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Music editor Sarah Askari is blogging from SXSW at Culture To Go.

Cast your ballot now for the Best of the Twin Cities 2007 and you could win a $150 prize pack from the 2007 winners.

Shuffle your iTunes and give us your Friday Random Ten at American Idle.

Diablo Cody's dog Barnabas is ready for his close-up at the Pussy Ranch.

Download free MP3s from local artists such as Askeleton, the Hopefuls, Chris Koza, M.anifest, the Plastic Constellations, and more at Music To Go.

We remember the medical coordinator for the historic 1964 surgeon general report on smoking at Corpus Obscurum.

THESE DAYS (U.K. EDITION)

The Scottish town of Linlithgow is building a memorial to its most famous, albeit fictional, resident: Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original Star Trek.

Henry the hamster was rescued from inside a kitchen pipe in Tamworth, Staffordshire, by being sucked up on the end of a vacuum cleaner.

A British firefighter was docked one week's wages for taking time off to donate life-saving bone marrow to a teenage girl.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Minneapolitan Lisa Ray blogs about making Al Franken laugh, Scooby-Doo Gogurt, and marketing to children at Two Knives. Oh, and getting hit in the testicles.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

If you can't tell your Night Train from your Thunderbird, BumWine offers a crach course on the five most popular fortified wines.

The Winners of the 2007 Weblog Awards

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It ought to be God's agenda, not the Republican Party's agenda, that drives us. We're actually tired of being represented by people with a very narrow focus. We want to have a focus as big as God's focus."

— National Association of Evangelicals board member Rev. Paul de Vries, standing by NAE's Washington policy director, the Rev. Richard Cizik, and Cizik's focus on global warming


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