News Week Around the Ists By Emma G. Gallegos Published Sep 3, 2011 11:00 PM Photo by .-X via Flickr Stories like these are only possible with your help! Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you. Donate Now Monthly Donation One-Time Donation $5/mo $10/mo $15/mo $20/mo $60 $120 $180 $240 Continue Gothamist weathered through Hurricane Irene with little damage in NYC but the devastation was worse upstate, with damages expected to total $1 billion. One bright spot of Irene was camaraderie—and El Bloombito. DCist, having made it through the week of natural disasters, got back to business as usual — documenting misbehavior in the city’s government, like city Republicans accusing Councilmembers of inappropriately directing funds to partisan groups and a strip club which was built with funds that were supposed to be used to house people with HIV/AIDS. Chicagoist headed into the holiday weekend with the news that the city’s pot smokers pay a lot for their weed. Bostonist was beaten into submission by Hurricane Irene, briefly, this week. Irene turned into a power problem in Massachusetts, except for the Patriots, and truly devastated Vermont. Power outages dwindled throughout the week as questions increased for Hawaii-loving National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed. Austinist got wind of a University of Texas' professor's proposal for legally protecting ugly people. SFist watched at the BART protests turned the inevitable corner to BART counter-protests. (Only two arrests!) We found out that some drivers keep crossbows in their cars just in case they feel the need to fire at boys who throw rocks.