Just a couple of GoodOil boys

Marty Hanka and Phil Inman would like to fuel your automobile with vegetable oilAll it took was two pints of Rich O’s house porter for Marty Hanka and Phil Inman to start a business. They decided that Louisvillians are ready for their cars to run on a dirt cheap alternative fuel, one as natural as the wind and as available as a hamburger.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Greatest Dickie V story ever told. A local hoops fan — she happens to be, irony of ironies, a Dookie — swears this story is true about her father’s last words. The gent was a major sports fan. He’d been comatose for a while. Family was gathered. TV was tuned to ESPN. A Dickie V-called game came on. Hearing the voice, he broke out of the coma. screaming, “Turn that son of a bitch off.” He fell back in the coma, passing away within the hour.

What a Week

Archdiocese to implement gaydar The Louisville Archdiocese admitted it’s not sure how to comply with a Vatican document barring priests with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies.” In the absence of a litmus test, the Archdiocese said it would run background checks to screen out men who know the difference between mousse and styling foam, and those who know their bed sheets’ thread count.

Putting the ‘butcher’ in Butchertown?

We’ve heard about the Ohio River Bridges Project for years. Butchertown will hear it for eonsIt was in 1966 that Jim Segrest first met Butchertown. Then a burg packed with quainter and more numerous slaughterhouses than the behemoths of recent memory, the neighborhood was also a burgeoning political seedbed, galvanized by a posse of housewives who’d been spending afternoons together at the Wesley House. The nabe was zoned industrial, and with the help of a rerouted Beargrass Creek — literally a floating dumpster — the city’s industrial tenants, pushed from downtown by pesky regulations about quality of life, moved in and began bringing the Stink. United in distress over city government offering their neighborhood to the highest industrial bidder, the Wesley House women eventually brought their clamor to City Hall.

Battle of the bills

Battle of the bills

It’s late in the session, and anxiety is the disorder of the day as laboring lawmakers make a final push to deliver their bills. And it’s not just the rank and file who are nervous. Late last week, House Speaker Jody Richards toted a tattered tally as he petitioned fellow reps to support a measure allowing police to stop drivers for not wearing seat belts.

Patriot Act under review

The controversial post-9/11 legislation has supporters and detractorsAs director of the Louisville Free Public Library, Craig Buthod trafficks in information.Just don’t mistake him for a cop.

Where’s the money?

In July, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that Kentucky ended its fiscal year with a $214 million budget surplus. But the extra cash won’t send state government on a spending spree — $90 million of that sum is allocated to a rainy-day fund, and the government faces a $132 million Medicaid deficit for 2006.

Imagine there’s no Arena Authority meeting. WOW! It’s easy if you try

The Louisville Arena Authority apparently won’t hold its regularly scheduled meeting next Monday because Chairman Jim Host summarily suspended the board’s work until the Jefferson County legislative delegation makes up its mind which site, LG&E or old Water Company, that it supports.

‘Old friends’ live another day: Musicians’ concessions save LO from bankruptcy

Bob Bernhardt turned to the audience during the Louisville Orchestra BB&T Night Lites performance last Thursday at the Brown Theatre, and spoke of the musicians behind him as his “longest, oldest friends in music.”

What a Week

A kick in the asphaltYour federal government, rubber-stamper of corrupt lobbyists, crumbling infrastructure, theocracy, spying on citizens and a $6 billion-per-month preemptive quagmire, finally found a project too egregious to stomach: a shady asphalt deal. The Feds put the kibosh on an adorable, gee-I-wonder-who-thought-that-up Kentucky House budget provision that would have required all interstate-construction projects to use asphalt instead of concrete. The House softened the blow for the asphalt lobby by proposing a 10-mile-high, all-asphalt Ten Commandments monument.