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    The Oil Play

    Gas prices climb 20 to 25 percent in a few weeks and the ordinary, properly suspicious consumer smells a scam and asks, What the hell's going on? Federal and state officials express bewilderment and pledge full probes. The oil companies rush out ne...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on May 15, 1996
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    Flunking the Superintendent

    EARLIER THIS MONTH, Minneapolis School Board Chairman Bill Green made a ripple in local education circles when he broke ranks with his colleagues and issued a failing grade to Public Strategies Group, Superintendent Peter Hutchinson's private mana...

    by Britt Robson on May 15, 1996
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    Packing the Prisons

    AT THE END of the 1996 session, Minnesota legislators hoping to provide some relief to the state's overcrowded prison system authorized $89 million for a new 800-bed facility in Rush City. But lawmakers and corrections officials acknowledge that ...

    by F.J. Gallagher on May 15, 1996
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    Dynamic Duo

    I WENT TO a recent Hijack performance at Bryant-Lake Bowl, fully expecting to see a modest dance program befitting BLB's postage stamp of a space. Quelle surprise--as part of Take Me to Cuba, choreographers Arwen Wilder and Kristin Van Loon jammed ...

    by Unknown on May 15, 1996
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    Death, or Something More Outlandish

    Other eras accepted death as a fate. Ours spends much of its time, effort, and money pretending death can be predicted and controlled. Insurance, health food, gyms, every form of medical care, smoking bans--statistically, these mostly amount to an ...

    by Michael Ventura on May 8, 1996
  • Best of the Twin Cities 1996


    Best of the Twin Cities 1996

    1996 Best of the Twin Cities

    by City Pages Staff on May 8, 1996
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    A Downtown School?

    ALTHOUGH SCHOOL INTEGRATION has become politically passe in the 1990s, backers of a proposed downtown Minneapolis school are hoping to push the issue to the fore once again. And while metro-area students are the presumed beneficiaries, a proposed p...

    by City Pages Staff on May 8, 1996
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    Consider a HUD Home

    BACK IN 1990 AND '91, a group called Up and Out of Poverty achieved a moment of fame by doing something uncommon in Minnesota politics: Instead of asking people to do more for the homeless, it started to just take over vacant, government-owned hous...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 8, 1996
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    1996 Best Of Twin Cities Readers' Poll

    THE BEST OF THE TWIN CITIES | READERS' POLL CASH, CHECK OR CHARGE ELECTRONICS BEST BUY 11 metro locations (947-2000) FURNITURE GABBERT'S 3501 Galleria, Edina (927-1500) JEWELRY R.F. MOELLER 3901 W. 50th St., Edina (926-616...

    by City Pages Readers on May 8, 1996
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    A Primer on Death

    I woke from a dream of death to day's amazing/death grass death rice death chairs death death asleep or awake -- Ikkyu, 15th-century Japan Life is absolutely wild--unpredictable--uncontrollable--unfathomable. Anything can happen. For instance,...

    by Michael Ventura on May 1, 1996
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    Cease and Resist - The Wild River Patriots are out to beat the New World Order in Burnett County, Wisconsin.

    Mike McGrath's knuckles look as if they've been scrubbed with grit, sanded down, and then healed back over with machine grease under the scabs. When he waves them over a stack of documents on his desk, punctuating a discourse on the federal governm...

    by Josie Rawson on May 1, 1996
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    Culture To Go

    PRINTED MATTER Jeff Koyen Crank self-published zine Published two or three times a year since 1994 by the nasty-tempered Jeff "Spreading my opinions like a Singapore whore spreads AIDS" Koyen, Crank mixes the PC-baiting iconoclasm of a vil...

    by City Pages Staff on May 1, 1996
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    Like St. Paul? Buy It

    IN SAN FRANCISCO, you can get a Haight/Ashbury street sign for $19.95 in a shop at the city's tourist mecca, Pier 39. In Boston's Fanueil Hall market, you can pick up an old fire hydrant for around $300. And by the end of July in St. Paul, you migh...

    by F.J. Gallagher on May 1, 1996
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    Alliant Takes Heat on Mines

    They say that one of every 226 people in Cambodia has stepped on a land mine; the country has one of the highest rates of explosives per square mile in the world, courtesy of the Vietnam War and Honeywell. The Minneapolis-based company was the larg...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 1, 1996
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    Essential Services: Pay as You Go?

    FIRST THERE WAS the pay-for-police ordinance; now it's pay-for-inspections. Under a new St. Paul ordinance, property owners who log an "excessive" number of housing inspections (seven or more in a year) will be assessed a $200 fine. The plan para...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 1, 1996
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    Getting the Lead Out

    ONE DAY IN March a crew in masks and full-body suits showed up at Candy Arnold's townhome in the Glendale public housing projects--they would eventually visit all 184 units--to replace some windows in her basement. The old ones were covered in lead...

    by Jennifer Vogel on May 1, 1996
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    Heart Throbs in Vegas

    My dictionary defines "throb" as "to pulsate or pound, esp. with abnormal force or rapidity." Exactly what my heart was doing. I was in Vegas, on the 19th floor of the Rio... A room in which the entire wall is your window... Lighting a cigarette,...

    by Michael Ventura on April 24, 1996
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    Why Art Sucks: 57 Cultures and Nothing On - The local art scene has turned into a refuge for the creatively challenged.

    I HATE ART, I've taken to saying to friends lately, and only half jokingly. I'm not talking about pretentious beret-wearers, or obtuse theory masquerading as art, or even just bad art. I'm talking about art that's had vitality and surprise and play ...

    by Julie Caniglia on April 24, 1996
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    Freaks of the Week

    IN ROCK & ROLL, nothing sells quite like a sharable sense of persecution, and that was perfectly clear watching Christian supergroup DC Talk roar through their hit "Jesus Freak" in front of nearly 11,000 shrieking fans last Friday at Target Center ...

    by Will Hermes on April 24, 1996
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    A Decent Burial

    NEVA STAMPLEY'S TWO-YEAR battle to improve the way Minnesota prisons treat mentally ill inmates came to a dramatic end Monday in a Washington County Courthouse, where the Department of Corrections agreed to pay her $168,500 and to make significant ...

    by Jennifer Vogel on April 24, 1996
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