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<HOLIDAY>Friday, Feb. 24Mardi Gras Louisville Fat Friday is looking a little different this month. For the nearly 200 New Orleans families living in Louisville due to Hurricane Katrina, this one’s for you: We’re putting on our own version of a Mardi Gras party and parade with floats, costumes, street musicians and … beads, we hope. Granted, it’s not the Big Easy, but the thought is sincere. The parade will be on Frankfort Avenue from Mellwood to Stilz. Café Lou Lou and Gumbo A Go-Go will have great things to eat, as well as Eyedia, with food by former New Orleans chef Allen Heintzman. There’ll be art as well, such as Fred DiGiovanni’s photographs at Kaviar Forge & Gallery, a group show at 1435-B Story Ave., and drawings by Lewis Walker at Creative Diversity Studio. To top off the night, there’s a free Krewe of Louisville Ball starting at 9 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Take the free trolley and save your legs for dancing. —Jo Anne TriplettFAT Friday route along Frankfort Ave.228-1401www.mardigraslouisville.comFree; 6-11 p.m.

Rumblings From the World of Sports

Hoosierectomy on hold. Those same IU stalwarts who a month ago were absolutely resolute that Mike Davis wouldn’t coach the Crimson and Cream next season aren’t, uh, quite so sure now. Funny how having the best three-ball team in the land zips the lips of the naysayers.

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?)

A better mousetrap: ‘Whose Line’ stars bring improv to the Palace

Colin Mochrie first appeared in the British version of the hit improvisation show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in 1991. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship between himself, his fellow actors and audiences worldwide, in part because of the show’s syndication on Comedy Central.


Where the rubber meets the rubber Rubbertown’s American Synthetic Rubber Co., without whose tires your SUV could not carry you to your oncologist, installed a new pollution-control device that will reduce its emissions of 1,3-butadiene from 120,000 pounds to less than 10,000 pounds per year. Thanks to the new $3 million dollar cancer condom, company officials believe your next tumor will be up to 90-percent smaller.

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.