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Headline: For a select few, tradition tops gender

The average percentage of women elected to city and town councils and boards of selectmen and aldermen in Massachusetts dropped from 20 percent in 2003 to 17 percent in 2004, said Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass-Boston.

Wicked Bummed

Tommorrow will be 10 days since the Wicked Good Forum was deemed to be a "cesspool where the morally bankrupt can bellow"... a note from Ken today asking if I had heard anything.

I miss the forum, I miss the people, I don`t miss the strife that came with the Politics, Gay Marriage and War forums.


`Toine Returns!

Antoine Walker was reaquired by the Boston Celtics from the Atlanta Hawks just before the trade deadline for Gary Payton and a bag of rocks. Meanwhile Jiri Welsh was traded to Cleveland for a future draft pick.

Will this improve the Celtics playoff prospects?

Is Marcus Banks ready to be a full time NBA point guard?

Is Danny Ainge insane?

Stay tuned...


and the oscar for best short documentary goes to

well, damned if i know, but i did see all but one of the nominees monday night at the coolidge, plus last years winner.

Cheerleader A documentary about a jr cheerleading squad (ages seemd to be around 8-12 or so) working towards a bid at the national championships in florida. It examined the role of cheerleading through the years, as well as looking at how cheerleading affects the lives of these young girls. I was more than a little disturbed to see a nine year old flash her *spakies* (those things that cover cheerleaders undies) as part of a cheer, not to mention some of the other more *lavicious* moves. Not to sound like a neo-puritan, but arent we teaching young girls to be overtly sexual a little too early? It seemed a bit gross and disturbing. I find it especially ironic that this kind of stuff (along with those whacked out little miss beauty pageants) happen in those *red states*, where they get all up in a tizy about janet jacksons bare breast while teaching their toddlers to shake their fannies at adult male judges while wearing make-up and come hither looks. i'm just sayin. It was definately interesting.


Lipstick on a pig

Sure, it's shiny and gleaming, but when you get right down to it, the Silver Line through Roxbury and the South End is still just a bunch of buses, one subject to all the whims of Boston drivers, John writes:

The Silver Line never really sounded like a real transit line, and it's proved to be the fraud that many predicted.


Spectacular building

Carpundit is just loving the newly redone John Adams Courthouse (for you viewers at home, you can see it in the opening credits for "Boston Legal"):

... The only failing of the renovators, I think, was in their failing to secure permission to raze Center Plaza, which hides the courthouse from the city. Like City Hall and the JFK Federal Building, Center Plaza is an architectural insult that detracts from the city's old beauty. ...

Weekend concert reviews

Bradley sees, records and reviews Ida's show at the MFA on Sunday:

One of the best things about Ida is how relaxed them seem to be, how effortlessly their songs come across, how easily their three voices flow together. There's a real comforting, almost family atmosphere to their shows. Elizabeth, Dan, & Karla were joined by voilinist Jean Cook and drummer Ruth Keating, who were note and beat perfect.

He has MP3s up of Ida's songs.


Building ad-hoc breaking-news pages

What would be cool would be to create pages on the fly that bring up the latest Boston-area postings on breaking news (think gay marriage, the DNC, the February blizzard, etc.).

Drupal has a "news page" module for just that purpose - enter a keyword and the module checks incoming RSS items for it and then posts. Only problem: It works on a per-category basis. So I've created an "All" category and have been adding existing blogs into it, in addition to whatever real categories they belong in.