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    Swap Meat

    If McHale does decide to make a deal before the February 23 deadline, he needs to address one of the team's three glaring needs: a quality point guard to guide the offense; a shot-blocking big man; and a star-caliber player who can provide leadershi...

    by Britt Robson on February 7, 1996
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    The Information Dirt Road

    IT'S THE LOGIC of the marketplace: Small and comparatively low-income populations don't offer the kind of immediate payoff that companies traveling the infobahn like to see for their services. So for the last few years much of rural Minnesota has b...

    by Monika Bauerlein on February 7, 1996
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    Full Court Press

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY, local courts are overrun with an endless stream of drug cases; many districts don't have enough judges to handle them. Even if they did, the jails would probably be full. Some districts have gotten creative, instituting diversio...

    by Jennifer Vogel on February 7, 1996
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    End Notes

    792ftr NET HEROES: While Congress does to telecommunications what it did to airlines and S&Ls in the '80s (how soon they forget), and the state Legislature agrees to "further study" of Internet access (see above), the Minneapolis Public ...

    by City Pages Staff on February 7, 1996
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    Radio KO

    by Will Hermes THIS PAST SUNDAY'S New York Times Arts & Leisure section led with a feature-length lament on the continuing decline of New York City radio. It's nothing new: Because the financial stakes of broadcasting there are so high, NYC station...

    by Will Hermes on February 7, 1996
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    Here's the Beef: How NAFTA Kissed the West Goodbye

    Over the past 18 months the price of beef has dropped by as much as 50 percent. If hamburger eaters are exulting, they should also be aware that with this fall in beef prices has come a crisis for the nation's small ranchers as grave as that which ...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on February 7, 1996
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    Steve Forbes: the story of a boy and his dogma. - Malcolm Eccchh

    TRY AS ONE might, it's hard to remember a "serious" presidential candidate as charmless and seemingly empty as Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr. Michael Dukakis resembled a statue, but there was at least a certain gravity in that; Forbes cannot help looki...

    by Steve Perry on February 7, 1996
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    Strange But True - The Rank Strangers have terrific--if bizarre--chemistry, a trunkful of hooks, and a singer/songwriter who says he lives "in an Old Testament world." They may be the best local band you've never heard of.

    The first time I saw Mike Wisti he looked like a Flannery O'Connor character--tense, righteous, and wracked by some huge, gnawing energy whose source he would be hard-pressed to name. Trapped on the tiny Uptown Bar stage with his Rank Strangers ban...

    by Brad Zellar on February 7, 1996
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    More Recovered Memory Woes

    LAST THURSDAY, FOLLOWING what participants called the longest psychiatric malpractice trial in U.S. history, a Ramsey County jury awarded more than $2.3 million to a former patient of Dr. Diane Humenansky, the St. Paul psychiatrist featured in a Ci...

    by Unknown on January 31, 1996
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    All the Rapsheets That Are Fit to Print

    THE FEBRUARY DEBUT of a local monthly newspaper promises to deliver new hope to frustrated vigilantes. The Twin Cities Crusader, an offshoot of a Tampa, Florida, monthly that hails itself as "America's first anti-crime newspaper," will bring its un...

    by Unknown on January 31, 1996
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    Animal Rights and the Nazis: Feeling Their Pain

    In April 1933, soon after they had come to power, the Nazis passed laws regulating the slaughter of animals. Later that year Herman Goering announced an end to the "unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments" and--in an extremely unusua...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on January 31, 1996
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    The State of the Movies - Hollywood 1996: Things are changing, and it's all the same.

    Against my better judgment, I watched the Golden Globes, that annual industry joke that's more of an event than an honor. Curiosity--and the spectacle of all those stars gathered together in one place, looking glamorous--got the better of me. After...

    by Andrew Peterson on January 31, 1996
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    Slack Is Back

    "'BOB' IS ELUSIVE," says the Rev. Ivan Stang, chief cleric of The Church of the SubGenius, of the Church's figurehead J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. "He calls on his followers to assassinate him, so that keeps him on the run. And he keeps getting killed. But he c...

    by Will Hermes on January 31, 1996
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    Clueless - The loneliness of the long-winded pundits.

    The contemporary spin, in Black's piece and in the James Fallows book that prompted it, goes like this. It's the negativism of media that drives people to distraction. Ergo the media ought to find more constructive ways to cover politics and the wo...

    by Steve Perry on January 31, 1996
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    Culture To Go

    Bob Callahan & Scott Gillis Barry Gifford's Perdita Durango Neon Lit/Avon In Literary Luxuries: American Writing at the End of the Millennium, author Joe David Bellamy laments the current state of American letters in "an Age of Eye Candy suff...

    by City Pages Staff on January 31, 1996
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    The Year in Music 1995

    FF/Rewind by Will Hermes Ends & Odds by Britt Robson Local Pleasures by Simon Peter Groebner Gray Matters by Terri Sutton FF/Rewind by Will Hermes In some ways, 1995 was as exciting, even revolutionary a time in pop music as the...

    by City Pages Staff on January 24, 1996
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    Free Thyself

    ON A RECENT road trip to NYC, I was lucky enough to hear several installments of Unshackled, a radio shows that's been on the air since 1950, broadcast on a multitude of stations in the U.S., the U.K. and the Philippines. It is produced in Chicago ...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on January 24, 1996
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    Growing the Homeless

    THE HEADLINES IN the budget gridlock story have revolved around the deficit, Medicare, and Social Security. But funding for public housing is on the Congressional chopping block, and thousands of low-income residents in this area will be directly a...

    by Britt Robson on January 24, 1996
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    The Dented Shield

    IT WAS AN odd sight, but there they sat: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the front row and, breathing down his neck in the second, Minnesota Daily Editor Michele Ames. Odd because, on Monday night in the basement of the Capitol building, a...

    by Josie Rawson on January 24, 1996
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    How Minneapolis Rates

    LAST WEEK, MINNEAPOLIS city officials proudly faxed around their latest AAA credit rating--the highest grade--from Moody's, one of the two major municipal-bond evaluation firms in the nation. While municipal bonds are rarely the stuff of headline...

    by David Brauer on January 24, 1996
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