The Daily Word in Vaughan, mistletoe shortage, solstice and Amy Koch
Doug Vaughan pleads guilty.
Jail guards arrested after beating an inmate and then covering it up, according to a criminal complaint.
Jerome Block, Jr. on house arrest.
Druids say the solstice ritual yielded good omens.
Racist ad for Chinese restaurant in Dubai.
16-hour roasted Christmas goose recipe.
George H.W. Bush backs Mitt Romney.
Ron Paul storms out of CNN interview.
House caves on payroll tax deal.
The next thing to worry about: weaponized bird flu.
Texas drought results in mistletoe shortage.
How Best Buy is ruining Christmas.
The 16 worst Christmas specials of all time.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George under fire for comparing gay-rights movement to the Klan.
LGBTers say sorry to Amy Koch for wrecking her marriage.
The Daily Word in Gingrich, mistletoe shotgun, Rod Blagojevich
Democrats hedging bets on Romney vs. Gingrich.
But Gingrich’s sister is voting for Obama, due to Gingrich’s stance on gay rights.
Gov. Susana Martinez tries once again to disallow illegal immigrants from getting New Mexico licenses.
Local couple took a wrong turn into a snowstorm on their way back from Arizona. Wife died trying to find shelter.
The heralded tradition of blasting mistletoe with a shotgun is revitalized in Decatur, Ill.
The ashes of at least 274 U.S. troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.
Finalists for UNM presidency interviewed today.
Albert Pujols goes to the Angels on a 10-year contract, reportedly worth at least $25 million a year.
Putin blames Hillary for protests over Russian parliament results.
In other cute animal news, these pets are ready for the cold.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin: The mitten wars.
The long-awaited release of Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy cover.
Florida cops say man threw a bag of McDonald’s at a cashier, then passed out in his driveway.
Fighting Ferns with Raw Fish--Years ago, a friend taught me a new word for those ubiquitous, family-oriented chain restaurants that proliferate near freeway exits. You know the type. Places that are decorated by The Big Metal Turn-of-the-Century Reproduction Sign Company. Places that pour foot-high, neon cocktails with embarrassing names like the "Chattanooga Chocolate Twister." Places where the food is reassuringly bland, Americanized and uncomplicated. She called these places "fern bars."