5/12: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Jim Walsh recites a MySpace poem for your enjoyment at Culture To Go.

THESE DAYS

With little initial guidance and flush with money after the Sept. 11 attacks, police and fire departments in Arizona shored up budget shortfalls and bought things like ATVs, Q-Tips and $50,000 worth of binoculars with nearly $178 million in Homeland Security Department grants.

Under regulations being considered by the Scottish Executive, pub owners, many unhappy about the country's smoking ban, would be required to have policies to promote "sensible eating" as a condition of their licenses, sending chips and pasties off the menu.

UCLA researchers discovered how an experimental drug, called Ro15-4513, binds to specific receptors on brain neurons, which helps explain how this drug stops the drunken behavioral symptoms of alcohol such as impaired motor coordination, memory loss and drowsiness.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

From Hue B. Mooksuki, the creator of the self-described "worst site ever," comes posts on autism, politics, movies, and original art at I Hate Huezine, the "worst blog ever."

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The next time you fly, please be sure to review all safety information, including "In the Event of Snakes on a Plane"

Ansel Adams's newly-rediscovered photos of Los Angeles

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Sen. Cal Larson says the Honeycrisp is the world's finest apple."

-- The Associated Press, reporting the recent 53-4 vote in the Minnesota Senate making the Honeycrisp apple the official state fruit


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