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    Shock Treatment - It doesn't really matter whether he overtakes KQ and Tom Barnard. Either way, Howard Stern wins. And local radio loses.

    Holding court over 36 frequencies from his throne at WXRK-FM in Manhattan, Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed "King of all Media,'' is chatting on-air with an anonymous caller from New Jersey, a soft-spoken, slow-witted professional wrestler who...

    by David Schimke on May 21, 1997
  • Out with a Whimper - The education bill's dead; long live the education bill

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    Out with a Whimper - The education bill's dead; long live the education bill

    AS POLITICAL STANDOFFS go, the impasse between Gov. Arne Carlson and DFL legislators over the K-12 education-spending bill was a remarkably undramatic way to force a special session. Carlson, a lame duck in search of a legacy, announced days before...

    by City Pages Staff on May 21, 1997
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    Al Franken is running for senate!

    And it's no joke! He wants to be taken seriously folks! The Washington Post weighs in today with the same tired angle that the New York Times trotted out earlier this month.

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 17, 2007 @ 10:51 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/17

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A huge music weekend, with indie darling Andrew Bird rolling in for three, count 'em, three shows, local hip-hop at the Doomtree Blowout, and the one and only Wu-Tang Clan (minus a few) kicking it at First Aven...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 17, 2007 @ 8:00 am
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    Herbal Calamity

    Earlier this week, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department vowed to continue their valiant struggle to rid the west metro area of an organic herb and called for citizens to help in the effort. "Law enforcement relies on the involvement of all secto...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on December 14, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
  • Flying High Now

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    Flying High Now

    "I PREFER NOT to use the term 'modern dance' in talking about my work. People hear the word 'modern' and they give you a suspicious look." So explains young choreographer Mathew Janczewski, the object of much buzz on the local dance scene. Modern d...

    by Jelena Petrovic on May 14, 1997
  • The Retail Revolution

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    The Retail Revolution

    "THIS IS WHAT happens when you have creative people whose minds have too much free time. It's a recipe for trouble." So says the underemployed, overeducated John Troyer, a former theater/poli-sci major at the U who recently lost his backstage job a...

    by Kate Sullivan on May 14, 1997
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    Slicing the Forest

    IT'S QUIET UNDER the trees. Barely 100 yards from the road, you hear little but the wind and an odd chirping that could be a frog. Maple branches are red with buds; sunlight filters through, feeding spring's ephemeral wildflowers. They'll disappear...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 14, 1997
  • Money for Nothing

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    Money for Nothing

    FIVE MONTHS AFTER a state survey found widespread housing discrimination in two Minneapolis neighborhoods, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has brought charges against just one of the 40 landlords the study concluded discriminated against...

    by Todd Renschler on May 14, 1997
  • Widow's Lament - In 1956, Anna Elisabeth Colsch married a GI from the Frankfurt Army base and followed him to Minneapolis. He died in a car crash a few years later. Or so she was told.

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    Widow's Lament - In 1956, Anna Elisabeth Colsch married a GI from the Frankfurt Army base and followed him to Minneapolis. He died in a car crash a few years later. Or so she was told.

    The story, no matter where you start, gets better. So: 1954, an early summer evening in Frankfurt, Germany. The war was over, though not so long ago as to feel like history yet. People were out on the streets, strolling in the park, mixing with the...

    by Josie Rawson on May 14, 1997
  • Historic Misstep

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    Historic Misstep

    IT'S BEEN ABOUT a month since instructors cleaned out their offices in the old Music Education building on the U of M's Minneapolis campus. They were evicted as part of a university plan to mothball the building--one of the U's oldest--along with 1...

    by Joseph Hart on May 14, 1997
  • Toxic Shack Syndrome

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    Toxic Shack Syndrome

    SOLEENA TOR, HER parents, and her six siblings share a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Minneapolis's Phillips neighborhood. The apartment building is home to four other families like the Tors, Cambodian immigrants who subsist on meager income...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on May 14, 1997
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    Back to Business - The state's former ranking environmental protection officer goes to work for big industry.

    MINNESOTA POLLUTION Control Agency staffers have noticed a familiar face around the Capitol lately--their former boss, Charles Williams. Williams resigned last summer after a five-year tenure as commissioner of the agency. His new job as VP for int...

    by City Pages Staff on May 14, 1997
  • The End of Fusion

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    The End of Fusion

    AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WAS dealt a major blow by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, yet the mass media scarcely noticed. In a 6-3 vote, the Court upheld the constitutionality of Minnesota's ban on "fusion," which permits candidates to be cross-endorse...

    by Doug Ireland on May 14, 1997
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/14

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The temperatures are dropping this weekend, and as they do so, my respect for those with the fortitude to bicycle commute every day is rising. Last month I went to one of The Hub's seminars on winter bike commu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 14, 2007 @ 7:10 am
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    cPod, Episode 11

    Download the mp3...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on December 13, 2007 @ 6:26 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/13

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Google Street View has come to Minneapolis, and I have a mild anecdote from next door about what can happen as a result. Share yours in the comments if you like. In other news, Paul Demko has the story of on...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 13, 2007 @ 7:38 am
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    Word on the Street (Google Street View)

    I walked over to our neighborhood cafe, Corner Coffee, the other day. They had just discovered Google Street View, the monolithic web company's new photographic interface. Evidently our friendly neighborhood latte-slingers were outside doing an out...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 12, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
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    Idle time

    We just received a call from a concerned reader pointing out that a Minneapolis city vehicle has been idling in front of his house on the 4200 block of 27th Avenue South for more than an hour. The vehicle is a green, four-door sedan, license plate 08...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 12, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/12

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Matthew Smith's feature for our Winter Guide issue covers scintillating topics like polar exploration and climate change. It also includes the phrase "legions of aggressive polar bears." If that's not enough to...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 12, 2007 @ 7:38 am
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