This just in: Starting in 2009, you’ll be able to live out your Harry Potter fantasies in a Florida theme park based on the wildly popular fictional wizard.
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We’ve only got until July to find out the fate of Potter and his friends when the last installment of the seven book series comes out.
Kids in Gwinnett County schools in Georgia will have access to that book — at least for now.
A judge recently ruled against a Georgia mother attempting to get the books banned from the schools because they “indoctrinate children in witchcraft.”
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That mom is probably a huge fan of Dolores Umbrage (who will be played by a marvelously uptight Imelda Staunton in the film version of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, also to be released in July).
Yesterday when we at the Idaho Statesman broke the news to you that the Humanitarian Bowl will be named after a truck stop chain for the next three years, we were flooded with your comments.
And they weren’t especially positive.
Click here to read sports columnist Brian Murphy’s take on the fun that can be had at the expense of the new name.
It could be worse.
What if JoAnn’s Fabric had decided to get into the bowl business?
How are you feeling about things the morning after?
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By the way, I surfed to see if there’s been any of the predicted national mockery. So far, all I’ve found are a few briefs like this.
Of course, the pundits could just be sharpening their wits.•••
On a completely different note, here’s a story about how some restaurants are slowly starting to class up their kid’s menus.
I particularly like this author’s personal experience as she talked about becoming disturbed at the 102nd time her children ordered chicken fingers and fries.
The restaurants are reportedly responding to some parents’ fears that we as a nation are raising a generation who prefers fried, pressed chicken product over anything else.
What do your kids eat?
Is your family part of chicken nugget nation?
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I'm also still looking for summer read recommendations. I'll be at the Boise Public Library Friday morning, so if you happen to see me and my tiny digital camera, say "hello" and tell me what you want to read.
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