December 10, 2013

What a Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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School environments can be challenging for teenagers, but at Frost Middle School — in the shadows of LG&E’s Mill Creek power plant — the challenge is literally the environment. Despite the objections of board member Chris Brady, the JCPS school board voted to change Frost from a three-year to a six-year school, despite the horrid air quality there. That’s one neighborhood school nobody’s clamoring for.

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After more than a decade serving the 9th district on Metro Council, Tina Ward-Pugh announced she will not seek re-election next year. Representing the Clifton and Crescent Hill neighborhoods since her election as Alderwoman in 1998 — the first openly gay office holder in Louisville’s history — Ward-Pugh was instrumental in the passage of our Fairness Ordinance and has been a progressive fighter for the environment and historic preservation. Big shoes and horn-rimmed glasses to fill.

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More than 1,700 people packed into the Pikeville Expo Center on Monday for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit, focused on ways to bolster the economy of the poorest region in the country. And though the event was organized by the usual suspects who scapegoat the EPA and its so-called “War on Coal,” the all-day event featured none of that rhetoric — instead, a wealth of ideas on how to diversify its economy as the coal industry declines. Now the hard part: action.

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You know what is worse than thousands of Louisvillians freaking out, buying all the milk and bread at Kroger and canceling everything over just the threat of snow, only to find the weather sunny and not at all out to kill you? Actually getting snow. Snowpocalypse has swept the country, and we are none too pleased about having to deice our cars, worry about our pipes and double our commute times because everyone drives 5 MPH.

World-classness: -5