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  • The End of Fusion

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    The End of Fusion

    AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WAS dealt a major blow by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, yet the mass media scarcely noticed. In a 6-3 vote, the Court upheld the constitutionality of Minnesota's ban on "fusion," which permits candidates to be cross-endorse...

    by Doug Ireland on May 14, 1997
  • Sounds of Strife

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    Sounds of Strife

    IN 1995, WHEN Fred Krohn's nonprofit Historic Theatre Group (HTG) convinced the Minneapolis Community Development Agency to cough up $356,200 for a high-tech sound system at the MCDA's State Theatre, he pitched the idea as a money generator. "The...

    by Joseph Hart on May 7, 1997
  • Slotsa Luck

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    Slotsa Luck

    EVER SINCE TWINS owner Carl Pohlad and his promo machine tossed out the first pitch for a new stadium, lawmakers have been scrambling to pay for it without ticking off too many voters. They've floated a tax-on-concessions scheme. No go. They've flo...

    by Josie Rawson on May 7, 1997
  • Shanty Town - Welfare reform spurs Twin Cities to compete for the area's least-impoverished tenants.

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    Shanty Town - Welfare reform spurs Twin Cities to compete for the area's least-impoverished tenants.

    NO ONE'S ANXIOUS to house the poorest of the poor these days-- including public housing authorities. Last year, Congress told the agencies they no longer have to give preference to applicants who are homeless or pay more than 50 percent of their in...

    by City Pages Staff on May 7, 1997
  • ON THE COVER: The Twin Cities' Rarest Bird, pop-music priestess Shawn Stewart

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    ON THE COVER: The Twin Cities' Rarest Bird, pop-music priestess Shawn Stewart

    ON THE COVER: The Twin Cities' Rarest Bird, pop-music priestess Shawn Stewart As afternoon DJ on the now-defunct REV 105, as well as host of its Sunday evening new age-meets-future-rock specialty show Moonlight Meditations (the station's single hig...

    by City Pages Staff on May 7, 1997
  • Article

    Into the Rapture, Part Two

    FROM THE START, I so needed to feel this thing called "rapture" that I misused it. I kept going back, a bliss addict, to the song or the band that at least for an instant had opened some door within me. I was nine, the first summer I had a transist...

    by Terri Sutton on April 30, 1997
  • Brainy Love

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    Brainy Love

    SITTING AROUND MY dark apartment, waiting for winter to end, drumming my fingers on the table: drum, drum, drum. Suddenly the phone. Hot tip: Robert Boswell's new book is here. My favorite writer. Read his third novel, Mystery Ride, four times. J...

    by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on April 30, 1997
  • The China Syndrome

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    The China Syndrome

    AT A PRESS conference last week, Bill Clinton continued to insist that there is "no evidence" of Chinese government attempts to influence U.S. elections--even as the scandal reached into the Republican Party. Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign finance i...

    by Doug Ireland on April 30, 1997
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    Facts of Life

    CALL IT THE headline that no one wanted to read: "Number of teen pregnancies double in Hibbing," the front page of the Daily Tribune warned last month. The article blamed the statistic on the 1995 closing of the local Planned Parenthood. Located ac...

    by Margaret Delehanty on April 30, 1997
  • Trouble in TV Land

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    Trouble in TV Land

    WHEN CORALIE WILSON received the fax announcing the $11.6 billion merger between US West and Continental Cablevision, the nation's third-largest cable provider, she could barely contain her anger. Wilson, executive director of a 10-city cable commi...

    by Todd Renschler on April 30, 1997
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    Children Last - A Minnesota native's case lays waste to U.S. cant about the drug war and child protection.

    YEARS FROM NOW, when people are moved to wonder how Americans sold so many basic liberties down the river so cheaply, they will find that the lion's share of it was done in the name of protecting children and prosecuting the war on drugs. Every day...

    by Steve Perry on April 30, 1997
  • Living Clean - The Minnesota AIDS Project tries to shoot a clean-syringes provision through the Legislature.

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    Living Clean - The Minnesota AIDS Project tries to shoot a clean-syringes provision through the Legislature.

    "I've been thinking about this for a couple of days," she says, her dilated pupils floating without focus; a half-bottle of Contac cold medicine slurring her speech; a late-day trip to the methadone clinic stilling the smoke-filled air with pregnan...

    by David Schimke on April 30, 1997
  • Scab Sandwich

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    Scab Sandwich

    IN ITS PROMOTIONAL materials, the Missouri-based consulting firm, Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA), boasts that it's "the nation's recognized leader in assisting hospitals to counter union organizing efforts." In January, Fairview Health S...

    by Joseph Hart on April 30, 1997
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    The End of Welfare as we Know it - The outlook for Minnesota

    The board of commissioners of each county (shall) MAY annually levy taxes and fix a rate sufficient to produce (the full) AN amount (required) for poor relief, general assistance, aid to dependent children, (sufficient to produce the full amount ne...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 30, 1997
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    Welfare reform through the ages: a talk with Frances Fox Piven

    At a time when welfare-reform debate consists largely of differences in opinion over just how much should be cut, there's something profoundly refreshing about a voice like Frances Fox Piven's. She and her husband, Richard Cloward, have been called...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 30, 1997
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    Welfare Reform - by the numbers

    Percent of Americans who tell pollsters the government is spending too much on "people on welfare": 66 Percent who say the government spends too much on "poor children": 9 Percent who think the government should be cutting benefits to low-incom...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 30, 1997
  • Guv Groupies - A key hire by the Dayton campaign marks the start of the gubernatorial sweepstakes

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    Guv Groupies - A key hire by the Dayton campaign marks the start of the gubernatorial sweepstakes

    NEVER MIND THAT the election is still a year and a half away, looks like things are beginning to move in the DFL gubernatorial contest. Much of the speculative buzz for the past six months has been about where the Wellstonians would go: The core gr...

    by City Pages Staff on April 30, 1997
  • Spice, Spice, Baby

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    Spice, Spice, Baby

    Urban75's "Slap a Spice Girl" website http://194.112.40.4/Urban75/spicebelt.html IF YOU'VE EVER felt like belting the Spice Girls when their single "Wannabe" plays on MTV, you're not alone. Now a Brixton, U.K. webzine called Urban75 has invented an...

    by Christina Schmitt on April 23, 1997
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    The Pulp Parachute: How Louisiana-Pacific Got Paid To Destroy the Tongass

    One of the most lucrative and environmentally destructive deals in the history of the forest products industry was closed recently with the unfurling of an enormous golden parachute for a $2 billion a year timber company courtesy of the federal trea...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on April 23, 1997
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    One Toke Over the Line

    KEO ZILAY WAS 6 years old when he fled Laos in 1979. His family dodged bullets as they escaped across the Mekong River on a makeshift raft. Twelve years after the family settled in Minnesota, Zilay--not his real name--was arrested on a minor drug of...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on April 23, 1997
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