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    Anchors Awry - Arabs stole the anchorwoman! and other tales of sweeps month.

    THE GOOD NEWS about TV news is that audience-tracking technology has all but rendered sweeps periods obsolete except as a matter of custom. Or maybe this is the bad news, since sweeps months like the one we're living through now are practically the ...

    by Steve Perry on May 22, 1996
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    Soft Money Hardball

    THE CAMPAIGN OF U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone is taking the gloves off in its fight with a Republican candidate who's as yet unnamed, but has already been getting hefty advertising help from the national GOP. Over the past few weeks, no one who listened...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 22, 1996
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    Dinosaur Politics

    "ARE YOU NOW or have you ever been an opponent of Irv Anderson for Speaker of the House?" It's not usually phrased like this, but the "Irv question" is turning into something of a new litmus test for DFLers, and it could provide fireworks at the pa...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 22, 1996
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    Fingerhut Follies

    THERE MIGHT HAVE been another way to get a meeting with the boss, but this round worked: Members of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees walked into Fingerhut's annual meeting last Wednesday to demand that management talk to...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 22, 1996
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    End Notes

    CITY PAGES ARTS/MUSIC editor Will Hermes received notice last week that he was a winner in the second annual Music Journalism Awards; he took the prize for best columnist/commentary in a newsweekly for his Jerry Garcia memorial, "Asleep in the Star...

    by City Pages Staff on May 22, 1996
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    The Wise Use Movement Up Close

    Mustered in Reno, Nevada, on Mother's Day weekend were the leaders of the anti-environmental crowd, known as the Wise Use Movement. One of the present writers--Jeffrey St. Clair--was there as an invited speaker from the enemy camp, thus afforded an...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on May 22, 1996
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    Kangaroo Court

    THE POWER STRUGGLE that's been unfolding at the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union since March appears to be taking a prominent casualty: Executive Director Micheal Moore. The latest episode in the MCLU's boardroom drama concluded last week following ...

    by Deborah Caulfield Rybak on May 22, 1996
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    Deconcentrating Poverty and Other Scams - How a growing number of Twin Cities neighborhoods are driving out the poor.

    Julie and Bruce Khalilzadegan bought Phalen Place in 1989. The string of eight three-story walkups sat among dozens of similar structures on a "superblock" on St. Paul's East Side. Buildings there typically face parking lots instead of streets, and...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 22, 1996
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    Losing It

    For several years now, Murray Tate has been watching his life--daily rhythms, details regarding his loved ones, directions to the gas station up the street--slip away from him a little at a time. Alzheimer's is like that. Murray Tate has vivid mem...

    by Britt Robson on May 22, 1996
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    Hard Times - Penile implants are supposed to make life better for men rendered impotent by injury or sickness. Sometimes they just make matters worse.

    For Bob Carson the story starts almost 20 years ago in a ditch on the side of a highway. "I was out on a service call, towing a car," he says. "I pulled off to the side of the road and was stringing the cable out and a guy rear-ended my tow truck. ...

    by Michael Tortorello on May 15, 1996
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    Heads in the Sandbox

    806ftr "WE NEED A GIANT sandbox," says Minneapolis City Council member Lisa McDonald by way of summing up the last couple of weeks at City Hall. And it was hard not to wonder, amid the amateur cloak-and-dagger routines: Don't these people hav...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 15, 1996
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    Rubbed Out

    MINNESOTA'S DRIVER AND Vehicle Services Division was mighty proud when it unveiled the state's new driver's license almost exactly two years ago; the card is adorned with multiple high-tech features including holograms, a digitized signature and ph...

    by Jennifer Vogel on May 15, 1996
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    End Note

    ST. PAUL MAYOR Norm Coleman, who recently told city DFLers that he'd be seeking their endorsement again in 1997, will be doing the honors at the Center for the American Experiment's annual dinner next Wednesday, where Republican strategist Bill Kri...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 15, 1996
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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

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    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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