The President, Pulling Out, Fire, Rain Highlight Louisville KY’s Week

Some of the highlights of a week of living in Louisville KY:

JCPS Canceled Classes for Rain: On the last school day before Spring Break, JCPS canceled classes because it was raining too much. Remember when the only weather that could get you out of school was a foot of snow? I fully expect JCPS officials to cite oppressive sunshine, which could damage young eyeballs, for calling off school one of these days.

Obama Leaves Town with a Weapon, Bourbon: Despite a few hours’ delay, the President’s visit to tech firm Indatus went smoothly, and highlighted the city’s focus on tech jobs. Mayor Fischer gave Barack a Louisville Slugger and a bunch of bourbon. (

Indiana May Want You, But Few Are Going Back There: No, Gov. Mike Pence didn’t think the Religious Freedom Act would prompt national outrage and put him in the bulls-eye of a nation that no longer tolerates discrimination against gays. The list of businesses, celebrities and events critical of the law includes NASCAR and the NCAA. Some basketball coaches aren’t attending the NCAA Tournament in Indy. (Mother Jones)

finalfourIt’s All Blue There: Big Blue Nation is not boycotting Indiana, and if you are, UK fans will pay scalper prices for your tickets to the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. And if Duke and Kentucky win on Saturday? (Indy Star)

Cards Begin Off-Season: Rick Pitino announced that some players (Anton Gill, Terry Rozier) won’t be back, and another (Shaqquan Aaron) will.

Beshear “especially absurd”: We’re not gonna let Indiana get all the national ridicule over discrimination toward gays. In defending Kentucky’s gay marriage ban, Steve Beshear’s attorneys argued that since no one can marry someone who is a different gender, it’s not discriminatory. Next thing you know he’ll say gay marriage will affect birth rates here. Wait a minute. (Courier)

Big Blaze at GE: Friday morning’s fire at the GE plant is causing major damage. (USAToday)

LouisvilleKY Goes Gardening: Welcome to Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley, who will be sharing her gardening experience with us. (

Hear Joe Gerth and Dr. Louis Heuser on the Rusty Satellite Show:  The veteran reporter talks about covering presidents and reporting on politics; and you’ll be motivated to get healthier after hearing from Dr. Heuser. (Rusty Satellite Show)

Get Away to French Lick (it’s in Indiana): Read about my venture west in search of peace, love and golf. (