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Read this: 'Family Guy,' Bob Ryan, John Michael Farren, interracial romance


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Good afternoon, everyone. "Family Guy" fans may be interested to hear that Patrick Warburton -- who voices Joe, the wheelchair-bound policeman -- is publicly criticizing the show's recent flippant reference to Sarah Palin as the parent of a child with Down syndrome.

"I know it's satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me, too," Warburton said on a conference call to promote his other prime-time show, the CBS sitcom "Rules of Engagement," which returns for a fourth season on March 1. "I know that you have to be an 'equal-opportunity offender,' but there are some things that I just don't think are funny."

In other news:

  • End of an era: After 30 years, weatherman Bob Ryan is leaving Channel 4.

  • Writer Karyn Langhorne Folan says single black women should start dating outside their race, stat. "Black women are in market failure," Folan says. "The solution is to find a new market for your commodity. And in this case, we are the commodity and the new market is men of other races."

  • Today's must-read: Karl Vick's riveting dissection of John Michael Farren's attempted murder case. Farren, a former Bush administration attorney, allegedly tried to bludgeon his wife to death with a flashlight in January.

  • This week in local theater: Studio Theatre's "That Face" is so-so; Olney Theatre's "Bus Stop" is pretty good.

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