Monthly Archives: June 2011

Proposed WIC Cuts Could Affect Thousands in Kentucky

Up to 6,800 eligible low-income women and children in Kentucky could be turned away from the popular WIC program if a proposed cut, approved by the Republican controlled U. S. House of Representatives, remains.  WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) gives states grants to ensure that pregnant and breast feeding mothers, along with small children, get […]

Lexington named America’s most sedentary city

Fitness-porn publication Men’s Health Magazine recently released its list of the 10 most sedentary cities in the country, and Lexington “I’ll have an extra quart of sour cream with that, just put it in my auxiliary Hoveround cup-holder, thanks,” Ky. topping the chart, followed by Indianapolis, Jackson, Ms., Charleston, Wv. and Oklahoma City. Conversely, Seattle topped the […]

Gannett Layoffs Strike Courier-Journal (UPDATED)

UPDATED: Sources tell LEO that the number of layoffs at the Courier-Journal is now totaling 50, including 24 editorial positions. Further, the Velocity weekly as you know it will cease to be, and will be replaced by a smaller version folded in with the Courier itself, to be published on a day of the week […]

Third World Business Model Helping Local Refugees

In 2006, Chittagong University professor of economics Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a micro-credit pioneer, in essence, a banker to the poor. Micro-credit grants small loans, sometimes as low as $25 or $50 U.S. dollars, to third world entrepreneurs (mostly women) who would otherwise not qualify for bank loans. These […]

Ethics Commission finds Green guilty, recommends removal from office

The Metro Ethics Commission has ruled that corrupt Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, violated city ethics laws when she funneled city funds into a summer jobs program (and in the process benefitted members of her family), and has recommended that she be removed from office. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Late Friday afternoon, the Metro Ethics Commission has found […]

Judge strikes down key argument in case to repeal health care reform

Although the verdict isn’t in yet, comments made by a judge presiding over the highest profile case concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act suggest that one of the Right’s key arguments against the bill (e.g. the individual mandate) doesn’t hold much water: Specifically, (Eleventh Court of Appeals Judge Frank) Hull cast aside the […]

Louisville Orchestra management pulls a Scott Walker

In its efforts to deal with impending bankruptcy, it looks as though the management of the Louisville Orchestra has taken a page out of the playbook of Tea Partiers like union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott “Koch Whore” Walker (Bold emphasis mine): In what the Louisville Orchestra musicians’ committee called a “suicidal act,” the Louisville Orchestra’s management […]

Housing Blues

Not surprisingly, a recent report on the housing challenges facing America is a bit of a downer. Every year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University releases a “State of the Nation’s Housing” report listing challenges facing homeowners and renters. You can find it at the link above. Unfortunately, 2010 saw renters and […]

First Unitarian becomes third Louisville church to support marriage equality (UPDATED)

Following in the footsteps of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, Old Louisville’s First Unitarian Church has become the second third Christian ministry in the city to decline issuing marriage licenses to straight couples so long as same-sex marriage remains illegal. UPDATED: Technically speaking, the first church in Louisville to do so was Clifton’s Universalist Unitarian church in 2004. (D’oh!) From […]

Plot thickens in “Payne v. Anonymous Blogger(s)” case

The attorney representing Jake Payne Watch, an anonymously run blog critical of “local media personality” Jacob Payne, has filed a motion to quash Payne’s subpoena, claiming that it represents an “attempt to silence a dissenting voice” and runs counter to First Amendment law. Ben Carter, counsel to the anonymous blogger(s), wrote on his own blog: … […]