Issue August 20, 2014

Louisville’s Heroin Epidemic

Paul J. is a 34-year-old recovering heroin addict recently returned to his hometown of Louisville, Ky. For Paul, the River City is the scene of many crimes committed and horrors suffered. After just completing a 90-day treatment program in Alabama, Paul still possesses a perpetual hesitation in all of his mannerisms, his expression one of … Continued

The Resurgence of Heroin

I’ve been fighting prescription drug abuse since my first day as your Attorney General, and our Commonwealth has been battling this issue for almost two decades. In Kentucky, more people die from prescription drug overdoses than car accidents, and Kentucky was the third or fourth most medicated state in the country.   This addiction to … Continued


 The last few weeks have been troubling and stressful for everyone involved with LEO. Most of us have waffled about whether or not we should continue writing here. We feel solidarity with the friends we’ve lost–those who guided us through multiple deadlines and edits. We feel anger for the abruptness and the lack of direction … Continued

Ambiguous Freedom

“To protect and to serve.” A cogent message for such a simple phrase — originally the motto of the LAPD, but familiar to us all. Brilliant in its simplicity and intended purpose, yet difficult to comprehend the magnitude of its implications. I am 30 years old and still not sure I understand it. At the … Continued

Inbox — August 20, 2014

West End Coverage Well, I will say that LEO Aug. 13 wasn’t the series of blank pages the turmoil of the previous 7 days suggested I’d see. As a journalist and activist who has been in love with West Louisville and its many distinct neighborhoods since I was first assigned a story there in 1986, … Continued

The Taste Bud

 I’m sure I’ve probably railed on this before, but I have never understood why chicken tenders don’t taste more like old fashioned fried chicken. What is it about bones that make fried chicken taste like fried chicken? Is it a freshness thing? Or is it just the batter? And if it’s the batter, why on … Continued

Feeling offal? Check out your local taqueria

 Menudo, the fabulously strong flavored and fiery Mexican stew made from pork chitlins (“chitterlings,” to the prissy, or, if you insist on a definition in English, pork intestines) is one of the world’s most trusted hangover cures.  This may relate to the truth that, no matter how bad you feel, if you can hold down … Continued

Video Tapeworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks   SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT 2009; $22.98; UR  This wildly popular German indie drama based on real events finally makes it our shores. While traveling across Cambodia, recent grad David Kross meets intoxicating barmaid-and-maybe-hooker Apinya Sakuljaroensuk. Romance ensues and love blooms, even as he discovers that she is HIV Positive. An … Continued

How not to write history

First, a note: the above states that this book is nearly 300 pages, a fair number for an introductory piece about the impact and history Black women in show business made in the 20th century. Once you crack the spine, however, “How It Feels to Be Free” turns into a pamphlet, with 100 of those … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Think back, way back, all the way to spring 2014.  If you’re a reader on the reg, you’ll remember that I set a new mantra in place for myself.  Gone would be the worn path that I had traveled the past decade in search of new challenges.  I wasn’t out to change the world, just … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is Thursday at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   WED AUG 20 Baxter’s 942: Craig Morgan w/special guest John King; 10 p.m., … Continued


1. <music> Wednesday, Aug. 20  William Hooker Trio  Dreamland 810 E. Market St. $10; 7 p.m. The William Hooker Trio plays like “Interstellar Space” era John Coltrane on fire, like jazz with a mission. That mission happens to be at Dreamland Wednesday, Aug. 20, as the trio light the room up with their particularly … Continued