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    Hard Times - Penile implants are supposed to make life better for men rendered impotent by injury or sickness. Sometimes they just make matters worse.

    For Bob Carson the story starts almost 20 years ago in a ditch on the side of a highway. "I was out on a service call, towing a car," he says. "I pulled off to the side of the road and was stringing the cable out and a guy rear-ended my tow truck. ...

    by Michael Tortorello on May 15, 1996
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    Heads in the Sandbox

    806ftr "WE NEED A GIANT sandbox," says Minneapolis City Council member Lisa McDonald by way of summing up the last couple of weeks at City Hall. And it was hard not to wonder, amid the amateur cloak-and-dagger routines: Don't these people hav...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 15, 1996
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    Rubbed Out

    MINNESOTA'S DRIVER AND Vehicle Services Division was mighty proud when it unveiled the state's new driver's license almost exactly two years ago; the card is adorned with multiple high-tech features including holograms, a digitized signature and ph...

    by Jennifer Vogel on May 15, 1996
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    The Oil Play

    Gas prices climb 20 to 25 percent in a few weeks and the ordinary, properly suspicious consumer smells a scam and asks, What the hell's going on? Federal and state officials express bewilderment and pledge full probes. The oil companies rush out ne...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on May 15, 1996
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    Flunking the Superintendent

    EARLIER THIS MONTH, Minneapolis School Board Chairman Bill Green made a ripple in local education circles when he broke ranks with his colleagues and issued a failing grade to Public Strategies Group, Superintendent Peter Hutchinson's private mana...

    by Britt Robson on May 15, 1996
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    Packing the Prisons

    AT THE END of the 1996 session, Minnesota legislators hoping to provide some relief to the state's overcrowded prison system authorized $89 million for a new 800-bed facility in Rush City. But lawmakers and corrections officials acknowledge that ...

    by F.J. Gallagher on May 15, 1996
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    End Note

    ST. PAUL MAYOR Norm Coleman, who recently told city DFLers that he'd be seeking their endorsement again in 1997, will be doing the honors at the Center for the American Experiment's annual dinner next Wednesday, where Republican strategist Bill Kri...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 15, 1996
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    Dynamic Duo

    I WENT TO a recent Hijack performance at Bryant-Lake Bowl, fully expecting to see a modest dance program befitting BLB's postage stamp of a space. Quelle surprise--as part of Take Me to Cuba, choreographers Arwen Wilder and Kristin Van Loon jammed ...

    by Unknown on May 15, 1996
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    Consider a HUD Home

    BACK IN 1990 AND '91, a group called Up and Out of Poverty achieved a moment of fame by doing something uncommon in Minnesota politics: Instead of asking people to do more for the homeless, it started to just take over vacant, government-owned hous...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 8, 1996
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    1996 Best Of Twin Cities Readers' Poll

    THE BEST OF THE TWIN CITIES | READERS' POLL CASH, CHECK OR CHARGE ELECTRONICS BEST BUY 11 metro locations (947-2000) FURNITURE GABBERT'S 3501 Galleria, Edina (927-1500) JEWELRY R.F. MOELLER 3901 W. 50th St., Edina (926-616...

    by City Pages Readers on May 8, 1996
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    Death, or Something More Outlandish

    Other eras accepted death as a fate. Ours spends much of its time, effort, and money pretending death can be predicted and controlled. Insurance, health food, gyms, every form of medical care, smoking bans--statistically, these mostly amount to an ...

    by Michael Ventura on May 8, 1996
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    Best of the Twin Cities 1996

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    by City Pages Staff on May 8, 1996
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    A Downtown School?

    ALTHOUGH SCHOOL INTEGRATION has become politically passe in the 1990s, backers of a proposed downtown Minneapolis school are hoping to push the issue to the fore once again. And while metro-area students are the presumed beneficiaries, a proposed p...

    by City Pages Staff on May 8, 1996
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    A Primer on Death

    I woke from a dream of death to day's amazing/death grass death rice death chairs death death asleep or awake -- Ikkyu, 15th-century Japan Life is absolutely wild--unpredictable--uncontrollable--unfathomable. Anything can happen. For instance,...

    by Michael Ventura on May 1, 1996
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    Alliant Takes Heat on Mines

    They say that one of every 226 people in Cambodia has stepped on a land mine; the country has one of the highest rates of explosives per square mile in the world, courtesy of the Vietnam War and Honeywell. The Minneapolis-based company was the larg...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 1, 1996
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    Cease and Resist - The Wild River Patriots are out to beat the New World Order in Burnett County, Wisconsin.

    Mike McGrath's knuckles look as if they've been scrubbed with grit, sanded down, and then healed back over with machine grease under the scabs. When he waves them over a stack of documents on his desk, punctuating a discourse on the federal governm...

    by Josie Rawson on May 1, 1996
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    Essential Services: Pay as You Go?

    FIRST THERE WAS the pay-for-police ordinance; now it's pay-for-inspections. Under a new St. Paul ordinance, property owners who log an "excessive" number of housing inspections (seven or more in a year) will be assessed a $200 fine. The plan para...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 1, 1996
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    Culture To Go

    PRINTED MATTER Jeff Koyen Crank self-published zine Published two or three times a year since 1994 by the nasty-tempered Jeff "Spreading my opinions like a Singapore whore spreads AIDS" Koyen, Crank mixes the PC-baiting iconoclasm of a vil...

    by City Pages Staff on May 1, 1996
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    Getting the Lead Out

    ONE DAY IN March a crew in masks and full-body suits showed up at Candy Arnold's townhome in the Glendale public housing projects--they would eventually visit all 184 units--to replace some windows in her basement. The old ones were covered in lead...

    by Jennifer Vogel on May 1, 1996
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    Like St. Paul? Buy It

    IN SAN FRANCISCO, you can get a Haight/Ashbury street sign for $19.95 in a shop at the city's tourist mecca, Pier 39. In Boston's Fanueil Hall market, you can pick up an old fire hydrant for around $300. And by the end of July in St. Paul, you migh...

    by F.J. Gallagher on May 1, 1996
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