By CHRIS PACKHAM
• Justin Kendall looked at the economic impact of sports teams on their respective cities.
• Fake boobs — you can’t even give 'em away. Wide Open magazine tried, but only a handful of women entered the drawing. Our own Peter Rugg looks at this issue, along with the El Salvadoran labor crisis, the WTO’s new green initiatives and a profile of World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick, next on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.
• Justin Kendall wrote about Phags for Phelps, a group that embraces the brand of cartoony, over-the-top homophobia practiced by the Westboro Baptist Church as a useful counter to more pernicious Republican Party-sponsored forms of homophobia that have an actual legislative impact.
• Speaking of which, you just knew this was coming.
• When Jason of KRBZ 96.5 (the Buzz) suggested that somebody needed to write a science-fiction alternate history in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. survived his assassination attempt, Nadia Pflaum whipped out this YouTube clip of Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks, which portrays that exact scenario. Then she did traffic on the nines and a half-hour commercial-free block of your favorite alternative hits from the '90s.
• Frances Semler stepped down, saving us the trouble of writing a lengthy blog post by composing an angry letter of resignation. We will show you it!
On the Wayward Blog
• On Monday Music Junkie, Andy Vihstadt listened to tracks by the Rosebuds, Red Dawn, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Nick Cave, Hair Plugs — and so goddamned fucking many more!!!
• Richard Gintowt reviewed Yo La Tengo’s performance at Randy Bacon's Gallery Sounds in Springfield, Missouri, home of Bass Pro Shops, birthplace of Springfield cashew chicken, and the world headquarters of the Assemblies of God church. Visit beautiful Springfield, where all the men wear ball caps and all mud flaps feature Yosemite Sam saying, “BACK OFF.” Oh, apparently the band puts on a good show.