None of your business: The Cordish Cos., developer of Fourth Street Live, says you’ve got no right to know how they spent $950,000 in taxpayer money given via a forgivable loan, and the mayor’s office agrees. The loan, which Cordish won’t have to pay back as long as the Sports & Social Club remains open five years, was granted to the company by Mayor Jerry Abramson, who failed to consult Metro Council before doing so, which led the council to pass new legislation requiring their consent on such matters. Why are we still giving this company the benefit of the doubt? Abramson, it seems, is the only one who still is, and the only one who matters when it comes to Cordish boondoggles. Dig this for a take from LEO’s c d kaplan.
Stinky piles of shit: Can we just say again how much we love James Bruggers? The C-J’s environmental reporter never stops — unless he’s on furlough — coming this morning with a story about these stinky piles of trash accumulating at Valley Sanitation Transfer Station and Recycling in southwestern Louisville. Metro’s division of solid waste management is fed up with the trash, has fined the company and is taking steps now (obviously) to humiliate them in the public arena. Job well done.
Hang it up: If you drive and talk on your cell phone at the same time, you will most certainly die. That’s the message a new roadside billboard campaign in Lexington and Frankfort is trying to convey. I wonder how many accidents will be caused when inattentive drivers snap their eyes from the road to check out the “Death By Cell Phone” adverts.
What Supreme Court?: Today begins the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for future Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who will probably become the first Latina SC judge. Everybody’s live-blogging it, so check these out: The Washington Post, which expects a “battle” to commence; the NYT, with its scintillating “Live blogging the Sotomayor hearings” headline; and FOX News, where they’re ready to “Let the grilling begin” — the steak-dude metaphor is always a home run.
Palin is what? Oh, a hack: The NYT reports today that departing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was “running” a dysfunctional operation, couldn’t leave her critics alone, was losing too much weight and going bald. For real. Her hair was thinning so badly she had an emergency run to the stylist, which kinda makes us feel sorry for her, until we realized that balding is the first presidential thing we’ve seen from Sarah Palin.