- Chicagoist’s “Countdown to Rahmageddon” concluded with the election of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor. With Emanuel’s election, the epic “Mayor Emanuel” Twitter feed came to a glorious end, and they broke the feed down by the numbers. But the biggest election surprise was the election of City Council’s first Asian-American alderman. Chicagoist also hosted an inspired live chat to discuss the election’s ramifications.
- Seattlest should be out looking for our mayor’s stolen bike instead of staying in and recapping the Lifetime movie about Amanda Knox. However people who actually do get out of the house should bone up on their hipster musician scruff with this awesome “name that beard” quiz.
- Shanghaiist watched as the Jasmine Revolution fizzled out. Our suspicions about whether Jon Huntsman showed up to the protests were confirmed and his name was censored from microblogs. As always NMA was there with an animated version of events.
- DCist experienced a crazy week in local politics: it was revealed that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown ordered two
Lincoln Navigators which cost the city thousands, a scandal that Brown proceeded to fib blatantly about; Sulaimon Brown, one of Mayor Vince Gray’s cronies who was given a cushy job inside the city government, was fired and escorted from his office by police — the Mayor then dodged the press, causing a showdown between reporters and city hall security; outside the District, Maryland’s legislature took a big step toward legalizing gay marriage. (Also: be sure to buy a copy of our new photography magazine!)
- Bostonist observed that at least two Bay State politicians praised the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. We’re not sure if the Boston Celtics can prevent a Lakers NBA title defense now that Kendrick Perkins was traded away. Massachusetts wandered into Wisconsin territory with a Unions vs. Tea Party rally on Wednesday at Beacon Hill. A Tea Partier said unions were “perverted,” and Congressman Michael Capuano said people should get “a little bloody.” Oh, and tonight is the Boston edition of the Oscars.
- Gothamist watched as an anti-choice group put up controversial billboard in Soho saying “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” Countless people were offended, and the advertising company took down the sign claiming concerns for people working in the building.
- LAist talked tunnels and imagined a transportation future where commuters could get from Ventura Boulevard to Wilshire in just six minutes.
- SFist cheered upon hearing news that Britney Spears will perform in the Castro, but jeered when a group of mourners at IHOP attacked a local FOX news team.