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    DON'T CRY FOR HER

    A RECENT VETERAN (or is that victim?) of Four Rooms, Madonna continues to have movie problems. But luckily for her, the $60-million Evita, her hoped-for comeback due out this December, is being hyped by a "special 10 minute presentation" ...

    by Rob Nelson on August 7, 1996
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    The Age of Dread

    I WAS TALKING with a friend one day last week when he happened to drop this factoid into the conversation: You realize, he said, that panic and anxiety disorders are now the number one psychological complaint in America. Well, no, I didn't, and I'm g...

    by Steve Perry on August 7, 1996
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    Butts R Us: Tobacco, Clinton, Gore, and the Doles

    Day after day, Bob Dole writhes as Democratic tricksters dressed up as "Buttman" taunt him at rallies for his fealty to the tobacco cartel. If every politician in America with ties to big tobacco were to be heckled by "Buttman," as Bob D...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on August 7, 1996
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    The Wrath of Kahnby

    WHEN THE DFL Feminist Caucus endorsed a young male challenger over 12-term incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn, political observers in Minnesota wondered if perhaps the move signaled the beginning of the end for the old-school feminist legislator...

    by F.J. Gallagher on August 7, 1996
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    Fighting Words

    BEFORE HE WAS indicted for allegedly conspiring to steal nearly $1 million from the Leech Lake Band of Chippewas, former state Senator Harold "Skip" Finn sponsored a bill that proposed to eliminate the word "squaw" from any geographical f...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on August 7, 1996
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    BENIGN SPIRITUAL GROWTH

    When Zeus, old father of the Olympians, wanted to express his anger at a mortal, he tossed a thunderbolt to earth. So when lightning struck the dome of the Lake Harriet Community Church, the good parishioners paid attention. In the ...

    by City Pages Staff on August 7, 1996
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    Harold S. Kahm - the self-declared "oldest and least-known writer in Minnesota,"

    ...has authored 28 published books, and, if he lives long enough, may finish his 29th, a work tentatively titled My First 90 Years: an Unauthorized Autobiography. Kahm celebrated his 90th birthday in March with a few dozen friends at a Greek restaura...

    by Michael Tortorello on July 31, 1996
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    THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

    I FIRST HEARD the word "menopause" at age 7 while eavesdropping on a hushed phone conversation at my aunt's house. Later, in seventh grade, my class read a story by Carson McCullers about a woman who kills herself during her "change." Dis...

    by City Pages Staff on July 31, 1996
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    What Big Oil Was Doing While You Were Fixing Your Solar Panel

    This coming fall, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency plan to spill 11,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Washington state's Olympic peninsula. EPA scientists, clad in full body condoms, will...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on July 31, 1996
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    The Silence of the Frogs - A team of scientists labors to figure out why so many frogs around the state are suddenly turning up deformed--and what

    Robert McKinnell peels back the white kitchen towel taped loosely over a fish tank containing nearly 40 small, dark-green frogs from Crow Wing county. They're swimming and hopping anxiously in about a half-inch of murky water. "The thing ...

    by Jennifer Vogel on July 31, 1996
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    DATELINE ATLANTA: - ONE GAME-GOER'S SELECTED OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS

    Accommodations: Arriving late on Tuesday, I'm stationed a block from Centennial Olympic Park at one of several hotels taken over by the media for the 1996 Olympics. But I'm an imposter here, credential-less, the guest of a friend wh...

    by City Pages Staff on July 31, 1996
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    UNTIL THE (MAD) COWS COME HOME

    The first symptoms don't look like much. People get listless, moody, sometimes scruffy. Then they start to walk strangely, stumble a lot as if drunk, and finally end up in a wheelchair. Soon they can't remember words, faces, loved ones. B...

    by Monika Bauerlein on July 24, 1996
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    GREEN EGGS & WALTZES

    "VERY OFTEN I'LL just walk out on stage," explains composer Rob Kapilow, "and the first thing I'll say is, 'What are the first three words of Green Eggs and Ham? And the entire audience will go, 'I am Sam.' I mean, there are very few oper...

    by City Pages Staff on July 24, 1996
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    Freedom's Failure: Aliens Abduct Newt!

    The science-fiction movie Independence Day raked in more than $100 million in its first week, which is three times the amount the federal government spends each year on wilderness protection. The loosely conceived plot features extraterre...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on July 24, 1996
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    Human Rights at the Airport

    WHEN CHAO YANG and his family moved to Minnesota from Laos in 1981, he found work as a janitor with an airline food catering company. In 1987, the company promoted him to assistant manager. Yang spoke both English and Lao, which made him ...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on July 24, 1996
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    SLAPP Happy?

    DESPITE THE BEST efforts of neighborhood activists, the construction crews are hard at work at the Ewing Wetlands. In recent months, the last privately held wetland in the city, located near Cedar Lake in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, has g...

    by Jon Segal on July 24, 1996
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    SHOOTING THE CHILDREN

    Don't hitch your economic wagon to a 5-year-old star. Every parent thinks their own 5-year-old is the smartest, the cutest, the most perfect. But when MCI recently announced that they would hold a national TV commercial casting call f...

    by City Pages Staff on July 24, 1996
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    PARTNERS IN CRIME - A Clinton Scandals Primer

    It's time to face the facts about the scandals now swirling around the Clinton administration. Not since the final days of Richard Nixon's White House have there been so many of a president's closest associates, aides, and cabinet members...

    by Doug Ireland on July 17, 1996
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    THIS OLD PRESS

    ON JUNE 12, 1983, a million people gathered in Central Park to demonstrate against Reagan's nuclear madness, and I was almost one of them. My mother had fueled the car. My sister was ready. But I, drip-nosed crybaby and asthma poster-chil...

    by City Pages Staff on July 17, 1996
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    Bad Medicine

    ROB WALDON SEEMED like a pretty run-of-the-mill case when he came to the Wellspring Clinic a year ago. He had been having back pain for some time, he told Helen Healy, the holistic practitioner he'd come to see; he had a dull ache on his ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on July 17, 1996
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