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Democratic Defenders Of Liberty Bring Back Hallowed 'Brew Pop'

Thanks to two brave Democratic state legislators, patrons of your friendly neighborhood Rustico restaurant in Alexandria, VA can now eat their brew pops in peace. What's a brew pop, you ask? Only the most brilliant frozen food item ever invented, because it is made of beer.


Last year the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said that people shouldn't eat frozen beer -- and it is true that anyone who has ever left a Budweiser in the freezer to "cool off faster" and then found it esploded can attest to the general undeliciousness of frozen beer. But Rustico's is different, because it was made with loving care by an Executive Chef and a Beer Director!

The valiant toils of state delegate Adam Ebbin and Senator Patsy Ticer produced a new bill that makes all this stuff legal so hurrah. Also Rustico apparently "reformulated" their pops, maybe to make them less boozy or something.

THE SCENE: Brew Pops Are Back [Washington Post]

Rustico Restaurant

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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