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<BOOK>Friday, Nov. 3Author Michael L. Jones    Writer and journalist Michael L. Jones has been covering Louisville for many years (as a LEO staff writer for a few of them), and has compiled a book of profiles of some of the city’s most interesting personalities. The release of the book, “Second-Hand Stories: 15 Portraits of Louisville,” will get a grand kick-off this Friday at St. John United Church of Christ during the First Friday Gallery Hop. The release party will feature performances by Yodelduo-Du, which plays 1930s-style jazz, and Richard “Kush” Griffith, former trumpet player for James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic. LEO founder and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress John Yarmuth is expected to make an appearance. The book includes profiles of Griffith, civil rights activist Anne Braden and sculptor Ed Hamilton, among others. —Kevin Gibson

Election Special: Voting for change

Jim MooreThe New York Times carried an ominous article in its Sunday, Oct. 15 edition about the possible outcome of the November mid-term elections. The article noted how voter intensity and grassroots efforts have motivated Democrats in a way that has been sadly lacking in recent years. At the same time, it described how Republicans have been disaffected by the incompetence of the Bush administration and a variety of scandals involving their party members.

Election Special: The mood on the street (Random musings from average voters)

The 3rd District Congressional race is a toss-up, according to polls, and predicting how Louisville’s populace will vote is nothing more than educated guesswork.

Things that go cha-ching in the night: Old Louisville’s spectres are a cultural boon

A storm approaches Old Louisville this October. There is gathering darkness, and dozens of reports of unearthly events. Many have been frightened throughout more than a century of untimely demises and unexplained apparitions. But how much of this is the brewing of a Perfect Storm for publicity in the branding of a community?

Rumor & Innuendo

Breathe easy, Cards fans.

Election Special: Who will be the next in line? (A fanciful look at successors to the Abramson Throne)

This story begins in November 1985, with an election that would change the future of an agreeable little river city called Louisville, all but content to consider itself progressive and heading righteously toward the 21st century.

Election Special: Why Yarmuth?

LEO won’t make endorsements in this year’s elections beyond one race. We recommend that you vote for John Yarmuth in the 3rd District Congressional race. This is expected; John Yarmuth started this newspaper in 1990, and although he sold it three years ago, he will always be a friend. We believe in him.

Election Special: Red, blue or in between?

As you read this, LEO’s Election Issue for 2006, it’s slightly less than two weeks before we go to the polls. To whet your appetite — if all those lousy ads haven’t turned you off completely — we’ve got a few things herein that should make you think a bit more. We believe all elections are important, but this one seems even more important. So, you know, whatever you’re thinking about the state of our nation, please don’t sit this one out. —Cary Stemle, editor

City Strobe: News Roundup

A set-up for Tom Owen?Bar owners are understandably miffed about the recently enacted smoking ordinance, which bans smoking in every enclosed public place in Louisville except Churchill Downs (bring on the lawsuits!). In fact, a coalition of bar and restaurant owners has lobbied heavily against such a thing for several years.

The Stink Eye: Loss of touch, loss of feeling

The Stink Eye is wondering what’s wrong with The Courier-Journal’s editorial board. The decaying, out-of-touch windsuckers who think they’re still progressive are so firmly lodged up the Establishment’s ass it’ll take a jackhammer to ever see their faces again. Most recently, in this year’s round of Metro Council endorsements, they’ve contorted themselves into radically new positions. It makes them look foolish.