Cards Squeeze the Orange, and More Local News

Cardinals

Last night the Louisville Cardinals outlasted the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, fresh (excuse the pun) off a win over Georgetown on Saturday, by 61-50 at Freedom Hall. Again, the Cards’ defense was the story of the game, as they grabbed a season-high 53 rebounds. However, their offense was nearly non-existent in the first half, as they shot only 27-percent from the floor. Thankfully, a little Rick Pitino reverse-psychology seemed to do the trick:

In Saturday’s 80-72 win at Providence, the Cards were outrebounded 44-41. Pitino repeatedly told them they would have “not 10 percent, not 5 percent but a zero percent chance” to beat the athletic Orange (17-10, 7-7) with a similar effort.

“They took it to heart,” Pitino said.

In other Cardinal athletic news, don’t forget that Friday is the baseball team’s season opener, 2 pm at Jim Patterson Stadium versus Cleveland State.

smokin'

In other Louisville news from today’s Courier-Journal, a study by the UK College of Public Health claims that toxins found in restaurants and bars dropped by 97% since the smoking ban took effect in July. I haven’t had a chance to actually see or read the report (it’s not on the UKCPH site yet, as far as I can tell), but that sounds pretty definitive. Yet, some Louisville restaurant and bar owners aren’t giving up the fight:

Cres Bride, owner of two local bars and president of the Louisville Metro Hospitality Coalition, said he’s not surprised by the results, but there’s a larger issue at play.

“Primarily, first and foremost, the smoking ban is a freedom of rights issue for all restaurant and bar owners,” Bride said. “It’s about the freedom of bar or restaurant owners to run their business as they see fit without governmental interference.”

The hospitality coalition has fought the smoking ban and successfully sued to have an exemption for Churchill Downs removed from the ordinance.

“I just find it hypocritical that the people who run our government are so concerned with smoking habits, and yet are pushing so hard for casinos, when study after study shows gambling is disastrous for a society.”

Speaking of casinos, approximately 200 people rallied at the Capitol today in Frankfort against Governor Beshear’s casino proposal. That isn’t what I’d call amazing public turnout on the issue, but as mentioned here and many other places, opposition in the Legislature is quite formidable. Pol Watchers is reporting that Jodi Jenkins, D-Shively, has proposed an alternate plan that allows for only 9 casinos.

And briefly, be careful what craigslist ads you answer: Louisville Metro Police may be watching (from the 2nd item):

Twenty-seven people were arrested on prostitution charges this weekend after Louisville Metro Police placed ads on craigslist, a popular Internet site that provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, personals, services and events.

Detectives placed an ad in the Web site’s classified section for erotic services, said Alicia Smiley, a police spokeswoman.

The officers arranged to meet the men who responded at a location on Phillips Lane on Friday and Saturday, Smiley said. When each man arrived, he was arrested and charged with prostitution, Smiley said.

Yikes.

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