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  • Ma Cable? - In St. Paul and its suburbs, an unlikely coalition battles telecom giant AT&T

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    Ma Cable? - In St. Paul and its suburbs, an unlikely coalition battles telecom giant AT&T

    Picture it, says Bil MacLeslie: One single corporation owns all the information flowing into and out of your house. It controls the wires through which you get phone, TV, Internet, and any other digital data streams the cyber-economy may create; it...

    by Andrew Carter on August 18, 1999
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    Off Beat

    [Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article.] Coincidence? We Don't Think So WHEN LAST WEEK'S issue of City Pages hit the stands, Dr. Ron Falcon was still planning his appeal of a military administrative discharge ...

    by City Pages Staff on August 18, 1999
  • The People v. Minneapolis - A crack in the sidewalk, a cop's slippery sole,and other lawsuits just waiting to happen

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    The People v. Minneapolis - A crack in the sidewalk, a cop's slippery sole,and other lawsuits just waiting to happen

    The big scene at the July 30 meeting of the Minneapolis City Council revolved around a proposed ban on cigarette machines around town. The measure ended up passing on a 13-0 vote, but only after an hour's worth of very unanimous bickering spurred o...

    by Burl Gilyard on August 18, 1999
  • Let's Play Pretend - Without lesbian players and fans, there might be no women's pro basketball. But tell that to the WNBA.

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    Let's Play Pretend - Without lesbian players and fans, there might be no women's pro basketball. But tell that to the WNBA.

    [Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article.] In the stands during another late-season Lynx meltdown, Tracey Harris holds up a WNBA crowd survey marked well outside the lines with black ink scribbles and exclamation ...

    by Terri Sutton on August 18, 1999
  • The Golden Age - Former Fillies center Tonyus Chavers watches from the sidelines as women's pro basketball hits the jackpot

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    The Golden Age - Former Fillies center Tonyus Chavers watches from the sidelines as women's pro basketball hits the jackpot

    "I watched the '96 Olympic team, and I saw everything that I had wished for begin to take shape." Tonyus Chavers, former center for the first Minnesota professional women's basketball team, the 1978-1981 Fillies, looks out over the Target Center cr...

    by Terri Sutton on August 11, 1999
  • Biting Back

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    Biting Back

    Editor's note: A few weeks back, we ran an essay in this space about Apple and the iMac, written by computer consultant Frank Catalano. The piece generated a deluge of mail, some of it addressed to City Pages, even more of it to Catalano personally...

    by City Pages Staff on August 11, 1999
  • Fall Out - The military turned Ron Falcon into an officer, a gentleman, and a doctor. When the brass discovered he was gay, they kicked him out and sent him the bill.

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    Fall Out - The military turned Ron Falcon into an officer, a gentleman, and a doctor. When the brass discovered he was gay, they kicked him out and sent him the bill.

    0930 hours, 29 September 1998. All the uniforms are pressed, the shoes spit-polished. Three colonels, their temples streaked with gray, sit shoulder to shoulder at the head of the small conference room deep inside the Air Reserve Personnel Center (...

    by David Schimke on August 11, 1999
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    Publish or Perish

    TIMOTHY YOON LIKES the word community. When the 25-year-old Detroit native talks about the queer scene in the Twin Cities, he leans forward earnestly, and he uses phrases like "building bridges," with great comfort. It's this impulse toward connect...

    by Sonya Geis on August 11, 1999
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    Off Beat

    Sauce, Lies, and Videotape BELIEVE IT OR not, Vice President Al Gore's July 29 campaign visit to the Twin Cities actually generated some controversy. Informed late that afternoon that there'd be no further photo ops before the evening's fundraise...

    by City Pages Staff on August 11, 1999
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    Sweet Potato Pied - A journey through City Pages' past.

    They were in Madrid, at a little place called Paco and Chano's, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives over bowls of garbanzo bean soup. To Tom Bartel and his wife Kris Henning, Spain was warm, romantic, and stimulating; maybe ...

    by Britt Robson on August 4, 1999
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    Bigger Than Bite-Size

    When confronted by 20 years' worth of City Pages news stories, it's striking how difficult so many of them are to excerpt. The best of these articles are so meticulously researched and organically reasoned that their "nut graphs"--the collection of ...

    by Britt Robson on August 4, 1999
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    Out of Characters

    In the parlance of journalism, feature is a catch-all for any longish story that doesn't necessarily have a time peg. At City Pages features are a place where characters are drawn, from Jesse the Body to Bear in the Woods Bly to Saint Mary Jo to the...

    by Britt Robson on August 4, 1999
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    The Ink Tank

    The trusty, theoretically unopinionated American Heritage Dictionary defines opinion as: "A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof." Which works equally well as a high-falutin' description of b...

    by Britt Robson on August 4, 1999
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    Park and Ride

    Anyone following sports in the Twin Cities over the past 20 years knows that whether the hometown team won or lost wasn't always as important as where they played the games. The first substantive sports story to appear in City Pages (then known as S...

    by Britt Robson on August 4, 1999
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    Young Spuds in a Longhorn Daze

    The late Seventies weren't exactly an era for what the Clash called "the career opportunity (the one that never knocks)." Unless you were making Minneapolis your hang. With inflation and unemployment under President and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter at...

    by Martin Keller on August 4, 1999
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    Film for Art's Sake

    The first film review ever printed in Sweet Potato proved uncharacteristic of the paper's critical rigor. Defending The Blues Brothers in July 1980 (in a column directly preceding a two-page color ad for the movie), then-associate editor Randy Ander...

    by Rob Nelson on August 4, 1999
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    The Woodchopper's Bawl

    "Like loggers," wrote arts editor Patricia Ohmans in 1993, "City Pages arts writers spend a great deal of time chopping down trees and very little time surveying the forest." When Ohmans made this assessment in her report on "The State of the Arts,"...

    by Peter Ritter on August 4, 1999
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    Reflections

    Monika Bauerlein (Monika Bauerlein has been managing editor of City Pages since 1990.) What I know so far: That it's possible to do what you love and love what you do. That the bad guys don't always win. That sometimes they do. That the whole is g...

    by City Pages Staff on August 4, 1999
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    Bio Feedback

    Here's one of the better-kept little secrets of the newspaper business: Journalists love letters. Every week after we finally shove the paper out the door, we wait. We check our voice mail. Scan our e-mail. Slink past the reception desk to see if w...

    by Monika Bauerlein on August 4, 1999
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    One Jams and One Soars - Two albums that express what quality children's music should be

    40 Fingers Neotribal Elemental Sound www.elementalsound.com and www.40fingers.com Ted Jacobs A Child's Garden of Songs Music for Little People R2 75683 Anyone who has ever been to a so-called drum jam knows what a chaotic and unsatis...

    by Scott Robinson on August 1, 1999
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