Thorns & Roses: The best & worst (5/18)

Gov. Bevin’s potty mouth

The Bevinator has told school districts they can ignore newly issued federal guidelines that instruct public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. “… The federal government has no authority to interfere in local school districts’ bathroom policies,” Bevin said in a statement, adding that schools “should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation.” Good to know, Gov. Wallace, er … we mean, Gov. Bevin.

NRA, Part One

In a city reeling from gun violence — including a shooting at the Pegasus Parade — what makes better sense than to put out the welcome mat for the National Rifle Association this week? That is exactly what Possibility City needs — more guns, and more celebration of gun culture. Maybe you want to catch the seminar that asks the question, “Bad Reputation: Do These Guns Deserve a Bad Rap?” Yes, silly.

NRA, Part Two

So let’s get this straight: Donald Trump and his traveling circus of thugs will swarm Louisville for the NRA convention, while the city fills with gun-toting NRA members. What could go wrong?

Gold plated

You no longer have to drive to renew your license plate. Motorists can go online to renew standard, specialty and personalized license plates, according to the state Transportation Cabinet. Now if the state would only get rid of that coal plate.

Brown delivers hope

United Parcel Service will be part of an experiment to use drones to deliver blood and vaccines in Rwanda through a partnership with Zipline, a California-based robotics company, and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. The Rwandan government will use Zipline drones, which can make up to 150 deliveries a day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusing facilities located in the western half of the country.

But only if they bring back wrestling!

The long-idled, city-owned Louisville Gardens may remain a venue for events, rather than become condominiums or who knows what? A spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer told The Courier-Journal that his honor believes the century-old building  “is best redeveloped as it was originally constructed — as an event venue.” LEO design critic Steven Ward applauded the plan. “It shows that they are going after something with intention, not just pursuing The Deal.”