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The ongoing shake-up at the Metro-politan Sewer District now includesstate Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville,whoselucrativesubcontracttodolegalwork for the agency for more than 10years ended quietly a month ago.MSD board Chairman Arnold Celen-tano confirmed Friday that the MSDboard agreed Nov. 28 that it wanted tobreak ties with Nealand conveyed thosewishestotheboard’sattorney, LarryZielke, whom Nealworked for as a sub-contractor.Documents pro-videdtotheTheCou-rier-Journal underKentucky’s open-records law showNealhasbeenpaidatleast $672,000 since2006forhislegalser-vices to the agency.He is a former MSDboard member whoserved 11 yearsstarting in 1979, in-cludingfiveaschair-man.MSD officialswere silent Fridayon their concernsabout Neal, whichMSD spokesmanSteve Tedder said were discussed dur-ing a closed session of the board.AskedwhytheboardwasconcernedaboutNeal,Celentano,whoattendedtheNov. 28 meeting, replied:
I am not toosure. I will have to get back to you.”But Neal’s dismissal came a day be-foreMSDofficialsreportedreceivinga$1,938reimbursementfromNealtocov-er part of the cost of a private retire-ment party in 2008 for Neal’s wife,Kathy Cooksie, who was the agency’s
Move comes as he repaysagency for wife’s party
Sen. Gerald Neal
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Afterwinninghisfirstpoliticaloffice by a razor-thin margin,Louisville Mayor Greg Fischerhas received generally good re-views during his administration’sfirstyear.A political novice whose onlyprevious experience came in afailed run at the U.S. Senate in2008,FischerhashadtocopewithcrisessuchasafatalexplosionataRubbertown factory and the sub-sequentfailureofthecity’semer-gencyalertsystem,andthefalloutfromhighlycriticalauditsofMet-roAnimalServicesandtheMetro-politanSewerDistrictthatresult-edinmanagementchangesatbothagencies.Since succeeding longtimeMayorJerryAbramsonlastJanu-ary as only the second leader ofLouisville’s merged government,Fischer has ordered reviews ofseveral departments and of themerger itself, while also workingtoexpandmetroLouisville’secon-omyandconfrontingabudgetim-balance that will persist into thenewyear.JohnDavidDyche,aconserva-tiveauthorwhosecolumnsappearin The Courier-Journal, saidFischer has had a successful firstyear — particularly at uniting thecommunity behind his leadershipafternarrowlydefeatingRepubli-canHalHeinerinthegeneralelec-tion.
Theevidenceisinhisgoodre-lationship with Metro Council Re-publicans on issues ranging fromthe budget to his handling of the
Fischer earns mostly good marks
The city recorded the creation of 3,800new jobs in Louisville, with 65 companiesmoving or expanding here.
The Fischer administration eliminated a$22.5 million budget deficit with aninflux of one-time cash and cost savingsfrom various actions.
The city secured a $4.9 million Bloom-berg grant to identify more-efficientways to provide city services.
The administration found buyers forthe $30 million Whiskey Row Main Streetdevelopment.
The administration also helped securefunds for the Big Four Bridge and beginning deck work.
It adopted a new policy requiring bidding for all city contracts.
The mayor ordered a citywide review of overtime pay and policies.
Mayor wraps up busy, eventful first year in office
Mayor Greg Fischer
LEXINGTON, Ky. — This tellsthestoryoftheUniversityofKen-tucky’s 69-62 men’s basketball vic-tory over the University of Louis-villeonSaturdayinRuppArena.UK’s two leading scorers, Mi-chael Kidd-Gil-christ and AnthonyDavis, each spenttime as the nation’sNo. 1-rated highschoolprospectlastseason, and bothwillbelotterypicksin the NBA draftwhentheydecidetoenterit.UofL’s leadingscorer, Russ Smith,was an unheralded — some wouldsayunknown—recruitoutofNewYork City who was assumed to betransferring in search of playingtimeafterlastseason.Inthisseries,itisincreasinglyaHappy New Year for the fans inblue because the stars, recruitingandotherwise,arealignedontheirside.AgainsttheheavilyfavoredandNo. 3-ranked Wildcats (13-1), No. 4UofL(12-2)foughthard,absorbedruns, fouled prodigiously, got UKinto foul trouble, tied the score inthe second half and kept thingsclose, even while not playing par-ticularlywell.
Theydidwhattheyhadtodototry to win the game,” UK coachJohn Calipari told radio voice TomLeachonhispostgameshow.
Theymuddieditup.”What UofL could not do, how-ever,wasanswertalentofthetypethat Kidd-Gilchrist and Davisbringtothecourt.Calipari is playing with bluechips. UofL coach Rick Pitino, by
Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who scored 24 points Saturday, shoots over Louisville's Jared Swopshire. Kidd-Gilchrist hauleddown19 rebounds, two more than the Cardinals’ entire starting lineup.
U of L has no answer when stars are aligned for Wildcats
KENTUCKY 69, LOUISVILLE 62
UK triumphed in ugly game.
Columnist Rick Bozich says Louisville’s offenseneeds major overhaul.
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Carla Means, center, and Michelle Means, right,watch the game at Brownie's The Shed Grille &Bar near Middletown. The crowd was split evenlybetween Kentucky and Louisville fans. Story, B1
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