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Willow the cat in Brooklyn
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  • Instigated by the growing staleness behind mainstream media’s stereotypes about the city, Seattlest exhibited some particularly ornery behavior this week; Amazon’s ludicrous book rental program only added fuel to the fire. Fortunately, Seattle’s very own xenophobic holiday helped to lighten the mood considerably.
  • Gothamist fell in love with the story of Willow the cat, who went missing in Colorado five years ago...only to turn up in New York City this week! While everyone's been imagining romantic adventures for her, it turns out someone scooped her up, thinking she was a stray, and brought her to Brooklyn.
  • SFist looked at how Tom Otterness's dog-snuff film past is rousing controversy in San Francisco.
  • Chicagoist was with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he announced Chicago would be the first city with a dedicated Foursquare badge. They also agreed with City Council's proposal to extend a ban on cell phone usage and texting to bicyclists and expanding the protected bike lane program.
  • DCist cataloged the (mostly domestic) terror threats made against the city in the ten years since the September 11 attacks, explained why its editors disregard the Associated Press style guide and use the capital-D “District" and, to top it off, offered up some names for the Zoo’s baby red pandas.
  • Bostonist witnessed the arrival of Elizabeth Warren on the Senate campaign trail. We regretfully observed the death of Kara Kennedy Allen, the late Senator Ted Kennedy's oldest child, at the age of 51.
  • Shanghaiist peeked at some NSFW artwork at Shanghai's Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair.
  • Now that the era of red-light cameras is ending in Los Angeles, we wondered if longer yellow lights can make streets safer.