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With the onset of the short session, prepare to hear a bunch about the budget.

The Charlotte Observer weighs in with an editorial supporting the Senate plan to freeze teacher raises and allow local furloughs. If you missed the Budget & Tax Center’s in-depth report on Gov. Perdue’s budget, here’s the chance for the a little light reading. Chris Fitzsimon has a preview, too.

I wanted to wait a few days before blogging this paragraph from a Washington Post article, just to be sure I wasn’t reading it rashly.

The idealized vision of suburbia as a homogenous landscape of prosperity built around the nuclear family took another hit over the past decade, as suburbs became home to more poor people, immigrants, minorities, senior citizens and households with no children, according to a Brookings Institution report to be released Sunday.

Doesn’t the Post have editors any more? One might charitably describe this passage — which is the story’s second paragraph — as a confusing conflation of three separate qualities. Homogeneity does not equal prosperity, after all, and both can exist independent of the nuclear family dynamic.

That’s if you want to be charitable. If you’re feeling a little less sanguine, you might say it betrays a troubling viewpoint about people that don’t look like Ozzie and Harriet invading the pristine suburbs.

Need a pick-me-up? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a live sea otter webcam that streams most of the day.

Finally, I don’t want to make a habit of putting birthday wishes on the blog, but my pal Woody turns four today. You were probably in your mom’s belly for 40 weeks or so — Woody came out in an emergency delivery after 23 weeks, two days.

If you want to see one of the most amazing photos ever, here’s Woody at three days out of the womb. Note the wedding rings over his tiny arm.

He didn’t have external ears, a functional epidermis, or — it seemed — much of a chance. The kid dodged some long odds, and today he can spell “hexagon.” Bon anniversaire, kiddo.

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