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May 14, 2009

Paris Hilton Syndrome hits S.F.

San Francisco News - Paris Hilton Syndrome hits S.F. Animal Control - page 1

Apparently tons of people are dropping off unwanted chihuahuas, now that they aren't cool.

If ever you needed another reason to despise Paris Hilton — utter vapidity, being famous despite having no discernible talent, overuse of the teeth in her sole legitimate screen role — the folks at San Francisco Animal Care and Control (ACC) have found one. They are up to their ankles — literally — in Chihuahuas, a condition they blame on "Paris Hilton Syndrome."

Rebecca Katz, Animal Control's aptly named acting director, confirms that a couple of Chihuahuas a day are showing up on her doorstep; she currently has enough teacup dogs to start her own miniature Iditarod team. Chihuahuas make up about 20 percent of all the dogs at the shelter. It's a condition staff blame on the confluence of a lousy economy with "cultural" figures like Hilton as well as films like Legally Blonde or Beverly Hills Chihuahua, in which the purse dogs were feted as fashion accessories.

Detroit Mayor Throws First Brick In Glass-Breaking Ceremony For New Slum

Detroit Mayor Throws First Brick In Glass-Breaking Ceremony For New Slum | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

DETROIT—As community leaders and members of the press looked on, Detroit mayor David Bing proudly hurled the first brick this week in a window-shattering ceremony for the city's newest dilapidated slum.

The result of three years of construction work and more than $24,000 in public funds, the rat-infested and crime-ridden development was unveiled to the public on Tuesday.

"It is my great honor to introduce to you the brand new Baneberry Heights," announced Bing, gesturing to the ramshackle subdivision behind him. "Filthy, dangerous, filled with violence and blight: It's all here, and it's all completely falling apart."

If you're good at football it doesn't matter what crimes you commit

The Culture of Football, The Culture of Rape - Feministing

The University of Tennessee has extended a scholarship offer to Daniel Hood, "Mr. Football" at Knoxville Catholic High School.

Hood certainly has all the athletic credentials: he led Knoxville Catholic to a 15-0 record and a class 3A state title. For his prowess, he got himself 27 scholarship offers from schools across the country. Indeed, Hood's football highlight film on Rivals.com has been watched 17,594 times.

But then schools caught wind of the horrifying details of his 2003 conviction (something they began to refer to as his "character issue"). . . .

The grisly details are after the jump. I'm not posting it here in an effort to not depress everyone.

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"Raw Story | White House drug czar calls for end to ‘war on drugs

Raw Story | White House drug czar calls for end to ‘war on drugs’
“The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting ‘a war on drugs,’ a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use,” the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. “Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he told the paper. “We’re not at war with people in this country.” Kerlikowske’s statement signals the Obama administration is likely to moderate a policy that has taken heat from social activists, as effectively targeting poor and minority Americans. “Prior administrations talked about pushing treatment and reducing demand while continuing to focus primarily on a tough criminal-justice approach,” the Journal adds. “The Obama administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone, with treatment’s role growing relative to incarceration,” the paper summarized Kerlikowske as saying.