What a Week
Mayor Jerry Abramson formally launched his campaign for reelection (campaign slogan: â€œWhat part of â€˜Mayor For Lifeâ€™ donâ€™t you understand?â€). Although the mayor refused to discuss his plans beyond this yearâ€™s elections, rumors have been widely circulating that he plans to eventually run for Mayor For Afterlife as well.
A campaign that began with an ironic bang climaxed with a day dominated by women in the Republican-controlled state Senate last week. Last Wednesday, Democrat James E. Keller, who beat Larry Forgy in a 2000 non-partisan Kentucky Supreme Court race, filed to unseat Forgyâ€™s sister, State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington). With Kellerâ€™s entry fresh in Thursdayâ€™s press, Kerr harnessed some horsepower from the House â€” and premium publicity.
Discussions of Louisville Metroâ€™s high quality of life often include the parks system, historic architecture and the arts. The visual arts may soon get a boost, if proponents of establishing a Percent-for-Art Program are successful. Trish Salerno, executive director of Arts Kentucky, a statewide service and advocacy organization, led the call for action last week during a meeting at the Urban Design Studio on South Third Street.
R Place Pub is a small neighborhood tavern situated at the corner of Whipps Mill and New Lagrange roads in Lyndon. On most nights a steady clientele of regulars ascends to assume positions on bar stools, at a pool table or around tables scattered about the two-room bar.
So the other day my sweetie is dressed like sheâ€™s going to a game on the Frozen Tundra. Sheâ€™s got on triple layer coverage more suffocating than Prime Time in his heyday. That it was 50 degrees outside didnâ€™t seem to matter.
Did I hear this correctly?
A couple of weeks ago, The Rick was asked about missing out on Rajon Rondo and Chris Lofton. He again admitted his egregious recruiting mistake with Rondo. As for Lofton, he said something to the effect that there would be nowhere in the Cards lineup for him to play. Exsqueeze me? Was U of Lâ€™s coach talking about Chris Lofton, the former state champ shooting wiz who has energized the Big Orange, college hoopdomâ€™s fastest rising program? Must be talking about somebody else.
Allan Henry wants to put a biodiesel refinery in the West End. Specifically, he wants U.S. Farmers Bio-Industries, the Dry Ridge, Ky.-based company where heâ€™s vice president of sales, to inhabit the old Anderson Packaging facility at 1400 Southwestern Parkway, between Chickasaw Park and the Metropolitan Sewer Districtâ€™s Morris Forman wastewater treatment plant. On a warm, sunny day like last Friday, the area is picturesque, like a post-industrial Bob Ross oil painting.
Super Bowl strategies from a Hoosier transplant in Motown
Chris Wasson is a friend of LEO (details unnecessary) whoâ€™s lived in suburban Detroit for a few years now. Except for the brutal weather, he says itâ€™s a pretty lively place to be. Heâ€™s also a huge sports fan (Cowboys) who seems driven by the challenge of making it into all of the nationâ€™s major sporting events before he turns 40. Which means that if he comes up empty for the Super Bowl in his own back yard, well, heâ€™s a bigger loser than the hometown Lions ever thought of being. No pressure, dude â€”donâ€™t even worry that your friends may take to calling you Dick Bupkis.
So here I am, stuck with Seattle.
You can picture how it happened: The editor comes up with a brainstorm that Seedy K takes one team in the Super Bowl, and I take the other, facing off in a gigantic Battle of Typing Touts. And, of course, faster than you can you can say Troy Polamalu, Seedy K jumps up and says, â€œI will take Pittsburgh!â€*
Whoâ€™s it gonna be, Steelers or Seahawks? When it comes to the Pittsburgh-Louisville connection, a river runs through it. Then again, we do like our coffee.
Only a few shopping days remain until Super Bowl Sunday, and Iâ€™m sorry to report thereâ€™s trouble right here in River City...