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40-year Courier-Journal reporter, family-kind of guy, Presbyterian, duplicate bridge player, IU grad, infantry-trained officer, former spy, Chisox fan

Wal-Mart refuses to change West End plan for store site near Broadway and Dixie — Rolling the dice, Wal-Mart will not submit a revised plan for its long-planned West Broadway store, despite strong encouragement to do so by the Louisville Metro Planning Commission that is weighing approval of the project.

Forecastle commits to 5 years at Waterfront — The Forecastle Festival, a three-day, home-grown celebration of some of the country's top music and art, has agreed to stage the huge event for at least another five years at Louisville's Waterfront Park. In recent years, Forecastle has attracted more than 60,000 people from nearly every state and a dozen foreign countries.

Louisville "green" infrastructure incentive program that offers matching funds for commercial projects designed to encourage businesses to invest in stormwater-management solutions — The city's Office of Sustainability has launched a "green" infrastructure incentive program that offers matching funds for commercial projects designed to encourage businesses to invest in stormwater-management solutions. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday that the program is now available to businesses that are seeking to make their facilities more environmentally friendly.

Louisville Urban League CEO Ben Richmond retiring — Ben Richmond, a cornerstone of local social activism for more than a quarter century and a major advocate of economic equality, is retiring as president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League. Richmond announced his impending retirement at an Urban League board meeting Tuesday, after serving as head of the civil-rights organization since 1987.

Extreme Park reopening after 2-week closure — The Louisville Extreme Park, closed since Jan. 7 to accommodate work on the Ohio River Bridges Project, will reopen Wednesday with some new facilities in an expanded area of the popular park.

Devotees celebrate Muhammad Ali's 73rd birthday — They shared stories and tributes to the Champ at a reception and charity dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center. They then walked over to the nearby Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to watch the world premier of the stage play, "And in This Corner.....Cassius Clay," a cooperative effort of StageOne Family Theatre, the Ali Center and the arts center.

Boat, RV show expects 40,000 — About 40,000 people are expected to attend the annual Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow sponsored by Progressive Insurance and set for Jan. 21-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The event is designed to offer boating, fishing, hunting and RV enthusiasts an opportunity to view, compare and purchase hundreds of the newest boats and recreational vehicles, plus a chance to browse booths showcasing outdoor gear, gadgets and destinations.

Newport Aquarium adding Shark Bridge — The Newport Aquarium is adding a feature called Shark Bridge for the 2015 season, the only suspension bridge in North America on which visitors can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks. The bridge is scheduled to open in mid-April - a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit's 385,000-gallon tank.

Sweet Adelines book Louisville for 75th in 2020 — More than 10,000 female vocalists are expected to attend the 75th anniversary convention of Sweet Adelines International when the group convenes in Louisville Oct. 12-17, 2020, at what will then be the newly revamped Kentucky International Convention Center. One of the world's largest singing organizations for women announced Wednesday that it has agreed to come to Louisville.

BBB calls IRS phone scam an 'epidemic' — The Louisville Better Business Bureau warns there is an 'epidemic" of scam telephone calls involving people representing themselves as Internal Revenue Service agents who try to trick people into giving them credit card information. "We have been getting multiple calls, nearly every day for the last two months," said Charles Mattingly, president of the bureau serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
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Jan 26, 2015

Exec Chef Bobby Benjamin leaving Union Common, coming back to Lou. Leaving Falls City Hospitality (Ton Bros, Hamm, Davis). Plans new eatery.

Jan 26, 2015

Camel lost his hump going under low railroad overpass. So now they call him Humphrey.

Jan 22, 2015

Louisville businessman Neville Blakemore fourth candidate to file for Kentucky state treasurer.

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