Obama-rama: Minus the Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mecklenburg and beyond ...

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Death: Sadly, the family of a 1-year-old Asheville child found out the tragic way that there's a reason consumer advocates warn people against letting children play with plastic bags. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Middle East: After surveying site,U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was appalled by Israeli attacks on a U.N. compound in Gaza. (BBC)

Presidency: Was Warren Harding the first black president? (Pam's House Blend)

Yet another study: One more reason to quit worrying. (BBC)

Social networking: You've been poked. By someone who wants to break your legs. (The New York Times)

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Obama-rama: Minus the Obama Part 3

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:50 AM

More news that's unrelated to Barack:

The Charlotte Observer says it's snowing. Thanks for the newsflash.

News on the Gaza conflict on NPR.

BofA stock plummets ... again.

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Obama-rama: Minus the Obama Part 1

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM

With every media outlet O.D.ing on everything Obama, we thought it would be prudent to highlight things going on in the world that have nothing to do with the new prez. That said here's a little food news from our resident culinary critic Tricia Childress:

An independent group of restaurants will offer a prix-fixe sampler “Three for $30” from Saturday, January 24 through Friday, January 30. Wine, tax, and gratuity are not included. These restaurants include Ratcliffe on the Green, 435 South Tryon Street, 704-358-9898; Zebra Restaurant and Wine Bar, 4521 Sharon Road, 704-442-9525; Global Restaurant Bar and Lounge, 3520 Toringdon Way, 704-248-0866; Pewter Rose Bistro, 1820 South Boulevard, 704-332-8149; and Lulu, 1911 Central Avenue, 704-376-2242. The eateries are also hosting a contest with $100 gift certificates from each restaurant (no purchase necessary to win).

The Valentine’s menu at Sir Edmond Halley’s, 4151-A Park Road, includes New York Strip au Poivre with pommes frites; Long Stem Artichoke Paella; Roasted Lemon Grouper with pesto potatoes; Roasted Herb Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with lobster bread pudding; Avocado and Goat Cheese Ravioli; and homemade dark chocolate truffles with a frozen Grand Marnier soufflé. $25.00 per person. halleyspub.com.

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Obama-rama: Minus the Obama Part 2

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM

More non-Obama-related news:

The pop culture site Newsarama posted a story called 2009: The Year of the Comic Book Movie (Again?).

Vice has come out with a piece about airport security titled Smuggling Weed is Easy.

The Daily beast is talking about how everybody loves actress Taraji P. Henson now that's she's done Benjamin Button.

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