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    10 Movies to Know America By

    838_3am One difficulty in thinking about America is that, from the beginning, there's never been anything to measure it by, no precedents, no frame of reference. That is our strength, but it's also how we've managed to hide from ourselves. Rus...

    by Michael Ventura on December 25, 1996
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    The Real Me

    "To apply to be on The Real World, you need to show us that you are an open, honest and sincere person who's dealing with issues of concern to The Real World audience." --Jonathan Murray and Mary Ellis-Bunim, co-creators and producers of MTV's The ...

    by Michael Tortorello on December 18, 1996
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    I HAVE A vague memory from childhood of an old horror movie called Theater of Blood, in which all the theater critics in town get iced, one by one. (If memory serves, one corpulent bastard is force-fed his own poodle.) This may not be a vision of th...

    by Kate Sullivan on December 18, 1996
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    The Business of Government

    HAVING GLIDED THROUGH his entire re-election campaign without holding a single press conference--which hardly produced a squeak of protest from the tame Washington press corps--Bill Clinton last week held the first of what are promised to be regular...

    by Doug Ireland on December 18, 1996
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    LABOR OF LOVE - One of the longest running picket lines in the history of the local labor movement

    greets motorists and passersby on 45th Street and Chicago Avenue at Ray Welter Heating and Air Conditioning. It has been about four-and-a-half years since Ray's son, Nick, reneged on his contracted workers, and during the entire four years, the Shee...

    by City Pages Staff on December 18, 1996
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    Soy Genes

    EVER SINCE THE controversy over synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) three years ago, the companies working to introduce genetically engineered organisms into the world's food system have been keeping something of a low profile, hoping to bring new...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 18, 1996
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    Homes for the Holidays

    MONDAY WAS MOVE-IN day at the Archdale, a first-of-its-kind apartment building in downtown Minneapolis devoted entirely to homeless kids--some now scattered at city shelters as winter comes on, some out on the street. All morning, folks unloaded don...

    by Josie Rawson on December 18, 1996
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    Friendly Fire - Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began

    There would be no stone left unturned, President Clinton assured Americans on Veterans Day six days after his re-election, in efforts to get to the bottom of the array of illnesses colloquially known as Gulf War syndrome. With his next breath Clinto...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on December 18, 1996
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    Dicks in Our Stockings - Robin Hood '96: hiring the poor to steal for the rich.

    IN THE SPIRIT of the season, I feel it my duty to plead for clemency on behalf of the Dicks of Roseville. The Dicks--dentist Gerald Dick, his wife Judy, and two adult children, James Dick and Stacy Zehren--stand accused of hiring of a personal shopl...

    by Steve Perry on December 18, 1996
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    IN THE SHADOW OF THE INFORMATION AGE - Days and nights at the most maligned workplace in the country--the U.S. Postal Service.

    On Sunday at the Mall of America, over 100 Twin Cities union members led by postal workers handed out a thousand shopping bags and leaflets critical of post office privatization and of Postmark America, a mall boutique opened in October by the U.S. ...

    by Roger Swardson on December 18, 1996
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    A PERSISTENT RUMOR circulating in local media has the company that owns the Star Tribune lobbying City Council members about the Minnesota Twins's proposed new stadium. The stakes run high for Cowles, whose 13-year-old headquarters sits on one of th...

    by City Pages Staff on December 18, 1996
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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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    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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    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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    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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