Lunchbox: KY = guns, basketball and gambling

Gun-toting reverend in Time: Former LEO Editor Cary Stemle has another piece in Time Magazine, this time about the Rev. Ken Pagano. The pastor of New Bethel Church on Valley Station Road has garnered much media attention for his plans to host a bring-your-guns-to-church service this weekend.

Pitino plot thickens: The feds have charged a second person in connection with an alleged attempt to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Lester Goetzinger, 49, is accused of aiding and abetting Karen Sypher by threatening Pitino over the phone on three occasions, according to The Courier-Journal. Last month, Sypher was indicted for allegedly having a friend — Goetzinger — call Pitino and threaten to publicly disclose information of a “criminal nature” if he did not compensate her.

Slots fight continues: Although a bill that would have allowed slots at Kentucky racetracks is dead, proponents of expanded gambling rallied at Keeneland yesterday. About 900 people showed up for the event, planned by the Kentucky Equine Education Project. Meanwhile, Senate President David Williams says slots don’t stand a chance in 2010 either.

Give me a tax break: Even while struggling to plug a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall, state legislators managed to approve an array of tax breaks during this week’s special session. Among those who will benefit: active-duty military, new-car buyers, new-home buyers and the film industry.

Argentinian adventure: Right about now, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is probably wishing he had actually gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail instead of jetting off for a tryst in Argentina. But it seems this little scandal is proving to be just as embarrassing for the entire Republican Party. (OK, maybe not just as humiliating, but pretty bad.)

Get fit in six minutes!: So can you get fit in just six minutes a week? If you are a rat, yes. If you’re a human, maybe, at least according to The New York Times.

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