Big pay day: It turns out Metro Police Chief Robert White is receiving nearly $90,000 a year in extra pay on top of his annual base pay of $160,000, according to WAVE 3. Mayor Jerry Abramson apparently promised White the extra income in an effort to lure him away from his job in Greensboro, N.C., where he was just a few months away from being fully vested in his pension plan. A recent audit uncovered the bonus pay, which Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, says raised a red flag “mainly because of the secrecy.”
Just a tip: The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the asshole who threw a dog off the Second Street Bridge on Sunday. Witnesses say the culprit was driving southbound in a white Chevy Malibu. The female pit bull — since named Sunny — fell 80 feet into the water, yet managed to survive without serious injury.
Busing brouhaha: Two families who have filed a lawsuit opposing Jefferson County Public Schools’ assignment plan are speaking out about their case, arguing their children should not have to be bused to schools so far away in an effort to promote diversity.
Attack ad: The Democratic National Committee is preparing to launch a series of television and radio ads criticizing Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell for his opposition to the federal stimulus program. One of the ads touts stimulus projects already under way in Kentucky, calling out McConnell and other Republicans for supporting President Bush’s “broken economic policies.”
D.W.T. (driving while texting): A handful of U.S. senators plan to propose a bill that would require states to ban texting while driving or lose a large chunk of federal highway funds. The legislation would be modeled after the way the Congress required states to adopt a national drunken driving ban back in the day.