Monday, April 10, 2006

April Morning

On this day in the history of the decline of Western civilization, the duet "Ebony and Ivory" by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney first charted (April 10, 1982). It would rise to number one, and hold the position for seven weeks.

Breaking news...
Pitchfork reports that Arthur Lee, leader of the band Love, has been diagnosed with leukemia and has undergone chemotherapy. Like most musicians, he has no health insurance and thus a benefit is in the works to help fund his recovery (Calexico, who have covered Love songs before, and Cake are amongst the possibilities). Pitchfork's article incorrectly states both that Love's classic album Da Capo and their truly indispensable third album Forever Changes were released in 1977; they actually came out in 1967. I'm assuming this is just a typo, because surely the folks down there know that sort of thing by heart. I think it's even on the entrance exam.

Dave Jamieson of Slate examines the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal by taking a closer look at the East Coast lacrosse culture. I personally have had few run-ins with lacrosse players, and the game itself was always pretty entertaining to watch. I'm not sure Jamieson's point isn't a little narrow-minded...maybe the Duke incident is a symptom of a problem larger than just the prevailing lacrosse team culture.

The DCist predicts a hellish evening commute today, as protests on Immigration Reform sweep the country and the District. Montgomery County schools are even offering community service credit for protest participation, angering many local parents.

In sports...
With less than a month before the Run for the Roses, the Derby preps start to heat up. Looks like trainer Nick Zito may have finally found a likely Derby entry in Little Cliff, to run in the Bluegrass Stakes this weekend at Keeneland. In the Illinois Derby on Saturday, Sweetnorthernsaint cruised to a 9 length victory. The Bob Baffert trained horse Bob and John won the Wood Memorial derby prep on Saturday as well.

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