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    The Republicans' Secret Greenwash

    "THE ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY and their extremist friends in the eco-terrorist underworld have been working overtime to define Republicans and their agenda as anti-environment, pro-polluter, and hostile to the survival of every cuddly critter roaming Go...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on December 27, 1995
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    Boutique Planet - The upscaling of everything

    Back in the '70s, when a middle class hard bitten by inflation was looking for ways to save money, capitalism rose to the occasion with a raft of generic products. Now that the middle class is being discussed in the same breath as the snail darter ...

    by Julie Caniglia on December 20, 1995
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    Race Matters

    New York-- IT'S NOT EVERY movie whose world premiere is introduced by South African President Nelson Mandela at a $500-per-seat benefit screening for homeless, illiterate, and jailed South African youth. And it's not every studio junket in which ne...

    by Rob Nelson on December 20, 1995
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    Bailey's Blues - The remaking of It's a Wonderful Life

    Which seemed appropriate, because there's a sense in which it wasn't completed until the 1980s--the audience it needed to make sense of its underlying darkness didn't exist until then. This isn't to say that it was a work of vision, or that its mak...

    by Steve Perry on December 20, 1995
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    Painted Ladies in Distress

    MOST OF US know the incongruous when we see it, and for those of us who regularly drive north on the stretch of I-35 that crosses Lake Street, we see it often: a few meticulously renovated Victorian houses sprinkled in among a mass of forsaken boar...

    by Josie Rawson on December 20, 1995
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    End Notes

    A COUPLE OF addenda to last week's item about the Minneapolis city budget: Documents from the city's Department of Health indicate that over the past year, staffers spent what one calls "huge amounts of time" developing goals for mothers' and child...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 20, 1995
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    Merry Christmas, Mr. Blair

    LAST SATURDAY AFTERNOON, beleaguered Minnesota Timberwolves coach Bill Blair sat courtside at the Target Center and said, "This is a very, very tough job. Last year, I felt it was the worst job I had ever seen. This year it's getting a little better...

    by Britt Robson on December 20, 1995
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    The Age of Plagues - It wasn't that long ago that medicine declared a victory over infectious disease. Now a raft of new and mutating bugs are at the door, and a declining public health system is in no shape to fight them.

    The man--we'll call him Terry-- was 28 years old and lived in a small Minnesota town. He had a job, a car, perhaps a girlfriend; the record is silent about most of his life. What it does say is that one day in October, he began feeling nauseous. Ev...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 13, 1995
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    Inconspicuous Consumption

    Frosted Cheerios 14.25-oz. box General Mills, Inc. It's pretty amusing to see how General Mills is working both sides of the consumer street with its Cheerios product line. Original Cheerios, which date back to 1941, are now promoted as one...

    by Paul Lukas on December 13, 1995
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    Bill of Wrongs - The terrors of counterterrorism.

    WHILE THE MEDIA'S gaze remains fixed on a budget impasse unsurpassed in its cynicism--a fight the Republicans have already won, now portrayed as a fiercely principled debate even though its main point of contention is whether seniors will pay $77 o...

    by Steve Perry on December 13, 1995
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    Sharon Sayles Clinton

    "GUNS VS. BUTTER" is how the headlines characterized the Minneapolis budget battle that briefly caught the spotlight last week. The way it was framed, it was hard not to recognize a familiar story line: Chief executive bent on protecting social pro...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 13, 1995
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    Tax and Serve

    IT'S NOT OFTEN that business owners ask to have their property taxes raised; when they do, you've pretty much got to assume that they're getting something extra. Like, perhaps, a "special service district" where snow is not just plowed to the side ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on December 13, 1995
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    The Senator, the Star, and One Big Gold Mine

    Over the past three or four weeks letters from Robert Redford have been dropping softly into the mailboxes of the A-list Hollywood liberals. The 10-paragraph letter flails at Republican plans to rape the environment, and concludes with an urgent pl...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on December 13, 1995
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    The Inn of Last Resort

    IT WAS LIGHTS out at 10 p.m. in the front room of the economic assistance offices in downtown Minneapolis last week--a daytime public space turned nighttime homeless shelter across the street from City Hall. Only the couple on their honeymoon was r...

    by Josie Rawson on December 6, 1995
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    Better Late...

    LAST YEAR TAXPAYERS screamed when Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner dumped their overbuilt, under-financed Target Center onto the public's back. In a quieter transaction this June, Wolfenson and Ratner quietly sold the other cornerstone of their rea...

    by David Brauer on December 6, 1995
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    The Shameless Seven Ride Again

    One of the great triumphs of grassroots environmentalism in this country was the battle in the late 1980s to ban the sale of "dolphin-unsafe" tuna--fish caught by nets that would also ensnare dolphins. Tuna fishing's toll on the dolphins of the eas...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on December 6, 1995
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    Foreign Exchange

    BEING A POLISH modern dance company is a bit of an anomaly. For years during the communist era, ballet was the form of choice in Eastern Europe. Only after the parting of the iron curtain in the late '80s was the modernism of, say, Martha Graham an...

    by Joan Freese on December 6, 1995
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    Can I Get a Witness?

    "I USED TO think I knew exactly where I was going," Bruce Springsteen told the crowd at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre Sunday night. "Now that I've gotten older, I'm basically happy to accept myself as a complete stranger." He could have said as much o...

    by Steve Perry on December 6, 1995
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    Winter Directory

    WINTER CAMPING STATE MINNESOTA STATE PARKS 296-4776, (800) 652-9747: Open all year round. Most state parks have some sites plowed out. No showers or flush toilets in winter. Running water available. Plenty of cross-country ski trails. State stic...

    by City Pages Staff on November 29, 1995
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    An Unsentimental Education - A week on the inside with the students and teachers of Wayzata High and St. Paul Central.

    "Play time!" yells the kid in his mom's nylon bathrobe and slippers, shouting across the school parking lot to no one in particular. He heaves an orange teddy bear into the air and drop-kicks it through the open window of a nearby car. "Get in, i...

    by Josie Rawson on November 29, 1995
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