12/08 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Do eelskin wallets demagnetize bank teller cards? In Star Trek, what exactly are "star dates"? You've got the questions and Cecil Adams is the man with the answers, as we welcome The Straight Dope to City Pages every Friday.

Where were you when you heard the news that John Lennon had been killed? Head over to the Walsh Files and tell Jim.

THESE DAYS

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is buying the Hard Rock franchise, including its massive collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, in a $965 million deal with British casino and hotel company Rank Group PLC.

Portland's so-called "festival street" seeks to reclaim streets used by cars as public places for people—blurring the boundary between pedestrians and automobiles by removing sidewalks and traffic devices.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

In Los Angeles, eccentric director David Lynch blogs the weather report, in Minnesota, the not-so-eccentric Paul Douglas will have to do.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Walt Disney presents the Story of Menstruation

Joel Schumacher directs Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston, and a freaked-out Jim Carrey, whose character becomes increasingly convinced that an obscure and dark book called The Number 23 is based on his own life.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The only thing that comes close to this is dueling."

— Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Michael Wilkins, discussing the case of a 13-year-old girl having consensual sex with her 12-year-old boyfriend, and both being considered victims and offenders under state law prohibiting sex with someone under age 14

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