Wed update: An actual, real news post that isn’t all cluttered up with junk about tube tops and BBQ Fest

Today’s news post begins with a piece of very good news. The City Council has given initial approval to a $2 million funding plan that would fill in a financial gap needed to save the Chisca Hotel. A group plans to convert the hotel to apartments, with retail space on the ground floor. The hotel sits vacant at a key intersection, Main at Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue, the gateway between the core and South Main. The MBJ has the full story. SAVE THE CHISCA!

In other Downtown news, the cobblestones along the river are about to undergo a $6 million renovation. A plaza and a fountain at the foot of Union will be added. More details in this Daily News article.

Interesting post I saw on Facebook this morning: Which birthdays are most common? Mine’s about average. September is a huge month for birthdays, apparently.

Also seen on Facebook: 5 tips for pairing cheap beers with personal failures. See, beer goes with everything!

Fuel Food Truck is headed to the Barking Lot at Main and Jefferson, and they have taco salads. Sounds like LUNCH to me! They’ll be ready to go at 11:15.