3/14: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Britt Robson breaks down last night's Timberwolves game at Balls!

Peter S. Scholtes remembers Gordon Parks at Culture To Go.

THESE DAYS

16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate -- a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use.

The state of Maryland stands poised to lose its entire $90 million investment in Diebold Election Systems Inc. touch-screen e-voting systems because they can't produce paper receipts.

In litigation and interviews with the Los Angeles Times, some former gallery owners depict devout Christian and "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade as a ruthless businessman who drove them to financial ruin at the same time he was fattening his business associates's bank accounts and feathering his nest with tens of millions of dollars.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Political Hack & Commentator bemoans the current state of his beloved Duluth at Less Than Common.

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TIME WASTERS

The winners of the 2006 Bloggies

What's your goth name? Fetal Mind... sweet.

Photos from the recent Lebowski Fest West, honoring the Coen Brothers movie protagonist.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"When you go to the store and buy three cans of tuna fish, buy a fourth and put it under the bed."

-- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, asking Americans to prepare for a possible flu pandemic


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