A little Q&A with a Louisville whiz kid: Stephen Gaghan passed on an HBO blockbuster. But heâ€™s made out all right
Stephen Gaghan is a man with more talent and life experience than most of the rest of us could ever hope to understand. Our city his sent forth some fine artists, but so far only one â€” Gaghan â€” has won an Oscar (screenwriting for â€œTraffic,â€ in 2001). The signal fact of his success as a storyteller is that his ability to write and move people emotionally was forged in the crisis of drug addiction. And his ability was not destroyed by that addiction. The specter of dope, and dependency in general, hangs heavily over his best works (â€œTraffic,â€ â€œSyrianaâ€), and his best works are as good as anything American cinema has seen since the glory days of the Ashby-Hopper-Coppola-Altman-Scorsese 1970s.
There is no Kentucky law governing a pharmacist’s right to refuse to dispense medication based on personal beliefs, which leaves it up to individual pharmacies whether to fill prescriptions for drugs like Plan B. Here are some of the policies of Louisville’s major chain pharmacies, as well as Planned Parenthood.
Gov. Fletcher briefly transferred his powers to Lt. Gov. Pence so the governor could have his gall bladder removed. The gall bladder â€” the bodyâ€™s metaphorical repository for repressed anger â€” had been shot full of lead by vice president Dick Cheney. (In Cheneyâ€™s defense, itâ€™s hard to draw a bead on Fletcher and not hit gall.) Left with a nasty bloodstream infection, Fletcher and gall, sans bladder, recuperated in a Lexington hospital, where he pardoned several hospital employees.
A bill in the general assembly would allow for the creation of a localized Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Hereâ€™s why thatâ€™s essential.
Thumping heavy music blares over loudspeakers. The crowd in the small gymnasium grows louder. At the rear, a grim-faced man with a shaved head and tattoos emerges from the locker room. By all appearances, he has a bad attitude. He shadowboxes. He hops around a bit, then gets patted down before entering a black chain-link cage.
Imagine Louisville hosting work by Cristo and Jeanne-Claude, the artistic duo who mounted The Gates last year, filling New Yorkâ€™s Central Park with large, billowing orange canopies. Or our city chosen as the site for a powerful and socially ambitious artwork such as Kyzysztof Wodiczkoâ€™s â€œHiroshima Projection.â€
The truth. This year’s U of L Cardinals are simply a very mediocre basketball team. Whether it’s injuries (hey, a lot of teams are hurting), youth (hmmm, Kansas starts all first- and second-year guys), chemistry (this team couldn’t distinguish H20 from CO2), hoops savvy (quotient: nada) or recruiting (paging Chris Lofton), these Cards just don’t got it. And, as the season grinds on, the worser it gets. Plus, The Rick has done a lousy job discovering the team’s key. If there is one. What is that locksmith’s number?The antidote. Watch a tape of last season’s regional final. See the Cards’ snatch victory in a game they had no reason to win, through guile, grit and guts. Remember this, the game’s take charge guy — Larry O’Bannon — was so chained in The Rick’s doghouse after his sophomore season that he didn’t even make the traveling squad to the sub-regional in Birmingham. Which is to say, there is hope, as long as The Rick doesn’t go Roderick Rhodes on the newcomers who didn’t immediately meet his expectations and the kids are willing to stay the course and do the work.Arrivederci, Rajon. I’m told the “superstar” is gone, no matter what.
Itâ€™s hard to say who in their right mind would actually want to read every column LEO founder John Yarmuth has written since 1990, but the LEO office has recently had at least one potentially sadomasochistic visitor asking for them.
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Portland Museum presents Michael W. Farmerâ€™s â€œInside Outâ€ exhibit, Feb. 23-April 28, opening reception Feb. 23, 5:30pm, 2308 Portland Ave., 776-7678.
â€¢â€¢African American Heritage Foundation presents â€œOne More River to Cross,â€ silent auction and benefit, Feb. 24, 5:30-7pm, $25, Kentucky Center, 200 S. Fifth St., 583-4100.