in a statement. That bill, which would provide incentives for developing alternative energy in the state and focuses heavily on the oxymoronic “clean coal” concept, is one of several left on the table from the session that recently ended.

Beautiful dreamer

Sid Griffin’s musical journey took him from L.A. (Louisville Area) to L.A. (Los Angeles) to London (England, not Kentucky). Thirty years down the road, the former Long Ryder is a happy man with no regretsBY FAIRLEIGH BROOKS

A trembling in the universe

When something horrible happens, people understandably want an explanation. And sometimes, there is just not a good one. That is part of the message of this week’s cover story by Scott Robinson, who happens to own property in Georgetown, Ind., very near where 15-year-old Tyler Dumstorf shot two police officers and himself last Monday evening. It is a tragedy of the highest order, but Robinson, who was there at the time, takes care to point out that Tyler was not a freak, that this was a tragic accident, and that his family is also suffering. LEO joins the community in offering its thoughts and prayers to all involved.
—Cary Stemle

City Strobe

Advocates say new royalty fees will kill Web radioThe Library of Congress’ Copyright Royalty Board is set to increase rates for Webcasters, including Internet radio stations and Webcasts from conventional radio stations. The move may bankrupt most small and mid-sized Webcasters, according to the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group of artists, listeners, Webcasters and labels that organized a Day of Silence yesterday, with most Web radio broadcasts off the air.

LG&E customers will soon know household carbon output: What’s the frequency?

Electricity users in the Bluegrass will soon learn the awful truth about how much carbon output their electricity consumption creates, one balmy summer month at a time.In a unique initiative to better inform customers of their contributions to global warming, LG&E and Kentucky Utilities (which covers Lexington and surrounding counties) will begin including the amount of pounds of carbon output each household emits based on the amount of electricity used that month on every bill. The figure, whose size may come as a shock to you, will appear on the back of those providers’ next and subsequent bills.“It’s just an awareness, ensuring that our customers understand they have an impact on the environment as well,” said Chris Whelan, communications manager for E.ON U.S., the parent company to both utilities.

Rumor & Innuendo

The backlash.The reports have been rampant that superduperprep guard Tyreke Evans has secretly made an oral commitment to join his pal Samardo Samuels at Louisville.

The written word is worthy of a thousand images: New KMAC exhibit features work inspired by Kentucky singers and authors

Artemesia: Mary Dennis Kannapell’s “Artemesia” was inspired by Wendell Berry’s “The Farm.”The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft turns the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” on its head with the upcoming show “Visions from Voices: Art Inspired by Kentucky Poetry, Prose and Songwriting.”The initial conception was to have “artists inspiring other artists,” says KMAC curator and deputy director Brion Clinkingbeard, who says KMAC is always looking for exhibits that inspire artists in all mediums.

A union in disarray

The president of the Louisville chapter of the nation’s largest public service union is under investigation for possible forgery, embezzlement and theft. Documents recently shared with LEO by a union official offer a veritable map of missing money, forged checks, unexplained expenditures on the union dime and shoddy bookkeeping that all lead back to Sheila Wade, a Metro employee and president of the Local 2629 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Forecast: smoky: As the citywide smoking ban looms, bar owners get ready for … whatever

BY MEGHAN WIGGS, RYAN REAL & ERIN CLEPHASIt is almost the 11th hour. A judge is expected to rule soon on whether Louisville Metro government can implement the citywide smoking ban (sans the single, contested exception of Churchill Downs) that is scheduled to take effect on July 1.