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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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    EAT FISH AND DIE!

    Sure, we beat New York. It's not the first time. We've always raised more alfalfa than they do. We've always processed more turkeys. We built our mall bigger. We have more sports fisherman, and now, finally our murder rate is greater. ...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    Double Jeopardy

    IN JANUARY 1995, the Minnesota Legislature responded to hysteria over rising juvenile crime by enacting a new category of prosecution called Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ) status. The new designation meant that some kids would recei...

    by F.J. Gallagher on September 4, 1996
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    A Changing of the Guard? - Retiring pols and a shifting could change the of politics on Minneapolis's long-entrenched north side.

    The red, white and blue signs are all over. "John Derus for state Senate," they say, poking out of lawns from Broadway to the city limits. In a quarter-century, Derus has lost only two races--the time voters unceremoniously kicked him off...

    by Monika Bauerlein on September 4, 1996
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    Chicago Then and Now - Notes on the 1968 and 1996 conventions

    I was trying to remember the last time I heard anyone utter the word "liberal" with the contempt that characterizes Rudy Boschwitz's ads. Then it came to me. We did, we said it loud and often during the '60s, and always with the bitternes...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    EXTRA CRISPY

    WHEN QUENTIN CRISP meets us at the door of his hotel suite, we don't quite know whether to bow, curtsy or kiss his ring. He emanates an aura of British royalty--and he is, though in a completely unrelated realm. An 87-year-old English-bor...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    KEEP ON TRUCKIN' - On the road with the Concrete Farm dance collective and a big rig.

    The truck is an Ford F-Series flatbed, 24 feet long and 7 feet wide with a gross weight capacity of some 26,000 pounds. Over 18 days in August and September the five women of the Minneapolis-based Concrete Farm dance collective will perfo...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 4, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - The Politics of Personality

    IT BEGAN WITH Superman and ended with Saddam: Last week was a politician's wet dream for Bill Clinton, who roared out of Chicago with a commanding double-digit lead in the polls. In the last four decades, no presidential candidate who tra...

    by Doug Ireland on September 4, 1996
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    The Ex-Files, Part II

    So I ran. Ran as far as my obsessions and neuroses could take me. One day I had walked into my living room and literally not recognized my wife--there was an expression on her face that I labeled "strange" because I'd never seen it, or ha...

    by Michael Ventura on August 28, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - Bad King Bill

    IF THE CORONATION of William Jefferson Clinton in Chicago this week has an underlying theme, it is the triumph of hypocrisy. The docile Democratic delegates are being serenaded by a seemingly endless parade of children's choirs, their swe...

    by Doug Ireland on August 28, 1996
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    BETWEEN THE SHEETS AT FANTASUITES

    Our tour guide, Susie, is clearly not of the age of consent. She wears suntan hose, navy flats, a corduroy jumper, and the unflappable air of a girl for whom the commerce of kinkiness represents little more than gas money. About 30 of ...

    by City Pages Staff on August 28, 1996
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    Logrolling in West St. Paul821news1

    Brian Miller's house is a thing of beauty. The restored Victorian sits on a one-acre lot atop a bluff in the heart of St. Paul's West Side. A vine-covered porch in back looks out over big trees; next door is a huge grassy lot, future site...

    by Monika Bauerlein on August 28, 1996
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    Of Zoos and Conventions

    Of Zoos and Conventionsby Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn IT SAYS MUCH for the quality of American political culture in the high summer of 1996 that amid the gathering of the nation's two major political parties and the limning...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on August 28, 1996
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    GENES, DESTINY, AND BIG BROTHER - UM Professor David Lykken has spent his career studying the role of nature and nurture in shaping people. And he believes his research shows the best society would be one in which the state decides who gets to have children. by Jennifer Vogel

    Professor David Lykken sits with his arms crossed in a big cushioned chair out on the screened front porch of his South Minneapolis home. He's lived in this house for more than 30 years with his wife, who bustles silently in the dining ro...

    by Jennifer Vogel on August 28, 1996
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    The Ex-Files

    About two years into my marriage, I walked into the living room of our small apartment and saw my wife sitting on the couch. She looked at me. There was nothing dramatic about the way she looked at me, her features were the same, yet this was another...

    by Michael Ventura on August 21, 1996
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    THE GARDEN OF Dreaming

    We are talking about dreams. We are sitting on the back patio in Popie Mohring's garden, between an ocean of gray stones and a river of blue, with a two-foot high Mount Olympus at our feet and a caragana tree casting its shadow over the c...

    by Josie Rawson on August 21, 1996
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    ART AND MARTINIS

    I WAS CAUGHT a little off guard when curator Dick Brewer walked up to me in his "Insufficient Dada" shirt and offered to buy me a drink. That never happens when I review gallery shows, but here it made sense: Brewer's show hangs spitting ...

    by City Pages Staff on August 21, 1996
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    Bomb Tracers

    ON AUGUST 24, 1970, Richard Livesay was working as a chemist for 3M when a bomb gutted a physics building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was during the height of the Vietnam War, and the blast killed one student and injured tw...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on August 21, 1996
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