Frozen Peas BY KIMBERLY A. POWERS             At seven Gary places the key in the backdoor lock and turns it. The jamb sticks; he kicks the door at the base. He’s home late again, but no one stirs at the backdoor’s shudder. Gary kicks the door shut behind him. From the kitchen, he can see the living room, the back of Jeanie’s head. She watches “Wheel of Fortune” from the couch and Tommy sits on the arms of the recliner.

Literary LEO 2006

Literary LEO, more than anything this newspaper does throughout the year, is by and for the community. This year we received hundreds of submissions, and as you can see by the judges’ comments on the following page, the work was strong, which made picking the best quite a challenge. These next several pages contain the three best short stories (the honorable mention short stories are posted at; several flash fiction pieces (300-word limit); several poems (serious and seriously bad — so bad they’re funny); and numerous photographs (both traditional and non-traditional).

Rumblings From the World of Sports

 Colonels Redux.  Kentucky Colonels’ 1975 ABA champs were honored last year at the Derby Parade, and with induction into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Now you can relive the victory as many times as you desire. Focal Point Productions has released a double DVD containing interviews plus the entirety of the Game 5 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Among the revelations: Artis Gilmore’s afro was significantly larger than the fabled coif of Darnell Hillman. “The Legend Retold” is available at ear X-tacy and Borders with a suggested price of $24.95.

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.”)


Bag Factory by sue carls              The seams were seemingly endless. Mae turned the bag, her foot pressing down on the pedal, the sewing machine running fast. The rough, cotton fabric used to make the bags caught on the chapped skin of her hands. The high pitched scream of sewing machines surrounded her, woven into her consciousness so she was unaware of the noise. It was the same with the heat and dust.

Putting yourself on the shelf: The modern phenomenon of self-publishing and on-demand printing

Sometimes it seems as if they fall from the sky, in every imaginable  shape and size and color and genre. Science fiction, crime thrillers,  country cookbooks, fantasy epics, romance, how-to and many a memoir  of dubious provenance.

What a Week

What a Week She’s ba-ack (emphasis on the “ack.”)Punxsutawney Dana Seum Stephenson, the constitutionally challenged half-Hoosier deemed too unKentuckian for the Kentucky Senate, climbed out of her hole, saw her shadow and announced her candidacy for the 38th District House seat, ensuring eight more months of political hilarity. Citing the Kentucky House’s lower standards, Stephenson expressed confidence that her candidacy is legal and, failing that, that everyone would finally just sigh heavily and give in. She joined a whopping 217 other candidates who wrapped themselves in the flag, wallowed in the Bible and announced their candidacies for the General Assembly.

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.