Time Travel Week: Science fiction became reality last week, as time travel popped up, umm, time and again. First, many people around the country received e-mails from an unknown person looking for detailed information on how to perfect time travel ("do not answer if you are an evil alien"). Also last week, the daily paper revealed two apparently successful attempts at time travel: the first instance was in an article headlined "Rock Hill church observes crucifixion of Jesus," which we have to assume was a horrifying though life-changing event; and another article startled historians by noting that the horse on which George Washington rode into Charlotte had been given to him by the king of Belgium in 1791, meaning that Good King Frenchfry had also mastered time travel since Belgium wasn't established as a nation state until 1831.
Off to the Land of Rain and Light Rail: School Superintendent Eric Smith traveled to Portland, OR to interview for that Northwestern city's head school post. Since race isn't as big an issue there as in the South, Smith wouldn't be burdened by his inability to live up to pledges to budget for equity in schools.
Helping to Connect: Hornets fans, who are wondering whether the team will move to New Orleans, were angered by a promotion sponsored by the Observer which gave out Mardi Gras beads at Hornets games. The Big O says the promotion will continue no matter how many beads are thrown back in their faces at the games.
Suspension of Disbelief: It was announced that in an upcoming movie based on Doug Marlette's novel The Bridge, the character based on the rather unalluring Marlette will be played by Tom Cruise.