2/13 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Peter S. Scholtes has your Mardi Gras in Minneapolis itinerary at Complicated Fun.

We remember the first Hispanic elected to the Minnesota House at Corpus Obscurum.

Download free MP3s from local artists such as Chris Koza, Stnnng, the Blind Shake, Tim Rally Gold, and more at Music To Go.

THESE DAYS

"The Safety Act" introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) would require ISPs to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations, and email traffic indefinitely.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week stated that, in the fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2006, Harvard University acquired 5,773,889 shares of stock in Blockbuster Inc., comprising an eight percent share of the company. [via Hacking Netflix]

Funding for the National Cancer Institute had been going up steadily for a decade, but now President Bush wants to cut the funding for the second year in a row, this time by $40 million.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Life's instruction manual, including what to do after a car accident, tips for college living, child care choices, and more, can be found in blog form at What Happens Now.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The 10 Least Romantic Love Song Lyrics from Cracked

Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, and other authors who wrote in the nude

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It makes sense that the Grammys—so soulless and bland—are headed by a man who saw Elvis on TV and thought: 'I want to be a record executive.'"

— David Marchese, discussing NARAS president Neil Portnoy's Grammy speech in a Salon.com review of the telecast

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