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Special EventsDerby Fest. Spring Fashion Show, Lloyd Boston Hosts, March 23, 5:30pm, Marriott Louisville Downtown, $51-$61, 584-6383.Pioneer Days at Oldham Co. Historic Center, March 24-25, 106 N. Second Ave. LaGrange, KY, 222-0826.••Angelic Auction presented by St. James Catholic, parish silent auction and fish fry, March 24, 5pm, 1818 Edenside Ave., 451-1420.Life Story Workshop sponsored by the Western Branch Library Support Assoc., March 25, 1pm, Western Library, 604 S. 10th St., 583-3682.Festival of Healing & Spiritual Awareness presented by Healthy Lifestyles Wellness Center, March 25-26, Jideco Hall, 950 Withrow Ct., Bardstown, KY, www.featherhawk.com.••Martial Arts Exhibit by GrandMaster Hwang sponsoring Crusade for Children, March 25 3-5pm, Bellarmine College, Knights Hall, 459-1868.Dress for Success Celebrates S.O.S. — Send One Suit — Asking women to donate a nearly new interview suit to help local low-income women enter the workforce, thru March 25, 309 Guthrie St., 584-8050.Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center presents “Lewis & Clark: Mysteries of the West,” exhibit focuses on people and sites of famous expedition, thru March 28, free w/ admission, (812) 280-9970.Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation presents Spring Flower Sale to raise funds for programs and services, thru March 30, 1850 Taylor Ave., 456-3233.

Staff Picks

<SPORTS>Wednesday, March 22Go C-A-R-D-S! It may be the No Interest Tournament everywhere else, but Louisville should draw another nice crowd tonight for its quarterfinal NIT game tonight against Missouri State, an angry team that got unfairly snubbed by the NCAA selection committee. A win sends the Cards back to Madison Square Garden, where they're 0-2 this season, for the semis. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through TicketMaster (502-361-3100, www.ticketmaster.com or at various TM outlets, including statewide Kroger stores). U of L students can buy tickets for $5 through U of L ticket office locations. Game time is 9 p.m. —Cary Stemle

A Letter from Doug Johnson

Louisvillian Doug Johnson, a peace activist living in the West Bank and teaching English at the Arab American University in Jenin, was abducted Tuesday by Palestinian gunmen. He was released later the same day. The following is a letter Johnson sent out via email on Wednesday to assure those interested that he is OK. With the help of David Horvath and Pat Geier, LEO obtained permission from Johnson to post the letter in full.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Was it me, or was something missing on NCAA Selection Sunday? Oh, yeah, the sun. And any mention of the University of Louisville Cardinals. Hmmmmm!That schedule thang. U of L played only one non-conference team that is dancing. Can you spell UK? And the Cards only beat one NCAA team — Marquette. Pitiful.

Foaming in the gloaming

Competition consumes the Capitol under the twilight of every session as lawmakers, lobbyists and stakeholders plot to muscle bills beyond the legislative bottleneck that paralyzes, then suffocates, measures great and small. It’s been a strangely quiet yet quirky session in the Senate. A string of illnesses, deaths and surgeries among senators and their parents seemed to complete the maturation of a chamber rife with strife only a few sessions ago. The institution continues its plunge into adulthood by muting the partisan feuding and substituting a more bipartisan approach.

Expressions of You provides an open stage and a refuge

Among the audience are faces of almond-ivory, magenta-yellow, ripened rose, cobalt and painted browns. It’s a diverse crowd. The room darkens and the scent of flowered jasmine and spiced cinnamon lingers...

The American dream: cash for trash

When French artist Marcel Duchamp reasoned that his signed urinal was a piece of art, he had no idea how far the spirit of that piece would be taken. Today, nothing is so intimate or mundane as to be verboten. Particularly if there’s some manner of fame attached to it.

What a Week

OK, who sneezed on this rat?In a dramatic medical breakthrough, researchers at U of L used stem cells from human nasal passages to cure rats with spinal-cord injuries, giving hope for possible cures for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other nerve disorders in humans. The boogers-for-brains research holds promise not only for people with spinal-cord-related disabilities, but speaks volumes for the indomitable human spirit, which could motivate a talented, highly educated researcher to go, “Hey, let’s smear some snot on a rat and see what happens.”

It’s Welch, without a surprise

To a tenderfoot, the jovial mood in Metro Council chambers before the March 1 interview session for those hoping to fill Democrat Ron Weston’s vacant 13th district seat would’ve seemed unusual. Considering the business of the day, one might think all the smiling was, well, weird. The sun was out and it felt like spring that day, but otherwise, the Council was facing an important — if somewhat controversial — task.

Lofty challenge

Clifton Lofts were controversial, but they need love nowBy MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER