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LEXINGTON, Ky. — This tells the story of the University of Ken-

tucky’s 69-62 men’s basketball vic- tory over the University of Louis- ville on Saturday in Rupp Arena. UK’s two leading scorers, Mi- chael Kidd-Gil-

christ and Anthony Davis, each spent

time as the nation’s No. 1-rated high school prospect last season, and both will be lottery picks in the NBA draft when they decide to enter it. U of L’s leading scorer, Russ Smith, was an unheralded — some would say unknown — recruit out of New York City who was assumed to be transferring in search of playing time after last season. In this series, it is increasingly a

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season. In this series, it is increasingly a Eric Crawford Happy New Year for the fans

Happy New Year for the fans in blue because the stars, recruiting and otherwise, are aligned on their side. Against the heavily favored and No. 3-ranked Wildcats (13-1), No. 4 U of L (12-2) fought hard, absorbed runs, fouled prodigiously, got UK into foul trouble, tied the score in the second half and kept things close, even while not playing par- ticularly well. They did what they had to do to try to win the game,” UK coach John Calipari told radio voice Tom Leach on his postgame show. They muddied it up.” What U of L could not do, how- ever, was answer talent of the type that Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis bring to the court. Calipari is playing with blue chips. U of L coach Rick Pitino, by

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Neal’s

MSD

work

ends

Move comes as he re pays agenc y fo r wife’s party

By James Bruggers

jbruggers@courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal

The ongoing shake-up at the Metro- politan Sewer District now includes state Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville,

whose lucrative subcontract to do legal work for the agency for more than 10 years ended quietly a month ago. MSD board Chairman Arnold Celen- tano confirmed Friday that the MSD board agreed Nov. 28 that it wanted to break ties with Neal and conveyed those

wishes to the board’s attorney, Larry Zielke, whom Neal worked for as a sub- contractor. Documents pro- vided to the The Cou- rier-Journal under Kentucky’s open- records law show Neal has been paid at least $672,000 since 2006 for his legal ser- vices to the agency. He is a former MSD board member who served 11 years starting in 1979, in- cluding five as chair- man. MSD officials were silent Friday on their concerns

Sen. Gerald Neal

were silent Friday on their concerns Sen. Gerald Neal ON THE WEB Find this story at

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nal.com for a link

to other stories about MSD’s troubles.

about Neal, which MSD spokesman Steve Tedder said were discussed dur- ing a closed session of the board. Asked why the board was concerned about Neal, Celentano, who attended the Nov. 28 meeting, replied: I am not too sure. I will have to get back to you.” But Neal’s dismissal came a day be- fore MSD officials reported receiving a $1,938 reimbursement from Neal to cov- er part of the cost of a private retire- ment party in 2008 for Neal’s wife, Kathy Cooksie, who was the agency’s

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After winning his first political office by a razor-thin margin, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has received generally good re- views during his administration’s first year. A political novice whose only previous experience came in a failed run at the U.S. Senate in 2008, Fischer has had to cope with crises such as a fatal explosion at a Rubbertown factory and the sub- sequent failure of the city’s emer-

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gency alert system, and the fallout from highly critical audits of Met- ro Animal Services and the Metro- politan Sewer District that result- ed in management changes at both agencies. Since succeeding longtime Mayor Jerry Abramson last Janu- ary as only the second leader of Louisville’s merged government, Fischer has ordered reviews of several departments and of the merger itself, while also working to expand metro Louisville’s econ-

omy and confronting a budget im- balance that will persist into the new year. John David Dyche, a conserva- tive author whose columns appear in The Courier-Journal, said Fischer has had a successful first year — particularly at uniting the community behind his leadership after narrowly defeating Republi- can Hal Heiner in the general elec- tion. The evidence is in his good re- lationship with Metro Council Re- publicans on issues ranging from the budget to his handling of the

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FIRST-YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS

» The city recorded the creation of 3,800

new jobs in Louisville, with 65 companies moving or expanding here.

» The Fischer administration eliminated a $22.5 million budget deficit with an

influx of one-time cash and cost savings from various actions.

» The city secured a $4.9 million Bloom- berg grant to identify more-efficient ways to provide city services.

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the $30 million Whiskey Row Main Street development.

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KY

GAME: Talented Wildcats have the ho rses in fierce rivalr y with Louisville

and large, is playing with blue-collar guys. Of Piti-

no’s top three scorers going into the game, Smith came from a prep school and was

a surprise, Kyle Kuric

came initially as a non- scholarship player and

Chris Smith showed up at

U of L when his brother,

NBA player J.R. Smith, asked Pitino to give him a chance. They’re very good players — but not elite players. That’s no disrespect for

U of L, because it has talent

and will have more when McDonald’s All American Wayne Blackshear joins the team and its injured parts become healthier.

The Cardinals of today are

not the team they will be in

March. Saturday’s game does not define their sea-

son, but it very clearly de- fines them in relation to their cross-state rival. Lexington doesn’t have just the horse farms. It has

the horses.

This is the team I like

the most, just being a fan,

in the past five, six years

for Kentucky,” Pitino said.

There’s no — take this the right way — no distractions

in terms of the guys. Like,

Michael Gilchrist is one of the nicest young men; he

plays every possession as

if he’s going to die tomor-

row. Anthony Davis is a ter-

rific young man. So they’re

all great guys playing to-

gether, and they play very hard.”

Freshman shines

The scene for Calipari’s postgame radio show is al- ways a Kodak Kentucky moment. He walks across

the Rupp Arena court to sit

with Leach, while a crowd

larger than most South- eastern Conference teams

draw for actual games sits

in the stands to hear his

comments. Saturday, as if getting

ready to lead a choir, Cali- pari raised his hands to the crowd and said, his voice amplified, And we won ”

this game because The crowd, in unison, answered: Michael Kidd- Gilchrist.” The indomitable fresh- man never wavers. While

Calipari juggles his talent-

ed pieces — and he had to

adjust repeatedly for fouls on Saturday — Kidd-Gil- christ keeps churning. He finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds, two more re-

He finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds, two more re- Louisville's Russ Smith tries to

Louisville's Russ Smith tries to stop UK's Marquis Teague. Smith led the Cardinals with 30

points. PHOTOS BY BILL LUSTER/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL

bounds than U of L’s entire starting lineup. And he made the game’s biggest play. With UK up eight and about four min-

utes to play, the Wildcats had missed three straight shots before Kidd-Gil- christ waded in, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored while being fouled. His free throw made it 61- 50, and the Wildcats’ lead remained in double digits until the final seconds. He was vicious,” Cali- pari said.

Cards surge back

The game looked as if it might get out of hand early. UK led by as many as 15 in the first half, but when Da- vis, the 6-10 freshman who leads the nation in blocked

shots, left the game with two fouls, U of L began to get to the rim, scoring enough to put more defen- sive pressure on the Wild- cats. At the half, UK’s lead was only 36-33. With Davis back in the second half, however,

U of L couldn’t get to the

rim. He blocked the Cardi- nals’ first two shots, and their offense ground to a halt. How big is Anthony Davis?” Calipari said again to his postgame crowd, raising his hands, and cheers thundered down for the freshman who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. For a U of L team strug- gling to find ways to score, having Davis beneath the

basket proved too much. Russ Smith, who scored 30 points, found ways anyway. The rest of the Cardinals were handcuffed by the longer, more athletic Wild- cats. And many of them were saddled with fouls. It was a

bizarre, whistle-filled af- fair. U of L freshman Chane Behanan had three fouls inside of four min- utes. UK was shooting the bonus after 5½ minutes. The Wildcats got into ma- jor foul trouble, too, sitting down starting guards Mar- quis Teague and Doron Lamb with four fouls each early in the second half. Neither coach disputed the whistles. I think they were fouls, I really do,” Pitino said. I

NEAL: Reimb urses MSD; subcontr acting ends

human resources director.

Neal said in an interview

he suspects that was the is-

sue.

The MSD expenditure

of public funds for a pri-

vate party was found to be inappropriate in a scathing management audit by Ken- tucky Auditor Crit Luallen that was made public three weeks later, on Dec. 16. This was a board that was responding with an abundance of caution,” Neal said. Zielke did not return telephone calls or emails to discuss the matter. Tedder said board mem- bers did not instruct Zielke to drop Neal, but they raised concerns. Mr. Zielke said it was his subcontract, and he would take care of it,” Ted- der said. An hour after the meet-

ing ended, Zielke wrote an email to Paula Purifoy, MSD’s legal counsel, that said: Today, I notified Ger- ald Neal that his subcon- tract has ended with my firm to perform legal ser- vices for MSD. I requested

all

his files be returned to

my

firm. We will meet con-

tract requirements with in- house minority counsel.” Neal, who is black, had been hired to meet MSD re- quirements that a portion

of its contact work go to mi-

norities or women business

owners. Tedder said Neal has filled that role with MSD for more than a dec- ade. Neal denied he did any- thing wrong and said no money ever came to him for the party. He said he sent MSD the check as soon

as he learned that expense was being called into ques- tion. I don’t want anybody associating my name, rightly or wrongly, with the inappropriate use of public funds,” he said in an inter- view. The board's discussion about Neal was not includ- ed in the minutes of the Nov. 28 meeting. Tedder said there was no need be- cause the board took no ac- tion. Neal is just the latest ca- sualty of disclosures about MSD, many of which were first made public by The Courier-Journal.

Audit triggers personnel changes

Luallen’s audit, done for Mayor Greg Fischer, found MSD beset by poor management, lax business practices, conflicts of in- terest and wasteful spend- ing. The agency has an op- erating budget of $110 mil- lion and a capital budget this year of more than $200 million. This year, Fischer has replaced four of MSD’s eight board members and is looking for replace- ments for three others who recently quit, and for Ce- lentano, who has promised to step down after a re- placement is found and confirmed by the Metro Council. Fischer, on Dec. 16, also announced the pending re- tirement of MSD executive director Bud Schardein, who will serve in an adviso- ry role until his departure. And the former chief engi- neer previously left after

the newspaper reported a conflict of interest that was later included in Lual- len’s audit. Zielke’s own role with

office. Neal said he can’t re- member the details of the billing, which he said in- volved audio-visual ser-

the agency is also changing

vices at a local hotel. But he

in

the wake of the release

said he recognizes that had

of

the audit. In August, the

MSD refused to pay the

MSD board altered Zielke’s contract from year-to-year to month-to-month, run- ning through the comple- tion of the Dec. 16 audit. Interim Executive Di- rector Greg Heitzman, who took over that same day, has informed Zielke, who has represented MSD

bill, the hotel would have looked to him to for pay- ment. I stepped up to the plate, doing what was ap- propriate under the cir- cumstances,” he said. Neal’s wife also was re- ferred to in the audit, al- though not by name.

for 25 years, not to take on any new MSD matters and

The newspaper in May reported that Schardein

to

focus on anything that

had boosted Cooksie’s pay

is

time-sensitive related to

by $27,580 over the last 22

court actions,” Tedder said. Tedder said the MSD board, which next meets

months of her career, ef- fectively increasing her government pension. Schardein said he was

Jan. 9, needs to decide how

merely trying to keep her

it will handle future legal

services. The audit recom- mended that legal services be competitively bid.

Hotel bill

questioned

Luallen called the $1,938 hotel bill for Cooksie’s re- tirement party a personal expense that should not have been partially offset using MSD funds.” She said the party payment was one of the issues she was going to point out to Louis- ville Metro Police for an in- vestigation of whether any crime was committed. Officer Carey Klain, a police spokeswoman, said the department’s Public In- tegrity Unit has received Luallen’s report and would discuss any conclusions with the Jefferson County commonwealth attorney's

pension the same during a time when retirement ben- efit calculations were changing. But state offi- cials at the time said Schar- dein made a mistake re- garding the deadline for retiring under the more generous pension formula. Luallen recounted those circumstances in the audit and cited Schardein’s er- ror, saying he had failed to confirm how the salary boost would increase her retirement. Neal said he was frus- trated to be brought into the MSD controversy. There was no intention to do anything that was not appropriate or proper,” he said. I am feeling like I am sort of in a swirl here.”

Reporter James Bruggers can be reached at (502) 582-4645.

Reporter James Bruggers can be reached at (502) 582-4645. Kentucky's Darius Miller, who scored 7 points,

Kentucky's Darius Miller, who scored 7 points, defends against Louisville's Kevin Ware.

kept saying to your guys, ‘You fouled him.’ … They’re fouls.” UK made just 17 of 57 shots but hit 32 of 43 free throws. U of L nearly had more fouls (29) than re- bounds (31), and UK’s 57-31 edge on the boards was as big as the number looks.

You people make this game too big,” Calipari told

But

it’s a really big game when

his radio audience.

you win.” Pitino said he was proud

of his team. It is establish- ing a reputation as a team that will always fight back. But with Calipari’s recruit- ing revolving door still spinning, UK’s is the pro- gram that is running ahead.

Reach Eric Crawford at (502) 582-4372 or ecrawford@ courier-journal.com. Com- ment on this column or read his blog and past columns at www.courier-journal.com/ crawford.

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