Ugh. I’ve been sick all week. Got some kind of sinus funk in New York. So it’s another light roundup.
• January manufacturing in the U.S. grew more than expected, reaching a nine-month high.
• The DJIA passed the 14,000 mark (briefly) for the first time since Oct. 2007 this morning. Is it Obama’s economy yet? Just wondered.
• Despite what you’ve heard, players for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers voice support for gay rights.
• After 38 years together, Jim Nabors (aka, Gomer Pyle) and partner Stan Cadwallader finally were able to make it legal. Congratulations! Wow, 38 years. Yep, they sure are destroying marriage. /sarcasm
• A Canadian bicyclist has invented this really cool new bicycle lock that retracts from your bike’s seat post.
• Look what the floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy coughed up.
• The Boy Scouts of America are looking to end their ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders.
• The FDA approves a Pennsylvania college’s Plan B vending machine.
• A Virginia senate committee has killed the state’s electoral vote-rigging scheme. Other state vote rigging schemes also appear to be doomed.
• After July, all businesses in France must shut off their lights at night, by decree of the French government. The point is to save energy, but it will be interesting to see what this does from a light pollution perspective, as well. France may become my new favorite star-gazing destination.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Wine in grocery stores is baaack.
• Three Tennessee mayors support universal background checks for gun sales. Notably absent from this story is Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. I assume Dean is on board as well, but I suspect he’s using his experience with the state overriding Metro’s non-discrimination ordinance to let everyone know that it doesn’t matter what the mayors think:
“It is clear that state law pre-empts any Metro action with regard to the regulation of guns,” Dean wrote. “Hopefully, as this issue is debated on the national level, consensus will be found to close loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to obtain weapons and attention will be given to mental health programs and laws.”
He wrote that “attitudes toward guns vary greatly,” but did not take a clear stance on high-capacity magazines, background checks or other legislation.
“I’ve heard a wide variety of opinions from people throughout our city, and I would encourage them to reach out to lawmakers at the state capitol and in Washington,” Dean wrote.
People who care about this stuff need to reach out to Corker, Alexander and their Congress Critter. I know it’s probably useless, but maybe if enough people wrote our reps would rethink their rehashing of NRA talking points.
• We got a very light dusting of snow last night. My yard looked really pretty for about five minutes, until the sun came up and it melted away. I tried to get a picture but it didn’t come out very well because it’s too damn cold to leave the house, and did I mention I’m sick?
No cool video this week because I couldn’t find anything.
Here’s the 23rd Street subway station in Manhattan flooding thanks to a broken water main:
Hey, it was the best I could do in a pinch.