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Short News: In the shadow of the shoes

Of every regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly I’ve covered since 1996, the 2006 session — which adjourned last Wednesday — was among the better ones.Kentucky Resources Council Director Tom FitzGerald, by contrast, called it “a half-shoe session.” This comes from an environmentalist, lawyer and lobbyist who’s known for his distressed shoes.

Video to go is here to stay. What are your preferences?

BY CHAD THOMASPortable music players are so passé. These days, devices that merely play music represent the low end of the digital media market. Most portable music players have expanded into the world of video, and here’s a look at three different devices that each tackle the concept of mobile video in their own unique way.

And they’re off: There are four Democratic ponies in the race to see who takes on Northup. Three look good.

Somewhere in the distance during last Thursday’s Democratic Primary debate for the Third District Congressional seat could be heard a bugle sounding the iconic notes of the “Call to the Post.”

Kentucky’s got debt — but no game

The General Assembly overwhelmingly has approved an extraordinary budget — with unprecedented debt. The two-year, $18 billion spending plan has been called the most education-friendly and fiscally frightful in recent memory. It contains $2.38 billion in debt, breaking the record $1.9 billion added last year.

Splatters: News & Notes From the Louisville Art Scene

Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson have commissioned Shayne Hull to paint 100 portraits for their restaurant Proof on Main, part of the newly opened 21C Museum Hotel at 700 W. Main St. He’s got a few finished, including Mayor Jer, Ed Hamilton and LEO’s own John Yarmuth.

Prescience is as prescience does: Kevin Phillips has been right for a long time now

In 1969, Kevin Phillips, then a political analyst working for President Richard Nixon, wrote “The Emerging Republican Majority,” a book predicting that the political and racial strife of the 1960s would culminate in a national political reversal that would transform the American political landscape, lead to an upsurge of Southern power, and result in Republican control of the U.S. government.

The ghouls of downtown: Mr. Ghost Walker introduces spectators to specters at his weekly storytelling walks

Four years ago, when Robert Parker began leading his walking ghost tours of downtown Louisville as “Mr. Ghost Walker,” the experience took on an eerie ambiance not only because of his creepy stories and useful hand gestures, but also because Fourth Street — the corridor where the walk begins and ends — was a ghost town itself.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings from the World of Sports

One and done. Bobby Gonzalez finally reached the next step. After the up-and-comer inexplicably lost out on several high-profile jobs in the last few years, the former Manhattan mentor has landed in Joisey at Seton Hall. Which means that his former aide (and current Cardinal assistant) Steve Masiello might have a short one-year stay in town. He could return as head man for the Jaspers.

What a Week

You’ve got blackmailUpset with the General Assembly for failing to legalize casino gambling, Churchill Downs CEO Tom Meeker threatened to move the company to a larger city. During a wide-ranging hissy fit, Meeker stressed that the track itself would always remain in Louisville, but that the corporate HQ and its employees might relocate. In a scene reminiscent of the Reagan era, company officials later pointed at their ears with a circular motion, downplayed the CEO’s comments and said there are no plans to move.

Parting is such sweet sorrow for Tobin-Hewett

I like goodbyes that give me closure. Goodbyes that let me look around one last time, express my appreciation and walk away with a smile. “Clear Impact: Kentucky’s Current Place in Studio Glass” is the Tobin-Hewett Gallery’s way of giving us such closure before the owners shut their doors on May 31.