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- Gothamist watched as the Big Apple’s bicycle wars boiled over with a group of Brooklyn residents suing over a new bike lane in Park Slope (appropriately timed right before a public hearing about them) and reports of more bicyclist tickets. At least there was a bad half-ro haircut to lighten things up.
- Seattlest tried to get excited about the Pac-10 tournament, but got more fired up about our twin loves of Mad Men and high-speed rail coming together as one. A local man reveled in his wise decision to buy the URL www.charliesheenfanclub.com back in 2007 and Emerald City Comicon provided a veritable orgy for the eyes, some truth bombs, and a reminder for all the non-nerds out there why comics matter.
- Chicagoist was there for the highs and lows of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s week. The high? Quinn signed into law a repeal of the death penalty in Illinois. The low? Quinn also signed into law HB 3659, which would require online retailers to collect state sales tax from their Illinois affiliate programs. Amazon.com announced it was canceling its Illinois affiliate program before the ink on Quinn’s signature was dry and Overstock.com followed suit. Art Shay shared photographs of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley with readers. And readers were also mesmerized by a series of Chicago photos taken by the late director Stanley Kubrick’s days as a photojournalist.
- Bostonist was thrilled with a presidential visit this week. President Obama raised cash and talked education, and inspired a protest from a few Bay State Congressmen over budget cuts. Glen “Big Baby” Davis got his picture taken with the first baller. On a serious note, we followed the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and discovered several Boston connections to the tragedy.
- DCist shared another story of poor police/dog interaction, when a local resident claimed that a Park Police officer drew his weapon and threatened to shoot two dogs who were running off-leash inside Rock Creek Park. We also took a day trip to the best old-school Chinese/American buffet in the region, and had a good laugh when the president of the University of the District of Columbia’s said that flying coach would kill him.
- LAist celebrated the hand-tailored, local-minded, ideal-driven curatorial prowess of Los Angeles’ indie bookstores.
- Shanghaiist had a good laugh at a satirical op-ed which appeared on the Global Times lambasting Charlie Sheen’s lack of filial piety, and then received a barrage of emails from the paper’s editors.