Bad boy: Louisville Metro Police Lieutenant Jerald Fifer was arrested in Tampa last week in connection with a domestic violence-related incident. The Courier-Journal did some basic digging and found out that before being charged with beating the crap out of someone, the 18-year veteran officer was suspended for 29 days in 2003 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. Despite the sauce, Fifer’s career stayed on track. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006. At the time Police Chief White said Fifer deserved to climb the ranks because he had served his punishment and proved to be a good supervisor.
Heritage hold up: After major renovations to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage were completed, the museum backers remain in debt, haven’t been able to arrange financing and pushed the long-delayed opening back to 2010.
Here comes the money: It’s the last week of budget talks in the Metro Council. For most of the month council members have listened to agency leaders and community members make their case. Council members must deliver their draft of where to cut, save and keep spending at their next full body meeting Thursday. Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, who co-chairs the budget committee, doubts any changes city lawmakers make to the mayor’s suggestions will be controversial. “The mayor will sign the budget we send back,” he guaranteed.
V for virginity: Abstinence proponents in the virginity movement have re-branded their agenda of not teaching young people about sex.
First Lady sings the blues: While her husband is fumbling a strategy to provide universal health-care, Michelle Obama appears to have the tougher task: save Jazz. Recent studies by the National Endowment for the Arts shows that less people are going to jazz concerts or club sessions. The audience is getting much older too.