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.

City Strobe

Dog ordinance pushed to a vote before full CouncilIt wasn’t until the bitter end of a two-hour special meeting of the Metro Council’s Government Administration committee Monday that Robin Engel, R-22, tried to ask questions of Metro Animal Services about the proposed dangerous dog ordinance, which will be up for a vote before the full Council at its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. But MAS, the agency that would enforce the ordinance, wasn’t at Monday’s meeting.

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.
No quotes from the pigskin poet. Just rumor. I am skeptical, but a source advises that Schnell, through intermediaries, let the Alabama folks know he’d be interested in the Crimson Tide job if offered. Hey, he’s one of Bear’s Boyz. And Bama has done stranger things. Truth is, good ol’ boy AD Mal Moore needs to go first. Then let the new guy choose.

Hot chicks, hard wood: Are you ready for the Derby City Rollergirls? You’d better be.

Long ago and far away, in the land of ’70s schlock TV, there lived a “sport” named roller derby. Teams of sexy women competed, in the way pro wrestlers “competed,” and roller derby got its own feature film, “Kansas City Bomber,” starring Raquel Welch. Fast forward to the 21st century, where women in countless U.S. cities have rediscovered roller derby — except this time they’re playing for real. This week, Stephen George introduces the Derby City Rollergirls, who are about to start league play. It ain’t your mama’s roller derby. —Cary Stemle