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.

Culture Preview: So, you want a spanking?

Photo courtesy of Mia Voraz: Dominatrix Mia VorazMia Voraz, an attractive 27-year-old brunette, is not your typical Louisville female. Four years ago she decided to take matters in hand, as it were, and become a professional dominatrix. This week Voraz will demonstrate her talents at an Erotic Art Show and BDSM Play Party with other nationally known presenters at the Chez Moi Art Gallery.

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.

Is this the future of public housing in Louisville?

Gentrification and the revamping of public housing, while not one and the same, are certainly related, and they form the crux of a civic story that’s been playing out nationally for a while now. Louisville has gotten a taste with Park DuValle and the new Liberty Green, and more appears to be on the way with the city’s recent announcement that it will raze Iroquois Homes. In this week’s cover story, the first in a series, Stephen George talks to people involved on all sides. —Cary Stemle, editor

Smart is as smart does: Reality says we may want to change our land use policies before it’s too late. But how?

‘Turned off the TV/ sat down to dinner/ phone rang, we were saying grace/grandma died, left us 60 acres/ the last of the old home place.’—James McMurtry, from his song “60 Acres”Almost 15 years ago, as a new reporter at a small-town weekly newspaper, I got a rude awakening about how our landscapes were changing. The county where I worked was quite large, and had long been agricultural. But farming had become cost-prohibitive for average folks, and many people who inherited family farms were choosing to sell to developers rather than beat their heads against the wall trying to work the land.