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    96 Tears by Doug J. Swanson

    HarperCollins Via his honorably jaded private dick Jack Flippo, Dallas Morning News reporter Doug J. Swanson has joined the front ranks of mystery writers aping the taut plots and wise guy dialogue of Elmore Leonard. Like James Lee Burke's New Orlea...

    by Britt Robson on January 1, 1997
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    Bad Neighbors by Katherine Beck

    Doubleday The Jamison household was fine by most accounts, until perky Sue Heffernan cut an uninvited portal into the hedge that once gave the houses on each side their respective privacy. Sue uses this access to trundle over to the Jamison's with c...

    by Amanda Ferguson on January 1, 1997
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    Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty--Memoirs of a Street Artist by Ron Casanova (as told to Stephen Blackburn)

    Curbstone Press In this compelling life story, Ron Casanova paints a frank portrait of an "alternative" lifestyle unshaped by journalistic angle or political agenda. Casanova grew up in New York City, where he was neglected in orphanages, and later ...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on January 1, 1997
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    The Onion website

    www.theonion.com Supposedly, text equals death on the World Wide Web, but in following this conventional wisdom, site after site is getting mired in winking icons, slow-loading, ultimately forgettable animation, and other attempts to bedazzle and am...

    by Dennis Cass on January 1, 1997
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    gURL website

    www.gURL.com Women's mags come in pretty much two flavors: Those for the high-school set and those pitching to the 35-and-over upper-middle-class demographic. The former offer little more than recycled tips on ridding your epidermis of pimples, avoi...

    by Vickie Gilmer on January 1, 1997
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    Pride and Prejudice video

    A & E Home Video Now that filmmakers have left the Arch Age of Jane Austen for the Awkward Age of Henry James, it's safe to pronounce the winner of the 1995-96 Austen adaptation sweepstakes. Persuasion was suitably desperate, and the effervescent Cl...

    by Terri Sutton on January 1, 1997
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    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her video

    New Yorker Video JLG/JLG Cinema Parallel Most Americans would just as soon forget Godard exists, except as a name dropped by lame "indie" filmmakers groping for a credibility no one cares about anymore anyway; nevertheless, these are two of the mos...

    by A.S. Hamrah on January 1, 1997
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    Faust video

    ICA Projects When I was about 10 I saw Time Bandits for the first time--and I had never been so confused in my short life. As I watched writer/director/animation legend Jan Svankmajer's Faust, I was transported back to that time when confusion reign...

    by Andrew Peterson on January 1, 1997
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    Fountains of Wayne by Fountains of Wayne

    Tag/Scratchie Adam Schlesinger is an industrious guy, what with running a record label with Smashing Pumpkins James Iha and D'Arcy, playing bass in the buzz-band Ivy, writing the title song for the movie That Thing You Do. He obviously doesn't have ...

    by Laura Sinagra on January 1, 1997
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    THE OLD MAN AND THE C-NOTES The psychics we polled believe that Twins owner Carl Pohlad will get his stadium--and then sell the team to Kirby Puckett! Astrologer Virginia Miller, who made her predictions based on the birthdate of the Twins's franch...

    by City Pages Staff on January 1, 1997
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    Artists Of The Year

    cover VIC CHESTNUTT by Camden Joy If you could see what I see when I see Vic Chestnutt, what would you see? You'd see a major-label act in a wheelchair, clawing at his instrument, and realize this is one star you can't envy. He is literally tr...

    by City Pages Staff on December 25, 1996
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    The rumor that won't go away. - Wellstone for President?

    A MOUNTING BUZZ around Washington and Minnesota alike has Paul Wellstone examining seriously the prospect of running for president in 2000. The possibility reportedly informed his otherwise curious decision to join Jesse Helms's Senate Foreign Relat...

    by Steve Perry on December 25, 1996
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    page3 When you pop fresh batteries into the Christmas cam and train the flashing scope on Junior as he unwraps his FastAction Supergross Latex Vomit(TM), will your credit card balance be niggling at the back of your mind? If you racked up de...

    by Joseph Hart on December 25, 1996
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    newsbreifs Girls Will be Women IT WAS NOT an auspicious week for local media management. Capping an eight-month investigation, two women who work at WCCO-TV filed a class-action discrimination suit, claiming they and other female employees ...

    by City Pages Staff on December 25, 1996
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    10 Movies to Know America By

    838_3am One difficulty in thinking about America is that, from the beginning, there's never been anything to measure it by, no precedents, no frame of reference. That is our strength, but it's also how we've managed to hide from ourselves. Rus...

    by Michael Ventura on December 25, 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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The sweat life of urban saunas in Minnesota The sweat life of urban saunas in Minnesota

It's hot, damn hot, on the upper bench. The thermometer needle points into the red. Someone on the lower bench tosses a ladle of water on the rocks above the… More >>