7/13 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Jack Sparks discusses the Country Music Association Awards balloting and his picks at the Other Side of Country.

THESE DAYS

The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch, as Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine gave an informal pardon to Grace Sherwood, who 300 years ago became Virginia's only person convicted as a witch tried by water.

A man who robbed a New York bank fled on foot, but ended up losing his ill-gotten gains on the street to another thief who stole his haul.

A judge struck down part of a new Alaska law criminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying it conflicts with past decisions by the Alaska Supreme Court. Under the ruling, people could legally possess less than an ounce of marijuana in their homes.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Online journalist and former photojournalist Hart will be tracking the Lance-less Tour de France at his blog, Hart's Big Picture.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Nothing gets your day going like the great taste of Dwight Yoakam's Chicken Lickin's Chicken Fries [via Boing Boing]

Happy Nude Recreation Week!

Former Rocketboom host Amanda Congdon's Unboomed blog

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I would not work with those guys again if my life depended on it."

-- Former '60s teen idol Davy Jones, nixing a Monkees reunion

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