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There's a good reason that Sum 41 announced, "This will NOT be a political record," before releasing "March of the Dogs": the track's lyrics. The song from the band's upcoming Underclass Heroes begins, "Ladies and gentlemen of the underclass, the president of the United States of America is dead" and goes on to detail his demise. Deryck Whibley tells us the track is a "metaphor" for Bush's job performance. "It's the worst way I could think of to describe how bad he is as a leader."

Students at New York's Parsons the New School of Design used "The Sims" to inspire art, collected in the exhibit "The Sims: In The Hands of Artists." Electronic Arts envisioned the project as a machinima collection, but Parsons' disagreed with limiting the focus. "We said, 'For the students to do it right, we would have to do it with no rules,' " Parsons faculty member Sven Travis told us. The result? A 55-piece collection including sculptures, quilts, paintings, even fictional reality shows inspired by the interactive game. ...

Classes resumed at Virginia Tech on Monday, and a few of the students we met last week shared their experiences returning to school after the shooting. "I think it really sunk in when everyone got back," senior Danielle Cook said. "On campus, everywhere you turn is a reminder. ... It feels sick. I think everyone just wants to finish up work and go home. Right now, it's not the Virginia Tech we know." ...

Quote of the Day: "If you want to fix America, you have to start at George Bush and work your way down — you can't start at hip-hop and work your way up." — T.I.

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Pete Wentz talked to New York magazine about the bar he's opening — with other members of Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is ... and Cobra Starship — in NYC's East Village. Angels & Kings, scheduled to open next week, is not about being cool, Wentz insists. "It's not being designed for dudes with Rod Stewart hair and white belts to go hang out at, you know?" Instead Pete says he hopes it's most like "Shredder's hangout in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.' " And yes, there will be karaoke. ...

"Hell will freeze before the G-Unit splits up," Young Buck says on the track "Teach 'Em Bout Playin' Dirty" (featuring C-Bo), posted on XXL.com. It's pretty clear from the song that Buck does not like people playing with him, but it's also his chance to clear the air — and he's standing with his crew. "You know I'd die for this G-Unit sh--, so what you sayin'?" ...

Paris Hilton got hit with a whole lot of unwanted phone calls over the weekend after Travis Barker's on-again-love Shanna Moakler allegedly posted the heiress' cell number and e-mail address on her MySpace page, the New York Post's "Page Six" reports. ...

"Mixtape Monday" tipped you off to this back in May, but since Idolator is so pumped about it now, perhaps it's worth restating: Wu-Tang Clan opened their vault and have 215 demos, freestyles, mixtape cuts and other rare tracks on their site for the taking. ...

Shia LaBeouf does not want to be shown up by a 64-year-old man — even if that 64-year-old is an action star in "premium shape." LaBeouf tells People that he's beefing up and working out for his role in the fourth "Indiana Jones" adventure. "You don't want to be standing next to Harrison Ford and not be jacked also," he explained. ...

Advance tickets to "Spider-Man 3" are leaving "Spider-Man 2" 's early tally in the dust, Reuters reports. On MovieTickets.com, "3" has tripled the advance-ticket total of "2", while Fandango.com has an even wider gap, with the new film inspiring four times as many early birds. ... National Lampoon is in the movie business now, and it picked a musician to lead its first film. Variety reports that the jam-band comedy "National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot - Quest for Festeroo" — wow, it's funny already — directed by Primus frontman Les Claypool is due this year. ...

And a spokesperson for the Rolling Stones has confirmed that Keith Richards' mother died Saturday, Reuters reports. She was 91. Keith missed a memorial for industry legend Ahmet Ertegun last week so that he could stay with his mom Doris, who bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday.