City Strobe: Wage wars

Everybody knows that raising the minimum wage would help relatively few American workers, most of them teenagers and part-time employees. It would result in job losses and discourage companies from creating new jobs, ultimately leading to higher unemployment. And it would hurt small businesses. Wrong, wrong and wrong, according to Media Matters ( The media watchdog examined those frequently reported “facts” and found that none are true. In fact, citing numerous state and federal studies, Media Matters showed that payrolls and job growth went up and unemployment went down in states that increased the minimum wage in recent years compared to states that didn’t. Similarly, a study by the Economic Policy Institute ( showed that a majority of minimum-wage workers work full time. And a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute ( showed that the number of small businesses grew twice as quickly in states with higher minimum wages than in other states. A March 2006 Gallup poll showed that a majority of small business owners agree a hike in the minimum wage wouldn’t hurt them.

20 Questions with ‘Jeopardy’ champion Julie Dunlevy: Three-time game-show winner is challenged on her knowledge of

Julie Dunlevy: photo courtesy of Jeopardy! Productions Inc. Louisvillian Julie Dunlevy with “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek. Her four appearances, which aired last week, were filmed Nov. 7-8.By day Julie Dunlevy is a computer tech specialist at the University of Louisville’s health-sciences campus. By night she is a three-time winner on “Jeopardy,” taking home $75,800 after competing last week on the nationally televised game show. Cheered on by husband Pat and daughters Megan and Tricia, Julie, 47, said the strangest thing about being on “Jeopardy” was all the attention she’s gotten around town.

Rumor & Innuendo: Cardinal winter of discontent.

No rumor this week. No innuendo. Just one diehard’s opinion on the sad condition of his beloved U of L Cardinal hoopsters. It is a dumbfounding state of affairs. This team is not without talent. Rick Pitino hasn’t suddenly lost his abundant coaching faculties. Young teams in such a desultory state at the beginning of conference play have made runs to the NCAA. Kansas did last season.

City Strobe - Metro Council: Meet the new boss

The Louisville Metro Council elected Rick Blackwell, D-12, to its highest post last Thursday, putting to rest any rumors that the majority-wielding caucus couldn’t hold it together for a major vote — oh wait, passing the dog ordinance did that. Yeah, never mind.

Man on fire: A chat about the future

see: downtown development, housing, the arena, the Bridges Project and 8664 — with Mayor Jerry AbramsonMost of Mayor Jerry Abramson’s speeches, no matter the subject, are laden with a resounding sense of optimism. To his detractors, this may be his greatest and most annoying fault: If everything in Jerry’s World is always hopeful and sanguine, then he’s cheerleading, ignoring reality to make his impact seem more profound. Similarly, the speeches are easy rallying cries for his supporters, of which there are many: He cruised in the November election with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Art Splatters

The Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center has initiated an artist-in-residency program for emerging artists, which includes free studio space for a year. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Scott Scarboro at 895-3650 has more info. Ceramicist Tonya Johnson has moved her Payne Street Pottery to 531 N. Hite St. Call 896-0230 for info.

Documenting Iraq

On the cover ... BAGHDAD, May 7, 2003 — This photo by Molly Bingham, which will be on exhibit at Actors Theatre of Louisville, depicts United States soldiers searching a home, as they were going house to house along Baghdad’s Abu Nuas Street to find a room rumored to be full of Iraqi intelligence documents and computers. In the house next door to this one, U.S. soldiers did indeed find a room full of documents that they removed from the house premises.

City Strobe: This vandal has a steady, considered hand

The signage for Liberty Green, the mixed-income housing development now being constructed on the former footprint of downtown’s Clarksdale housing project, is innocuous enough: title, phone numbers one might dial to inquire about living there, artistic renditions of a few model buildings. But when driving by the fenced-in lots last weekend, we noticed an addition: Directly under the title, in neat, considered cursive, is this bit of graffiti: “Built On Broken Promises.” Until you read it closely, you might think it’s part of the actual sign — a weird thing for Metro Government to say about one of its flagship public-private housing projects.

DAVE BARRY 2006 YEAR IN REVIEW (BY DAVE BARRY), Tribune Media Services

It was a momentous year, a year of events that will echo in the annals of history the way a dropped plate of calamari echoes in an Italian restaurant with a tile floor. Decades from now, our grandchildren will come to us and say, “Tell us, Grandpa or Grandma as the case may be, what it was like to be alive in the year that Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears and Katie whatshername all had babies, although not necessarily in those combinations.” And we will smile wisely and emit a streamer of drool, because we will be very old and unable to hear them.

City Strobe: Neighbor to OLCH: It’s not you, it’s your volume

John Glenn wants to clear up a few things.The owner of a Hill Street apartment complex behind Old Louisville Coffeehouse loves what manager Peter Berkowitz has done with the place.“I am so thankful the coffeehouse is there,” said Glenn, 46, who, since October, has repeatedly called Metro Police about the venue’s amplified shows because he says they’re too loud. LEO reported a couple weeks ago that Berkowitz and Glenn were going to court over the matter. It’s now on the docket for Jan. 3.