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    Just Shoot Me

    The Minnesota National Guard was a key component of the "surge" in Iraq. 2,600 of them recently wrapped up a 22-month tour. On paper, 1,161 of them were serving a 729 day tour, extended for the surge to 22 months. A 730-day tour would have triggered ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 7, 2007 @ 9:49 am
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    A PERSISTENT RUMOR circulating in local media has the company that owns the Star Tribune lobbying City Council members about the Minnesota Twins's proposed new stadium. The stakes run high for Cowles, whose 13-year-old headquarters sits on one of th...

    by City Pages Staff on December 18, 1996
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    The Real Me

    "To apply to be on The Real World, you need to show us that you are an open, honest and sincere person who's dealing with issues of concern to The Real World audience." --Jonathan Murray and Mary Ellis-Bunim, co-creators and producers of MTV's The ...

    by Michael Tortorello on December 18, 1996
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    I HAVE A vague memory from childhood of an old horror movie called Theater of Blood, in which all the theater critics in town get iced, one by one. (If memory serves, one corpulent bastard is force-fed his own poodle.) This may not be a vision of th...

    by Kate Sullivan on December 18, 1996
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    The Business of Government

    HAVING GLIDED THROUGH his entire re-election campaign without holding a single press conference--which hardly produced a squeak of protest from the tame Washington press corps--Bill Clinton last week held the first of what are promised to be regular...

    by Doug Ireland on December 18, 1996
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    LABOR OF LOVE - One of the longest running picket lines in the history of the local labor movement

    greets motorists and passersby on 45th Street and Chicago Avenue at Ray Welter Heating and Air Conditioning. It has been about four-and-a-half years since Ray's son, Nick, reneged on his contracted workers, and during the entire four years, the Shee...

    by City Pages Staff on December 18, 1996
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    Soy Genes

    EVER SINCE THE controversy over synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) three years ago, the companies working to introduce genetically engineered organisms into the world's food system have been keeping something of a low profile, hoping to bring new...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 18, 1996
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    Homes for the Holidays

    MONDAY WAS MOVE-IN day at the Archdale, a first-of-its-kind apartment building in downtown Minneapolis devoted entirely to homeless kids--some now scattered at city shelters as winter comes on, some out on the street. All morning, folks unloaded don...

    by Josie Rawson on December 18, 1996
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    Friendly Fire - Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began

    There would be no stone left unturned, President Clinton assured Americans on Veterans Day six days after his re-election, in efforts to get to the bottom of the array of illnesses colloquially known as Gulf War syndrome. With his next breath Clinto...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on December 18, 1996
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    Dicks in Our Stockings - Robin Hood '96: hiring the poor to steal for the rich.

    IN THE SPIRIT of the season, I feel it my duty to plead for clemency on behalf of the Dicks of Roseville. The Dicks--dentist Gerald Dick, his wife Judy, and two adult children, James Dick and Stacy Zehren--stand accused of hiring of a personal shopl...

    by Steve Perry on December 18, 1996
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    IN THE SHADOW OF THE INFORMATION AGE - Days and nights at the most maligned workplace in the country--the U.S. Postal Service.

    On Sunday at the Mall of America, over 100 Twin Cities union members led by postal workers handed out a thousand shopping bags and leaflets critical of post office privatization and of Postmark America, a mall boutique opened in October by the U.S. ...

    by Roger Swardson on December 18, 1996
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    Worst. Logo. Ever.

    On Wednesday, Republican National Convention officials unveiled the official 2008 RNC logo. The emblem features the words "Republican National Convention, Minneapolis-Saint Paul" encircling the silhouette of a sex-crazed Elephant mounting the year ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 5, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
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    Iraq War veteran challenges Kline

    Former Watertown mayor Steve Sarvi, a veteran of the Iraq War, filed to run against Rep. John Kline today in Minnesota's Second Congressional District. Sarvi returned from a 16-month tour of duty with the National Guard in July. The 42-year-old fat...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    cPod, Episode 1

    Welcome to our humble debut episode of cPod - wherein we ask our reporters and editors to talk about the stories they've written for the current issue. Check back each week for a new update and for a bit of an inside listen to the voices behind your ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on October 4, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
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    Court Hears Convicted City Councilmember's Appeal

    When last we heard from convicted City Councilmember Dean Zimmerman, he was making plans for prison ("I am hoping to be able to do some teaching while I am in"). Today, with Zimmerman already serving a 30-month sentence, his lawyers are appealing his...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 4, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
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    Tutu's "anti-Semitic" speech

    As we report in this week's issue, University of St. Thomas administrators derailed plans of hosting Archbishop Desmond Tutu next spring amidst concerns that his past criticisms of Israel veered into anti-Semitic territory. Critics point to one spee...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 4, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    Banning Desmond Tutu

    Matt Snyders' excellent piece detailing the University of St. Thomas' bewildering decision to rescind an invitation for Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu to speak on the campus was picked up by both daily newspapers today. While the Pi Press went the cl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 12:06 pm
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    Pawlenty more popular than ever(?!)

    The Strib released a poll today showing 59 percent of Minnesotans approve of Governor Tim Pawlenty. Which is to say that despite the bridge collapse, his double flip-flop on the gas tax increase, his slow response to the flooding in southeastern Mi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 3, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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    Hot Shots

    WHY IS IT that I, a straight woman, find the performance of gay male desire so beguiling, so portentous, so invasively carnal? Why is it that most screen enactments of hetero desire, to quote the estimably blunt Polly Harvey, leave me dry? Am I alon...

    by Terri Sutton on December 11, 1996
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    The Cabinet of Dr. Clinton

    THE WARM WASHINGTON welcome for China's General Chi on his official state visit here tells us as much about the shape of U.S. foreign policy in Clinton's second term as did the president's appointment of his national security team last week. The gen...

    by Doug Ireland on December 11, 1996
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