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    We're All Bozos Here - A former teacher's contrarian view of the reforms that have to precede "education reform.

    If there is a constant theme in American education, it is reform. On many issues Jefferson, Washington, and the other founding fathers were as far apart as their modern political counterparts, but on one matter they were in universal agreement: The s...

    by B.J. Williams on February 14, 1996
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    Drug of Choice - Why Washington can't give up the drug war.

    HOW PALLID IS the dialogue in the political press? It should suffice to note that the most interesting exchange any American politics rag has published in ages appeared last week in William Buckley's National Review. Proclaiming that "The War on Dru...

    by Steve Perry on February 14, 1996
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    The MCTO Follies, Continued...

    WHEN THE METROPOLITAN Council Transit Operations "restructured" former bus company Police Chief Paul Wallace out of a job last week at about the same time it was reinstating Deputy Chief Dave Hubenette after a two-month paid suspension, it was diff...

    by Britt Robson on February 14, 1996
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    Getting Rich on Tips

    IT'S BEGINNING TO look plausible that Minnesota minimum-wage workers will have a raise to look forward to sometime later this year. On Thursday, the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill that would raise the minimum wage to ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on February 14, 1996
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    Strawberry Fields Forever - Clinton's Love Affair with a Deadly Gas

    The way the Democrats and the green bureaucrats in Washington D.C. tell the story, it's the rape-and-pillage Republicans who are now sabotaging efforts to save the ozone layer. At the end of last year, Mary Nichols, a top official at the Environm...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on February 14, 1996
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    Swap Meat

    If McHale does decide to make a deal before the February 23 deadline, he needs to address one of the team's three glaring needs: a quality point guard to guide the offense; a shot-blocking big man; and a star-caliber player who can provide leadershi...

    by Britt Robson on February 7, 1996
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    The Information Dirt Road

    IT'S THE LOGIC of the marketplace: Small and comparatively low-income populations don't offer the kind of immediate payoff that companies traveling the infobahn like to see for their services. So for the last few years much of rural Minnesota has b...

    by Monika Bauerlein on February 7, 1996
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    Full Court Press

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY, local courts are overrun with an endless stream of drug cases; many districts don't have enough judges to handle them. Even if they did, the jails would probably be full. Some districts have gotten creative, instituting diversio...

    by Jennifer Vogel on February 7, 1996
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    End Notes

    792ftr NET HEROES: While Congress does to telecommunications what it did to airlines and S&Ls in the '80s (how soon they forget), and the state Legislature agrees to "further study" of Internet access (see above), the Minneapolis Public ...

    by City Pages Staff on February 7, 1996
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    Radio KO

    by Will Hermes THIS PAST SUNDAY'S New York Times Arts & Leisure section led with a feature-length lament on the continuing decline of New York City radio. It's nothing new: Because the financial stakes of broadcasting there are so high, NYC station...

    by Will Hermes on February 7, 1996
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    Here's the Beef: How NAFTA Kissed the West Goodbye

    Over the past 18 months the price of beef has dropped by as much as 50 percent. If hamburger eaters are exulting, they should also be aware that with this fall in beef prices has come a crisis for the nation's small ranchers as grave as that which ...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on February 7, 1996
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    Steve Forbes: the story of a boy and his dogma. - Malcolm Eccchh

    TRY AS ONE might, it's hard to remember a "serious" presidential candidate as charmless and seemingly empty as Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr. Michael Dukakis resembled a statue, but there was at least a certain gravity in that; Forbes cannot help looki...

    by Steve Perry on February 7, 1996
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    Strange But True - The Rank Strangers have terrific--if bizarre--chemistry, a trunkful of hooks, and a singer/songwriter who says he lives "in an Old Testament world." They may be the best local band you've never heard of.

    The first time I saw Mike Wisti he looked like a Flannery O'Connor character--tense, righteous, and wracked by some huge, gnawing energy whose source he would be hard-pressed to name. Trapped on the tiny Uptown Bar stage with his Rank Strangers ban...

    by Brad Zellar on February 7, 1996
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    Animal Rights and the Nazis: Feeling Their Pain

    In April 1933, soon after they had come to power, the Nazis passed laws regulating the slaughter of animals. Later that year Herman Goering announced an end to the "unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments" and--in an extremely unusua...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on January 31, 1996
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    The State of the Movies - Hollywood 1996: Things are changing, and it's all the same.

    Against my better judgment, I watched the Golden Globes, that annual industry joke that's more of an event than an honor. Curiosity--and the spectacle of all those stars gathered together in one place, looking glamorous--got the better of me. After...

    by Andrew Peterson on January 31, 1996
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    Slack Is Back

    "'BOB' IS ELUSIVE," says the Rev. Ivan Stang, chief cleric of The Church of the SubGenius, of the Church's figurehead J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. "He calls on his followers to assassinate him, so that keeps him on the run. And he keeps getting killed. But he c...

    by Will Hermes on January 31, 1996
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    Clueless - The loneliness of the long-winded pundits.

    The contemporary spin, in Black's piece and in the James Fallows book that prompted it, goes like this. It's the negativism of media that drives people to distraction. Ergo the media ought to find more constructive ways to cover politics and the wo...

    by Steve Perry on January 31, 1996
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    Culture To Go

    Bob Callahan & Scott Gillis Barry Gifford's Perdita Durango Neon Lit/Avon In Literary Luxuries: American Writing at the End of the Millennium, author Joe David Bellamy laments the current state of American letters in "an Age of Eye Candy suff...

    by City Pages Staff on January 31, 1996
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    More Recovered Memory Woes

    LAST THURSDAY, FOLLOWING what participants called the longest psychiatric malpractice trial in U.S. history, a Ramsey County jury awarded more than $2.3 million to a former patient of Dr. Diane Humenansky, the St. Paul psychiatrist featured in a Ci...

    by Unknown on January 31, 1996
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    All the Rapsheets That Are Fit to Print

    THE FEBRUARY DEBUT of a local monthly newspaper promises to deliver new hope to frustrated vigilantes. The Twin Cities Crusader, an offshoot of a Tampa, Florida, monthly that hails itself as "America's first anti-crime newspaper," will bring its un...

    by Unknown on January 31, 1996
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