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House Judiciary Committee Will Reconsider Religious Freedom Bill

Just before the House adjourned Friday afternoon for a long weekend, Judiciary Committee Chair Wendell Willard announced that his committee will meet on Monday at 10 AM, presumably to take another stab at finding common ground that will...Show More Summary

Video: A 73-Year-Old Watch Repairman Talks About His Rising Rent In Queens

72-year-old Salim Shariff operates a watch repair business out of a closet-sized workspace in Jackson Heights, Queens. Below, Brandon Lavoie turns a camera on Shariff and his small, closet-sized shop, which he says is "$2,000 every month." Shariff adds, Every day is $71... after I eat, [after] I send my family." [ more › ]

Kiesza talks Atlanta tour kickoff, working with Duran Duran

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI Kiesza isn’t a household name yet, but thanks to the charming dance-pop hit “Hideaway” (and its even more delightful video), her recognizability quotient is on the rise. The Calgary native, 26, recently stormed.....

Seattle Driver Blocking Bicycle Lane to Cyclist: "I Literally Don't Give a Fuck About Anything You Say"

The driver parked in the cycle track, right in front of a sign telling her not to. YouTube This situation escalated quickly. SDOT In a video posted on Reddit (see below), a car driver appears to be parked directly in front of an official...Show More Summary

A Whale of a Tale: Karole Armitage's On the Nature of Things

My first thought as I sat in in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History when dancer Medumi Eda appeared under the scale model of a female blue whale was simply: we are so small. We are relatively small creatures, of course, as the museum space's large displays continually remind us. Show More Summary

CO Springs Lawmaker Calls Attack on Pregnant Woman a "Curse of God upon America"

You had the feeling it was just a matter of time until Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt said something, in his position as a lawmaker, that was so grotesque that it should be widely reported and thoroughly condemned. That time has arrived. The...Show More Summary

”cuz I was born a ramblin’ man’

I know what you’re thinking: “Wait … what? It’s not Friday!” And that, my friends, is where you would be wrong. You are too bound up in this official “calendar” thing. For me, Friday this week comes on Wednesday. I’m taking the next couple of days off to go rambling, so I thought I’d leave you poor working stiffs an appropriate parting gift:

What Do Plastic Bags Want to Tell Their Makers?

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

This plastic bag wants to tell its maker, a New Yorker, something. Anna May Dutton A passage in Timothy Morton's Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World recently lead to my discovery of Ramin Bahrani's masterpiece...Show More Summary

Morning Reads — Congratulations Edition

Congratulations to Mercer, Emory, Columbus State, Georgia Regents, West Georgia, Emory and Dalton State (who is in the NAIA D. 1 final) for qualifying for post-season collegiate basketball tournaments. Zodiaccupuncture by Aesop Rock....Show More Summary

St. Louis Zoo Expansion Presents Huge Opportunity for Dogtown

I am fascinated with the Dogtown area of St. Louis. This part of town is a gamisch of three neighborhoods including Clayton/Tamm, Franz Park and Hi-Pointe...maybe more depending on who's talking. Whatever the boundaries, I find this to be one of the more compelling, densely populated and "real" parts of town. Show More Summary

Seattle Band Theoretics Beat Up Vangelis's "Blade Runner Opening Theme"

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Seattle quintet Theoretics have remixed Vangelis's grandiloquent main theme for Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, bolstering the chugging rhythm with staunch backbeats and mostly dispensing with the first 90 or so seconds of atmosphere-setting and brass fanfares. Show More Summary

Pro gamer shaves beard to bring Xbox to sick kids

Michael Chaves' beard was magnificent: Jet black, thick as a Bavarian forest and a good 6 inches long, it was his trademark in the world of competitive video gaming, where he is known by the handle Flamesword. Toward the end of lastShow More Summary

Melika Bass: The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast at Hyde Park Art Center

3 days agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

When I read that the post-rock, Icelandic band Sigur Rós commissioned Melika Bass to direct and produce a music video for their composition, "Varðeldur," I wasn't terribly surprised. Bass' archetypical characters and magical components cohere with the subliminal sound that...

Top Three Reasons Why It’s Improper for Writer CW Nevius to Take Such Umbrage Over Larry Ellison Flying the Bermuda Flag in SF

TweetAll aboard: “#rubbingitin Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup” So I can confirm – yes, this is Larry Ellison’s big yacht, the Musashi. CW Nevius should know that as she was the only real “superyacht” that showed up for the […]

Is NYC Ready For A 10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee?

For seven years, proposals for a bag tax in New York City have floated around City Hall like a Duane Reade bag with a German accent. Now a group of City Councilmembers want to pass the tax by April 22nd, which also happens to be Earth Day. [ more › ]

What’s filming now? Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, Michelle Darnell, Being Mary Jane, plus five TV pilots

I don’t mean to alarm you, but the number of famous people in Atlanta has reached a critical mass. The recent spring thaw means we’ve got productions coming out the wazoo. It’s also television pilot season, and we’ve got five shows filming in north Georgia.

UPDATE: Facebook is Routinely Double-Parking Its Buses on Busy, Busy Masonic Avenue’s “NO STOPPING” Zone

TweetGet up to speed here. And now for an update since that last post. Here’s a 43 Masonic using the #3 southbound lane of Masonic to get from its Hayes stop to its Oak stop, with no interference from any Facebook double decker buses: But Here Comes The Zuck, down Fell, about to turn left […]

Wow, SFPD Enforcement Action at Oak and Masonic – Massive Number of Luxury / Electric Cars Pulled Over, Over and Over

TweetHere’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.) This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction […]

New York City Gun Shop Video May Not Be Real, But It Has the Gun Lobby Worried

Until recently, I was somewhat dismayed at the degree to which the digital side of the gun debate was so completely owned by the pro-gun crowd. Not that they don't deserve their fair share of the online environment, and not that they haven't worked tirelessly to bring this about. Show More Summary

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