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.

Rumor & Innuendo

Piling on.UK AD Mitch Barnhart has received unrelenting and unmitigated grief for moving the Wildcats’ pigskin tussle with U of L away from the season’s opening weekend. Of course, media and fans — red and blue alike — have been accused of overkill in their criticism. Obviously, the move affected Big Sports Television’s interest in the game, the broadcast of which now seems seriously in doubt. So, enough is enough, it’s a done deal, let it be. Right? Wrong! The move was so petulant, so boneheaded, so ill-advised, so stupid, so devoid of any rationale whatsoever, that Barnhart, and Coach Rich Brooks (allegedly the mastermind behind the schedule switch), deserve all the grief football fans in the commonwealth can muster. So, I’ll add my voice. Mitch, Rich, what you all did was stupid, really, really stupid.

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.

Women walking the line: A new study shows radical split in the city for single mothers who need a place to live

The line on the map goes north and south, almost right through the middle of the city. In the west half live most of the single mothers in Louisville — the map is dark with high concentrations. The east is lightly shaded, airy, a place where life seems to be a little bit easier. We know this intuitively, although laying it out this way is something to behold.

Name that arena

There are incestuous connections and a weird history between the Arena Authority and its newly-minted naming-rights partner, Team ServicesIf you were already of the belief that our elected officials haven’t leveled with us about the real costs of the coming Louisville Arena and whether it will really pay for itself over the long haul, well, this isn’t going to make you feel any better.