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    Freedom's Failure: Aliens Abduct Newt!

    The science-fiction movie Independence Day raked in more than $100 million in its first week, which is three times the amount the federal government spends each year on wilderness protection. The loosely conceived plot features extraterre...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on July 24, 1996
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    Human Rights at the Airport

    WHEN CHAO YANG and his family moved to Minnesota from Laos in 1981, he found work as a janitor with an airline food catering company. In 1987, the company promoted him to assistant manager. Yang spoke both English and Lao, which made him ...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on July 24, 1996
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    SLAPP Happy?

    DESPITE THE BEST efforts of neighborhood activists, the construction crews are hard at work at the Ewing Wetlands. In recent months, the last privately held wetland in the city, located near Cedar Lake in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, has g...

    by Jon Segal on July 24, 1996
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    SHOOTING THE CHILDREN

    Don't hitch your economic wagon to a 5-year-old star. Every parent thinks their own 5-year-old is the smartest, the cutest, the most perfect. But when MCI recently announced that they would hold a national TV commercial casting call f...

    by City Pages Staff on July 24, 1996
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    UNTIL THE (MAD) COWS COME HOME

    The first symptoms don't look like much. People get listless, moody, sometimes scruffy. Then they start to walk strangely, stumble a lot as if drunk, and finally end up in a wheelchair. Soon they can't remember words, faces, loved ones. B...

    by Monika Bauerlein on July 24, 1996
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    GREEN EGGS & WALTZES

    "VERY OFTEN I'LL just walk out on stage," explains composer Rob Kapilow, "and the first thing I'll say is, 'What are the first three words of Green Eggs and Ham? And the entire audience will go, 'I am Sam.' I mean, there are very few oper...

    by City Pages Staff on July 24, 1996
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    PARTNERS IN CRIME - A Clinton Scandals Primer

    It's time to face the facts about the scandals now swirling around the Clinton administration. Not since the final days of Richard Nixon's White House have there been so many of a president's closest associates, aides, and cabinet members...

    by Doug Ireland on July 17, 1996
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    THIS OLD PRESS

    ON JUNE 12, 1983, a million people gathered in Central Park to demonstrate against Reagan's nuclear madness, and I was almost one of them. My mother had fueled the car. My sister was ready. But I, drip-nosed crybaby and asthma poster-chil...

    by City Pages Staff on July 17, 1996
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    Bad Medicine

    ROB WALDON SEEMED like a pretty run-of-the-mill case when he came to the Wellspring Clinic a year ago. He had been having back pain for some time, he told Helen Healy, the holistic practitioner he'd come to see; he had a dull ache on his ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on July 17, 1996
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    THE IMMIGRANT TRAINS - Railroads built this town.

    Trains were a fat artery coursing with people and money, pulsing from the Twin Cities to Chicago on iron rails. Boxcars, mail cars, first class sleepers and dim immigrant cars raced back and forth in clouds of dust and cinders. Before Wor...

    by Amanda Ferguson on July 17, 1996
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    About A Girl

    My sister is a year younger than I am, but it feels like she's older. For one thing, she's always been a step ahead on life's arc: Growing up in NYC in the '70s, she discovered punk rock while I wore out Hot Tuna records; she was the firs...

    by Will Hermes on July 10, 1996
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    Sing a (Not So) Simple Song - A roundtable with five Twin Cities songwriters

    The Yngwie Malmsteens of the world were probably ripping their hair out: A recent issue of Guitar magazine, with Oasis on the cover, screamed the panicked headline: "Like it or not, SONGWRITING is now just as important as guitar playing--...

    by City Pages Staff on July 10, 1996
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    Who Are These Girls & Guys? - That's a bigger question than usual in our 1996 new music poll.

    It's that time of year again--time for the Minnesota Music Awards, our own little home-industry shmoozefest, and for the sixth installment of the CP new music poll. But something strange happened this year when the time came for music wri...

    by City Pages Staff on July 10, 1996
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    The McLibel Trial: - Making Mincemeat of McDonald's

    On June 28 the longest-running libel case in the history of the British courts completed its second year. On one side, the McDonald's Corporation, with $26 billion in annual sales worldwide; on the other, a couple of anarchists with an an...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on July 10, 1996
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    Rescuing Crayby

    REP. MARTIN OLAV Sabo (D-Minn.) is helping mount a push to stop the U.S. government from buying a Japanese supercomputer rather than one built by Minnesota-based Cray Research Inc. And while this bit of homespun protectionism may play wel...

    by F.J. Gallagher on July 10, 1996
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    Fitzpatrick Follies

    WHEN MICHAEL FITZPATRICK captured local and national headlines in the winter of 1995, it was merely the latest episode in a lifetime spent playing both sides of the law. Prior to surfacing as the would-be hitman in the Qubilah Shabazz mur...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on July 10, 1996
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    TWO SHIPS PASSING IN HARASSMENT COURT - When neighbors, lovers, or friends quarrel, they sometimes ask for intercession from the Hennepin County harassment court.

    In harassment court passions run high even if legal drama does not. The plotlines are meager: neighbors who throw eggs, ex-lovers who leave rambling and vaguely threatening messages on answering machines. Harassment court is a...

    by City Pages Staff on July 10, 1996
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    Culture To Go

    CULTURE TO GOAleksandar Zograf Psychonaut Fantagraphics Bosnia. Croatia. Serbia. Word association? War. But unless you're a public radio junkie, you probably don't have a real knowledge of, or even a clear context for these countrie...

    by City Pages Staff on July 10, 1996
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    Clang and Blame - City Council member Joe Biernat's trip to England heats up an old battle over a giant metal shredder slated for north Minneapolis.

    City Council member Joe Biernat's new video has been a hit around north and northeast Minneapolis neighborhood meetings. Audiences particularly like the panoramic shots of machinery towering five stories high; the shaky camera pans across a labyrin...

    by Monika Bauerlein on July 3, 1996
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    Da Kidz Are All Right

    Less than 18 months ago, Bill Blair was a doomed disciplinarian coaching a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team that was mostly indifferent to his frazzled exhortations. "A coach can only do so much," he said back then, flashing what had become h...

    by Britt Robson on July 3, 1996
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