5/10: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

The City Pages Store has reopened for business.

THESE DAYS

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson scuttled a deal with a prospective advertising contractor after the contractor admitted to having a problem with President Bush.

Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark. A Frenchman who claims to have invented the yellow smiley face back in 1968 is opposing the retail giant's move.

White blood cells from a unique breed of cancer-resistant mice have cured advanced cancers in normal mice, researchers report.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson discuss art, literature, and current events, with the occasional America's Next Top Model post thrown in, at SnarkMarket.

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TIME WASTERS

The theme to The Flintstones using hand farts

From McSweeney's: Unpublished Sequels to Famous Science-Fiction Novels

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I told my wife not to worry about it. They're not going to take anybody in the service who's autistic."

-- Paul Guinther, whose 18-year-old autistic son, Jared, was recruited by the Army to be a cavalry scout and is scheduled to leave for basic training August 16

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