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    In the Raw

    WHEN I FIRST started exploring the Web, the sites I liked the best were those with a distinct point of view. I still have my favorites (like E! Online and The Onion), but the novelty of having access to every opinion on any subject in the world has...

    by Dennis Cass on March 12, 1997
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    Story Lines

    INFORMATION WANTS TO be free. I hear it every day in online circles, and frankly I'm sick of it. If information wants to be so free, just let it quit its day job and pack its bags. We'll just see how soon it comes crawling back, hat in hand, nicked...

    by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on March 12, 1997



    FOUR WALLS, FOUR artists, and pretty much one topic--women--is what's going on with the current exhibit at Chorus (recently abbreviated from Famine Chorus Gallery). Mary Esch and Karen Platt both portray exuberant, all-female fantasy worlds that, rat...

    by Julie Caniglia on March 5, 1997
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    The Living Dead of the Night - The Living Dead of the Night Being a collection of notes on the art and science of sleeplessness, with a helpful sidebar on the commercial attractions of the night.

    It is 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Hiawatha and Lake in Minneapolis, and there he is, stumbling around in a pair of '70s vintage moon boots, one of the classic characters of the urban night: the Karate Kicker. After, say, two in the morning in e...

    by Brad Zellar on March 5, 1997
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    A Baedeker to the Twin Cities At Night

    ONCE THE BARS close at 1 a.m. in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the opportunities for the night owl with cabin fever become fewer by the hour. These are the hours of indiscriminate appetites, hectoring or inebriate concupiscence, and all the prosaic routi...

    by Brad Zellar on March 5, 1997
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    Two's a Crowd

    THEY'LL BE BREAKING ground for a new prison in Rush City this spring, but between now and then the design of the medium-security facility could change dramatically. A bill repealing the ban on prisoner double-bunking sailed through the Minnesota Hous...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on March 5, 1997
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    Going After Ashland Oil - Ginger Sanders, like a lot of Pine Bend area residents, believes her home is in the middle of a cancer cluster, but officials from industry and the state say they see no problem.

    The walk hasn't been shoveled for a while around Ginger Sanders's house, and there's a black-and-orange KEEP OUT sign by the door. Windows stare empty across the backyard toward the huge white tank 200 feet away. "That's the one where they had the s...

    by Monika Bauerlein on March 5, 1997
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    Camp Kiddy

    A BIG-TICKET crime bill at the Minnesota Legislature has officials at the Department of Corrections waxing optimistic, and some community groups feeling nervous, about the future of juvenile justice in Minnesota. Announced last October by Gov. Arne C...

    by Todd Renschler on March 5, 1997
  • Gored



    AL GORE IS toast. That's the inescapable conclusion about the Tennessean's presidential candidacy in the year 2000, after the Washington Post's Sunday front-page blockbuster revealing that Gore was the "solicitor-in-chief" (as they nicknamed him at t...

    by Doug Ireland on March 5, 1997
  • Trust Me, Inc. - The twins don't want Minnesota to miss this fabulous offer!


    Trust Me, Inc. - The twins don't want Minnesota to miss this fabulous offer!

    EVEN THE TWINS now admit that the misleading spin they put on their first proposal for a new stadium back in January was a major PR blunder, but the real question is whether they've learned anything in the meantime. It turns out that there's a big-ti...

    by City Pages Staff on March 5, 1997
  • House Calls


    House Calls

    To: Warren Littlefield President of Entertainment, NBC From: Michael Crichton Re: The Defibrillator Item: ER is the number-one-rated drama in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. For nearly 89 million Americans, this TV, as the slog...

    by Michael Tortorello on February 26, 1997
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    Astronomical Angst

    MY FRIEND ETHAN, a Ph.D. candidate, is practiced in the sort of skepticism that makes folks avoid grad students at parties: Give him an argument and he will seek the flaw in it. But when he read in a recent New Yorker article ("Is This the End?," Ja...

    by Ellen Levy on February 26, 1997
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    The Long Goodbye

    THE SO-CALLED French abortion pill recently cleared the last hurdle to FDA approval, and should soon be available through doctors and reproductive health clinics. But after years of controversy surrounding its trip across the Atlantic, the arrival o...

    by Beth Hawkins on February 26, 1997
  • Ken & Vince


    Ken & Vince

    VINCENT FOSTER AND Ken Starr had something in common: Both failed to understand that public service demands higher standards of ethical conduct than does the world of corporate lawyering from whence they came. Foster, a lackey for influence-buying g...

    by Doug Ireland on February 26, 1997
  • Bad Company - Dubious informant boomerangs on Hennepin County prosecutors.


    Bad Company - Dubious informant boomerangs on Hennepin County prosecutors.

    DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ALMOST never hear from the jurors who convict or acquit their clients, so public defender Sandra Babcock was amazed at the call she received from one of the jurors who recently acquitted her client, Obuatawan Holt, of attempted mu...

    by City Pages Staff on February 26, 1997
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    Trailer Trash

    DOWN IN LAKEVILLE, there are those who say prosperity is killing them. Take the question of public schools. "We're getting at least 600 new students a year," says Ken Nichols, secondary education director of District 194, "and it doesn't appear to b...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on February 26, 1997
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    Casualties of War - The feds are reportedly weighing a major drug offensive in Minneapolis.

    THE CLINTON YEARS are one Republican dj vu after another. Now, once again, comes Weed & Seed, the Bush-era PR offensive in the never-ending war on drugs. According to reliable sources, Minneapolis very likely will be among a handful of U.S. cities...

    by Steve Perry on February 26, 1997
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    Mr. FixIt - Minneapolis Police Chief Bob Olson came to town with a reputation for pleasing pols and infuriating cops. And he's surpassed himself on both counts.

    The chief stands very straight facing the politicians, a phalanx of cops at his back. They glower at him from the wooden benches of the Minneapolis City Council chambers, three rows deep of black leather jackets. They're members of the Emergency Res...

    by Monika Bauerlein on February 26, 1997
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    Chemistry Majors

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were about to blow the game. On Valentine's Day night at the Target Center, the Wolves were leading Orlando by 10 points with little more than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter; two minutes later, the game was tied....

    by Britt Robson on February 26, 1997
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    Inconspicious Consumption

    Franco-American Shnookums & Meat Shaped Pasta with Tomato & Cheese Sauce, 15 oz. can Campbell Soup Company AS THIS COLUMN'S readers are well aware, there are plenty of weird products out there -- the bizarre beverages, the mystery meats, the gad...

    by Paul Lukas on February 17, 1997
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