7/12 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, and Tony Glover remember Minnesota-born music writer and folk revival pioneer Paul Nelson. Share your thoughts at Culture To Go.

Jim Walsh and Quinton Skinner remember Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett.

THESE DAYS

President Bush's most senior aides -- the ones who hold the coveted title of "assistant to the president" -- recently received a $4,200 cost-of-living bump-up in compensation and now earn a top pay rate of $165,200, according to an internal White House list of staff salaries.

According to a recent Lifetime Women's Pulse Poll survey of about 800 women, 47 percent of Gen Y respondents and 43 percent of Baby Boomers would choose a male boss. Thirty-one percent of Gen Yers and 28 percent of Boomers picked women.

MINNESOTA BLOG(S) OF THE DAY

Say something stupid in the city and you could end up on Overheard in Minneapolis, or its new rival, um, Overheard in Minneapolis.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

If loving another Muppet is wrong, I don't wanna be right: Ernest and Bertram

Rare Geek Squad Double Agent badge for sale on eBay

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Everything's cool."

-- 62-year-old guitarist Keith Richards, on the eve of the first concert of the Rolling Stones' European tour, on recovering from the head injury he sustained when he fell out of a tree in Fiji in April


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