Qaddafi Forces Withdraw From Key City; Carles Quits; Possible Pub Crawl Ban


  • Libyan rebels have regained control of Adjabiya, a key city in the east. Adjabiya is considered a gateway to Libya’s oil fields. In other Libya news, a woman named Eman al-Obeidy fought to tell foreign journalists her story of alleged rape and abuse by 15 government soldiers. She broke into a hotel in Tripoli and showed her bruises and other signs of abuse to the journalists staying there. [CNN, Reuters]
  • Blogger Carles, the mysterious presence behind Hipster Runoff, claims to have quit. In a goodbye post, he writes: “I can’t imagine myself blogging about anything else ever again because I feel like I have already blogged about everything and I am just a slave to boring alt memes. It’s probably time to move on and find a real career & some challenges that can actually make the world a better place.” Gawker has an email from him explaining in more detail. I can’t for the life of me find it now, but didn’t he do this once before, maybe a year ago? And then came right back a couple days later? Hm. [Hipster Runoff]
  • Community Board 6, which covers 14th to 59th streets between the East River and Lexington Avenue, is considering a ban on pub crawls. Good. Pub crawls are the grossest. [NYP]
  • A delivery man riding a bike was run over by a city bus last night. [NYT/City Room]
  • Movie theater owners are struggling to prevent people from finding out how many calories are in movie theater food. This is because, candy, soda and buttery popcorn are fattening, in case you missed that memo. [Time]
  • A four-day manhunt for a man who allegedly killed a cop in Athens, GA has ended with the suspect surrendering on live TV, as per his request. [CNN]
  • Kirstie Alley wants George Lopez’s kidney. [Vulture]
  • The disaster in Japan has inspired many to turn to haiku as a means of coping. [L.A. Times]