Lunchbox: Buy a book from Carmichael’s edition

Color us impressed: Today we see part two of The Courier-Journal’s three-part investigative package on police officers failing to show up in court to pursue their cases. Guess what? Cops’ failure to show for court is impeding the general pursuit of justice in Kentucky. A pair of reporters, the venerable R.G. Dunlop and Jason Riley, along with a team of editors, photographers and web personnel whose size exceeds the entire LEO staff, spent five months on the package. This is what the daily paper should be doing. As citizens, we say thank you.

#1: The University of Louisville Cardinals are the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. L yes. Read Louisvillian Pat Forde’s take on the tourney here. And for the ‘Ville-centric edition, keep up with our own Seedy K right about here. By the by, Seedy will be covering the Cards’ tourney journey for us live, courtside. Word.

Stimulated: Round two of the stimulus project(s), Louisville version, begins today, with the announcement from the Mayor’s Office that $14.7 million will go toward infrastructure improvements and create some 1,300 new jobs. Good thing: KY’s jobless rate is a staggering 8.7 percent right now. The list:

· Building walking trail at A.B Sawyer Park, $616,000. The path would start at Whipps Mills Road in Lyndon and meander to near Hurstbourne Parkway. The path would be known as the A.B. Sawyer Greenway.

· Seneca Loop extension $988,350. This project, creating 40 jobs, will provide a 3.9 mile trail loop for pedestrians and bicycles in Seneca Park and around Bowman Field.

· Louisville Loop, $687,500. This project will repair a slope failure on the existing trail adjacent to Shawnee Golf Course and create as many as 35 jobs.

· Neighborhoods sidewalk construction and repair, $7.4 million. Abramson and his “Louisville At Work” team, in consultation with the Metro Council, will determine where to build and repair sidewalks. The projects could create up to 620 jobs.

· Resurfacing 70 miles of streets, $5,500,000. The “Louisville At Work” team will help determine which roads get priority paving. This could create as many as 600 jobs.

· Installation of bicycle lanes along Taylorsville Road from McMahan to Hurstbourne, $88,000 and  creating 8 jobs.

Here here, Carmichael’s: Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville’s single-best bookstore for the last 30 years, has been named Bookseller of the Year by Publishers Weekly, which is a major honor. Several years ago, I was one of the lucky few who had a job there — one of the best and most singularly terrific I’ve ever had. Here’s a tidbit from their press release that you might find interesting:

Winning the Bookseller of the Year award puts Carmichael’s in distinguished company and also
demonstrates the diversity of the independent bookselling community across the country.  Last year’s winner was Vroman’s in Pasadena, California, a 32,000 square foot store.  Carmichael’s total square footage, including both stores, is just over 2,500 square feet, proving that excellence can be achieved in a small store as well as a large one. Previous Bookseller of the
Year winners include Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., Book People in Austin, Texas, and the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Variations on a theme: We’ll stick with the lit theme and congratulate KY poet Gurney Norman, who has been named Poet Laureate of KY by Gov. Steve Beshear.

NYT on MTR: The nation’s best newspaper has gone on record against mountaintop removal mining, placing the responsibility for ending this heinous practice squarely where it should be: President Obama’s shoulders.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama vowed to end the practice during the 2008 campaign — even though no recent administration, Democratic or Republican, has been willing to take on Robert Byrd, West Virginia’s senior senator, or the coal companies, which insist without proof that there is no other cost-effective way to dispose of the waste.

Read here.