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    Logan's Run

    "A LOT OF thrillers these days are written by people who've never been shot at," muses 56-year-old novelist Chuck Logan. "They write them for people who've never been shot at. They're romances, love stories about male mastery." Taking time out fr...

    by Peter Ritter on December 2, 1998
  • Steal this Ad - The revolution won't be televised--but it will be advertised

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    Steal this Ad - The revolution won't be televised--but it will be advertised

    There he goes again, stalking belligerently around the screen, caged by his own anger and by a world too boring, too conformist, too routine for a guy like him. Shake things up! he demands, his motormouth charisma running a megabyte a minute. Don't...

    by Jesse Berrett on December 2, 1998
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    Grit 'n' Polish

    CROSS THE POND anticipating stately country homes and plummy accents, and what do you find? Geeky TV comics, canned spaghetti served on toast, and the McTriple with Cheese ("only 1.39!"). In this year's overdose of parallel commercialism, a.k.a. T...

    by Phil Anderson on December 2, 1998
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    Off Beat

    Smoke Gets in Your Byline Considering the price of a pack of Marlboros these days, Off Beat--a cheapskate during the best of times--couldn't justify investing in a copy of Smoked: The Inside Story of the Minnesota Tobacco Trial. Then last week th...

    by City Pages Staff on December 2, 1998
  • Shot in the Dark - Three photographers on the graveyard shift shoot the Cities' dark side

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    Shot in the Dark - Three photographers on the graveyard shift shoot the Cities' dark side

    It's midnight on a Monday in mid-November: cloudy and crisp, but no snow. WCCO-TV overnight photographer Tony Knoss steers his unmarked white minivan out of downtown Minneapolis to check on a tip about eastbound 394 being shut down--suggesting, per...

    by Burl Gilyard on December 2, 1998
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    Winter Safety Tips for Preventing Brain Injury

    Protecting your child's brain from an injury may be the most important thing you can do as a parent. This winter help your child play it safe. Sledding: The fun of sliding downhill can turn into danger unless children know how to sled safely. Chi...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Helping Kids Cope with Colds

    Children aren't little adults, and most parents realize that when it comes to treating kids' colds they have to tailor their treatment. Many pediatricians recommend medications made specifically for children that contain acetaminophen to treat fe...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Save-A-Friend Hotline

    Save-A-Friend hotline is a toll-free phone number for K-12 students to call and anonymously alert school authorities to situations involving guns, other weapons, potential violence, or students at risk. "We are totally committed to making each an...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Paradise Traded - Swapping Oz for the way back home

    We had it all. At least, we had a good start. In Michigan, we lived in a sprawling rambler on four and a half acres bordered by rows of mature, stately evergreens. Our expansive front yard offered both the comforts of a mown lawn and the rusticity ...

    by Marie Bjoraker Peavey on December 1, 1998
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    Estate Sale - Sifting the sundries of a lifetime

    A steep staircase opens directly into the sewing room at the top of her small house. Dormer windows give a view of the quiet street below. The walls of the longish room are white, with little tables scattered about. Jumbled with bits of fabric, the...

    by Alison McGhee on December 1, 1998
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    For Sale - Searching for a sense of place

    My six-year-old son Luke is engrossed in play with his best friend, Josh, as a crew of neighborhood men help Josh's family move. The new house is only a few miles away, but to my son, it might as well be on another continent. He senses the end of l...

    by Corey G. Gunderson on December 1, 1998
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    It's for You

    I wish I could drop by my sister's house after supper. Then Margo and I could discuss our respective days while she worked in her yard. I'd be there to advise her about the overbearing first-grader who's been bullying my niece. And she would sympat...

    by Ellen Shriner on December 1, 1998
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    Being There - A Reflection On Parenting

    It was a ludicrous sight--one that struck a little too close to home. I was sitting on my front porch taking one of those rare moments to enjoy a bright summer morning. A young dad came cycling down the street, his child behind him in a bright blue...

    by Edward J. Colon on December 1, 1998
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    Snug as a Bug in a Rug(rat) - One popular animated TV show is part of the holiday movie stocking stuffers

    The Rugrats Movie Paramount Pictures and Viacom International, Inc. 1998 Now showing. Check local listings for theaters and showtimes. The "holiday movie" phenomenon is comfortably old and annoyingly new. Movie studios have always counted ...

    by Phil Anderson on December 1, 1998
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    Scan It: Knew You Were Waiting

    Let it never be said George Michael hides from adversity. After his arrest for lewd conduct in front of one of California's finest last spring, the former Wham! frontman has bounced back with a greatest-hits package featuring a new single and video...

    by Lisa Needham on December 1, 1998
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    If a gifted psychic offered to tell you what lay ahead for you, would you listen?

    Editor's Note: "Think About It" is a new, ongoing feature in Minnesota Parent; a place where our two editorial staffers, Jeannine Ouellette Howitz and Julia L. Ramirez, will recount firsthand experiences with offbeat subject matter. This month's to...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Reflections of the Way Brass Used to Be - A little schlocky, a little abstract, but plenty of good music

    Reflected in Brass: Evelyn Glennie and the Black Dyke Band RCA Victor Red Seal/BMG Classics $15.99 Street Songs: Evelyn Glennie and the King's Singers RCA Victor Red Seal/BMG Classics $16.99 Percussionist Evelyn Glennie, one of th...

    by Scott Robinson on December 1, 1998
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    Mary

    Every woman who has ever given birth loves to tell her birth story. She loves to tell it in excruciating detail. She'll tell it to anyone who will listen. One ravenous night some two thousand years ago, a woman named Mary brought a baby named Je...

    by Nanci Olsen on December 1, 1998
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    Signs of Faith

    I'm driving home in the rain at seven-thirty on a dark Wednesday night. I forgot to eat lunch; my last meal was a late breakfast of shredded wheat, and my head is pounding. I've been proofreading all day; my eyes feel totally shot. I'm sitting at a...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on December 1, 1998
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    "It's the Thought that Counts . . ." - Is there any wisdom left to squeeze from this dried-out old bit of gift-giving advice?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. You've heard it all before. After searching through forty-two stores in twelve different shopping malls, standing in line for hours, and shelling out a huge bundle of your hard-earned bucks to buy your kid that extra-special prese...

    by Michael K. Meyerhoff on December 1, 1998
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