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Catholic Charity Won’t Accept Chicago Heavy Metal Restaurant’s Unholy Money

Looks devilish.A Chicago Catholic charity has refused to accept a peace offering from an area restaurant. Why? Seems they take issue with a burger that makes light of all they (literally) hold sacred. Oh, and it’s all in the name of heavy metal.

The owners of Chi-town meatery Kuma’s Corner love them some Swedish death metal, and they named their latest burger “The Ghost” because “The Opeth” and “The Meshuggah” didn’t sound so tasty (their menu also features sandwiches dedicated to Metallica and Pantera, because they’re old school like that). We love this promotion, but it seems that some took offense at the fact that the burger’s list of ingredients included both the body (communion wafer garnish) and blood (red wine reduction) of Christ.

The story somehow went viral, offended people flooded the restaurant’s pages, and the guys at Kuma’s decided to minimize the dumb controversy with a $1,500 donation to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. But the group wasn’t having it.

Here’s Kuma’s explanation on Facebook:

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Audit Bureau Reports Overall Circulation Decline With A Few Bright Spots

The Audit Bureau of Circulations reported an overall decline in daily American newspaper circulation numbers for the six months ending March 2010, with a few exceptions. (New ABC rules dictate that online editions are included as well.)

First, the bad news. Overall circulation was down 2.6 percent from 19 million to 18.5 million. The New York Times was down 3.4 percent to 916,911, The Washington Post was down 4.8 percent to 550,821, and both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were down 6.5 percent to fewer than 200,000 copies.

Now the good news. The Wall Street Journal was up 1.2 percent to 2,117,796, giving it the highest circ, and The Chicago Tribune was up an eye-popping 56 percent to 419,407 because branded editions also count now.

Also good news, the decline is not as steep as periods past. And, always good news, people are keenly interested in news, although they’re now getting it from a variety of sources.

[via Mediapost]

The ‘NY Times’ is Tops on Twitter

With 3,062,437, The New York Times is the only U.S. newspaper with more than one million Twitter followers, giving it the number one spot on the list of top newspapers on Twitter, TheWrap reports. Second is The Chicago Tribune with 829,742 followers, followed by The Wall Street Journal with 748,933.

The NYT also launched a new Tumblr yesterday, and has installed a new paywall system.

The article also notes that The San Francisco Chronicle and New York Newsday both more than doubled their number of Twitter followers, and the large leap The Washington Post took.

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