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    RNC: Highlights from Day One

    You've probably noticed that there are new people in town. Many wear silly hats. Others wear gas masks. It's the Republican National Convention, kids! And we're blogging it at Elephants in the Room. Here are the highlights from Day One. Bradley Cam...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on September 2, 2008 @ 8:31 am
  • Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to "Shrink Your Playlist"

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    Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to "Shrink Your Playlist"

    Singing a new tune Sorry--do I have this right? "Listener supported" 89.3 is worried about Arbitron ratings ("Shrink Your Playlist," 3/26/08)? Why? I thought the whole point of this exercise was to provide a service that wouldn't be available com...

    on April 16, 2008
  • Minnesota a leader among restaurant food poisonings - Check please: we've got the third-highest total in the country

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    Minnesota a leader among restaurant food poisonings - Check please: we've got the third-highest total in the country

    Looking for an excuse to cut back on eating out? A recent analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Minnesota had the third-most restaurant-related food poisoning outbreaks in 2006, the latest year for which sta...

    on April 16, 2008
  • Madia tops Bonoff - Does our state contest mirror Clinton and Obama nationally?

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    Madia tops Bonoff - Does our state contest mirror Clinton and Obama nationally?

    An accomplished sitting female senator, a mother, well established in political circles, seemed a shoo-in. The money and endorsements were lined up. Nothing was going to keep her from taking on Washington, D.C. That was until a young, dark-skinne...

    by Beth Walton on April 16, 2008
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival returns, bigger and better - An even larger lineup of movies is featured this year

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    The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival returns, bigger and better - An even larger lineup of movies is featured this year

    As if you didn't already have enough trouble picking which screenings to attend at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, this year's event will be significantly bigger than last year's: nearly 140 films from more than 40 countries (n...

    by Matthew Smith on April 16, 2008
  • Minnesota filmmakers at the festival - Profiles of the local film community

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    Minnesota filmmakers at the festival - Profiles of the local film community

    MONDO BONDO Tony Cane-Honeysett Tony Cane-Honeysett, a mug of Stella Artois in hand, reclines in his high-top barstool. Eighteen years stateside haven't robbed his speech of a fine British tint that thieves the occasional "r," and his manner is pl...

    on April 16, 2008
  • Flicks to Pick - A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF

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    Flicks to Pick - A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF

    FRIDAY 4.18 Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome Oak Street Cinema, Friday at 8 p.m.; and St. Anthony Main, Saturday, April 26, at 9:45 p.m. In the VH1 age, the movie house can seem an overly spacious place for the music documentary and its sm...

    on April 16, 2008
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    More Film Reviews

    FRIDAY 4.18 The World Unseen St. Anthony Main, Friday at 9:40 p.m. and Monday at 9:15 p.m. British author Shamim Sarif takes her award-winning debut novel to the screen with mixed results. Set in the early days of South African apartheid, T...

    on April 16, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A reader from Fiji is encouraging me to pay a visit. "Fiji is heaven on earth," she says. "You'll be ecstatic here." While I have no doubt that's true, it's hard for me to imagine being any more ecstatic than I am when I t...

    by Rob Brezsny on April 16, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    Hey, everybody: In case you missed last week's column, I'm taking a week off because, well, go read last week's column if you care to know. Here's an old column--from May 24, 1995--to tide you over until my return next week. It not only features my ...

    by Dan Savage on April 16, 2008
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    VP Pawlenty Watch (Final edition): It's NOT Pawlenty!

    Wow. So much for conventional wisdom. DENVER - John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Instant reaction:...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 29, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    The Tim Pawlenty Primer

    The nation may have just discovered Tim Pawlenty, but City Pages has been writing about him since he first rose to power. Here's a compendium of articles that provide a critical look at John McCain's vice presidential frontrunner. Governor No Tim Pa...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 28, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
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    Meet Hologram Man

    RNC politicos aren't the only two-dimensional avatars gearing up to spew canned sales pitches at Twin Cities residents and visitors. Mall of America's recently opened Best Buy has tapped Stillwater-based company Modernistic, Inc. to create a built...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on August 28, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
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    Anticipation builds for Obama

    With Barack Obama's speech just hours away, credentials for Invesco Field are the hottest ticket in town. Remember when people were questioning the wisdom of moving the speech to a huge outdoor stadium? Turns out Obama could have packed the Big House...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 28, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Minneapolis: A Great Place to Get Rich

    Keep hearing the words recession looming ? Tired of seeings homes for sale sit empty for months on your block? Try not to worry, thanks to local business, we here in Minneapolis don't have it that bad. Forbes magazine recently named Minneapolis the...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on August 28, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Mitt Romney gets into DNC ... on someone's press pass

    Floor passes are precious commodities, and in short supply. Not everyone who wants one can get one, even prominent politicos or media members, especially for anticipated events like Hillary Clinton's speech last night. MPR's Bob Collins has a great ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Conventions: Good for piercings, not so much for tattoos

    Hey, Twin Cities: It's a good time to put a hole in yourself. I've been talking to tons of workers and business owners in Denver about whether the anticipated economic boost from the DNC has been as effective as people believed it would be. Short p...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:17 am
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    More on Denver's niceness

    Minnesota Nice will have its day. But I just saw a display of Denver hospitality that'll be pretty hard to top. A delegate emerged from the Pepsi Center with a packet of American Spirit tobacco -- but no rolling papers. Around here, it's tough to f...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Two Green Females Vying for Presidency

    On the day Senator Hillary Clinton is to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver to give her support to Barack Obama, and on the day dedicated to celebrating the right of American women to vote, members of the state's Green Party delive...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on August 26, 2008 @ 5:20 pm
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    Strib & Pi-Press break the bank on convention coverage

    The Wall Street Journal has a piece on how Denver and Minnesota papers are digging deep to find the resources to cover the political conventions. According to the article, the Pioneer Press will devote more than 30 staffers to covering the RNC an...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 26, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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