Sliced Bagel, Taxes on Top [via The Wall Street Journal]
Who would have thought bagels would so soon make a reappearance in the Morning Briefing? Trying to beef up state tax revenue, Albany officials have begun enforcing an archaic ordinance taxing sliced bagels or bagels eaten in the store (even if not sliced by the staff). The approximate tax, around 8 cents per bagel, has upset patrons; one store owner said customers believe the store itself is charging to slice the bagels now.
Wildly conflicting reports about Beck rally size [via CNN]
CNN rounds up crowd estimates from Fox News personality Glenn Beck’s Saturday rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. CBS says 87,000 (plus or minus 9,000). ABC said more than 100,000; Fox News pegged it at over 500,000. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who spoke at the rally, reportedly had the highest number: “”We’re not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today – because we were witnesses,” she said afterward.
All the Men That’s Fit to Print [via NYTPicker]
So far this month, the New York Times has published 76 obituaries — 70 of men, six of women. For the year to date, it’s 604 men and 92 women. The NYTPicker throws out the Times’ argument that because the obits are based on people influencing the world in the 1950s and ’60s, there is naturally more of a bias toward white men. “As the gold standard of American journalism, it should fall to the NYT to aggressively find and chronicle the lives of women who deserve attention in the obituary column right now — women whose rich lives and notable achievements warrant the honor of recognition when they die.”
Bound for Glory [via The Los Angeles Times]
Today in Jobs I Can’t Believe Exist in This Economy, the LA Times profiles “personal-library preservationist” Michael Tuttle. A Class A book snob (although, I’m one to point fingers, I’ve got three bookcases in my bedroom), Tuttle says Kindles and such are fine for newspapers or beach reads, but there’s no replacing that first edition smell. (Side note: Writer Laura Zarubin seems to be of the use-one-little-quote-and-paraphrase-the-rest school of thought; ignore that maddening aspect of this piece and it gets much better.)