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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Standing On The Edge Of Getting It On

    THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES are in a precariously hopeful position right now, as befits an 11-27 team fresh off a winning streak. Anyone who watched the Wolves rattle off three home victories and take New Jersey into overtime on the road last week c...

    by Britt Robson on January 24, 1996
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    Free-Market Flotsam

    AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE that Canada is a country with limited influence will have to reconsider their position after purveying the fine chap-books from Toronto publisher pas de chance. Celebrations of irreverence, these tiny books highlight the indiv...

    by Hal Niedzviecki on January 17, 1996
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    Airport Follies

    WHETHER TO BUILD a new airport (for an estimated $4.7 billion) or expand the current facility (about $2.8 billion) has been a hotly debated subject for years, with immense environmental, economic, and political ramifications; thus the 7-year-old "d...

    by Dale Kurschner on January 17, 1996
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    Meet the New Doc

    NOW THAT MINNESOTA'S vaunted health care reform has produced unprecedented consolidation of the market around three or four huge managed care companies, influential players in both the private and public sector are trying to undo the damage. The ...

    by Britt Robson on January 17, 1996
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    The Charade of the Visigoths

    The official version of last year's political battles over the environment, due to be endlessly recycled through Campaign '96, goes something like this: As the Republican Visigoths swept into control of the 104th Congress in 1995, trembling greens ...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on January 17, 1996
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    They're Back

    BY THE TIME you read this, 201 Minnesota legislators, give or take the occasional jailbird, will be stalking the marbled halls of the Capitol once again. They may be motivated to finish up quickly--even-year meets are supposed to do mostly mop-up w...

    by Monika Bauerlein on January 17, 1996
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    Big Brother, Inc. - Why are businesses spying on their own employees more and more? Because they can.

    Back in the days of the first motorcars, Henry Ford took a long, hard look around the production floor of his massive Highland Park, Michigan, plant and was displeased by what he saw. The employees weren't moving fast enough or working deliberately...

    by Jennifer Vogel on January 17, 1996
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    Shadowland - On Dorothea Lange then and now.

    I FIRST SAW Dorothea Lange's work years ago, in a book I bought when I was in college, and again later on in a course on the history of photography. Like everybody else, I knew her "Migrant Mother," probably the most famous image to come out of the D...

    by Steve Perry on January 17, 1996
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    How John Holtby Lost His Teeth And His Dog And Survived The Speeding Up Of Time - A Schizophrenic's Life Inside and Outside Mental Institutions

    John Holtby remembers this about the time he lost all his teeth: "What happened was the dentist in Richfield already had me in the chair when he pulled out a big screwdriver. It was terrible, terrible. Big question mark here about who set all this ...

    by Josie Rawson on January 10, 1996
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