2/19 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

We remember Mary Poppins visual effects wizard Peter Ellenshaw at Corpus Obscurum.

Following Diablo Cody as she goes on location in Vancouver, visiting the set of her movie Juno, at Pussy Ranch.

We're happy to announce the release of our new Media Taster! The City Pages Media Taster lets you actually hear the great music you read about in City Pages—just launch, click, and listen. Simply download the Media Taster and you'll automatically receive a digital mixtape of music on a semi-regular basis (including free MP3s), legal and free of charge.

THESE DAYS

A bill introduced by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) would block social networking programs and websites like Fark and MySpace from computers at public libraries and schools.

A plywood poster bearing a spray-painted image of male genitals and the phrase "eat me," landed Youngtown, Arizona, mayoral candidate Ken Champagne in jail on Valentine's Day.

The number of waivers granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has grown about 65 percent in the last three years, increasing to 8,129 in 2006 from 4,918 in 2003, Department of Defense records show.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Reviews and information on upcoming books releases and author signings from the biggest independent bookstore in Minneapolis, Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The American Idol Rejection Algorithm

Don't read this during breakfast: One man's homoerotic encounter with Dick "Li'l Dickens" Cheney

A leathery Al Pacino joins George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Don Cheadle for one more heist: Ocean's 13

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I fear that radical Muslims who want to control the Middle East, and ultimately the world, would love to see 'In God We Trust' stricken from our money and replaced with 'In Muhammad We Trust.'"

— Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), Friday, February 16, advocating for the proposed troop surge in Iraq

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