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The Westword.com blog shortcut, December 16 edition

Only eight blogging days until Christmas.

Today in Cafe Society:

The List: Best hotel restaurants.

Happy fifth birthday to Mezcal, which will soon get a sibling.

Is the second Santa Fe Tequila Company drying up?

Smashburger is a smash in Wichita.

Today in Backbeat Online:

Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout on year-end lists.

Rap-Up: Nyke Nitti throws the "Top Back" with "Slap Muzik."

A sneak peak at the Ideal Fathers' upcoming EP.

The Fray reveals the track list for the new album.

Local blogs list their year-end picks.

Listen to live tracks by Cephallic Carnage, which is playing a benefit this weekend.

Blackout Pact to record a follow-up to Hello Sailor. No. Really.

Today in The Latest Word:

Fox 31 general manager Dennis Leonard on current rumors, future changes.

Steve Kelley on his ouster from Channel 31: "It's like a death..."

The Denver connections to today's groundbreaking Detroit newspapers announcement.

Advice to Mark Udall: Don't take all of Wayne Allard's advice.

Saggy Boob Electric Penis: a video montage. Watch it with someone you love. -- Michael Roberts