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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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    THE WIDENING GYRE

    What with the snow, the steady stream of visitors has finally tapered off, leaving the townsfolk of Pease alone for the winter with their crop circle. Until recently, Kevin Santema's field had attracted a regular tourist trade, including teams of ...

    by City Pages Staff on December 11, 1996
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    Inside Pitches

    A COUPLE OF months into the political wrangling over a new outdoor Twins stadium, all the baseball metaphors have been used up--which may be just as well, since the current phase bears more resemblance to a fishing expedition. With an estimated 60 t...

    by Beth Hawkins on December 11, 1996
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    Whither Wellstone? - Six more years--of what?

    IT WAS GOOD to see Paul Wellstone re-elected last month, but let's not kid ourselves. Measured by what he went to Washington to do, Wellstone's first term was a water-treading proposition at best. He did not lose his soul. He did lose something, how...

    by Steve Perry on December 11, 1996
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    Trash Talk - THE TAXPAYERS OF HENNEPIN COUNTY ARE SUING...

    THE LOCAL LAW firm of Dorsey and Whitney recently mailed out over 300,000 letters informing county taxpayers that it had filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit on their behalf against Hennepin County. The suit claims that taxpayers have been gros...

    by City Pages Staff on December 11, 1996
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    The Best Offense is a Good Defense

    Since he became a professional basketball player a mere 13 months ago, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett has played the game with an unselfish pride and subtle command that cannot be captured by box scores and highlight reels. On offense,...

    by Britt Robson on December 11, 1996
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    The Five Deaths of Carmen McNeal

    Her mutilated body was found in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. Her killer was never brought to justice. And a quarter century later, the details of her life and death still haunt five people she left behind. This is her story...

    by Josie Rawson on December 11, 1996
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    INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

    Brach's California Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins, 14-oz. bag E. J. Brach Corporation WE ALL KNOW by now that packaging is at least as important as the actual product in today's consumer marketplace, but that lesson was driven home for me wit...

    by Paul Lukas on December 4, 1996
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    While Rome Burns

    HISTORY TEACHES US that the true measure of a society's decadence is not, as the religious right would have it, to be found in the sybaritic pleasures of its people, but rather in the corruption of its ruling elites. This institutional rot presages ...

    by Doug Ireland on December 4, 1996
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    THE OTHER VOTE - There is no place to mark "none of the above" on our election ballots.

    But there is the write-in vote. Consider the Hennepin County election results: Margin by which Clinton won: 111,239 Total number of write-in votes cast in all Hennepin County elections: 137,709 With the exception of the major party candidates in th...

    by City Pages Staff on December 4, 1996
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    The Hard Line

    THE RUBBER IS starting to meet the road on welfare reform. How to implement last summer's Clinton/Gingrich bill will be among the top priorities when the state Legislature meets in January. To get their two cents' worth in early, officials in Henne...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 4, 1996
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    Reform Party Revolt - PEROT AND CO: BIG EARS THAT JUST WON'T LISTEN

    MINNESOTA REFORM PARTY members along with their counterparts elsewhere are charging that Ross Perot is trying to run the organization like his personal toy. Last week, the Texan sponsored a teleconference at which representatives of 50 states voted ...

    by City Pages Staff on December 4, 1996
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    The Peril of Memory

    835_3am The Peril of Memory by Michael Ventura My memories are dangerous. Dangerous to myself, dangerous to others. If you have a look that jibes with one of my memories, I may like or dislike you without reason, and our lives may change becaus...

    by Michael Ventura on December 4, 1996
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    Race Cards - The battle over the public defender's office has a familiar scent.

    NOW THAT A special investigator is on the case, it will be a while before the fight over the Hennepin County Public Defender's office is settled. In the meantime it should be noted that what is transpiring here is a classic bit of racial bait-and-sw...

    by Steve Perry on December 4, 1996
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    Winter Special

    or never-resting time leads summer onTo hideous winter and confounds him there,Sap check'd with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,Beauty o'ersnow'd and bareness everywhere. --William Shakespeare, Sonnet #5 YEAH, WELL, IT'S the winter of our discont...

    by City Pages Staff on December 4, 1996
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    First, Lie

    THE LATEST REVELATIONS in the Indogate/Riady/Huang campaign contributions scandal underscore the rampant influence-peddling that has polluted the Clinton presidency from its inception, and provide new proof--if any was needed--that this administrati...

    by Doug Ireland on November 27, 1996
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    Public Defender Battle Gets Hotter Yet. - Kennedy and McGee forces keep swapping charges, and the Star Tribune comes under fire.

    Loretta Elgren stole the show at the state Board of Public Defense meeting November 21. Wearing a fire-truck red dress with matching hat that looked like something out of a Seurat painting, she marched to the front of a room packed with men in dark ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on November 27, 1996
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    HOLY SHOPPING! - "Look What Scrooge Has Found...The Perfect Christmas Present!"

    Bright, puffy pine trees glittering with golden angels, rosy cherubs, pale pink seashells, clusters of red balls, swirls of creamy pearls, a blanket of tiny sequins and flickering lights--Tiny Tim would not have dared to dream of the abundance conta...

    by City Pages Staff on November 27, 1996
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    Love's Cold Calculus - Notes on the least reputable and most profitable literary genre in American publishing: the romance novel.

    Romance: 1) A love affair 2) A kind of love between the sexes, characterized by high ideals of devotion, strong ardor, etc. 3) Adventurous, heroic, or exotic nature: the romance of faraway places 4) Something that lacks basis in fact (as an ext...

    by Brad Zellar on November 27, 1996
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