New House: The mayor’s office is trumpeting the new housing director, David Howard, a former banker with an impressive record. Good luck to Howard, because housing isn’t Metro government’s strong suit. Besides replacing the scandals of Kimberly Bunton, he’ll face growing concerns from housing advocates about the administration dragging its feet on the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. A year ago the Metro Council allocated $1 million to create the fund to assess housing needs, raise money for affordable-housing organizations and distribute those dollars where it was needed. But Mayor Jerry Abramson hasn’t appointed the required 13-member board, which would oversee the fund and advocates are getting restless about the inactivity.
Last rights: The last wishes of the dying ought to be a solemn decision that should be honored and respected. But there’s room for improvement after state officials and nursing home representatives said problems with following those resuscitation orders have occurred several times in recent years.
Sewer sale: In order to bring Metro Louisville in compliance with federal clean water standards the Metropolitan Sewer District says they are raising their rates by 6.5 percent to upgrade and fix their leaky and overloaded pipes. Passing the buck to customer, you’ll need an extra $1.91 for the sewer bill and 35 cents for drainage.
Red Coca-caine: Red Bull came out with a cola that tested positive for 0.13 micrograms of cocaine per can. The caffeine energy drink company assures consumers they’re still good for the coke you drink, saying in a statement, the cola is “harmless and marketable in both the U.S. and Europe.”
Obama picks Sotomayor: Leaks from the White House say federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to serve on the high court. If confirmed by the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate the self-described “Newyorkrican” would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the court.