The working homeless

Ninya Parker, 44, was homeless for two months before entering The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center in March. Moving into the center, a halfway house for homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, was part of her effort to kick her addiction to crack cocaine and establish a new life, including an apartment, with her 14-year-old daughter. Another part was finding a job. Now, she works 121/2 hours a week at Cathedral of the Assumption, cleaning the kitchen, and 20 hours at a Steak n Shake. But that only brings in $235 each week before taxes. She won’t be able to afford an apartment anytime soon.

Moved by the mountain - First of two parts (A conversation with Erik Reece, author of ‘Lost Mountain’)

 Erik Reece is standing barefoot in the organic garden he keeps in his Lexington backyard, absent-mindedly running his hands through voluptuous lettuce leaves while discussing the new book contract he’s recently received.

Up a tree: World’s most recognized tree-sitter is coming down to Louisville

When she answers the cell phone, Julia Butterfly Hill is high in a walnut tree in South Central Los Angeles. The tree is part of a 14-acre urban farm, the largest in the country, set smack in the heart of a warehouse district. Birds chirp audibly in the background, conjuring an admittedly weird vision of urban-rural utopia.

Conyers’ health bill gets a ‘hearing’

Gregg Wagner’s health insurance sets him back $450 a month. The 43-year-old Louisville Realtor is a single, independent businessman, pretty much the worst model for affordable healthcare in America. And while myriad mitigating factors cause insurance premiums to fluctuate vastly, Wagner’s bill is more than twice the national average for a single person not covered by an employer.

The Terri Blair Story - SLOWLY BUT SURELY, THE KENTUCKY FIGHTER HAS FOLLOWED A DREAM. NOW SHE’S A WORLD CHAMP

It seems like a story tailor-made for the big screen. Small-town girl chases a dream for eight years. She wants to be a professional boxer.

This bird didn’t sing: The media may have wanted a circus, but the Guv was in sunny Florida

Ten years after a plane crash killed singer Ronnie Van Zant in 1977, the remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd went out on what was to be a one-off tribute tour, their first shows together since the tragic death of their leader and other band members.

Staff Picks

<GAMING>Thursday, June 15World Series of Video Games    The Derby City can now join the likes of cities like Jönköping, Sweden, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Beijing, China, as cities playing host to events in the first year of the World Series of Video Games. Louisville is the host of the first-ever competition in the WSVG, starting Thursday and running through Sunday at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. There are eight total events worldwide in the WSVG, the one in Louisville being the first. Winners from tournaments at each event will compete at the finals in November. Games being played in the tournaments include “Counter-Strike 1.6” and “Halo 2.”

What a Week

Elephants gone wildMore chunks from the Skylab that is the Fletcher administration fell off during re-entry, including a large one with a funny-shaped head: Lt. Gov. Steve Pence. Citing a desperate need to no longer hear his name mentioned after Fletcher’s, Pence — who has played an important role as stand-in governor during Fletcher’s many hospitalizations — announced he wouldn’t seek re-election on the Fletcher/Pence ticket. After the announcement, Fletcher demanded that Pence resign immediately from his $99,000 a year job, which Pence refused to do, citing the job’s sweet pay and total cushiness. Fletcher named Finance Secretary Robbie Rudolph — who apparently has the unbridled optimism of an InsightBB subscriber — as his 2007 running mate. In other irresponsible-pachyderm news, an unmarried elephant at the zoo is preggers.

Haire apparent: Darrell Haire helped the Jockeys’ Guild avert disaster. Now he’d like the job full time

BY RICK REDDINGDarrell Haire didn’t know what hit him. Last Nov. 15, he and a group of jockeys were inside the Jockeys’ Guild office in Monrovia, Calif. They had just taken control of the organization, voting to fire the administration of one Dr. Wayne Gertmenian, aka Dr. Evil in the eyes of the racing world.

No tricks: Shenanigans vs. More Shenanigans (Two local bars separated at birth?)

Studies have shown that when twins are separated at birth, placed in different environments, they remarkably still display similar characteristics and traits as they move separately through life. That’s exactly the case of our two similar-named bars — Shenanigans and More Shenanigans.