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Paradise found: Warm weather, good hoops can heal a Gator wound

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Well, football season is over, and we’re probably better for it. The Gator Bowl was a bust, though its officials were dead wrong about the allegiance of Cardinals fans looking to get off on a temperate climate and the hope that Hunter Cantwell could pull off a miracle. The Cards faithful overwhelmed and embarrassed timid Virginia Techies, all rowdy and — with a few sad exceptions — loyal to the final gun, filling the Red half of the stadium with big-time stamina and class (four relatively large sections of the upper deck on the Tech side were covered by tarps adorned with the Jacksonville Jaguars logo; there were none on the Red side).

A glimpse of the real world: Two-year-old Mennonite program throws young adults into the thick of city life

This is a story of six strangers who were picked to live in a renovated convent in Louisville, to live a life of simplicity by helping strangers in a city where they’re strangers themselves.

No, it’s not a new reality show. But here’s their story.

Rumblings From the World of Sports

Lordy, hoops fans sure are testy these daze. Mizzou’s Quin Snyder: gone. (You read it here months ago.) The Drain The Tub Crowd is smelling blood down the road. I repeat: So nasty has it become, the Tubmeister is seriously considering moving on. (And where did you first read — in November — that this year’s Cats would be Team Turmoil II?)

This little piggy sat on the story: When a daily newspaper has a monopoly, news becomes a commodity

“All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others.

What a Week

Bridge of sighsThe Transportation Cabinet canceled Atlantic Painting Co.’s $17.8 million contract and ordered it to stop not painting the Kennedy Bridge. Atlantic had been not painting the bridge since spring 2004 and now will not paint the bridge on a permanent basis. 

Under the big top in Frankfort

State lawmakers are converging on Frankfort for what some observers hail as the greatest show on Earth — or at least the greatest circus in politics: the reliably irregular regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. And this year’s convergence has a cacophony of conflicts playing in the background.

The LEO 2005 Not-Good-For-Nothing Quiz

The LEO 2005 Not-Good-For-Nothing Quiz  “Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.”

An arena scorecard

 All of the players involved with the downtown arena debate vow that their primary goal is to “do what’s best for the city and the state.” But what they don’t talk about are their hidden agendas, which may trump all else. Everyone has one. The challenge is to figure out what’s behind each player’s position. 

Got art … money?

The voices bemoaning proposed cuts in the two-year $17.7 billion budget that Gov. Ernie Fletcher submitted to the General Assembly last month include public university officials, primary and secondary school administrators who depend on funding for extended school services and the state Attorney General. To that list, add people who work in arts organizations.

Comics in film

Film adaptations of comic books have an amazing and troubled history. Amazing when they work — like the first “Batman” by Tim Burton or “X-Men” by Bryan Singer — and “troubled, painful, awful, crummy and disappointing” when they don’t. See “The Punisher,” “Daredevil,” “Howard the Duck”.