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    Just Short of Murder - A jury finds that a gay man's killer may have taken "reasonable" action

    His voice is calm, detached. "I cut him," James Aron Barber tells the dispatcher. "I woke up and he was trying to give me a blow job." "Is he dead?" the dispatcher asks. "I think so." Barber's low voice--each word caught on a 911 call center ...

    by Kevin Featherly on July 1, 1998
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    AIDS Ride set to roll, but expenses increased last year, organizers say

    On the eve of the third-annual Twin Cities to Wisconsin to Chicago AIDS Ride, organizers have released expense estimates indicating that nearly 70 percent of the $1.9 million raised during the 1997 Ride went to operating costs. The remaining 30 per...

    by Melodie Bahan on July 1, 1998
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    Minister creates traveling GLBT ministry in central Minnesota

    Hoping to reach out to rural Minnesota GLBT people who are interested in GLBT-identified worship, a St. Joseph Episcopalian minister is taking her show--and congregation--on the road. Rev. Patricia Gillespie, who lives in St. Joseph, is establishin...

    by Sara Hurley on July 1, 1998
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    Planting poetry

    The first of several temporary installations designed as AIDS memorials was set up in Loring Park last month. Mollie O'Connor (above) designed the Loring Park Gathering Circle, using colorful fabric swatches to wrap trees with lines of poetry from ...

    by Melinda A. Prescher on July 1, 1998
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    On the Q 'T'

    Long before she began her current job as a Twin Cities social worker, MJ Gilbert lived a life as a boy. For years, however, the boy was the target of ridicule. "Femme" was the label hurled at him by girls and boys alike. Finally, at age 10, the b...

    by Joel Hoekstra on July 1, 1998
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    Peter Swanson

    Name: Peter Swanson Age: 35 Profession: Filmmaker. After fleeing southern Illinois, flirting with unemployment in St. Louis, and spending four years working at a Catholic Charities group home in Minneapolis, Swanson now devotes himself full-tim...

    by Michael Dahl on July 1, 1998
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    Riding High

    "Life starts after 45," Linda Rhuby says. That's how old she was when she made her cowgirl debut as a member of a wild drag-race team at a North Star Gay Rodeo Association event. "I felt I was too old to do it because I was 45. But then I thought, ...

    by Lucas Hilderbrand on July 1, 1998
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    Making the Rounds

    Don't let anyone say that St. Paul isn't spinning. Take a twirl atop the Radisson Hotel's Carousel Restaurant (11 E. Kellogg Blvd., 292-0408), our capital city's only roof-top dining hot spot and the metropolitan area's premier revolving cafe. Th...

    by David Anger on July 1, 1998
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    Slugging It Out

    Daryl Hodges could've walked right out of a Tide commercial. By the second game of the day, he was wearing half the infield on his blue jersey. By the third, the sweat had run all the way down his socks into his cleats and his foot ached where he'd...

    by Robyn Dochterman on July 1, 1998
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    Family Favorites 1998

    Minnesota Parent, as an advocacy publication, must reveal many "secrets" that aren't always uplifting: why spanking is bad, the extent of chemical contamination in food, news on serious pregnancy complications, how to handle sickness and death . . . ...

    by MP Staff on July 1, 1998
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    Best Plants for Little Gardeners

    THIS WINTER, MY daughter, Nora, took a nasturtium seed from a year-old packet, planted it in a clay pot, placed it in the window, and forgot about it on a regular basis. When I discovered it bone-dry, I watered it, but warned her that she should no...

    by Sharon Parker on July 1, 1998
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    TOFU: Shhhh...Your Kids Just Might Love It

    I'M NOT KIDDING. I'm going to tell you two great summer ways to eat tofu, and if your kids don't like it, I'll eat my words. Both recipes call for Mori-Nu brand silken tofu, in the little cardboard boxes. You should be able to find Mori-Nu at Rainb...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on July 1, 1998
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    Best Secret Way to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

    MY SON, ANDREW, is always surprised when I catch him hiding the carrot sticks he doesn't want to eat. "How did you know?" he asks every time. That's a secret we parents had better keep to ourselves, but I will divulge my sweet potato souffle recipe...

    by Mary Junge on July 1, 1998
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    Our Favorite Family Cookie Recipe

    I called my mother one fall day to find out if she still had the recipe for one of our family's favorite cookies. She easily recalled Grandma Parker's popular treats, "Everybody liked her sugar cookie recipe so much, and Grandpa used to watch them ...

    by Sharon Parker on July 1, 1998
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    Road Trip

    The air inside the van we borrowed from my father-in-law sticks to my arms and legs in spite of the ice-cold air streaming from the dash vents. Darkness leaves little to look at as we zoom along Interstate 94 toward New York City at five in the mo...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on July 1, 1998
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    Gus (Un)Lucky's

    SCARCELY 24 HOURS after City Pages ran a story about the Eternal Styles lowrider bike club ("Breaking Away," 6/24), four of the club's six bikes in display at Minneapolis's Gus Lucky's Gallery were stolen. The most elaborately decorated of the Eter...

    by Christina Schmitt on July 1, 1998
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    I'M AT THE Como Zoo gazing at a raggedy polar bear as he paces incessantly across a tiny concrete island that resembles an undecorated wedding cake. Other onlookers are standing around too, seemingly hypnotized, until a kid points with a half-sucke...

    by Steve Healey on July 1, 1998
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    Nobody's Perfect - First the lawsuits. Then the bankruptcy, the divorce, the TV expos, the attorney general's investigation. Before Dr. Harry Johnson knew it, his cosmetic-surgery empire was in ruins.

    Dr. Harry Johnson was flying down the freeway that autumn morning in 1993--his 59th birthday--headed for his lakeshore hideaway with a half-hour to go before Duluth and a truckload of deck furniture, a few bottles of wine, and two valises stuffed w...

    by Joseph Hart on July 1, 1998
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    No Runs, No Hits, No Interest - During the first half of the '98 season, Twins hitters have let down their pitchers--and their fans

    Major-league baseball asks an awful lot of its fans, which is one obvious and overlooked reason why the sport has such a difficult time attracting and commanding the attention of so much of the populace. One hundred sixty-two games, for crying out ...

    by Brad Zellar on July 1, 1998
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    Oh Say Can you See

    LAST WEEK'S DESIGN rollout for the so-far-unbranded Minnesota Wild hockey arena was a publicist's dream: Normally grizzled sportswriters waxed enthusiastic about the building's broad, lower-bowl seating, which they compared to the much-loved Univer...

    by David Brauer on July 1, 1998
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