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    Listening For God - Translator Stephen Mitchell on east and west, the psyche, and the divine.

    Stephen Mitchell first gained a measure of popular attention in 1991 owing to the controversy over his book The Gospel According to Jesus, an ambitious and deceptively contentious translation of and commentary on what Mitchell deemed the "...

    by Steve Perry on September 18, 1996
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    Friendly Fire? - The TWA incident, Contra coke, and other affairs of the Internet

    CRUISING THE INTERNET in the past few days to follow the discussions of the CIA-Contra crack connection recounted here last week has given me a new appreciation of the Net's possibilities. Out in the eddies of cyberspace, amid all the screeds regardi...

    by Steve Perry on September 18, 1996
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    LILI BLOOMS

    Park City, Utah-- LILI TAYLOR WAS the undisputed belle of the ball at the Sundance Film Festival in January, appearing in no less than three movies (Girls Town, I Shot Andy Warhol, Cold Fever) and doing her part to discuss them a...

    by Rob Nelson on September 18, 1996
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    PRINTED MATTER

    Rebecca Brown What Keeps Me Here Harper Collins For years I lived with an abusive girlfriend, witnessing her tantrums, her threats of suicide, her violent fits. When I broke up with her last spring, she began to lie, to break things, th...

    by City Pages Staff on September 18, 1996
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    KILLING THE MESSENGER - For 17 years Larry Blackwell has been incurring the wrath of Minneapolis officials in his position as city affirmative action director.

    Last May Minneapolis City Coordinator Kathy O'Brien called Larry Blackwell into her office for a scolding. Blackwell, the city's affirmative action head, found Human Resources Director Ann Eilbracht waiting there as well. Blackwell had bee...

    by Jennifer Vogel on September 18, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - Bombs Away

    BILL CLINTON'S BOMBING of Iraq just eight weeks before America goes to the polls--call it his September Surprise--illustrates the old adage that when the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet. The Cold War may be over, b...

    by Doug Ireland on September 11, 1996
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    DREAMING IS FREE

    You'd never know to look at them, but most Minnesotans dream of plush burgundy carpets, white baby grand pianos, and televisions the size of garden sheds. Or so says this year's "Dream Home," the jewel in the crown of the annual Parade o...

    by City Pages Staff on September 11, 1996
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    Timber!

    TOM AND DONNA Howard-Hastings walked into the woods near Clam Lake, Wisconsin, around dawn on April 22 with a couple of good-sized handsaws. They put them to one of the 40-foot poles bearing cable along the road. At 9:45 a.m., they pushed,...

    by Monika Bauerlein on September 11, 1996
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    The US government and the Compton-Contra connection.

    THAT THE CENTRAL Intelligence Agency regularly sponsored the smuggling of drugs and guns all through the 1980s is hardly a secret anymore, but most discussions of what transpired have been confined to the margins of the press, a handful of books, and...

    by Steve Perry on September 11, 1996
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    The Ex-Files, Part III

    The history of marriage as an institution is larger than any of our personal histories. And we carry its collective history as deeply as we carry our own experience, whether we know it or not. For tens of thousands of years most ...

    by Michael Ventura on September 11, 1996
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    THE SHOW - Ask not for whom the balloons toll...

    resolved to avoid the conventions this year, and for the most part, I kept my vow. Apart from the major speeches, so-called, I broke down only once. Late one balmy afternoon, I turned on C-SPAN's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Chicago gala just in t...

    by Steve Perry on September 11, 1996
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    EAT FISH AND DIE!

    Sure, we beat New York. It's not the first time. We've always raised more alfalfa than they do. We've always processed more turkeys. We built our mall bigger. We have more sports fisherman, and now, finally our murder rate is greater. ...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    Double Jeopardy

    IN JANUARY 1995, the Minnesota Legislature responded to hysteria over rising juvenile crime by enacting a new category of prosecution called Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ) status. The new designation meant that some kids would recei...

    by F.J. Gallagher on September 4, 1996
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    A Changing of the Guard? - Retiring pols and a shifting could change the of politics on Minneapolis's long-entrenched north side.

    The red, white and blue signs are all over. "John Derus for state Senate," they say, poking out of lawns from Broadway to the city limits. In a quarter-century, Derus has lost only two races--the time voters unceremoniously kicked him off...

    by Monika Bauerlein on September 4, 1996
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    Chicago Then and Now - Notes on the 1968 and 1996 conventions

    I was trying to remember the last time I heard anyone utter the word "liberal" with the contempt that characterizes Rudy Boschwitz's ads. Then it came to me. We did, we said it loud and often during the '60s, and always with the bitternes...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    EXTRA CRISPY

    WHEN QUENTIN CRISP meets us at the door of his hotel suite, we don't quite know whether to bow, curtsy or kiss his ring. He emanates an aura of British royalty--and he is, though in a completely unrelated realm. An 87-year-old English-bor...

    by City Pages Staff on September 4, 1996
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    KEEP ON TRUCKIN' - On the road with the Concrete Farm dance collective and a big rig.

    The truck is an Ford F-Series flatbed, 24 feet long and 7 feet wide with a gross weight capacity of some 26,000 pounds. Over 18 days in August and September the five women of the Minneapolis-based Concrete Farm dance collective will perfo...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 4, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - The Politics of Personality

    IT BEGAN WITH Superman and ended with Saddam: Last week was a politician's wet dream for Bill Clinton, who roared out of Chicago with a commanding double-digit lead in the polls. In the last four decades, no presidential candidate who tra...

    by Doug Ireland on September 4, 1996
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    The Ex-Files, Part II

    So I ran. Ran as far as my obsessions and neuroses could take me. One day I had walked into my living room and literally not recognized my wife--there was an expression on her face that I labeled "strange" because I'd never seen it, or ha...

    by Michael Ventura on August 28, 1996
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    CLINTON WATCH - Bad King Bill

    IF THE CORONATION of William Jefferson Clinton in Chicago this week has an underlying theme, it is the triumph of hypocrisy. The docile Democratic delegates are being serenaded by a seemingly endless parade of children's choirs, their swe...

    by Doug Ireland on August 28, 1996
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