Sunday, March 6, 2011

10 of the Best Restaurants in America

“Best restaurant” lists are tricky. How can any sensible eater compare an iconic pizza parlor or the joint that serves that simply transcendent cheeseburger with the lapidary perfection of a French Laundry or the genre-bending inventiveness of a WD-50? On what terms is it possible to stack the culinary monuments of Manhattan, Chicago, or Los Angeles up against the really-very-good but necessarily more modest establishments of, say, Buellton or Murphysboro? Talk about apples and oranges.

Lil Wayne's Negative Lyrics Prompt Complaint Song From Little Girls

Things couldn't be going much better for Lil Wayne's career. He's one of pop music's major stars, and he's responsible for the paths of Drake and Nicki Minaj, who are not only among his biggest competitors, but are signed to his Young Money label.

Kid Rock's use of flag sparks boycott

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Mark Hicks, Detroit News staff writer
Some NAACP supporters plan to boycott the Detroit arm's annual fundraiser over an honor for Kid Rock they say doesn't mesh with the civil rights group's goals.Kid Rock performs at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The rocker is set to receive the Detroit branch's Great Expectations Award at the annual dinner, which typically attracts about 10,000 people, on May 1 at Cobo Center.
But Adolph Mongo, a longtime political consultant and head of Detroiters for Progress, said he and others will sit out over Kid Rock's use of the controversial Confederate flag during performances.

Without Loan Giants, 30-Year Mortgage May Fade Away

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A Miami home last month. If Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were closed, homeownership in America could change greatly. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This photo made June 28, 2010, shows a house with a Sale Pending sign outside in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
How might home buying change if the federal government shuts down the housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan, the steady favorite of American borrowers since the 1950s, could become a luxury product, housing experts on both sides of the political aisle say.
Interest rates would rise for most borrowers, but urban and rural residents could see sharper increases than the coveted customers in the suburbs

NASA scientist finds evidence of alien life

Bacteria in Meteorites Aliens Journal of Cosmology

Aliens exist, and we have proof.
That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet earth,” Hoover, who has spent more than 10 years studying meteorites around the world, told in an interview. “This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”

Gadhafi proclaims victories as battles continue

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Throngs of people took part in a boisterous demonstration Sunday supporting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and insisting that the government had triumphed in recovering key Libyan cities, despite witness accounts that the opposition maintained control in some of those sites.
In the eastern Libyan town of Misrata, a fierce battle was under way Sunday, as people seeking an end to Gadhafi's 42-year-rule fought his heavily armed forces.
Gadhafi proclaims victories, battles continue across Libya
"People are willing to die for the cause," a witness told CNN, describing them as "fearless" and "amazing." The rebels are using machine guns or, in some cases, just sticks to fight off pro-Gadhafi forces who use tanks and heavy artillery.