On the left: What was slated to be this week's cover of LEO Weekly, to go along with a story about west Louisville. On the right: What ended up being the cover, to go along with a column about golf.
On the left: What was slated to be this week’s LEO cover, to go along with a story about west Louisville. On the right: What ended up being the cover, to go along with a column about Tiger Woods.

I received a photo of today’s LEO Weekly cover via text this morning, and I initially thought perhaps it was a self-reflection about the grave mistakes new ownership has made in recent days. A dark prognostication — an acknowledgment of LEO’s grim future if great care isn’t taken to right the wrongs that have been done.

Now that would have been edgy.

Upon closer inspection, however, it became clear the illustration of a coffin being lowered into the ground was about golf. The headline: “Ziegler puts Tiger Woods to rest.”

Golf — that certainly fits with new owner Aaron Yarmuth’s life motto (inspired by “Arthur,” his favorite movie): “Isn’t fun the best thing to have?”

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Then my cell phone dinged again, this time with an email containing an image of what was originally slated to be on this week’s cover of LEO Weekly: A photo collage of west Louisville, which was to accompany a guide about all there is to do in the city’s West End neighborhoods.

That story still ran in the paper, though the author, Dana Duncan, has lamented on Facebook the fact that the many colorful photos meant to accompany the piece were excluded.

This doesn’t bode well for the future of a publication left with zero editorial staff, after editor Sara Havens and staff writer April Corbin were laid off on Friday, with the remaining two editorial employees — Peter Berkowitz and Joe Sonka — walking out on Monday.

Under the circumstances, it’s not surprising the alt-weekly’s website has not been updated to reflect today’s issue — after all, there’s no one left in the building with the knowledge to carry out that basic task.

Full disclosure: I served as editor of LEO Weekly before parting ways with the publication last year, when it was still owned by SouthComm.

 

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Sarah Kelley
Sarah Kelley has spent the past 15 years in journalism, pursuing a wide range of stories — from covering federal courts in Washington, D.C., including the trials of 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and former vice presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, to investigating prosecutorial misconduct in capital cases in Nashville, Tenn. In 2008, Sarah returned to her native Louisville to work for LEO Weekly, where she served as editor until 2013. Email Sarah at [email protected]