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Live from Iraq: The best Christmas gift: a quiet day in Mosul

LEO is publishing occasional reports from Louisville native John G. Norris, who holds a key Army command in Mosul, Iraq. This is the second installment.

No end Insight: Round 3

Since humans began using the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 31 has signified a day of cleansing, reckoning and perhaps most optimistically, new hope. We’ll have none of that around here, thanks.

Three days from now, television-watching Louisvillians may notice a change on their dial. WYCS — the call letters stand for “Your Community Station” — will be gone from channel 24, a spot it’s held for nearly a decade. In its place will be TV One, which airs programming geared toward African Americans.

Teenage angst: Big Daddy weighs in on the past, present and future of LEO

Wow, my baby is a teenager, and like the typical teenager, LEO is no longer under my control, literally or figuratively. That is not all bad.

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Saturday, Dec. 31
Zoo Year’s Eve
I’ve always thought break-dance fighting and walk-offs only occur in Ben Stiller movies, so it came as a wonderful surprise to find that they’ll both be going on at Zooaville’s first annual Zoo Year’s Eve. The party, sponsored by the likes of Carmichael’s and Wild & Woolly, features other non-traditional New Year’s Eve events like a runway fashion show and an appearance by Grotesque Burlesque. Music will be provided by several DJs, and there will also be a CD release show for Louisville musician Scott Carney. As for the walk-off, it’s at midnight and is open to everyone, and thanks to the champagne you should do well, whether you look like Phyllis George or George “The Animal” Steele. —Jonathan Frank

Rumblings From the World of Sports

The black of it.
What’s wrong with this list of NFL coaches: Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, Tony Dungy of the Colts and Da Bears’ Lovie Smith? Oh, yeah, that’s right: These guys are all in the playoffs and all are of the Negro persuasion. They’re not supposed to know how to coach in the hypertechno/computer micromanaged intricate world of big-time professional football. Huh, guess somebody — lots of somebodies — got that wrong. Of course, those guys aren’t alone. There are even African-American coaches who aren’t doing so well. Just ask those inveterate Cleveland Browns’ fans.

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Thursday, Jan. 5 & Saturday, Jan. 7
Louisville Orchestra’s ‘Musical Thievery’
OK, let’s get this straight — the Louisville Orchestra will host a tuba soloist? Is “tuba soloist” even a real phrase? Isn’t that like calling someone an apathy enthusiast? Or a sandwich drinker? Nevertheless, the Orchestra presents “Musical Thievery: The World’s Most Famous Tunes NOT Written for the Tuba!” with Patrick Sheridan, who calls himself the world’s only tuba soloist. Sheridan is known for not only his musical skills but also for his comedic antics. He will perform alongside the orchestra and conductor Bob Bernhardt, who knows a thing or two about entertaining an audience himself. Two presentations of “Musical Thievery” are scheduled as part of the BB&T NightLites Series, one at the Brown Theater in Louisville and the other at Indiana University Southeast’s Ogle Center. Some of Sheridan’s selections will include Gioacchino Rossini’s “Thieving Magpie Overture,” Peter Schickele’s “Mvmt. III from Unbegun Symphony” and Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man Symphonic Impressions.” Yes, on tuba. As a soloist. No, really. —Kevin Gibson