8/17 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

Construction started in March to push the fences back 20 feet at the home of the Little League World Series, cutting the chances for homers and creating a more spacious outfield that should lead to more doubles and triples.

Wal-Mart has announced it is sending out what it terms a "voter education guide" to its 18,000 Iowa employees, criticizing Democratic politicians who have recently joined with the union-backed group "Wake Up Wal-Mart" for a series of rallies.

New Orleans Saints rookie running back Reggie Bush drew a fine from the NFL for wearing his new Adidas cleats. Only Nike or Reebok shoes are allowed during games because of a marketing partnership.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Minneapolitan Paul Allen delivers a priceless screed on hidden bonus tracks on CDs at 3 Minutes, 49 Seconds.

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TIME WASTERS

Pay WhoToHate.com five bucks and they'll send an e-mail to someone you know, telling them someone hates them. What do you mean my inbox is over the limit?

Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Luis Guzman, and Avril Lavigne star in director Richard Linklater's fictionalized version of the best-selling book Fast Food Nation.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It's been a very long 10 years, and I'm just sorry Patsy isn't here for me to hug her neck."

-- Attorney Lin Wood, announcing an arrest in the 1996 strangulation death of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, and bemoaning the fact JonBenet's mother, Patsy, passed away from ovarian cancer in June


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