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Sen. Seum’s smokestack lightning

When it comes to improving Jefferson County’s air quality, state Sen. Dan Seum is public enemy No. 1. An inveterate opponent of government measures to regulate toxic emissions of everything from cars to factories, Seum’s most notorious strike was his bill that resulted in the closure of the VET program in October 2003. After all, $11 a year is an obscene price to pay to ensure your vehicle isn’t a rolling smokestack.

Mark Besten: Rest in peace, oh obsessive one. Hail and farewell.

LEO was shocked and saddened this week to learn of Mark Besten’s death. Working as a free-lancer, Besten wrote numerous articles for LEO, including a lengthy cover piece about his 2001 visit to Holcomb, Kan., where he was able to fully indulge his obsession with all things Clutter. (That notorious murder case from 1959 led to the book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote, and more recently, the film “Capote.”)

Clash of the titans: Bucking the establishment, Jones and Schnatter pony up for a new arena study

    For months, David Jones, the retired co-founder of Humana, kept receiving packets of information that supported the old Louisville Water Company property (on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, across from the Pendennis Club) as a better and more economical site for a downtown arena than the LG&E site (on Main Street between Second and Third)  that was eventually favored by Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s Louisville Arena Task Force.

Bad Poetry - Honorable Mention

Bad Poetry - honorable mention 1A Republican Nursery Rhyme by Cheryl Clark 

Poetry - Honorable Mention

Poetry - honorable mention 1Another Weekend in Peki Ghana by Kate Hartman 

Nate Robinson, a music scene fixture, dies after accident

LEO learned yesterday about the tragic death of Nate Robinson, a prominent figure in the Louisville music scene, after a Monday evening traffic accident. Few details were available at press time.
Robinson, 24, was a sound engineer who collaborated with a long list of prominent Louisville bands.

You had mail: Police investigate theft of letter at Metro Council

The mailboxes for Metro Council members at City Hall look like the boxes teachers use at elementary schools or universities. They’re cubbyholes with open fronts. There’s no real privacy. It’s a typical setup, and it infers a certain level of honesty — the honor system, if you will — that you figure people in leadership positions should handle with no problem.

The Race for the 37th: A Closer Look

Deborah Peden: What’s a nice girl like her doing in a race like this?

Bad Poetry - Winners (?)

Bad Poetry – 1st PlaceOde to a Booger by Nick Borho 

Poetry Winners

Poetry – 1st PlaceMonarch by Olivia Cole