Felner’s Troubles Began in the 1980s

During what has now turned into literally hundreds of hours of research and investigation, Page One has uncovered information that suggests former UofL Dean Robert Felner’s troubles go back as far as the 1980s during his days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Multiple sources at UIUC who worked with Felner during his time at the school have revealed some interesting information. It should be noted, however, that no one we spoke with held any personal grudges against Felner, never offered personal opinions and made it very clear that they only want to deal with facts. So that’s what we’re going to do.

Felner was a member of the Clinical/Community PhD program in the Department of Psychology at UIUC from roughly 1986 to 1990 and was the program’s director (Director of Clinical Training) from 1987 to 1989. Sometime during the late fall of 1989 that program’s faculty (who selects the DCT) asked Felner to step down. According to our sources and our own research, no other DCT has ever been asked to step down.

Read the rest including details about why Felner was forced to step down after the jump…

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Landlord in Louisville Breaks Fairness Law

Some asshat who owns rental property at 1068 Cherokee Road in Louisville has certainly violated the Fairness Ordinance, which protects against discrimination against sexual orientation in the workplace, government and housing.

So we thought we’d publish some photos of the property, along with a sign that reads “NO GAYS” and a handbill with the asshat’s telephone number.

We called the number, 502.644.7000 only to be told that the apartment is on Craigslist and to be given another number to call, 502.452.6000. The Craigslist listing has been deleted but we figured it’d be worth our time to Google the second number.

The same person has a 1980 Mercedes 450 SL for sale and interestingly enough, left a comment using the name Billie Dixon on CMT’s Trick My Truck website begging the show to come trick her poor son’s truck out because he’ll be living in it. WTF?

He’s a good kid, earned a scholarship to Duke University when he was 12 but never wanted to go. Now he wants to go but can’t afford it. He applied to Florida Tech but couldn’t get the loan.

Austin keeps the truck about 10 miles out in the country where he is staying in an old camper about 12 feet long and has to cook outside. He works when he can with the guy that has the farm. He comes from a good family and I hate to admit it but he can’t park the truck in my driveway without the neighbors complaining. He was riding a motorcycle until a car hit him so now he rides a moped out to the truck. His dog, a big black one, rides in a large milk crate on the back. His dog Flash is well trained and goes everywhere with him. Sometimes people take pictures of them. Maybe the wreck on the motorcycle, an old Harley, didn’t help. He just can’t seem to focus on anything but going to Nc.

We have no idea if “NO GAYS” was written by the property owner (Billie J. Conley, according to the PVA website) or if they’re also responsible for the language on the handbill, but that’s not important. The property owner is responsible for their own signage and advertisement and if they allow something like this to go on for more than a few days, then, something’s wrong.

Basically, somebody in Metro Governent needs to step up and, you know, fine somebody and pretend they’re standing up for equality. Right now. So, Mayor Jer? His gay staffers? Metro Council? Why aren’t you screaming from the rafters at this very moment?

Oh, happy Monday!

And for anyone not familiar: Cherokee is the gayest area in Louisville. Gay, gay, gay. The hub of all activity, power and money. So this is really effing weird.

UPDATE: Check out what Rick is uncovering at The ‘Ville Voice:

Certainly there’s no proof that the gay-bashing written on the signs isn’t simple vandalism, but our sources tell us that the landlord in question has been accused of violating tenant rights by entering apartments without proper notice. She’s been accused of violations from the City’s Inspections department, and lost a lawsuit with neighbors over fencing.

The crazy is so thick it’s palpable!

Video of State Vehicle Abuse? Let’s See

What happens when you live 2.5 miles from your state office where you work as a Utility Regulatory & Safety Investigator? Why, you get a fancy take-home SUV. Not a terrible abuse of state vehicles, but still needless.

We have no idea why this person cannot drive 2.5 miles (roughly 4 or 5 minutes) before visiting a job site. Basically, we have no idea why anyone who works for the state and lives and works in Frankfort should have a take-home car.

But back to the story. A safety inspector who goes out before or after an accident occurs, not during, drives a gas hog SUV back and forth between home from work every day. He sometimes drives the vehicle home during the day, as the video below shows.

Some would argue (as someone in his office did) that the individual needs to have a take-homer because they could be called out at any hour and occasionally has to work in other areas of the state. But he lives 2.5 miles from the office. And like we said above, never goes out during an accident. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to pay mileage for the might-maybe-possibly-be-called-out once a year scenario than to pay for them to drive a gas hog SUV (we know– we drive a similar Jeep) home every night?

Rumor also has it this guy has been on the receiving end of a number of citizen complaints so he backs his car into his drive way. We’re not sure of that, really, and can’t verify it just yet. (If you’re in Frankfort and want to do so for us, have at it.)

Long story short: we’ve gotta stop throwing away millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs for ‘might be’ scenarios. It’s people like this who should have to pay a monthly fee (at minimum) for the privelige of taking a state vehicle home. The city of Louisville does it so surely to jeebus the Commonwealth of Kentucky can do it.

Video after the jump…

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Felner Investigation Rocks Kenosha, WI

We broke the story on Monday and since then it’s gone worldwide. You’ve read all about it and by now are probably tired of hearing about Robert Felner. The situation surrounding the criminal fraud investigation against him at the University of Louisville has literally rocked the world of higher education. No where is that more true than in Kenosha, Wisconsin where journalist Gary Kunich of the Kenosha News who has done more work on the story than anyone in Louisville could imagine.

As it turns out, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the school Felner was leaving UofL to preside over, knew all about Felner’s controversial past and were a-okay with it. Which has rightfully upset quite a few people.  But that’s not all…

Take a look at some highlights of Gary’s latest story:

University of Wisconsin-Parkside officials knew as early as last Friday that there was a federal investigation into Robert Felner when agents showed up at the chancellor’s office to take away boxes of paperwork he already sent here.
A joint investigation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Secret Service and the Postal Service is investigating a fraud case against Felner that involves at least $500,000 in money, potentially from $17 million in different grants. The Kenosha News learned the investigation is also looking into the purchase of illegal items.
“Dr. Felner had shipped up here a considerable number of papers and agents took six boxes of papers with them,” he said. “They returned Wednesday afternoon and returned some of those but took one more back with them. Our staff was not involved in looking through those boxes, so we don’t know what they took and what they left.”
Not everyone was as impressed with Felner’s credentials.

A Parkside university official said the search committee should have been concerned that he moved around too quickly from many colleges with little upward mobility.

NOTE: If you’re visiting the site for the first time or need a quick guide to the Felner/UofL story, hit the jump link for a round-up of everything so far.

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Page One & ‘Ville Voice Scandalizing The TeeVee – With an Update on the Felner-UofL Story

Did you notice the elephant in the room during Rick’s appearance this morning on the CW? When Rick arrived at the studio, Dan Spangler told him the Robert Felner-UofL story was too hot for the morning show to handle. The station’s general manager, Carol LaFever, said the morning show wasn’t the place for such hard news. She mentioned a rumor she’d heard that the attorney involved was upset with Page One’s coverage. So we asked her for a statement, and here’s what she said:

“Baldly put, this story is fascinating and lurid and terrible all at the same time – it deserves investigation and it’s getting that, in part thanks to you guys – but our show is a format for you to tell people about what you are doing, not to disseminate the story – I have some discomfort about what we might have heard this morning, as some of it lives in the realm of speculation – at least until the story rolls out further. I will continue to be a daily visitor to your website to see how it develops.”

If that’s not an indication that the story has become a monster, we’re not sure what is.

For the record: we spoke with journalists, news directors and managers from WLKY, WHAS, WDRB/Fox41 and the Courier-Journal and confirmed that Felner’s attorney has not attempted to silence coverage of this story.

So watch us be all scandalous on the teevee. Again. And every week.

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Felner’s Expenditures in RI Now Being Reviewed

The Neverending Story of Felner: Take XVII

According to Nancy Rodriguez of the Courier-Journal (which has yet to cite us, even though we offered to help the paper out with the story well before I decided to break it myself), The University of Rhode Island is now reviewing expenditures made by Robert Felner while he was employed there (1996-2003).

The federal investigation into allegations of mishandled funds at the University of Louisville has led another university to review grant expenditures made by the dean at the center of the investigation.


Felner was the director of URI’s School of Education until he left in 2003 to become U of L’s education dean, although he continued to serve on URI’s National Center on Public Education and Social Policy until 2006.

Scott C. Cox, Felner’s attorney, saw URI’s review as standard.

“I just think when accusations are made like this it would be normal for his prior employer to look at their records,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Based on traffic statistics for Page One today alone, we’re pretty sure everybody under the sun is reviewing anything ever touched by anyone if it involves a grant. Thousands upon thousands of visits from UofL, URI, UW-Parkside, Yale, every media outlet in the country.

Stay tuned.