City Strobe

Temperance on MarketWith everybody else complaining about too much dry, Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is worried about too much wet. Specifically, she’s concerned about the recent proliferation of liquor stores in her precincts in Shawnee and Portland. Citing a link between hooch and crime, a group headed by the councilwoman lined up the necessary 25 percent of residents and petitioned the Jefferson County Clerk to allow the neighborhoods to vote to make it illegal to sell booze there. The plan calls for a Sept. 11 wet/dry vote.

Rumor & Innuendo

That darned Cardinal Nine.Once in Little League my team was tied when a game was suspended due to darkness. When it came time to complete it, I was to be the first hitter. For two weeks, I fantasized hitting a game-winning homer, sure it would happen. When the time came, I struck out on three pitches. Call it whatever, I was too nervous, too anxious and wasn’t up to the task. So, too, were the upstart U of L Cards in their CWS opener. They blew 5-0 and 10-4 leads, losing to Rice. It happens. But, facing elimination, they slugged Mississippi State early, often and held on comfortably. Whether they’re dead or alive when you read this — deadline came before Tuesday’s elimination game — Louisville’s baseball squad is a local success story of the highest order. Three weeks ago even the most inveterate River City baseball fans couldn’t name a member of the team. Now their batting order can be repeated by rote. As the song goes, this could be the start of something big. Louisville, a baseball school … now that’s un-buh-leev-uh-bull!!!Stay calm, Card hoops fans. Top shelf recruit Samardo Samuels has, out of the Carolina blue, committed … verbally. (You think the excitement of the Super Regional at Patterson Field influenced his decision? I sure do.) We trust he’ll keep his word. And The Rick is talking excitedly about big things to come recruiting-wise. The red & black faithful are beside themselves. However, I’m advised that Samuels’ buddy, the highly touted Tyreke Evans, who has indicated U of L’s a strong possibility, is far from a sure thing. Don’t be surprised if he looks elsewhere in the end. I’ve been skeptical of such buddy pairings since U of L was a lock for Sidney Green and Tony “Red” Bruin, who were coming here together. Green went to Vegas. Bruin to ’Cuse.Best ever? In moments of abject delusion but with all sincerity, my pal David opines too often that Tiger Woods is the greatest athlete ever in any sport. So, Dave, riddle me this: How come the guy never comes from behind on Sunday?

Getting the picture

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, how many words are thousands of pictures worth? That math is too difficult for me, but it’s clear that starting this week, Louisville is getting the picture. With the confluence of Louisville’s Photo Biennial, a national conference of large format photographers and the blockbuster Eastman collection at the Speed Museum, we are overrun with images. And there is nothing negative about that. Jo Anne Triplett will tell you more, starting on page 12. —Cary Stemle

Rumor & Innuendo

The Scrappy & Pit Stop Show.With U of L up about a zillion to two with a couple of innings to play on Sunday, even the most nervous fans in the crowd felt comfortable knowing that a Cowboy three grand slam inning wouldn’t turn the tide. So the banter among the faithful was joyous and loosey-goosey. The fans in section 206 got a special treat. Cardinal catcher Derrick Alfonso’s young cousin, Logan “My Friends Call Me Scrappy” Paris, and his pal, who said he’s called “Pit Stop,” dazzled those around them by cracking open peanut shells on their foreheads. Like I said, intensity diminishes with an 18-run lead.It’s a Red & Black town.It’s easy to forget that one rarely saw anybody wearing U of L gear around town until the 1980 hoops title. In the years since, red has become the dominant color in many people’s wardrobe. Despite all the success through the years in hoops and recently in football, this past weekend confirms that U of L is now a major player on the collegiate sports scene. The men’s track team finished seventh in the NCAA championships. The baseball nine improbably slugged its way to the College World Series. To repeat the word heard most often over the weekend at the ballyard: Unbelievable.That rookie thing.First year Cardinal mentor Dan McDonnell is the first rookie head coach to make it to Omaha since 1980. Just another wicked good choice by AD of the Year Tom Jurich.

Clear and present danger: The Courier-Journal’s anti-8664 dogma gets the better of the facts.

The man is wearing work boots and jeans, with two feet planted before a car-sized color-coded map of downtown Louisville, staring intently while being swallowed by the high ceilings of the conference room at the Kentucky Convention Center. Streams of bright yellow and red cut through the depressed greens of trees, grays of streets and mud-brown of the Ohio River, offering a sense of weird urgency to a complicated, mildly confusing picture.

REPRESENTIN’ : A COLUMN ABOUT THE METRO COUNCIL

Politics fit for an ashtrayMonday is a big day for smokers in Louisville. It is an even bigger day for bar and restaurant owners. Monday is not, however, the day the much praised, maligned and ambivalently accepted smoking ban goes into effect — that is next Sunday, July 1. Rather, Monday is the day Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Denise Clayton will decide whether the nearly citywide ban will happen.

Activism school: The Kentucky Alliance puts a different spin on summer camp

Just two days before legendary Louisville civil rights activist Anne Braden died in 2005, she was — with the help of Shameka Parrish and Bani Hines-Hudson — finishing a grant proposal to the Kentucky Foundation for Women. It was the first step in creating the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression’s Arts and Activism Summer Youth Camp, now in its third year.

Mud, blood and gonzo athleticism: Kentucky Fried Sevens tourney brings regional rugby teams to Louisville

faster and higher: Photo courtesy of Eric Raney Rugby is like American football, sans padding. This weekend, Louisville plays host to a “sevens” tourney, a faster and higher-scoring brand of rugby. In this photo, Louisville’s Tyson Lane moves up the field.Pat Johnson, known as “Fetch” to his teammates, yanks at tiny veins hanging like dark red seaweed from his arm and examines them with a yawn from behind a wrecked elbow. The wound is gaping, 4 inches long, and seeping blood onto his muddied rugby jersey and the floor of the bar. The bartender looks mightily chagrined but says nothing, for Fetch is not a man to be lightly chastised. The former International Rugby Union player and two-time Rugby World Cup competitor holds his elbow together with one scar-rippled hand while taking a long drag of beer with the other. Pulling the elbow up close for admiration, he suddenly spills out a grin only a rugger could love.

City Strobe

Speaking of SexThe Speaking of Sex Video Road Trip made a stop in Louisville last week to soak up some local culture and talk with the community about sexual health. The visit was a scheduled stop on the nationwide journey, part of the eponymous podcast series, a project sponsored by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

What a sham(e): With a new $27 million Creation Museum and a good media machine, AIG can spread bad information far and wide

The brand new Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky got a veritable Noah’s Ark worth of publicity before it opened on Memorial Day, with stories produced by numerous major newspapers and broadcast outlets. The broad outlines of this story are pretty clear. You either believe in creationism or you do not, and there is probably not much middle ground. I fall into the latter category, but I also thought I should visit the place before I really said anything. So I did. And now I know: It is ridiculous. Indefensible.