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Austinist attended a town hall meeting about proposed noise ordinances that could undermine the city's future as the Live Music Capital of the World, and lamented the possible loss of Texas's only feminist bookstore. Throughout the week, they interviewed a bunch of indie fashion designers and D-I-Y websites—Etsy, Ornamental Things, 31 Corn Lane, and Aorta Designs—for the upcoming Stitch Fashion Show. They also did some extensive coverage of last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which featured over 80 indie rock/electronic/punk bands like Girl Talk and Battles—there's also a video recap of the festival, viewable in HD.

After initial reports of a container ship ramming into the Bay Bridge without much fuss, SFist saw the South Korean Cosco Busan spill

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over 58,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, causing widespread devastation to wildlife. Ick. Moving on from ecological crises and onto to existential ones, they also witnessed a UC Hastings law student's suicide attempt successfully thwarted. Top Yahoo executives apologized to the mother of a Chinese journalist that they helped imprison for pro-democracy effots. And does an abnormal amount of falafel purchasing lead to a trail of terrorist activities? At one point, the FBI sure thought so. Oh, and much to no one's surprise whatsoever, Mayor Gavin Newsom won four more years after last Tuesday's election. Ta-da.

Torontoist ended the week right, with an interview with Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida. They also featured a gorgeous VR panorama of the Four Seasons Centre, the city's beautiful new(ish) opera house; surveyed an old strip club ad; and dashed the hopes of Canadian Apple fans, who've been waiting for an iPhone for, like, ever. Oh, and their city totally set a record for the world's largest stocking.