Slow News Day

Cats Lose

It’s a slow news day out there this Friday. Not surprising, we s’pose, considering the Wildcats lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last night, so Kentucky fans will have nothing to do for the next few weeks except cry and point the blame at either:

  1. Billy Gillespie
  2. Tubby Smith
  3. Injured Players
  4. The NCAA Selection Committe
  5. All of the above

We’d rather not get too into any debates about why they lost, so instead let’s do a roundup of whatever news we can find on this slow, but beautiful day.

Dozens sickened in parish church (from the Courier-Journal):

At least three dozen pupils at St. Martha Elementary School were sickened while in the parish church this morning, according to Louisville emergency officials.

About 400 pupils were in church when one child fainted and then several others started complaining of other ailments, such as headaches and nausea, said Dr. Neal Richmond, director of Metro Emergency Medical Services.

None of the children was seriously ill, but 34 students have been taken to area hospitals to be checked out, he said. A few others were being checked at the scene at 2825 Klondike Lane in the Buechel area.

What caused the children to become sick was not immediately clear. No chemicals or gases were found inside the sanctuary, said Maj. Richard Haines of Louisville Fire & Rescue.

Professional jobs increasing in Louisville (also from the C-J):

Louisville has a greater share of professional and technical jobs that pay well than regional competitors like Indianapolis and Memphis, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The report, to be released today by the nonprofit Greater Louisville Project, shows that nearly 36 percent of Louisville’s workers are in fields ranging from law and health care to finance and information technology.

And since 2000, the city has added those positions at a faster rate than nine of its peers in the Southeast and Midwest — including Nashville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus.

“We are just beginning to see some signs of momentum around trying to grow more of what we call ’21st century’ jobs,” said Carolyn Gatz, director of the nonpartisan civic group, which issues an annual update on efforts to make the city more competitive.

By the way, we haven’t commented on the Courier‘s web site redesign, mostly because our opinion is not too far out of line with the consensus. That is, it stinks.

Churchill looking for ‘Chief Party Officer’ to oversee Derby infield (from Business First):

Churchill Downs has launched a nationwide search to find someone to fill a brand new executive position — Chief Party Officer of the infield at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

As the official host of the infield party, the CPO will get to walk the Derby red carpet, participate in media interviews, and spend Derby Day in an elevated infield “boardroom” that includes private wagering machines and restrooms.

The CPO will get to choose seven “board members” with whom to share the experience, and those members each may bring three friends.

The CPO also will receive Derby merchandise valued at $500, while each board member will receive $300 in merchandise.

A video from Churchill Downs describing the kind of applicant being sought for the CPO position is available online at www.youtube.com/kentuckyderby.

The CPO contest is free and open to U.S. residents age 21 and older. Contestants must upload a video to www.youtube.com describing why they should be selected. They also must complete an online application at www.kentuckyderby.com/infield and include a link the YouTube video.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, April 13, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 15.

Yikes.

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