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    Talk of the Town

    THE STREAM OF people heading into the Armory just off Central and Broadway in northeast Minneapolis last Thursday night was greeted with flyers, refreshments, and booth after booth explaining city government. Staffers from Animal Control s...

    by Jennifer Vogel on September 25, 1996
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    Theme: "The Greatest Environmental President." Really?

    Nowhere has the Clinton-Gore campaign drawn a deeper rhetorical line in the sand than over the question of the environment. Understandably so. Poll after poll shows that the voters take green issues very seriously and adjust their support ...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on September 25, 1996
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    Saving America From Politics - Why the babbling Buddha of broadcast is a boon to Democrats as well as Republicans.

    THE MOST RESONANT soundbite of the presidential campaign thus far--a koan for contemporary politics, really--was uttered by Bob Dole in a recent fit of pique. "Everything we're for, he's for," spluttered Bob. "Why should he be president? Why should...

    by Steve Perry on September 25, 1996
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    ANATOMY OF STARDOM

    IN 1969, JIM Morrison was arrested in Miami for exposing himself on stage, securing his place in rock chronicles as a quintessential bad-boy frontman, shattering mainstream delusions of virtue. A few weeks ago, we attended The Jesus Lizard...

    by City Pages Staff on September 25, 1996
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    SCHOOL'S OUT Forever - Homeschooling isn't just fundamentalists and eccentrics anymore.

    "This isn't going to be a negative piece, is it? Where you get some quotes from one homeschool family and then have some expert from the MEA or the MFT do a kind of point-counterpoint and talk about how abusive homeschooling is? Because I ...

    by Laura Sinagra on September 25, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - Dumb and DOMA

    ELECTION-YEAR DEMAGOGY around the issue of homosexuality is nothing new in American politics: Ever since a legendary Southern politician named Pitchfork Ben Tillman defeated an opponent by labeling him a "thespian," dumping on same-sexers ...

    by Doug Ireland on September 18, 1996
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    ART FOR THE PEOPLE

    Having devoted her life to her art, sculptor Evelyn Raymond spends her old age in solitude except for the company of her students and a pair of cocker spaniels. Her students, some of whom are in their 90s, keep the 88-year-old artist fee...

    by City Pages Staff on September 18, 1996
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    No Fuss, No Muss

    FOR OVER A hundred years now, fingerprints--each one laboriously inked and transferred to paper--have been a prime tool of criminology. But a recent technological development seems poised to change all that, and possibly to extend the scop...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on September 18, 1996
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    A Phillips Affair - Neighborhood politics get personal.

    Ever since its inception in 1991, Minneapolis's Neighborhood Revitalization Program has been plagued by reports of infighting, dueling agendas, and a less than democratic process. With real money at stake, neighborhood politics has become ...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on September 18, 1996
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    Listening For God - Translator Stephen Mitchell on east and west, the psyche, and the divine.

    Stephen Mitchell first gained a measure of popular attention in 1991 owing to the controversy over his book The Gospel According to Jesus, an ambitious and deceptively contentious translation of and commentary on what Mitchell deemed the "...

    by Steve Perry on September 18, 1996
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    Friendly Fire? - The TWA incident, Contra coke, and other affairs of the Internet

    CRUISING THE INTERNET in the past few days to follow the discussions of the CIA-Contra crack connection recounted here last week has given me a new appreciation of the Net's possibilities. Out in the eddies of cyberspace, amid all the screeds regardi...

    by Steve Perry on September 18, 1996
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    LILI BLOOMS

    Park City, Utah-- LILI TAYLOR WAS the undisputed belle of the ball at the Sundance Film Festival in January, appearing in no less than three movies (Girls Town, I Shot Andy Warhol, Cold Fever) and doing her part to discuss them a...

    by Rob Nelson on September 18, 1996
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    PRINTED MATTER

    Rebecca Brown What Keeps Me Here Harper Collins For years I lived with an abusive girlfriend, witnessing her tantrums, her threats of suicide, her violent fits. When I broke up with her last spring, she began to lie, to break things, th...

    by City Pages Staff on September 18, 1996
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    KILLING THE MESSENGER - For 17 years Larry Blackwell has been incurring the wrath of Minneapolis officials in his position as city affirmative action director.

    Last May Minneapolis City Coordinator Kathy O'Brien called Larry Blackwell into her office for a scolding. Blackwell, the city's affirmative action head, found Human Resources Director Ann Eilbracht waiting there as well. Blackwell had bee...

    by Jennifer Vogel on September 18, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - Bombs Away

    BILL CLINTON'S BOMBING of Iraq just eight weeks before America goes to the polls--call it his September Surprise--illustrates the old adage that when the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet. The Cold War may be over, b...

    by Doug Ireland on September 11, 1996
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    DREAMING IS FREE

    You'd never know to look at them, but most Minnesotans dream of plush burgundy carpets, white baby grand pianos, and televisions the size of garden sheds. Or so says this year's "Dream Home," the jewel in the crown of the annual Parade o...

    by City Pages Staff on September 11, 1996
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    Timber!

    TOM AND DONNA Howard-Hastings walked into the woods near Clam Lake, Wisconsin, around dawn on April 22 with a couple of good-sized handsaws. They put them to one of the 40-foot poles bearing cable along the road. At 9:45 a.m., they pushed,...

    by Monika Bauerlein on September 11, 1996
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    The US government and the Compton-Contra connection.

    THAT THE CENTRAL Intelligence Agency regularly sponsored the smuggling of drugs and guns all through the 1980s is hardly a secret anymore, but most discussions of what transpired have been confined to the margins of the press, a handful of books, and...

    by Steve Perry on September 11, 1996
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    The Ex-Files, Part III

    The history of marriage as an institution is larger than any of our personal histories. And we carry its collective history as deeply as we carry our own experience, whether we know it or not. For tens of thousands of years most ...

    by Michael Ventura on September 11, 1996
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    THE SHOW - Ask not for whom the balloons toll...

    resolved to avoid the conventions this year, and for the most part, I kept my vow. Apart from the major speeches, so-called, I broke down only once. Late one balmy afternoon, I turned on C-SPAN's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Chicago gala just in t...

    by Steve Perry on September 11, 1996
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