by Kevin Allman
THE NEVERENDING STORY: Barack Obama becomes the Dems presumptive nominee and delivers his victory speech in the very building where the GOP will be having its convention. (Snap!) Afterward, he tries to call Hillary Clinton and gets her voicemail. (Ouch!) Meanwhile, HRC isnt staying in the race, but she isnt out, either. (Huh?) And while Obama speechified in St. Paul, John McCain speechified simultaneously at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner -- When Americans confront a catastrophe they have a right to expect basic competence from their government -- but never mentioning Katrina by name, my friends .
THE NEVERENDING STORY, PART II: Both Clinton and Obama are expected to appear at the 34th annual National Conference of Black Mayors, which kicks off today at the Convention Center. McCains skipping it .
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: Gina Gershon and her lawyers are grouchy about Todd Purdums recent article in Vanity Fair, which said that Bill Clinton has been seen visiting her. (How insinuate-y!) Ginas survived worse. One word: Showgirls .
THE ADORABLE REPORT: Lischinka the leopard cub will go on display at the Audubon Zoo later this month, joining her parents Sasha and Sergei. Awwww .
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER WORK?: Irma Thomas and Jake Smith appear at Wednesday at the Square.
HOT HOT HOT: A Village Voice food critic challenges Dr. John to a chili pepper eating contest at a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn. Foolish critic. (Read Alison Fensterstocks review of Dr. Johns latest in this weeks Gambit)
HOT HOT HOT, PART II: Our 12th day without rain and none in the forecast. My plants are dying. At least summers nearly over oh, wait: it doesnt even start for two weeks.