Spanning the Web

Taking you around the internet for your afternoon enjoyment.

Maybe he just wanted a day to play ping-pong: Gov. Deval Patrick has taken the first sick day of his governorship, and canceled all public appearances after being hit with the flu. []

Depression hurts, even on picturesque Cape Cod: Mental health experts are shocked by the high level of depression in residents of the summer hot spot. [Globe]

Do the Globe headline writers read the stories? We’re glad we weren’t the only ones confused by the headline of this story in today’s City & Region section. The drunk driver will spend time in a relatively cushy county house of correction instead of the harsher state prison. He does not avoid incarceration entirely. [Media Nation]

Want Jonathan Papelbon’s autograph? Bring nude pictures of chicks. [Deadspin]

And here’s what Bostonista and Chowder have for you.

It’s not all about looking into Neil Patrick Harris’ eyes: Childhood memories come flooding back as Million Dollar Password takes to the airwaves.

Santa Claus and margaritas: They’re both part of dining in Cambridge.