March 30, 2009 blogs: Bennett, budgets and beards

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Bennett leaving WSU for Virginia | Sportslink

Just finished talking with some of the players and it’s true. Tony Bennett is leaving Washington State University to become the head basketball coach at the University of Virginia.

Lawmakers re: Senate’s plan to bridge budget shortfall | Eye on Olympia

“This is a real budget and a balanced budget. It is a budget that attempts to share the sacrifices of this very difficult time.” — Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown

New recession index: Facial hair | Everyday Economy

The typical hallmarks of this recession are well-known: unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies. Now you can add beards — at least for some men.

• From the historical files | Eye on Boise

When Idaho voters enacted the Sunshine Law by voter initiative in 1974, the ballot statement in favor (there wasn’t one against) had this to say: “A serious threat to our country is the lack of confidence in our elected officials.”

• Adults flock to Post Falls dodgeball | Huckleberries Online

The Post Falls Park and Recreation is starting the city’s first dodgeball league that runs through April 23.

• Huckleberries best of the Inland Northwest | Huckleberries Online

Cartoon: Lex Luthor to buy Daily Planet/David Horsey, Seattle P-I | Idaho gets above-average grades for economic outlook/Idaho Statesman | Sun Valley loses bookings due to corporate junket perception/Twin Falls Times-News

• Guys and dolls | Are We There Yet?

When my son was 2, he used to play with dolls. Now at 5, he wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one

• Fun video: If the government ran the pool | Spin Control

This video is a bit overdone, and the acting a bit underdone, but it is topical. Submitted for your approval: If the office basketball pool were run like the AIG bailout, wouldn’t we all be winners?’

Movie humor goes viral | Movies and More

VideoETA just put out an intriguing list that took a fair amount of effort. The author, John Couture, sought out 10 movies that he refers to as “viral movie parodies.” I’ve seen one or two (I actually own a copy of his No. 1, “George Lucas in Love”), and I can testify that they are, for the most part, hilarious.

• Monday’s loose thread | A Matter of Opinion

Repeat after me: It’s just a game. OK, what’s on your mind today?

• 14-year-old girl may be sex offender after uploading racy pictures to MySpace

| Vox Box

A New Jersey teen has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on; charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.

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