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Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Osborne cornhuskered! A couple of football seasons ago, Nebraska moved into the modern day when they rejected a legacy and hired pass-happy Bill Callahan as football coach in Lincoln. It’s been a rocky start. But those Big Red fans showed last Tuesday they are truly ready to move on. Former pigskin coach-cum-icon, Tom Osborne, lost the GOP gubernatorial primary. Say it ain’t so. A three-term congressman, the three-time “national champion” coach had never received less than 82 percent of the vote in an election. He’s quoted as telling his supporters: “This is a tough one to take.”

What a Week

Dull man walkingGovernor Ernie Fletcher was indicted in connection with the merit-system scandal that’s plagued most of his term. The misdemeanor charges include criminal conspiracy, misconduct, political discrimination and getting the verbs in his promises to “end waste, fraud and abuse” and “restore hope” backwards. The charges stem from accusations of political shenanigans at the Transportation Cabinet, an agency that coincidentally announced it is once again accepting bids to paint the Kennedy Bridge, a seven-year, $23-million failed project that has exhausted both the nation’s supply of bridge painters and the repertoires of local joke writers. If convicted, the governor faces a year in the pokey. On the bright side, his re-election campaign can save money by not having to come up with new slogans.

The cover-up always is worse than the crime

After 12 months of secret grand-jury testimony, a spate of search-and-seizure raids in the Capitol and other state government buildings, a steady process of fifth-amendment takers, 13 controversial pardons, untold small fortunes in lawyers fees, and a zillion editorials, the principal combatants in the commonwealth’s humiliating merit-system scandal haven’t budged an iota. To the contrary, both have dug in their heels deeper than ever.

Monster Mash: Governors vs. Attorneys General - Chandler says Fletcher ‘Guilty of Fraud on the Public’

Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s angry reaction to his indictments last week had a familiar ring to anyone who paid attention to the end stages of his embattled predecessor’s tenure.

Talkin’ ’bout a revolution: Markos ‘dailykos’ Moulitsas and the new grassroots

Just after Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory over Barry Goldwater — arguably the low point of conservative politics in late-20th century America — conservatives regrouped and set out on a decades-long campaign for political power.

Long ride to freedom

The language being foisted on the debate over Derby cruising has shown a profound range, from righteous indignation to benign denial. Words like “apartheid” have entered the discourse not sideways but head-on, as in accusations thereof, as city and police officials continue to call the lock-down on West Broadway a “success” in unmitigated terms. It’s essentially a default dismissal, some argue, until next year’s Thunder Over Louisville, when the debate will again begin and end over the course of about a month.

What will the neighbors think?

Any game show contestant takes the audience along for a suspenseful ride in the time leading up to the announcement of the grand prize. Imagine the stiff-grinning host cutting the tension in a booming voice, “You’ve won a free all-expenses-paid trip to Louisville!”

Fletch wounds?A Look at Anne Northup's Ties to the Doomed Governor and How They Might Affect Her This Election Year

A snake with a mortal wound can still discharge its venom. This is a natural, proven fact, and for some, a hard-learned lesson.

Give peace a chance: Seven Louisvillians are on a mission in Iran to change perceptions

It was no surprise, really, that Katharine Fulkerson was last — the final person accepted for a peace mission to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

What a Week

Dechubbin’ the childrenUnder an agreement brokered by former president and nugget-fan Bill Clinton, soft-drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo agreed to stop selling sugary sodas to all public schools nationwide by 2010. The agreement strengthens Kentucky’s rules and limits sales to water, milk, juices, diet soda, teas and sports drinks. Some students acknowledged the childhood obesity problem and expressed a willingness to get the sugar monkey off their backs by washing down their super-sized tater tots, pizza and sloppy joes with Gatorade, if that’s what it’ll take to make parents shut the hell up so they can get back to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and a couple after-school Twinkies and some Bagel Bites and maybe a frozen Snickers.