The flood finger: Residents from west and south Louisville vented their frustrations to the Metro Council yesterday, complaining about chronic flooding problems and the city’s poor response to the Aug. 4 flash flood. In the beginning of the committee’s formation Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, said the ad hoc Flood Committee shouldn’t be about pointing fingers, but yesterday’s public hearing quickly turned into an indictment of the Metropolitan Sewer District. Officials said the sewer system overloaded and isn’t meant to hold that much rain and they’re considering buyouts and other improvements as a remedy.
U of L strikes back: After being expelled from the University of Louisville for a MySpace blog, nursing student Nina Yoder filed a lawsuit against school officials for violating her first amendment rights. Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Simpson III backhanded the university’s decision and ordered she be reinstated and allowed to return to her classes immediately. The fight isn’t over according to PageOneKY, which reports that U of L appealed the ruling yesterday, prolonging this legal fight.
The Kennedy plan: The death of Senator Edward Kennedy has quickly become a rallying point for health care reform advocates, a signature issue for the last son of Camelot.
(Micro)soft racism: Microsoft quickly apologized for a Polish advertisement that had a black man’s head replaced with the head of a white man. The U.S. ad depicted three people at a conference table: an Asian man, a black man, and a white woman, but a crude photo-shop plucked out the African-American, which at first was thought to be a joke.