a shamrock shortage in Ireland, and it's putting a real damper on celebrations for this much-maligned group. But since most of you will just go out and drink for no actual Irish-affiliated reason, keep in mind that, here in Nashville, the Sober Ride program is alive and well tonight. Call 862-RIDE between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for free transport. ... A West Nashville dude who gets arrested a lot shot and killed another dude who also got arrested a lot. ... Nashville city reps are out in full force at SXSW this week, promoting Nashville as the city with the highest concentration of music-related jobs in the country. (Officials are also trying out a Music City button on Internet music site Pandora for 30 days to promote Nashville's local talents.)
From the Dept. of Baffling Quotes comes this gem: In opposition to three councilmembers trying to get Nashville's human rights agencies to look into private companies who discriminate based on gender identity, councilman Jim Hodges said: "It doesn't surprise me. That is part of the national homosexual agenda. They can't eat the whole elephant so they'll just nibble away at it a little bit at a time." Someone -- anyone -- please explain. ... Fortune names Belmont one of the top 5 schools in the country for entrepreneurs for its music biz program and major in social entrepreneurship. ... Want Tennessee to amend its constitution and ban a state income tax forever? So does this guy. ... Look out, lead foot: So-called "super speeders" might get hit with a $200 fine for going 15 mph over the limit to collect dough for trauma centers. (Another proposal suggests making it 25 mph over the limit.) The vote's been rescheduled for March 23. ... Remember college textbook prices? The price keeps going up, and some folks are arguing that certain professors who update certain textbooks and then require their students to purchase those textbooks -- which they receive royalties for -- are profiting unfairly. But is the solution to ban royalties? ... Whether you're actually allergic or merely insensitive, gluten sufferers now find more options around town for g-free eating. ... And last but not least, the Franklin po-po are on Twitter, making the micro-blogging site now officially dead.