No End Insight: Round 2

At the start of every Metro Council meeting, 10 constituents get to speak briefly about whatever they want, whether it’s on the Council agenda or not. Last Thursday in a City Hall decked with poinsettias, five addressed an issue that wasn’t set for discussion at the last meeting of 2005: cable TV.

Scott Mullins heading north

Scott Mullins, whose voice has been heard on local public radio for 20 years, is leaving WFPK-FM for a start-up Triple-A station in Milwaukee. Mullins’ last broadcast will be his long-running “Blues Party” on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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Through Dec. 24
Last-minute Christmas shopping
If you like standing in line, bumping into smelly strangers, being cut off in parking lots and being trampled every time that stupid blue light starts to flash, then you’re in luck — it’s last-minute shopping season for Christmas. Every year at this time, reluctant husbands, fathers, bachelors, evil clowns and other procrastinators realize they not only haven’t bought any Christmas presents for their friends and families, they also haven’t returned that ugly tie they received last year. This is their chance to wander haplessly and dazed through Oxmoor Center for four hours buying things people don’t want or need (and Mom, if you don’t want the Madden ’05 game for Xbox I bought you, I’ve got a tie I’ll trade you for it), only to walk upstairs and be warmed by the fact that you can, indeed, buy draft beer at the food court. Ah, salvation. Merry Christmas, and a Happy Hangover. —Kevin Gibson

Just a couple of GoodOil boys

Marty Hanka and Phil Inman would like to fuel your automobile with vegetable oilAll it took was two pints of Rich O’s house porter for Marty Hanka and Phil Inman to start a business. They decided that Louisvillians are ready for their cars to run on a dirt cheap alternative fuel, one as natural as the wind and as available as a hamburger.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Greatest Dickie V story ever told. A local hoops fan — she happens to be, irony of ironies, a Dookie — swears this story is true about her father’s last words. The gent was a major sports fan. He’d been comatose for a while. Family was gathered. TV was tuned to ESPN. A Dickie V-called game came on. Hearing the voice, he broke out of the coma. screaming, “Turn that son of a bitch off.” He fell back in the coma, passing away within the hour.

What a Week

Embryonic spree In a potential setback to right-wing sanctimony, U of L researchers announced a breakthrough in coaxing adult bone-marrow cells to mimic embryonic stem cells. The research could lead to cures for various diseases without harvesting cells from embryos. Despite the windfall for the embryo community, no embryos returned repeated phone calls or e-mails seeking comment. (Because they’re, you know, embryos.)

A commander reflects on Election Day in Iraq

By Lt. Col. John G. Norris
U.S. Army 4th Battalion 23rd Infantry of the Stryker Brigade

MOSUL, Iraq (December 15, 2005)—It is 1:45 a.m. on Election Day here. A Stryker platoon under my command reports that one of their vehicles has struck an IED (an improvised explosive device, or booby trap) hidden in the curb on one of our busy streets in southern Mosul. There is no damage to soldier or Stryker vehicle and they are able to continue the mission and continue route security operations in preparations for the elections to follow in a few hours.

Strokes of genius: Getting a read on the handwriting of famous artists

What if you could get into the mind of famous artists and tap their inner thoughts and feelings? Did their public personas match the personalities they revealed in private letters?LEO took an opportunity to address this curiosity when Louisville Free Public Library opened the exhibition “More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art,” which has a companion book of the same name.

Patriot Act under review

The controversial post-9/11 legislation has supporters and detractorsAs director of the Louisville Free Public Library, Craig Buthod trafficks in information.Just don’t mistake him for a cop.

Where’s the money?

In July, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that Kentucky ended its fiscal year with a $214 million budget surplus. But the extra cash won’t send state government on a spending spree — $90 million of that sum is allocated to a rainy-day fund, and the government faces a $132 million Medicaid deficit for 2006.