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The superintendent gapWhat if one of the best jobs in the nation opened up and nobody wanted it because it was so oppressively thankless? While that description might sound like Tubby Smith’s old job at UK, it’s also what the Jefferson County Board of Education seems to face in its search for a new superintendent. After browbeating the current guy into fleeing north for friendlier environs (still not talking about UK here), the board saw two of its three favorite candidates drop out of contention, citing those pesky “personal reasons.”

Rumor & Innuendo

“Lonely Blue Boy.” It was a 1960 hit for Conway Twitty, and now, the apt description of the University of Kentucky athletics director that Wildcat fans love to hate, Mitch Barnhart. But his moment has arrived. Corral Billy the Kid and Mitch is the new Tom Jurich.

Cleaning up our front porch: Living Lands & Waters takes its show on the road, one river town at a time

The Ohio River is impressive in size and scope, but its proximity to other large rivers means it attracts lots of junk, nasty things put there intentionally and also things that just find their way into the water. That’s why Louisville is attractive, as it were, to a nonprofit group known as Living Lands & Waters, which just wrapped up a month of work here, cleaning the river.—Cary Stemle

The greening of Liberty Green

Liberty Green: Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee Workers are installing insulation in the floors, walls and ceilings of units like this one, taking shape in the east downtown mixed-income housing development, Liberty Green.Sister Lisa Stallings wasn’t planning to move. The apartment in Phoenix Hill was old and drafty, but it had character: tall ceilings, single-paned windows. You know, History. Charm. Ignore the utility bill.

Are we there yet? Katha Pollitt sees a ‘real revolution’ in women’s consciousness, but says much work remain

Katha Pollitt: Photo courtesy of Andrea Sperling Katha Pollitt, a well-known feminist author who writes for The Nation magazine, speaks in Louisville next week.Next Wednesday, March 28, at the Speed Museum Auditorium, Katha Pollitt delivers the Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies. The 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

Parsing the Great Cherokee Triangle Condo Debate: The haves haggle with the haves over the Triangle’s mojo

Aquarius Apartments: The Aquarius Apartments’ bland aesthetic makes it stand out amid the historic homes in the 1000 block of Cherokee Road. The complex could be torn down soon and replaced with a high-end condo project, the design of which has been the subject of much debateThe attorney stood before the Louisville Landmarks Commission, Jan. 15, 1975, making his case in a rather absurd way for why three blocks of Cherokee Road should be excluded from a new designation about to be conferred upon the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. This man, Irwin Waterman, represented the owner of a tank-of-a-complex called Aquarius Apartments, lodged almost smack in the center of the three-block stretch that he thought should be exempt from what that night became the city’s third historic preservation district.

Mohler’s conflicted dogma: Protestors keep focus on Seminary president’s message of intolerance

Twelve activists were arrested Monday during a sit-in outside the office of Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The group, part of a national, interfaith gay-rights group called Soulforce, was attempting to meet with Mohler to discuss an essay he posted on his Web site on March 2, in which he suggested that science may soon reveal homosexuality to be a genetic condition for which a test could be developed and, through the use of some kind of non-specific prenatal treatment, eventually be eradicated.

Chance meeting: At age 87, choreographer Merce Cunningham still works on the cutting edge.

You’ve surely seen that TV commercial where Dennis Hopper waxes poetic about the cool things you can do if you follow your dreams — like start a business when you’re 64 or whatever. That little soliloquy comes to mind when I think of Merce Cunningham. At 87, the legendary choreographer is still pushing the proverbial envelope and providing a great example of how to live life. Finally, after all these years, his dance company makes it to Louisville. That’s the subject of Elizabeth Kramer’s cover story. —Cary Stemle

Rumor & Innuendo

The Sweet Sixteen. What in the name of Christian Laettner is goin’ down here? The Dookies are one-and-done. (All together now: “Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!”) Even more startling, the NC2A hierarchy, after a close vote, said, “Let the tourney continue.” To compensate, they tripled the number of Coach K commercials.

City Strobe

Low-carbon dietHere’s something to ponder the next time you brew a delicious pot of fair trade coffee … while Tivo-ing “Heroes,” doing laundry, nuking a Hot Pocket, charging your cell phone/iPod/computer/camera, uploading videos to your MySpace page and downloading porn while glancing at the time on one of the 18 clocks in your 72-degree climate-controlled e-house of the future: The outlook for the coal industry is bleak.