breaking white silence (Rose)
Louisville SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) wants white people to stand up for racial justice. “The silence of a majority of white people in the face of this daily horror sets up the atmosphere and the on-the-ground reality in which more black and brown bodies will be cut down by police, and drive the possibility that more officers will be vulnerable to individual acts of rage,” the group said. More than 2,000 people have joined the group’s page on Faceplant.
Chief petty officer (Thorn)
Gov. Matt “Taking my ball and going home” Bevin has removed the name of former first lady Jane K. Beshear from the Capitol Education Center. Former Gov. Steve Beshear put it there because she had raised $250,000 for the center. You may recall that Bevin also kicked her off the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. What’s next? TPing the Beshears’ house?
Proud to be Kentuckian (Thorn)
While the world celebrated Juno’s arrival at Jupiter last week, a landmark scientific achievement, Kentucky paused to consider the opening of the Ark park, a waste of money, not even including the state tax breaks. Juno’s trip will answer questions mankind has had since the dawn of time — you know, when we hung with dinos just 6,000 years ago.
Get off my aural lawn (Thorn)
Maybe we’re getting old, but we know some of you also thought that the July Fourth fireworks bombardments went on way too long. Aren’t most fireworks illegal in Jefferson County? The cops must be deaf.
Gas mask city (Thorn)
Fireworks boosted soot levels in the air citywide, The Courier-Journal reported. The national standard for a 24-hour period is 35 micrograms per cubic meter. Locally, the highest readings were 191 at an air monitor at the Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Ave.
Homicide city (Thorn)
Deaths by homicide hit 55 on Independence Day with the slaying of a 3-year-old girl, as compared to 41 during the same period last year. Ten years ago, that number was 28.