12/22 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Pizzaman counts his automotive blessings during this yuletide season on the Streets of Pizza.

Chihuahuas using pee pads and ODing on cookie frosting: Christmastime with Diablo Cody on the Pussy Ranch.

Today's Song du Jour is by Joe Henry at the Walsh Files.

THESE DAYS

An unidentified CEO of a media company paid $280,000 for an original 1860 handwritten copy of the classic poem that begins "'Twas the night before Christmas" and read it to friends at a party.

A British mother who was criticized by a doctor for smoking a cigarette moments before her caesarean operation has won more than 44,000 pounds for her "hurt feelings."

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Nadja and Sean are blogging their way through the restoration of an old St. Paul home at American Four-Square Renewal.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds

When mathematical constants go on a blind date

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"She says things that come to her mouth, she's not smart, she's crude, she's ignorant and to be honest I look forward to suing Rosie... Rosie's been a loser for a long time. Her magazine failed, she got sued. She folded up like a tent."

— Donald Trump, in an interview with Access Hollywood, threatening to sue comedian Rosie O'Donnell for comments made on The View implying Trump staged the recent Miss USA press conference to help publicize the upcoming season of his show The Apprentice


"I was going to die. You don't have much time to say goodbye. I just said: 'Shit I'm going to die.'"

— New Zealand skydiving instructor Michael Holmes, after falling 15,000 feet when both of his parachutes failed, landing in a blackberry bush, and only suffering a punctured lung and a broken ankle


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