Tyler Allen and J.C. Stites don’t fit the image of rabble-rousers, but the bright and energetic young Louisvillians have stirred up a few things with their concept for redesigning Interstate 64 along the Ohio River. You may have seen the signs or heard the phrase, but do you really know much about 8664? If you’re curious, turn to Stephen George’s cover story, which frames the issue in political and philosophical terms, and ultimately asks why Louisville can’t find a way to consider this Big Idea.
—Cary Stemle, editor

Have you driven an economy lately?: Ford cuts miss Louisville, but we’re not done with the gas-guzzler blues

A deep sigh of relief accompanied last week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co. would spare the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant from the latest flourish of the blade, both from city leaders and the families of the 8,719 people who work at the two Louisville plants.

In the spirit of Barry Jr.: Bingham handpicked rare French oratorio for Saturday’s free memorial concert

Right off hand, the musical selection for the Barry Bingham Jr. Memorial Concert this Saturday at Comstock Hall might not sound inspiring, as it includes an obscure work, which could bring every chance of putting the audience to sleep.

Killing the king: Too much, too hard leaves new ‘All the King’s Men’ in pieces

The novel “All the King’s Men,” written in 1946 by Kentucky-born author Robert Penn Warren, is a profound and timeless piece of work. It’s already been the subject of a 1949 Hollywood film that, unfortunately, was better executed than the new version that hits screens Friday. To find out more about the new version’s flaws, turn to Joseph Grove’s cover essay on page 14. —Cary Stemle, editor

Cease and desist: LMPD should stop using Tasers till more is known

Keep your Tasers in your holsters, officers. That is the message Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White needs to deliver to his force following the death of Larry Noles, the unarmed black man who was killed after being shocked by an officer last week.White has promised to re-evaluate his department’s use of stun guns if they are shown to have caused Noles’ death. But that misses the fundamental problem with Tasers: The stun guns should be shelved right now, and their use re-evaluated once the investigation and Noles’ autopsy are complete.  

The sun shines bright on My Old Lebowski Home

image by Bill GreenIt is no exaggeration to say that the Coen Brothers’ film “The Big Lebowski” has become well-loved enough to have seeped into the popular culture. It also seems nearly certain that Lebowski Fest — the fan-launched convention celebrating the film — is rapidly soaking through the otherwise moribund summer entertainment scene.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

A reader wondered last week why I’m obsessed with Howard Schnellenberger. Then Louisville battered Miami in the battle between two of his former teams. The Schnell on the victors: “It’s a great, great thing to have a new football program emerge on the national football hierarchy, particularly one that has such a fairy-tale story.” That’s why I love this pigskin poet. So this week I’m on a collision course with all Schnell all the time.

City Strobe: Please, enough with the negativity

As surely as the leaves turn in fall, Republicans in Louisville’s TV market have begun anew their negative campaign offensives. 3rd District U.S. Rep. Anne Northup launched an ad last week attacking Democratic contender and LEO founder John Yarmuth (who no longer has ties to the newspaper) for what her campaign calls a change in position on the gas tax and the senior prescription drug program. The ad ends with this contention: “Either John Yarmuth doesn’t know his own positions, or he’ll say anything to get elected,” and it compares Yarmuth’s most current TV ad (he has released two so far, both focused on issues and neither of which mentions Northup) to his LEO editorials.

CENSORED!: Ten big stories the nation’s major news media refused to cover last year

Project Censored was started nearly 30 years ago by a disillusioned former journalist who thought mainstream media simply ignored too many important stories, often in favor of “junk food” news. I wish I could report a reversal of that trend, but it’s only growing. That’s why this annual project is important, and that’s why LEO buys the package each year. We hope you can find a few moments to check the list (starting on page 14), and maybe even follow the provided links to learn more. Knowledge is power.

—Cary Stemle, editor

City Strobe

It’s the guzzling, stupidFord Motor Company hired a new president and chief executive officer to try to help the struggling automaker figure out why oh why oh why it’s losing money at the rate of about $3 billion per year. The company hired Alan Mulally, an expert from another polluting, fuel-guzzling, dangerous, totally screwed industry: air transportation. Mulally is the former leader of Boeing, a company whose products are widely admired for their lack of knee room and breathable air. Stepping aside to make way for Mulally is Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, who will stay at the helm but be given a padded office, with plenty of soft objects with no sharp edges to play with — but maybe a Hot Wheels set if he’s good.