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Louisville is the subject of the latest “36 Hours In...” feature in the New York Times. After getting the requisite “Louisville has more than the Kentucky Derby” line out of the way, writer Michael Washburn goes on to praise various parks, museums and restaurants across the city. He even mentions the developed half of Whiskey Row. The harshest criticism is reserved for 4th Street Live, which he calls overwrought, underthought and “frat-tastic.” You can read the full story here.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continued his book tour this week, appearing on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The 15-minute interview (in three parts—1,2,3) covers current issues and the philosophical differences on government between Stewart and Paul. The second part, specifically, deals with the cause and effects of the recession, and whether budget crises federally and in the states are the result of government overspending or the economic slump.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was on the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night.

Paul was promoting his new book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” Letterman asked the Senator about the Tea Party platform, and the conversation centered largely around tax cuts for wealthy Americans. It started with Letterman making a joke about Paul’s decision to wear jeans with a tie and blazer and ended with a brief discussion of education funding and the protests in Wisconsin. You can watch the whole clip online.

On a side note, while discussing the advantages of the private sector, Paul said Letterman can do better because he has to compete with other late night hosts. This set Letterman up for a joke about Jay Leno, but for astute public radio listeners, the conversation may be familiar. New York Times correspondent Bill Carter—who has written two books about late night television, one of which centers on the Letterman/Leno feud for the Tonight Show—recently discussed late night TV competition on The Sound of Young America. Carter says increased competition has made a few new stars (Letterman, Conan O’Brien, their writing staffs), it’s also hurt late night in general by splintering the audience and ultimately weakening the power of the Tonight Show. Carter certainly wasn’t arguing for state-run comedy shows or regulations on how many shows there can be, but his story connects to Paul’s argument in an interesting way.

SouthComm Inc., which owns the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), has named Lauren Feldman publisher of the newsweekly.

Feldman comes from the The Sun in Lowell, Massachusetts. She replaces Pam Brooks, who has published LEO since 2003. Brooks will remain publisher of NFocus, which she launched in 2010. In a post on the LEO website, officials say NFocus is growing, and Brooks will dedicate her full attention to the publication.

The Courier-Journal has updated its website. The background is no longer various shades of green, but three tones of blue and one of white. The text is sans-serif. The paper even covered the change, which includes some alterations to the comments. Readers can now give comments a thumbs up or thumbs down, and you can log into the sight through Facebook, rather than a separate C-J account. It will be interesting to see how that changes the sometimes divisive (and sometimes insulting to me!) comment section.

Keeping in the true spirit of the Internet, early commenters were dismissive of the change.

What do you think?

This post comes to us from Graham Shelby.

It’s Groundhog Day and in Pennsylvania, a groundhog has fulfilled its civic duty by lumbering outside on a chilly day and declaring that spring is coming soon.

But what do professional weather forecasters have to say about the next few weeks for Louisville? It’s worth noting that this winter has, in fact, gone largely (if not entirely) according meteorologists’ expectation. In 2010, the Climate Prediction Center’s three main predictions for this winter in Louisville were these:

An early start to winter.


Lots of snow.


Warmup in January.

Come again?

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Jarvis says, “The forecast was that we would warm up. And we haven’t. Currently we’re running 2.3 degrees below normal.”

Jarvis says weather forecasters would, of course, like to get everything right, but two out of three isn’t bad in long-term forecasting. That’s because variables in the computer models meteorologists use make accuracy in long range predictions difficult. One tiny error in a complex formula can warp the whole calculation. Still, there is a demand for long-range predictions from scientists, the media and the agriculture industry.

And in case you’re wondering, the official forecast for February in Louisville:
Below-normal temperatures.

Above normal precipitation.

The open carry celebration at the New Bethel Church in 2009 drew a fair amount of media attention. Parishioners were encouraged to bring firearms to a church picnic and celebration, and news outlets from around the country reported on it.

Let’s see what kind of attention Georgia gets this year, as lawmakers consider a bill that would once again allow guns in church. It has enthusiastic support from Pastor James Brown Jr. (No, not that Pastor James Brown)

Here are excerpts from a story printed in the Herald-Leader:

Kentucky Parole Board Chairman Verman Winburn fought board member Thomas Whetstone in their Frankfort headquarters last month after arguing about whether Whetstone, who had painted his office door red, was going to repaint it.

The Dec. 27 altercation led to a sprained wrist for Whetstone, a Workers Compensation claim against the state and a recommendation that both board members get counseling, according to interviews and public records.


“Dr. Whetstone was actually raised up onto his toes by the force applied by Mr. Winburn. Dr. Whetstone estimated (that) Mr. Winburn twisted his arm for five to 10 seconds,” Potts wrote. “Dr. Whetstone has a severely sprained wrist which he is currently treating with an Ace bandage, ice and Ibuprofen.”

Whetstone filed a Workers Comp claim the day after the fight. He stated in his injury report that Winburn “became physically confrontational and assaulted me.”


In May 2010, Winburn and then-board member Joey Stanton got into a heated disagreement while dining with colleagues at The Lady and Sons, the Savannah, Ga., restaurant owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen, then-board member Patricia Turpin said this week.



The water taxi that has taken Hoosiers (and people who are bad at parking) across the river to events at the KFC Yum Center will stop running after Friday.

A benefit show for the beloved but financially-troubled Ear X-Tacy music store has been receiving positive reviews.

Here’s an update from

[Owner John] Timmons also spent a few minutes with me to chat about Ear x-travaganza and what the future holds. When I asked him about the possibility of having another Ear X-travanganza benefit concert like this, he stated “Well I don’t want to start a charity or benefit event or anything like that, but my staff planned this on their own. So I couldn’t say ‘No’ once they had it all done all the work and the musicians had already agreed to play.” Timmons continued by saying “This event is really speaking to me in a big way. It makes me feel like people still give a shit about what we do. Like the store can survive.”

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