Week Around The Ists
DCist started its week, as the rest of the country did, with news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. A spontaneous celebration broke out at the White House, though we wondered if the hundreds of people who borrowed one of the city's shared bicycles to get to the celebration would be able to return them. After Osamamania cooled slightly, we considered a measure to put "No Taxation Without Representation" on the D.C. flag and applauded the Washington Post for realizing there are several young people in the District.
Elsewhere in the ist-a-verse...
- This week, Seattlest finally got the chance to opt out of receiving the yellow pages for good. We became increasingly exasperated the more we learned about what exactly our state’s governor weakened a medical marijuana bill. We became concerned about a local journalist who has gone missing in Syria. Finally, we couldn’t think of a single reason why the University of Washington Computer Science Department would want to program a computer to tell the most sophomoric joke on the planet at will.
- At Chicagoist, a local frat boy bar decided hosting an "Osama bin Laden is Rot'n" party may not have been a good idea. In non-bin Laden news, readers debated local gas prices setting a new record high. The north suburban home that served as the setting for Home Alone was listed for sale. The Chicago History Museum launched a first-of-its-kind exhibit on the history of gays in Chicago. And Mayor Richard M. Daley presided over his final City Council meeting.
- Bostonist witnessed Senator Scott Brown make himself look foolish by having to admit he didn't really see pictures of a very dead Osama bin Laden after telling everyone he saw pictures of a very dead Osama bin Laden. Democrats love this. The Herald compared him to Dan Quayle.
- Gothamist saw everyone going to Ground Zero, from crowds cheering in Osama bin Laden’s death on Sunday night to President Obama visiting the somber site. (Yes, the cops were there to detain a suspicious acting bicyclist when not parking in the bike lane for emergency pizza runs.) But the jingoism fell flat on the L train.
- SFist found out that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan doesn't believe Osama bin Laden is dead and that people are being robbed of their PBR 12-packs.
- Austinist learned that Trader Joe's is finally coming to Austin and welcomed the return of Arcade Fire.
- We watched as restaurant Pink Taco's live ass display galvanized the Twitterverse and as the local ABC affiliate apologized for an unfortunate Osama-Obama slip.