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    Heart Throbs in Vegas

    My dictionary defines "throb" as "to pulsate or pound, esp. with abnormal force or rapidity." Exactly what my heart was doing. I was in Vegas, on the 19th floor of the Rio... A room in which the entire wall is your window... Lighting a cigarette,...

    by Michael Ventura on April 24, 1996
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    Why Art Sucks: 57 Cultures and Nothing On - The local art scene has turned into a refuge for the creatively challenged.

    I HATE ART, I've taken to saying to friends lately, and only half jokingly. I'm not talking about pretentious beret-wearers, or obtuse theory masquerading as art, or even just bad art. I'm talking about art that's had vitality and surprise and play ...

    by Julie Caniglia on April 24, 1996
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    Freaks of the Week

    IN ROCK & ROLL, nothing sells quite like a sharable sense of persecution, and that was perfectly clear watching Christian supergroup DC Talk roar through their hit "Jesus Freak" in front of nearly 11,000 shrieking fans last Friday at Target Center ...

    by Will Hermes on April 24, 1996
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    A Decent Burial

    NEVA STAMPLEY'S TWO-YEAR battle to improve the way Minnesota prisons treat mentally ill inmates came to a dramatic end Monday in a Washington County Courthouse, where the Department of Corrections agreed to pay her $168,500 and to make significant ...

    by Jennifer Vogel on April 24, 1996
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    End Note

    RUDY BOSCHWITZ MAY have no formal connection with a new radio ad campaign launched by a national Republican group last week, but the ads bear an eerie resemblance to Boschwitz's "Sen. Wellstone/Welfare" theme. "Higher taxes... more welfare--that's ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 24, 1996
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    How One Nut Helped Destroy A Country

    IT'S HARD TO rank these ghastly affairs, but of all the dirty wars of the past 25 years, the U.S.-funded Renamo guerrilla campaign in Mozambique was one of the worst. As a former Portuguese property, decolonized Mozambique was regarded in the late ...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on April 24, 1996
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    Immigrant's Song

    POPULAR IMAGES AND tired jokes aside, the days are long gone when immigration to Minnesota meant a stream of Swedes, Norwegians, and Germans. In the past two years, the state has quietly ranked among the top 20 in the U.S. in the number of refugees...

    by Britt Robson on April 24, 1996
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    The Place Where They Have To Take You In - Days and nights on the front line at Minnesota's busiest emergency room.

    The entrance to the Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Room is a set of double glass doors under a wide concrete canopy. They're routinely locked; only patients get through, some arriving with lights and sirens, more under their own steam. "C...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 17, 1996
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    Pandering for Poetry

    YEAH, YEAH, APRIL is the cruelest month, and now it's also official poetry month in the republic. This fact is supposed to prepare us for all manner of bizarre events--such as the poetry bonanza that hit the stage last Friday at the Mall of America...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on April 17, 1996
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    Black and Blue at the MPD - A frank conversation with Charlie Adams of the Minneapolis Black Police Officers Association.

    RACIAL TENSIONS CONTINUE to abound at the Minneapolis Police Department. Last week the Crisis Response Team, a special unit of black cops created a few years ago to help manage potentially explosive encounters between police and the black citizenry, ...

    by Steve Perry on April 17, 1996
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    It Sticks and Sticks

    IT'S BECOME A ritual: Each year, H.B. Fuller Corp. shareholders get together for their annual meeting in the Twin Cities to hear how their investment is doing. And each year, protesters show up to point out that Fuller glue is the drug of choice fo...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 17, 1996
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    On A Rampage

    IF YOU'RE GOING to be walking around in a Minneapolis parking ramp in the near future, you better be carrying ID, car keys, and your ticket. Otherwise, watch out for Minneapolis's finest to inquire what you're doing there, ask you to leave if you d...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 17, 1996
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    End Note

    FROM THE "YOU'D never guess" department: Former Sen. David Durenberger, who made health care a specialty during his tenure, has filed documents with the federal government showing he's now a lobbyist for big health companies. In his job with Washin...

    by City Pages Staff on April 17, 1996
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    The Tax Man Cometh

    The two cover stories this week: The Myth of Progressive Taxes by Monika Bauerlein The Tax Cheat Who Loved Me by Jennifer Vogel

    by City Pages Staff on April 10, 1996
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    The Myth of Progressive Taxes

    Every few years, there's a little flurry of headlines about millionaires who don't pay any taxes. Last year's version included stories like that of Michael Dingman, chairman of the New Hampshire-based aerospace manufacturer Abex, who gave up his U....

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 10, 1996
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    The Tax Cheat Who Loved Me - Got a former lover, friend, or boss who's cut corners on a tax return? The IRS has a little-publicized program for you...

    During the filing season, workers at local IRS offices may get as many as 25 calls a day from people turning in purported tax cheats they know. If the information turns out to be good enough, the IRS sometimes pays tattlers up to 10 percent of the ...

    by Jennifer Vogel on April 10, 1996
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    Hate Mail II - How about a real investigation this time?

    THE LETTER SCRAWLED on Minneapolis Police Department stationery that arrived at City Council member Brian Herron's office last week followed so close on the heels of Sgt. Alisa Clemons's reinstatement to the MPD that it's hard not to infer a connecti...

    by Steve Perry on April 10, 1996
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    Laying Down the Laws

    THE BEST THAT can be said of the 1996 session at Minnesota Legislature is that the whole mess may sort itself out in November. In the meantime, here is a summary of what happened to laws covered in this space over the past three months: AIDS: A l...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 10, 1996
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    Garbage In, Garbage--Still In

    FIVE YEARS AGO, residents of Hopkins's Westbrooke Townhomes, one of the largest condo developments in the state, got a rude awakening when they found out their homes had been built next to an old landfill that was leaking explosive methane gas. Sta...

    by Monika Bauerlein on April 10, 1996
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    The First Lady Undone: Is Hillary a Crook?

    Some time later this year a situation unique in American history may arise: the criminal indictment of a president's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since 1994 a federal grand jury has been sitting in Little Rock, Arkansas, reviewing the Clintons' fi...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on April 10, 1996
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