Wushu performer in action, by dbmboise.
Top stories around the Ist-a-verse over the last seven days:
- Readers at Chicagoist had a lot to talk about this week. A Northwestern University professor was at the center of controversy after news broke that he allowed a live demonstration of a sex toy for students (warning: adult content). The man behind the “@MayorEmanuel” Twitter feed came clean to the Atlantic online. Chicagoist also filed reports from the IKC Dog Show at McCormick Place and the opening of a new grocery store in a “food desert” neighborhood.
- Gothamist was shocked when a dispute over a parking space turned into a fight that sent a woman into a coma.
- DCist spent its week pitting D.C.’s food scene against Philadelphia’s, decrying former mayor Marion Barry (whose Jaguar got booted) for his antiquated stance on marriage regulations — oh, right, and watching panda bears do the Dougie.
- Seattlest misses the Supersonics, but not as much as one man who filed a ballot initiative to replace our stodgy official state song with a tune recorded by our own Sir Mix-a-Lot for the Seattle Supersonics 1992-93 playoffs. This level of dedication makes our repeat title of “most miserable sports city” especially tough to swallow.
- Bostonist’s brain almost melted this week from the drug called Charlie Sheen. Carlos pissed off Salem’s warlocks by casting them in a negative light. Warlocks say they use their powers for good, and will perform some hocus pocus to cure him and stop the warlock bashing. Another unexpected sight caught our eye: Harvard welcomed the Navy ROTC back to campus after four decades of banishment.
- LAist was thrilled by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’ request to dismiss the ban on same-sex marriages until the Prop 8 appeal case is resolved.
- Shanghaiist saw yet another anti-gay Christianist rear his head in China.
- SFist busted a game publishing company that, during a game launch, released thousands of balloons and fliers into the air, many of which landed in the San Francisco Bay.