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<LECTURE>Thursday, May 11Professor Dan Smith Before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his dream to the nation, the Greensboro Four dared to dream big. Living in the “separate but equal” South, Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain launched a series of sit-ins that captivated the national imagination and forced the integration of Woolworth’s lunch counters. Nearly 50 years later, their actions received due acclaim in the documentary “February One,” written and co-produced by University of Kentucky history professor Dan Smith. Filson Historical Society sponsors call this lecture “The Anatomy of Courage,” and in vivid detail, re-enactments, interviews and footage from the film validate the lofty title. The evening begins with a reception, followed by a showing of the documentary and a lecture by Smith. —Matt MattinglyFilson Historical Society 1310 S. Third$10 public, free members; 5:30 p.m.

What a Week

Bucks for ballsIn a move symbolic of Kentucky public-education politics, Gov. Fletcher ripped (vetoed) Higher Education a new one, making more money available for basketball. Louisville got $75 million for the new basketball arena, but the governor denied $73 million that would have gone to support academics at U of L (and $312 million statewide). Further symbolic of Kentucky politics, the Cats took a much smaller hit than the Cards, winning the veto Dream Game $23 million to $73 million. Afterwards, everybody held hands, swayed and sang “My Old Kentucky Home (’Tis Stupid but the People Have Hoops).” Everybody, that is, but U of L president James Ramsey, who reprised his previous pro-arena hissy-fit with one threatening to walk away from the whole project.

ACLU eyes racial profiling

The ACLU of Kentucky is neutral on the issue of Derby cruising, but the civil rights organization is running a public education campaign to teach the community about racial profiling as it relates to cruising, particularly given that Louisville Metro Police plan to enforce ordinances this weekend that are not normally enforced.

The Official LEO Derby Survival Tout Sheet:

LEO: Giving Louisville the Finger since 1990When it comes to wagering, most Derby visitors think of the card at Churchill Downs as the main event. But there are lots of other events worth handicapping at Derby time. For instance, which celebrity is most likely to bare his ass? How many puddles of vomit will you have to sidestep during Derby Week? And when will the exact moment come when you'll run screaming from the whole Derby experience, crawl into the fetal position and weep softly into your Early Times Gato Del Sol decanter?  As usual, LEO comes to your rescue. Just use our handy LEO Tout Sheet, and you're sure to survive the most outrageous moments of Kentucky Derby 132.

There’s first, and there’s worst: You might pick the winner. Can you say which horses will bring up the rear?

When you get tired of the relentless Kentucky Derby hype and want to have a little fun, sit down with a couple of your friends and try to pick the horse that will finish last on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Understand, this is different than trying to pick the worst horse in the field. Sometimes, due to the vagaries of racing luck, the last-place Derby horse is just the one that had the worst trip.

Hi, I’m _____, and I’m running for Congress: A closer look at the 3rd District contenders

ABOUT THIS PACKAGE:This week LEO takes a closer look at the candidates running in the Democratic primary for the 3rd District Congressional seat. The winner of Tuesday’s primary takes on incumbent U.S. Rep. Anne Northup in November.

The madness of Derby cruising: There are two sides to the story — and the truth’s somewhere in the middle

BY PHILLIP BAILEYBecause I am young, black and outspoken, people often ask me about Derby cruising. That doesn’t surprise me, given cruising’s relationship to hip-hop culture, which, of course, means black.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

As The Boss sayeth (that would be Bruce from N.J., not Stemle from the sunnyside): “It’s hard to be a saint in the city.”It is that time of year again, you know. When LEO’s resident “turf experts” regale you with speed ratings and Dosage indexes and three-furlong clockings. Then Mr. Doolittle and maybe Mr. Reed — acclaimed and award-winning writers both, viz a viz the Sport of Kings — whittle the upcoming 20 horse Derby field down to, oh, say five or six possible winners.

That was Giacomo. This is Barbaro

Tell you one horse that won’t win the Derby — Giacomo.Well, Giacomo did win the 2005 Kentucky Derby, but even if he could be in it again this year, he wouldn’t win. Last year’s Derby was a great place for 50-1 shots. This year’s isn’t.

Get me rewrite: Some ‘celebs’ soak up Derby largess like a sponge

I’ve pored over the list of celebrities — and I use that term loosely — who will attend this year’s Derby and, frankly, I’m underwhelmed. Sorry, folks, but it’s definitely the B list. It’s heavy on has-beens, wannabes and others who dwell on Hollywood’s fringe. Mostly, it’s the same freeloaders who show up every year to suck up our hospitality but leave without buying so much as a country-ham sandwich, much less a race horse.