WHAS radio personality and LEO Weekly columnist Francene Cucinello died last week after an apparent heart attack. She was 43. "Those of us at LEO who had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Francene are utterly shocked and deeply saddened by the news of her death," says LEO editor Sarah Kelley. "Her voice, while often controversial, was a mainstay in Louisville and beyond. She will be missed."

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has filed paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State's office to run for a third term representing the state's Third District in the House of Representatives. Yarmuth, a Democrat, founded the Louisville alt-weekly in 1990 and sold it in 2003 before first running for Congress in 2006. His campaign says he has raised $660,000 during the 2010 election cycle to date.

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In addition to his part-time work at LEO, Ron Jasin has over the past few years created gig posters for Shellac, My Morning Jacket, the Monsters of Folk, Band of Horses, and Connor Oberst. "This started out from staying up all night making flyers at Kinko's," he tells Louisville Mojo. "I feel really lucky to be able to do what I do for a living. In the end, I'm just a fan of the music like everybody else."

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Stephen George is leaving the Louisville alt-weekly in January to become editor of the Nashville City Paper. Current LEO news editor Sarah Kelley will replace him, becoming the paper's first female editor. George, a Louisville native, has been with LEO since 2005 and has served as editor since May 2008. Both LEO and the City Paper are owned by SouthComm.

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The Louisville alt-weekly won a total of 18 awards in the 2009 Metro Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Chapter. LEO, which was competing in the Metro Newspapers/Wire Services division, finished first in five categories: Column Writing, Feature Photography, Feature Writing, Health Reporting and Review/Criticism (which it swept).

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