Day: July 22, 2016

LEO Weekly’s parent buys Voice-Tribune, other Blue Equity pubs

Terms of the deal, announced this afternoon, weren’t disclosed by seller Blue Equity Publishing or the buyer, Lifestyle Media, which publishes LEO Weeklyaccording to The Courier-Journal.

The sale includes The Voice-Tribune, a weekly dating to 1949 that focuses on society and party news; The Voice of Louisville magazine, and Modern Louisville, a newer title that targets the LGBT market.

Blue Equity Publishing has been a subsidiary of private-equity firm Blue Equity LLC since 2007.

Restaurant regulations 101: Risk factors companies face in the course of their business

Publicly traded companies disclose an array of risks to their businesses in annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawsuits and other legal proceedings are a big one, because they can spur huge monetary awards to plaintiffs.

Here are relevant passages from the “Risk Factors” section of the annual 10-K reports for three restaurant chain giants that are occasionally drawn into crime news stories; links are to the reports themselves. Continue reading “Restaurant regulations 101: Risk factors companies face in the course of their business”

No duh! We’re definitely not getting the blues over Lawrence’s beefcake-y British ‘X-Men’ personal trainer

Jennifer LawrenceBoulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Two starsStop the presses — but not the bench presses, of course!

The British personal trainer who helped Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender get in shape for 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has revealed his six secrets for getting in shape, starting with No. 1 which is to . . . start.

“A lot of people,” David Kingsbury tells Healthista, “spend time trying to get as much information together as possible, which for the most part is putting off the inevitable act of exercising more and eating less.”

David Kingsbury mug

Then there’s No. 2: burn more calories than you consume (to which Boulevard says: duh). And steps 3, 4, 5 and 6? Duh, duh, duh, and duh.

“But what about ‘cheat’ days?,” Healthista asks. “We all experience cravings for naughty foods, a quick sweet treat to boost our mood on a Wednesday afternoon, it’s only human. But we have to appreciate that the more naughty foods we eat, the slower our progress will be.”

Kingsbury, it turns out, admits he indulges as much as he wants, which seems to deflate his entire argument about eating a healthy diet. So, we here on Boulevard’s health and fitness news desk are going to ignore all his advice, and concentrate on the greasy hamburgers he and Jackman are eating here:

Kingsbury and Jackman

Photo, top: That’s Lawrence as her Mystique character from X-Men alongside Kingsbury.

Humana co-founder Jones gives $250K more to PAC aiming to flip state House, joining Trump and other heavy-hitters

David Jones Sr

David Jones Sr.‘s contribution is on top of the $200,000 he gave to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership last September, and $125,000 he gave in February 2014 — a total $575,000, according to new Federal Election Commission records.

The super PAC was created three years ago by allies of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to help Kentucky’s senior senator win re-election in 2014, according to The Courier-Journal.

Donald Trump

With McConnell’s win in November 2014, the PAC’s priority is now helping Republicans capture a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives this fall. If they succeed, Kentucky would be the last state government in the south to fall completely under GOP control.

Jones’ most recent donation came May 13, according to the PAC’s second-quarter report, and formed the bulk of the $290,000 receipts for the period. Since it was launched, the PAC has raised at least $8.3 million from 164 donors, according to FEC records. It had $5.5 million on hand at the end of the quarter.

Robert McNair

High-profile PAC donors include Donald Trump, the newly nominated GOP candidate for the White House; he gave $60,000 in October 2014 and May 2013. But Jones has been most generous, with his total $575,000 more than any other single donor, according to a Boulevard analysis of FEC records. Another top donor was Robert McNair of Houston, who gave $500,000 in September 2014; he’s founder and CEO of the NFL’s Houston Texans. And here are four more:

  • Lawrence F. DeGeorge of Jupiter, Fla., $500,000 in two donations, in July 2014 and November 2013. He lists his employer as venture capital firm LPL Investment Group
  • Christine Chao of New York, $400,000 in September 2014; she lists her occupation as self-employed. (McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, has a sister named Christine, but it’s unclear whether they two women are one in the same. Through the wealthy Chao family, McConnell is one of the richest U.S. senators, with as much as $43 million)
  • John W. Childs of Vero Beach, Fla., $390,000 combined in August and May 2014 and April 2013. He’s chairman of his namesake private-equity firm.
  • Murray Energy Corp. of St. Clarksville, Ohio, $300,000, also in September 2014. The coal producer announced earlier this month that it may lay off up to 4,400 coal miners by September in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Utah and Pennsylvania

Read this Boulevard spreadsheet to see all 164 donors.

GOP leads in June

Overall, the Kentucky Republican Party raised $209,000 in June, and spent $105,000, giving it $1.6 million in the bank, according to its FEC report for the month.

The Kentucky Democratic Party didn’t do nearly as well. The state Democratic Central Executive Committee took in only $68,000 during the month and spent $102,000, leaving just $72,651 on hand.

Video at Russian KFC: one man knocks another unconscious with ‘jaw-crushing right hook’; and U.K. man to be tried in horrific attack on 17-year-old at Hut

The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants*; updated 3:02 p.m.

Crime scene tapeAt a KFC in Russia, one man cold-cocked another diner out cold in an incident caught on video by a witness who described it as “the hardest punch I’ve ever seen.”

In the background of the video, according to the U.K.’s Daily Star, a large man dressed in a blue polo shirt engages in an escalating war of words with another diner in a pink sleeveless vest. The man in the vest appears to try and grab his dining partner, “but it’s clearly a mistake — the man in blue pushes him away “before launching a jaw-crushing right hook.”

The Daily Star story doesn’t say when the fight took place. Here’s the video:

Pizza Hut

In the U.K. 18 miles south of London, a 32-year-old man accused of raping, stabbing and kidnapping a teenage girl last month will face trial in November. The incident started at a Pizza Hut in Epsom, according to news reports.

The man, Costica Voedes of Epsom, has been charged with two counts of wounding with intent, two counts of rape, kidnap, false imprisonment, possession of an offensive weapon, affray and common assault, according to the Epsom Guardian. He will be tried at Guildford Crown Court on Nov. 21, with the trial expected to last seven days.

Voedes did not appear at a pre-trial preparation hearing at Guildford Crown Court yesterday, and so did not enter a plea, the Guardian said.

Surrey police said the charges relate to an incident that took place shortly after 10.30 p.m. on June 17 — a Friday — at the Pizza Hut restaurant on Waterloo Road and Court Recreation Ground. Police say Voedes burst into the outlet and dragged the 17-year-old girl outside, later raping her at a nearby recreation ground, according to the Sun.

A restaurant employee  who rushed to intervene was also attacked and injured, the Sun said.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.