Hurricane Katrina, one year later: Have we learned anything?

Katrina’s winds shredded through the Gulf South like a giant scythe, but it was the flood in New Orleans that jolted the national psyche, leaving the deepest memory. The flood turned the Big Easy into a disaster zone, planting the image of a Third World backwater. When has the persona of a city been so altered so quickly, or a president so damaged by a singular event? 

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

MVP in the Sun. I ran into former Cardinal pigskin great Ken Porco as we were both buying new HDTVs before the upcoming season. We were talking U of L. A young clerk heard us and pulled up his shirtsleeve, showing off the Cardinal tattooed on his bicep. When advised that the relatively diminutive Porco starred in Louisville’s first bowl game, a 34-20 win in the ’58 Sun Bowl, the kid said, “No way!” Way!, dude. Porco ran for 119 yard on 20 carries, after future NFL great Lenny Lyles went down with a first quarter injury.

A woman for the ages: Helen Thomas chronicles the decline of American Media

Legendary journalist: and White House correspondent Helen Thomas worked since the Kennedy administration for United Press International wire service.The legendary journalist and White House correspondent, who worked since the Kennedy administration for United Press International wire service, is and always has been a firebrand, the most appealing of outlaws, the one who asks the nasty questions that tear off the emperor’s clothes. She’s always been gutsy, mostly because she knew she had to be: They’ll walk right over you if you’re not.

Won’t you be my artist?: Kaviar Forge & Gallery showcases neighbors’ art

Steve Eilers’ “The Harvest,”: part of a neighborhood-focused show at Kaviar Forge.I love to sing the praises of Louisville, especially its many strongly defined neighborhoods. Three of those neighborhoods in particular — Clifton, Crescent Hill and Clifton Heights — are home to art galleries, artist studios and the Frankfort Avenue Trolley (F.A.T.) Fridays.

City Strobe

Donovan Reynolds, WFPKIf mom says she loves you, check it outDonovan Reynolds is a newsman at heart. He estimates he’s spent two-thirds of his four decades in radio as a reporter. He’s probably a stickler for details. So he may have been surprised, during interviews and media coverage of his recent hiring as the new president of the Public Radio Partnership, that he wasn’t asked about his controversial departure from his previous job, from which he resigned on March 1 after uncovering evidence that three employees had engaged in unethical and illegal activities.

City Strobe

Unleashed 8.1: Another day, another dog ordinance draftVirtually everyone but Metro Council member Cheri Bryant Hamilton is now miffed by the so-called dangerous dog ordinance, a wide-ranging, 96-page behemoth now in its eighth draft, that would pose new license fees and requirements for owning, breeding, selling, training and walking an animal in Louisville. Hamilton, who sponsored the legislation and reportedly wrote the most recent draft without input from the task force convened to assist the process, didn’t get her wish Monday night: the Government Administration committee tabled the thing in anticipation of further discussion.

A trying life: Section 8 sustains Brooke Dickey and her children

Brooke Dickey’s family: is one of 8,400 in Louisville that relies on Section 8, a federal housing subsidy that began in 1974. Her house is neatly kept and gives lie to the stereotypes that surround Section 8. Photo by Geoff Oliver BugbeeThe facts of Brooke Dickey’s life will likely seem troubling to the average Louisvillian, a person who is fairly hard to identify except to say he or she earns around $30,000 a year and has about a 50-50 shot at owning a home, which is far better than the chances that he or she has a college degree. In these ways and more, Dickey is not average.

How to Survive a Louisville Zombie Attack: Words to live by if you encounter the undead

“ZOM-BIE: (Zom’be) n. also ZOM-BIES pl. 1. An animated corpse that feeds on living human flesh. 2. A voodoo spell that raises the dead. 3. A voodoo snake god. 4. One who moves or acts in a daze ‘like a zombie’ .” —The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. This essential text provided some information used in this article.

A bite worse than its bark?: Proposed dog legislation is harsh, vague all at once

It’s been at the front of every pet owner’s brain since late last year: The oft-praised, oft-feared “dog ordinance,” the proposed legislation that — if passed into law by the Metro Council — could add layers of difficulty to owning a pet in the City of Louisville. 

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

The fall/winter sports season draws nigh, a good time to reiterate this column’s raison d’etre. This is purely and simply a gossip column. Period. It is for entertainment purposes only.