Lunchbox: Welcome back Blotter

So we’re back. Chances are you are too. Bummer.

We’ve had a pretty sweet morning: One of those motorized sidewalk cleaners that the Downtown Management District uses to keep our streetscapes spiffy crashed into our floor-to-ceiling window and left a spider crack all over that business. (They’ve promised to repair it post-haste.) Check it: 

Land giveaways: South End activist and former mayoral candidate Ed Springston remains fired up about Mayor Abramson’s unilateral land giveaways. He started — as did many — with an uproar about Center City and has now discovered another mayor’s-eyes-only deal, he says: MSD. Shocking, we know. 

Coal ash disaster: It only took a few extra days for the MSM to catch up on the disastrous coal ash spill in Tennessee. The C-J’s James Bruggers had an excellent front page piece over the weekend, and the NY Times has covered it dutifully, which means CNN is picking it up now, too. Predictably, the Tennessee Valley Authority remains resolutely obtuse about cleaning it up. 

Speaking of coal disasters: Hat tip to Page One for linking this Smithsonian piece about mountaintop removal mining. 

Ugly outing: Speaking of Page One, Jake is churning the rumor mill with a whopper about a state rep who allegedly impregnated a young woman and then paid for her to have an abortion. Check the comments for the best theories as to who this person is. UPDATE: Jake posted a comment clarifying that the state rep arranged for an abortion, not necessarily paid for one. 

Big updates for the Council: Later today the Metro Council’s Parks Committee will hold a special meeting to hear updates on the 21st Century Parks Open Space master Plan and the Library Master Plan. Should be a doozy. Check back later for updates. UPDATE: Just got a notice from the council saying this meeting is tomorrow, not today as was noted in the original press release. 


  1. Jake
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    He merely arranged for her to have an abortion. She reportedly had the child and now works at McDonald’s.

    I’ll update in a day or so.

  2. sgeorge
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the clarification. Just posted it in the original entry.