City Strobe: God bless us, everyone

Ford Motor Co., which stayed the course for a few billion dollars too long before cutting and running from its gas-gulping, earth-slaying, DVD-booth Mallxplorers, announced more unpleasantness for its workers. Feeling the pain this time: salaried workers. Ford said it will cancel raises, increase health insurance premiums and drop coverage for salaried workers, retirees and spouses. The double whammy of lost raises and approximately 30 percent higher health insurance premiums means salaried Ford workers will earn less money next year than the previous year for the first time since that other George Bush was president.

Readers Choice - The Winners

GOODS & SERVICESBest Attorney1.    Darryl Isaacs2.    David Lambertus3.    Greg StumboBest Auto Dealership

Readers Choice - Meet the Winners

Best Vintage Clothing StoreCHERRY BOMB960 Baxter Ave., 584-0755You’ve got to love a store that has micro-minis, polyester shirts and leg warmers among denim bags and T-shirts with tags that say, “Blood is the new black.” This mix of vintage and new is what gives the popular Cherry Bomb its edge. Watch out, baby boomers, this store is not for you — there’s a statement about vintage clothing that says, “If you wore it the first time, don’t wear it again.” Most of Cherry Bomb’s used clothing is from that amusing time known as the ’70s. Remember, bell-bottoms are back in style, even if they are calling them “flares.” —Jo Anne Triplett

Rumor & Innuendo

Hear me now, believe me later. I have seen the future of college basketball. It is the Louisville Cardinals. Let me go on record here. If every member of the current team who doesn’t graduate after this campaign stays for next season (2007-08), and if they have normal progression based on their respective talent levels, and if they realize it is a team game and there are no ego problems, Louisville will win the 2008 NCAA championship. Period.

City Strobe: Mind the gap

The campaign trail tends to bring out the best distortions in, from and about every politician: The most gymnastic of twists are always necessary to make dismal things look decent. They call it putting lipstick on a pig.

Readers Choice - Congratulations!... and thanks for your input

Forget about the election that just wrapped up, the real news of the day is right here on these next 12 pages. Yep, it’s that time again, people, when the leaves are on the ground (and probably in your house, too), the air is taking on a new chill and LEO rolls out the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Readers Choice - THE READER SPEAKS HIS MIND

GOODS & SERVICES    The Blossom Shop Florist (2218 Bardstown Road, 454-0421) has really taken on a new look, and the people there are so great to work with and help in all ways. I truly think everyone should stop in and take a look around — it has many nice flowers and gifts to choose from, and it is in a great location in the heart of the Highlands. —Gary Bowman

Staff Picks

<MUSIC>Wednesday, Nov. 8Citizen Cope    Clarence Greenwood is Citizen Cope, a musical amalgam who defies easy categorization. His determined, slinky sound includes traces of blues, soul and hip hop, with nice turns of phrase and plenty of inspired social consciousness. Think G. Love but more pointed. Cope’s touring (with a hot band) behind his third album, Every Waking Moment, and he’s built a nice following through a number of previous Louisville appearances. Alice Smith, whose debut album mixes rock, soul and R&B, opens the show tonight at the Brown, presented by WFPK-FM and Production Simple. —Cary Stemle

The Stink Eye: Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Well, it’s been a good run, at least for us. The Stink Eye has enjoyed the time in the sun, getting fat off the blood of the partisan hacks, giving unfettered, independent points of view; in general, we’ve said the things no one around here with this kind of microphone has the guts or game to say.

The wealth of power: Anne Northup, John Yarmuth and the Affluent American Legislator

“Let me just say that while nothing was done that isn’t done hundreds of times each year, I believe even the perception that anyone in my family would benefit from my service is wrong.” —U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, to The Courier-Journal, in an Aug. 30, 2002 article about a letter her office sent to the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, she requested help solving a licensing problem for Radio Sound, Inc., whose president is Northup’s husband, Woody. Northup’s office didn’t reveal the connection in the letter. She ultimately apologized and took responsibility.