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City Strobe: Got cultural vitality?

So you think Louisville is among the nation’s leading arts communities? That depends on factors considered. The Urban Institute, a non-profit research organization, gathered statistics based on census data about the number of artists, artist jobs, nonprofit arts contributions and other data, and in seven categories ranked the top 50 cities.

LEO’s Third Annual Not Good for Nothing Quiz* (2006 — Holy Crap, Did That Really Happen?)

* “Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” — Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis Every once in awhile, a year comes along that fills our hearts with joy and wonder. Artistic expression flourishes, the people prosper, and nobody takes a face full of birdshot from the Vice President of the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, 2006 was not that kind of year.

City Strobe: Happy new year, OLCH, you’re going to court

Rocking out has been difficult of late at Old Louisville Coffeehouse.After 130 shows, the best thing that’s happened to the neighborhood since the Tavern’s burger is headed to Jefferson District Court on Jan. 3 because a neighbor is fed up.

Rumor & Innuendo

The Lord works in strange ways. In the middle of the night Friday, I was struck with one of those extremely virulent 24-hour bugs. I shall describe no more. ’Twas a nasty sight. Thus, in bed with a fever, I saw nary a second of Saturday’s game. Lucky me. It was apparently U-G-L-Y. Especially for Cardinal fans. If lucky, U of L might make it to the Final Four for the third straight year. Can we say NIT encore?

Web exclusive: Public's had every chance to affect Bridges

(taken from The Lip: LEO's News Blog) Designs for the pair of bridges Louisville will get through the Ohio River Bridges Project have been selected, and from an objective standpoint, they are spectacular to behold. Both are supported by a series of cables angling from the roadway to the cloud-scraping towers that define their profiles. As the renderings suggest, they are modern and clean; they look light on the water, which is how it should be. 

Rumor & Innuendo

SchnellReport of the Week.

Dispatch from 'The Lip': Dog ordinance passes; an ugly, unforgettable night

I wasn’t in Council chambers five minutes Tuesday night before Steve Haag, director of the Republican caucus, approached me, sweating a little bit and clearly ready to talk. As of 5:45 p.m., he began, Republicans had not seen the draft of the dangerous dog ordinance that Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and other Council Democrats had spent the last 48 hours working on, with, of course, legal assistance from the County Attorney’s office. Hamilton offered the new ordinance as a substitute for what the Council had planned to vote on.

Bad dog: Will the dangerous dog ordinance become Metro Council’s Moby Dick?

Editor’s note: The Metro Council was to act on the dangerous dog ordinance at its meeting Tuesday evening, which took place after LEO’s press deadline. Thus, if things got weird enough, everything in this story may be moot. That’s unlikely, though, judging from the politicking going on behind chamber walls for the last week or so, which — at least in part — is the subject of this treatise. Visit The Lip: LEO’s News Blog  for news about and analysis of the outcome of Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Feature: Ball droppings - What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Here’s the low-down.

COMPILED BY SARA HAVENS & CLAUDIA OLEAIs it just me, or are New Year’s Eve parties always a let-down? You build it up all month long — planning, getting your crew together, shelling out lots of money for cover charges, fancy dinners and live music — when basically you’re just looking for a place to stand when the clock strikes midnight, hopefully surrounded by friends and next to someone to swap spit with. Perhaps I’m just bitter this time of year — wouldn’t be the first time. But I’m thinking a small, intimate get-together with friends at a neighborhood bar sounds just fine.

Slow food nation: What single change could fix our food system?

It turns out that Jean Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin was right in 1825 when he wrote in his magnum opus, “The Physiology of Taste,” that “the destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed.” If you think this aphorism exaggerates the importance of food, consider that today almost 4 billion people worldwide depend on the agricultural sector for their livelihood. Food is destiny, all right; every decision we make about food has personal and global repercussions.