6/16: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Jack Sparks has reposted his Top 100 country songs and wants to know what you think. Head over to the Other Side of Country, give it a read, and give Sparks your two cents.

THESE DAYS

Indianapolis police have made an arrest following a bank robbery in which officials said the robber left behind his birth certificate.

New documents obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers may have publicly lied regarding the involvement of the Vice President's office in awarding a 2003 multi-billion dollar, no-bid contract to Kellogg Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton.

Actor Michael Madsen, best known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, has thrown his weight behind a web-based campaign to save Union 76 petrol station signs, otherwise known as the "76 Ball."

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

A pair of epicures nosh their way through Twin Cities restaurants at Two MN Foodies.

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TIME WASTERS (iPOD EDITION)

The portable music player and toilet paper dispenser: iCarta

The hottest thing in feminine protection: iPad

Apple develops multiple-user music player: iPod Maxi

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business."

-- Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of Louis Roederer, the company that produces Cristal, bemoaning its association with hip-hop culture in The Economist, prompting rapper Jay-Z to announce a boycott of the Champange

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