4/13 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

The College Republicans club at the University of Vermont was decertified after a $7,000 loan from the Student Government Association to pay Newt Gingrich for an October 2005 speech was not repaid. [via Undernews]

Mark McCarthy and colleagues at the University of Oxford found that small variations of the FTO gene on chromosome 16 may increase the risk of obesity.

A woman and her mother sued Best Buy and its Geek Squad computer repair team Wednesday, claiming they were legally responsible for dispatching a technician who allegedly videotaped the daughter taking a shower. [via ObscureStore]

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Alex, Matt, Elise, and Christopher Tassava blog about beer, REO Speedwagon working the Wal*Mart circuit, and Friday Poetry Blogging at After School Snack.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Head of a Traveler, Not Quite Dead Enough, Pick Your Victim: 1940's Paperback Mystery cover gallery

Kermit the Frog performing Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" [via ASS]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Butte blast blamed on leaking gas"

— Associated Press headline, from the Billings Gazette, about a natural gas explosion in Montana [via Reddit]


"From an adult perspective, one can see that the novels are full of cheap irony, insufferable sentimentality, paper thin characters, and forgettable plots."

— Powerline blogger Scott "Big Trunk" Johnson, mourning the passing of author Kurt Vonnegut


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