4/12 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Peter Schilling Jr. profiles Minnesota Twins pitcher Ramon Ortiz at Balls.

Check out the rehearsals for last night's Voltage fashion show at Catwalk Confessional Part VI.

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

THESE DAYS

The Ministry of Women and Child Development in India has revealed that more than half of Indian children have been sexually abused, prompting calls for tighter laws and mandatory sex education in schools.

When a new chocolate-colored sofa set was delivered to home in Brampton, Ontario, the homeowner was stunned to see packing labels describing the shade as "Nigger-brown."

In mid-March, Baidu launched a $15 million Japanese portal that allows users from China to access pages otherwise banned by Beijing—including porn.

Kurt Vonnegut RIP

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Libertarian and suburbanite Sean Aqui blogs about politics and world affairs from the moderate middle at Midtopia.

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TIME WASTERS

Norah Jones jazzes up Sesame Street with "Don't Know Y"

If you hate jeans that bind your legs, for $20 you can order a pair of Chuck Norris Action Jeans

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Kids like to see this clown carrying a cross. We would never consider hurting a clown, and we would never consider hurting Jesus."

— Rev. Tim Biren, of Minnesota State University's Catholic Newman Center, on last week's performance at the Ostrander Auditorium of the "Mime Passion Play"


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