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Judge: MSD not subject to city ethics codeA Jefferson County Circuit Court judge ruled last week that the Metropolitan Sewer District does not fall under the purview of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission, possibly putting to rest a 2-1/2-year-old complaint from a former MSD worker alleging ethical and legal transgressions among the agency’s top brass, including director Bud Schardein.

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West Broadway will stay closed, judge says  Standing in a federal courtroom in Louisville Monday afternoon, legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory had mixed emotions. A ruling by Judge Jennifer Coffman upheld the city’s plan to close West Broadway between 9th and 34th streets on Derby weekend, a plan criticized for being racist and discriminatory to West Louisville businesses, many of which are owned and operated by African Americans.

The façade of accountability: The Metro Ethics Commission seems to be asleep at the switch. What’s that mean for the a

Maggie and Dennis Martin were piqued when Insight Communications said it wouldn’t drag cable lines to their neighborhood, a serene area of low population on the outer edge of the county, almost in Bullitt. It is, in a sense, the last frontier of Jefferson County, a hopelessly developable swath of the Old Life that landowners and developers haggle over with predictable regularity.

Killing tradition, one seat license at a time

Nine years ago, I wrote a column about my dad and his older brother that attempted to examine, and glorify, their annual Kentucky Derby ritual, which I learned, after asking questions for the piece, dated at least to the early 1950s. Specifically, I was out to document their streak of consecutive years attending the Derby together, which they agreed began in 1954, and to poke some gentle fun at their habits, which I had observed every year of my life like clockwork.

From the outside looking infield: Face it, folks: Derby means more to us than those Churchill Downers

Many moons have phased in and out since I last walked the streets of Louisville, but the Ville is where my thoughts turn when Derby is around the corner.I have always known the race as a celebration of national-holiday magnitude. As a child I was groomed to appreciate the various pleasures of Derbytime, the zenith of a spirited season initiated by Thunder Over Louisville. Throughout my elementary school years, it was customary for children to be dismissed on the first Friday of May — naturally — for Oaks Day.

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What does it all mean? The last time UK had a member of the C-J’s Super Five was ’95, when Ron Mercer had the honor. For U of L, it was the year before, when Samaki Walker made the grade. Gun-totin’ Sebastian Whatsisname doesn’t count, since he — delusional, much to his detriment — didn’t matriculate to the Belknap campus.

Rumor & Innuendo

Givin’ it back. So we know the Brohm family is all Louisville all the time. Here’s a testament to their commitment to the good of the city as well as to its football fortunes. Last Tuesday night the clan was in full force at the annual fund-raiser for Wellspring, an organization serving those with severe or persistent mental illness. Family members addressed the crowd. A Brian Brohm-autographed football went for several thousand dollars.Coach in charge.

The power of 10 : LEO Voter Guide 2007 second of three Clip and Save!

You may find it impossible to believe there’s anything of importance going on in these parts besides that big horse race on Saturday. We understand. But there is — it’s called the gubernatorial primary, and it’s a 10-horse race across two parties.

Handicapping for karma: It takes money to own a Derby horse. Not all owners are created equal

 Got your Derby on and ready to muddle through stacks of speed ratings, dosage numbers, databases and diatribes? Again with the mundane search for prescient visions of lucky numbers, memorable monikers or catchy-colored saddle clothes?

Drawing straws? Throw out the favorite, but not Street Sense, Nobiz Like Shobiz

There’s a phrase trainers will sometimes use after their horse wins the Kentucky Derby. They’ll thank their lucky stars and note the horse “didn’t find a straw in his path.” Which means the trainer pointed for months at the Derby, and found that everything fell perfectly into place. Everything went right and nothing went wrong — not a straw in his path.