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May 17, 2009

Ann Arbor News to publish final edition July 23

Ann Arbor News to publish final edition July 23

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Ann Arbor News plans to publish its last newspaper July 23, with a twice-weekly online-focused operation taking its place.

Publisher Laurel Champion announced the date Thursday in an e-mail to employees. The News reported in March it would cease publication after 174 years because of steep revenue losses.

A Web-based media company called AnnArbor.com will emerge. Although the new venture comes from the same owner, the Newhouse family's Advance Publications, officials have stressed that AnnArbor.com will be built from the ground up, with the new free Web site being more than the old newspaper delivered in a new format.

May 16, 2009

Russia has zero tolerance for gay people

Moscow police detain scores at gay pride rally

City officials had warned that they would not tolerate marches or rallies supporting the rights of gays and lesbians, but activists had targeted Moscow and the Eurovision contest to press their claims that Russia officially sanctions homophobia.

Moscow police spokesman Anatoly Listovetsky said 40 people were detained, but media reports said up to 80 had been seized. None of the protests in central Moscow took place near the capital's Olimpiysky Sports Complex, where the Eurovision concert being held live Saturday night.

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Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has drawn international criticism by describing homosexuality as "satanic" and seeking to justify official discrimination against gay people in Russia by claiming they help spread the AIDS virus. Luzhkov has banned gay pride rallies in recent years, and attempted marches by gay activists have typically ended in detentions and attacks by nationalist groups.

Back Before "Retard" Was Pejorative

YouTube - Corky's dryfire So, I came across this video...

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May 15, 2009

If you made an Obamicon, you must save Paste Magazine

bangs2.jpgYeah, Paste. They're the people who run obamicon.me. So, if you made one of <---- these delightful faux-Obama-poster things and thought you were clever, send 'em a buck. Apparently, they also have a music magazine that many musicians you like think doesn't suck.
As the global recession has continued, many of you have written us (especially as ad pages shrunk) to say, “If you ever need help, let us know.” That day has come. Today, we are launching the “Campaign to Save Paste" to raise money to keep Paste coming to your mailboxes and computer screens. If you are in a position to give even a little, please consider donating. As thanks for your generosity, over 70 amazing artists (including The Decemberists, Neko Case, Bob Mould, Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls, The Jayhawks, Brandi Carlile, John Roderick of The Long Winters, Patterson Hood, The Avett Brothers and Josh Ritter—with more to come) have gathered and donated rare & exclusive MP3s for all who join us in the campaign. Here's what artists are saying about why Paste should be saved.

Marijuana now stronger than ever

Marijuana potency surpasses 10 percent, U.S. says - CNN.com

The average potency of marijuana, which has risen steadily for three decades, has exceeded 10 percent for the first time, the U.S. government will report on Thursday.

Scientists working for the government predict that potency, as measured by the drug's concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC, will continue to rise.

At the University of Mississippi's Potency Monitoring Project, where thousands of samples of seized marijuana are tested every year, project director Mahmoud ElSohly said some samples have THC levels exceeding 30 percent.

The Wreck of the Grey Lady

sinking_ship.jpgIt struck an iceberg named Twitter. There were no survivors. Via @StefanieMurray, Ann Arbor News business columnist. Twitter Culture Wars at 'The Times': 'We Need a Zone of Trust,' Bill Keller Tells Staff | The New York Observer
On Monday, The New York Times Web chiefs held a meeting about the future of nytimes.com. They discussed several proposals being considered for the future of paid content on the Web. It was an internal meeting. The only thing is, many of the details of the meeting were broadcast to the world after several reporters—Jennifer 8. Lee, Michael Luo and Brian Stelter—wound up putting them on their Twitter feeds. At least two other reporters, including Louise Story and Don Von Natta, wound up retweeting Ms. Lee's posts. Gawker exuberantly posted the tweets; The Guardian wrote a story about it; and suddenly that private meeting wasn’t so private anymore. Sources told The Observer that many people in the newsroom weren’t pleased that the meetings got the "tweetment."