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    Big Brother

    THE OPENING OF the trial of Tim McVeigh this week for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma, and the collective suicide of 39 California cultists last week, are combining to whip the American public's security hysteria to a fever pitch. New ...

    by Doug Ireland on April 2, 1997
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    Gaspo and The Artist

    IT WAS MID-OCTOBER, 1996, and Tom Gasparoli was about to hit the big time. The WCCO-TV investigative reporter was feeling unhappy and unappreciated on the local scene. He'd been toying with the idea of breaking into Hollywood as a screenwriter. So w...

    by Josie Rawson on April 2, 1997
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    Mediocrity Plus

    Since winning their second World Championship in 1991, the Minnesota Twins have acquired a firm reputation among baseball fans as an overachieving mediocrity, and, before fading in the final month to post a 78-84 won-loss record, last year was no ex...

    by Britt Robson on April 2, 1997
  • LSGI Again? - The City appears headed toward another lawsuit over property on Nicollet Mall

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    LSGI Again? - The City appears headed toward another lawsuit over property on Nicollet Mall

    IT LOOKS LIKE Minneapolis officials have forgotten any lessons they may have learned from the LSGI fiasco of a few years back. For those who haven't been riveted to the latest feud: Two contesting developers, Opus and Ryan, want to build an office t...

    by City Pages Staff on April 2, 1997
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    Home Field Advantage - Why the Star Tribune is cheerleading for a taxpayer-financed ballpark

    As a newspaper story, covering the debate over a new Minnesota Twins stadium should be like shooting fish in a barrel. It's got all the right elements: a business scion blackmailing the state for a bigger slice of the corporate welfare pie; politici...

    by Beth Hawkins on April 2, 1997
  • Words Big & Little

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    Words Big & Little

    WALKING UP TO the MIA's Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1997, we didn't quite know what to think of the first piece, a nearly 20-foot cascade of sparkling blue glass tendrils. Sure, it's pretty, but shouldn't it be in an office-tower lobby somewher...

    by Julie Caniglia on April 2, 1997
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    Clinical Trials

    AT THE FREMONT Community Clinic in North Minneapolis, the plug is about to be pulled on the X-ray machine; doctors can't afford to X-ray their patients and instead will refer them to emergency rooms. Losing the radiology unit is only the latest aust...

    by Joseph Hart on April 2, 1997
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    Riverfront Double Play - Developer and Sports Facilities Commissioner Peggy Lucas pursues both a new ballpark and upscale condos

    According to an old saw, every city has its conflicts of interest, but only in Minneapolis do they call them civic responsibility. A case in point: When Peggy Lucas was recently reconfirmed for a second term on the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Com...

    by Beth Hawkins on April 2, 1997
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    Growing Pains

    In recent weeks, a favorite play run by the Minnesota Timberwolves in their half-court offense calls for power forward Tom Gugliotta to loft a high "alley-oop" pass just above the basket, where it is caught in mid-air by streaking, leaping point gua...

    by Britt Robson on April 2, 1997
  • Miller Time

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    Miller Time

    THEATER CRITIC WALTER Kerr once warned Arthur Miller that he would drive audiences out of the theater. Suffice to say that the crowd for Miller's discussion with Joe Dowling last Sunday at the Guthrie jammed Lyndale Avenue all the way back to Frank...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 26, 1997
  • What Bill Knew

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    What Bill Knew

    WAS THE PRESIDENT of the United States involved in a criminal obstruction of justice--an impeachable offense? That's the question raised by two news stories last week that significantly increased public knowledge about huge payments made to Webster...

    by Doug Ireland on March 26, 1997
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    The Sands By Tom Hart

    Black Eye Productions Tom Hart's drawings are cute. Not cute like the wide-eyed heroines of manga or the over-practiced smiles of Huey, Dewey and Louie: cute like what you'd get if you gave a kindergartener a pen and an ink bottle. With their exp...

    by Francis Hwang on March 26, 1997
  • The Thin Black Line - A veteran cop's race discrimination suit against the St. Paul Police Department raises old questions and new tensions.

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    The Thin Black Line - A veteran cop's race discrimination suit against the St. Paul Police Department raises old questions and new tensions.

    Call it the symbolic end of Tony Blakey's career. It was September 1995 and the St. Paul Police Department was hosting a ceremony to honor its 20-year veterans. Two decades on the force is a big deal for anyone, but it was an even more remarkable m...

    by Beth Hawkins on March 26, 1997
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    Those White House Klatsches: Who Went, What They Got

    Between Jan. 1, 1995 and Aug. 23, 1996, some 1,500 people were invited to the White House for coffee sessions with President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore. The coffees were a fundraising scheme hatched by Clin...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on March 26, 1997
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    Hemp and Hype - Will anti-drug hysteria give way to the lust of profit?

    POLITICAL BEDFELLOWS DON'T come much stranger than the alliance coalescing around the legalization of hemp. And now the movement, which counts among its supporters the American Farm Bureau and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana L...

    by City Pages Staff on March 26, 1997
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    Haskins's Heroes

    You knew Quincy Lewis was going to miss the free throws. The gingerly way he handled the ball, the stagestruck half-smile on his face as he stood at the line with the chance to seal the game for the Minnesota Golden Gophers against Clemson on Thurs...

    by Britt Robson on March 26, 1997
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    Under Fire

    LAST FALL MINNEAPOLIS City Auditor Bob Bjorklund got an anonymous call alleging that a neighborhood group was misusing its Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) funding. Today, five months after the call, Bjorklund will reveal the findings of the ...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on March 26, 1997
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    Where's Your Cup? by Henry Threadgill & Make A Move

    Columbia Henry Threadgill is a 52-year old man capable of enormous cerebral mischief, whose dry wit and wet curiosity have made him the most consistently creative jazz composer of the past two decades. His tunes are a wrestling match between a fo...

    by Britt Robson on March 26, 1997
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    Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language by Robin Dunbar

    Harvard University Press Conventional wisdom about how language progressed from grunts to gerunds has long favored the "there's-a-herd-of-bison-down-by-the-lake" view. That is, language arose largely to help males coordinate their hunting efforts...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on March 26, 1997
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    Diary of an Emotional Idiot by Maggie Estep

    Harmony Books "I hate her." "I'd fuck 'er." Such was the banter, no doubt typical, between myself and a male friend while flipping through Diary of an Emotional Idiot, the debut novel from New York spoken-word star Maggie Estep. Being a young wo...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 26, 1997
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