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    The Least and the Slightest - Eye of Newt, Clinton's toes; Beltway whores have ethics woes!

    BY THE TIME you read this, Newt Gingrich will have been re-elected speaker of the House. It won't be the end of his troubles. In purely tactical terms, a weakened Gingrich is in many ways preferable to a deposed Gingrich; at present there is somethi...

    by Steve Perry on January 8, 1997
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    The Gubernatorial Gang - Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

    GOV. ARNE CARLSON vetoed a proposed pilot program for a statewide gang task force two years ago. But as the prevailing political winds have grown chillier, the governor has warmed up to the idea. He now touts a proposal set to come before the Legisl...

    by City Pages Staff on January 8, 1997
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    Wait 'Til... This Year?

    YES, THOSE REALLY are your Minnesota Timberwolves playing the most resilient, talented, and exciting basketball in the history of the franchise. And no, this heartening ascent to the upper reaches of mediocrity is not likely to dissipate as the dolo...

    by Britt Robson on January 8, 1997
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    Conspiracy Nation - Even the paranoid have real enemies.

    IN ONE OF those fits of examination to which all media are prone in the waning weeks of the year, Newsweek has discerned a crisis of faith in the land. As usual, it is the bad faith of the people that concerns them--in this case, the penchant of Amer...

    by Steve Perry on January 1, 1997
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    Smoke Screen

    ANDY GRIFFITH, IN the nightclub act that launched his career many moons ago, used to explain that the reason Southern Baptists never screw standing up is that God might think they were dancing. This old wheeze came to mind with the news that the ver...

    by Doug Ireland on January 1, 1997
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    Dreamland by Madeleine Peyroux

    839ctg Madeleine Peyroux Dreamland Atlantic The degree to which this 23-year old French-American singer is able to appropriate the harrowing vulnerability of Billie Holiday is both scandalous and exciting. Holiday's melancholy was a distinctiv...

    by Britt Robson on January 1, 1997
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    THE TEETOTALER'S PARTY - The National Office and Museum of the International Organization of Good Templars occupies an unassuming facility

    just off the corner of Lake Street and Cedar Avenue across the street from the old Layman's cemetery. The IOGT (formerly the International Order of Good Templars), according to one of their tracts, "offers GOOD TIMES through wholesome personal livin...

    by Joseph Hart on January 1, 1997
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    Schizo by Ivan Brunetti

    Fantagraphics With words and pictures being shoveled into the market at an unbelievable pace, it's no mystery why fewer comic books stand out. Finding one that doesn't look like everything else is reward enough, but in an era where everyone whose mo...

    by Ken Kurson on January 1, 1997
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    96 Tears by Doug J. Swanson

    HarperCollins Via his honorably jaded private dick Jack Flippo, Dallas Morning News reporter Doug J. Swanson has joined the front ranks of mystery writers aping the taut plots and wise guy dialogue of Elmore Leonard. Like James Lee Burke's New Orlea...

    by Britt Robson on January 1, 1997
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    Bad Neighbors by Katherine Beck

    Doubleday The Jamison household was fine by most accounts, until perky Sue Heffernan cut an uninvited portal into the hedge that once gave the houses on each side their respective privacy. Sue uses this access to trundle over to the Jamison's with c...

    by Amanda Ferguson on January 1, 1997
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    Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty--Memoirs of a Street Artist by Ron Casanova (as told to Stephen Blackburn)

    Curbstone Press In this compelling life story, Ron Casanova paints a frank portrait of an "alternative" lifestyle unshaped by journalistic angle or political agenda. Casanova grew up in New York City, where he was neglected in orphanages, and later ...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on January 1, 1997
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    The Onion website

    www.theonion.com Supposedly, text equals death on the World Wide Web, but in following this conventional wisdom, site after site is getting mired in winking icons, slow-loading, ultimately forgettable animation, and other attempts to bedazzle and am...

    by Dennis Cass on January 1, 1997
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    gURL website

    www.gURL.com Women's mags come in pretty much two flavors: Those for the high-school set and those pitching to the 35-and-over upper-middle-class demographic. The former offer little more than recycled tips on ridding your epidermis of pimples, avoi...

    by Vickie Gilmer on January 1, 1997
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    Pride and Prejudice video

    A & E Home Video Now that filmmakers have left the Arch Age of Jane Austen for the Awkward Age of Henry James, it's safe to pronounce the winner of the 1995-96 Austen adaptation sweepstakes. Persuasion was suitably desperate, and the effervescent Cl...

    by Terri Sutton on January 1, 1997
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    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her video

    New Yorker Video JLG/JLG Cinema Parallel Most Americans would just as soon forget Godard exists, except as a name dropped by lame "indie" filmmakers groping for a credibility no one cares about anymore anyway; nevertheless, these are two of the mos...

    by A.S. Hamrah on January 1, 1997
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    Faust video

    ICA Projects When I was about 10 I saw Time Bandits for the first time--and I had never been so confused in my short life. As I watched writer/director/animation legend Jan Svankmajer's Faust, I was transported back to that time when confusion reign...

    by Andrew Peterson on January 1, 1997
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    Fountains of Wayne by Fountains of Wayne

    Tag/Scratchie Adam Schlesinger is an industrious guy, what with running a record label with Smashing Pumpkins James Iha and D'Arcy, playing bass in the buzz-band Ivy, writing the title song for the movie That Thing You Do. He obviously doesn't have ...

    by Laura Sinagra on January 1, 1997
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    THE OLD MAN AND THE C-NOTES The psychics we polled believe that Twins owner Carl Pohlad will get his stadium--and then sell the team to Kirby Puckett! Astrologer Virginia Miller, who made her predictions based on the birthdate of the Twins's franch...

    by City Pages Staff on January 1, 1997
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    Artists Of The Year

    cover VIC CHESTNUTT by Camden Joy If you could see what I see when I see Vic Chestnutt, what would you see? You'd see a major-label act in a wheelchair, clawing at his instrument, and realize this is one star you can't envy. He is literally tr...

    by City Pages Staff on December 25, 1996
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    The rumor that won't go away. - Wellstone for President?

    A MOUNTING BUZZ around Washington and Minnesota alike has Paul Wellstone examining seriously the prospect of running for president in 2000. The possibility reportedly informed his otherwise curious decision to join Jesse Helms's Senate Foreign Relat...

    by Steve Perry on December 25, 1996
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