1/18 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

In tandem with this week's cover story, The Neighbors You Don't Know, check out the photo essay by Mike Mosedale on a Dinkytown homeless encampment called Life in the "Clump of Woods."

Britt Robson discusses the smackdown the Hawks gave the Timberwolves last night at Balls.

Peter S. Scholtes has three questions for the Godfather of Hip Hop, Afrika Bambaataa, at Culture To Go.

Diablo Cody gives us her take on the Golden Globes (and Russell Stover's Net Carb Peanut Butter Cups) at Pussy Ranch.

Jim Walsh goes after Garrison Keillor for knocking MySpace at the Walsh Files.

THESE DAYS

Hindus in Europe are opposing a German call for an European Union ban on the display of swastikas, the 5,000-year-old Hindu religious symbol that became the insignia of the Nazi Party, saying it was 'sacred' to the community.

An examination of the Defense Department database devoted to gathering information on potential threats to military facilities and personnel led to the deletion of 1,131 reports involving Americans, 186 of which dealt with "anti-military protests or demonstrations in the U.S."

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Show and production manager 9W blogs about the Golden Globes, memories of First Ave. shows past, and knee surgery at Stage Right... Stage Left.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Tom Dickson's Letterman-esque blender-promoting videos using pickled pigs feet, dancing princesses, an iPod, and more: Will It Blend?

Introducing Hawkeye, the scuba diving cat

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle... Life there was savage... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off."

— Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality's Science Advisory Committee, from a recently-published essay entitled Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History

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