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The weeks starts out right when a sucker punch on the field lands Chicagoist in the middle of a Sox/Cubs throwdown and the fists continue to fly in the comments. Despite suburban resident Ms. Pinney's best little try no books will be banned anytime soon and the El is really really gross.

Houstonist is there to start compiling the punditry when when the guilty, guilty Enron verdict comes down. This guy seems to be able to build absolutely anything out of Legos and a threesome in the bathroom at Minute Maid Park gets a cop's badge yanked.

Is SFist under NSA surveillance and if so are you going to be put on a list for reading this? In matters less related to national security, the Netflix settlement has been reworked and critics seem less pissed off. Finally, Pogo the gorilla died this week.

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Shanghaiist hasn't seen M:I:3 yet, and they won't, because despite the fact that a bunch of the movie was shot there authorities have decided it won't be screened in China. Meanwhile some in the U.S. Congress are unhappy about another product of China (Lenovo laptops, formerly Thinkpads) making their way into the State Department. And Shanghaiist launches a dating site.

LAist has an interview series going on that they're calling "20 under 30." So far they have the guy who illustrates the iPod ads, an LA Weekly writer and an economist who studies decision making. LA suffers its second playoff disappointment of the season as the Clippers fall in the NBA playoffs and a local girl isn't the next American Idol.

Seattlest leaves the bright lights of the city behind and comes across a demanding Uncle Sam in billboard form. Are there any buildings worth saving in Seattle or should they just trash the thing and start over? And Pauls Toutonghi rides a wave of good press and Seattlest connections into town on a book tour.

Phillyist lives and writes in a clean and sober city. Not sober, actually, just clean. Camden Waterfront invites the full blog treatment and receives it (1,2,3) and a Phillies phenom starter feels a pop in his shoulder which is never a good thing for a starting pitcher to feel.

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Gothamist is either the target of an air attack or it's fleet week. Probably fleet week. NYC does seem to be under attack by the city's bouncers, though. A trend that continues this week when some guy shot a patron in the chest. New York City may be counter-striking by sending this food journalist out across America on junk food tour.

Bostonist goes from boring, old gray to blue-t-licious this week and wow are they looking hot. The Freedom Trail is a little less free than the name would imply this week and another of these ridiculously awesome RBI Baseball / historic game mashups are floating around.

Torontoist is boarding up the windows in preparation for former NYC club kid Peter Gatien's new Canadian nightspot. He may already have some competition: Toronto strippers are doing their pole thing to Arcade Fire, Bloc Part, Franz Ferdinand and other indie rock style bands. Is this happening all over? And Toronto has a really cool flag, but people want to change it anyway.

Compiled by Dan Gonsiorowski