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  • Mutiny at the Strib - Union votes on whether to dump its embattled publisher

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    Mutiny at the Strib - Union votes on whether to dump its embattled publisher

    There's a mutiny underway on Portland Avenue. Last week the Star Tribune's 25 union stewards unanimously authorized a vote on whether embattled publisher Par Ridder should be fired. "Why not show to the world that we share the same concerns they h...

    by City Pages Staff on July 18, 2007
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    20 Years Behind in Transportation Spending

    In two decades, Britney Spears has grown from a Mouseketeer to a pop diva and then slumped back into insanity. During that same 20 years, Minnesota's roads have fallen into disrepair, lengthening commutes and choking out economic opportunity, which i...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 11:21 am
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    Star Tribune cuts 58 more jobs

    Publisher Chris Harte announced the terminations in a memo to employees this morning. Roughly three quarters of the cutbacks will come from the circulation department. The 58 positions amounts to three percent of the newspaper's total workforce. Hart...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 11, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/11

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's Over the Weekend post contains capsule reviews of Bar Fly's Cityscene festival, where dozens of local bands played, some notes on the Vikings' northerly Arctic Blast weekend (of which there are photogr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 6:35 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter

    The Star Tribune today revives speculation that Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be on the shortlist of candidates for Vice President. Because it's hard to keep track of all the factors at play in this complex calculation, we're creating the VP Pawlenty Meter...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 8, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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    More layoffs at the Star Tribune

    The bloodletting continues at the state's largest daily newspaper. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the Star Tribune's photo department will be terminated. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos. They were in...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
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    We're movin' on up

    Sen. Norm Coleman has inched up to the number five spot on Chris Cillizza's top-ten list of endangered senators. That's one spot higher than the previous ranking. The WaPo scribe heaps praise on challenger Al Franken: 5. Minnesota: Many months ago,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/8

    These days I'm thinking a lot about the Panamanian Golden Frog. The Phil Hansen feature is partially to blame for this. A video at the bottom of this post explains why, but for now, check out what's fresh this Friday. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 8, 2008 @ 5:00 am
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    Just Like a Tragic Fairytale: Lunds and Byerly's Will Soon Close at the Stroke of Midnight

    As I was shopping last night at the Uptown Lunds, I noticed a sign on the door proclaiming the stores new hours. Beginning February 17, all Byerly's and Lunds will no longer be open 24-7. The new hours of operation will be 6:00 am to midnight.Lunds F...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on February 7, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Make your payments, lose your house

    Want to know all you need to know about the arcana of adjustable rate mortgages? Read the first few paragraphs of this article. Joe Ripplinger took out a $184,000 mortgage in 2006 and makes his payments every month. Now he owes $192,000. The 66-yea...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    Jumpers

    This week's cover story focuses on suicide and the fatal allure of St. Paul's High Bridge. I mention briefly that the Golden Gate Bridge is the country's most notorious suicide locale, attracting jumpers at a rate of roughly one every two weeks. Ta...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 7, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/7

    There's a vibrant arts community in the Twin Cities, and online is the perfect place to step up our coverage of the scene. To that end, we've published the first in a series Web-only features about local artists. Rhena Tantisunthorn profiles Phil Han...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am
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    Local Obamagirl surprised by abundance of cute guys at caucus

    Alyssa and I got swept up in all the hubbub, and ventured to the Dem caucuses in Uptown last nite. These were some of my take-aways: 1. Record turnout = long lines. 2. Damn, there are a lot of hot guys here. 3. 'Lyssa, do you see all the hot guys he...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/6

    A feature containing an in-depth interview with a High Bridge jump survivor. A news story about a kinky sex club at U of M. New stats about how the Minnesota economy's worse off than you think. And about 20 liveblog posts from Super Tuesday. We're ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 6, 2008 @ 5:48 am
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    Huge Turnout at Minnesota Caucuses

    Apparently, my experiences seeing a high turnout at the caucus I attended were part of a statewide trend. According to this Star Tribune article, turnout may be at record levels this year: Traffic jams outside caucus places, lines winding down th...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 5, 2008 @ 9:30 pm
  • The Polyphonic Spree host a love-in at the Fine Line

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    The Polyphonic Spree host a love-in at the Fine Line

    Better Than: A mass wedding officiated by Sun Myung Moon. John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" is actually a pretty sour ditty, if you take a look at the lyrics--which you really got a chance to do at the Polyphonic Spree show. The stage was screened off...

    by Sarah Askari on July 11, 2007
  • Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

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    Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

    CD: Family Tree Nick Drake's been dead for 33 years, but this new set manages to exhume more than two dozen never-heard tracks by the morose singer-songwriter. Most of them were recorded as home tapes before Drake released his debut album. But the ...

    by Michael Gallucci on July 11, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm pro-sex, bisexual, and GGG. I'm also a mother. I have a 14-year-old son, and when I type a website address into our home computer, a million porn sites pop up. I've had lots of lovers, watched my share of porn, I masturbate, blah blah blah. But ...

    by Dan Savage on July 11, 2007
  • Prince and the Sweet Smell of Success - Maybe you can bottle genius and sell it in a store

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    Prince and the Sweet Smell of Success - Maybe you can bottle genius and sell it in a store

    5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, Macy's Auditorium, Minneapolis If we all look alike to outsiders, we parka-wearers of the plains, if we seem white-bread and seatbelt-safe and exasperatingly insular and predictable, inside we are alive with quirks and...

    by Sarah Askari on July 11, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 11 - July 17

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 11 - July 17

    THURSDAY 7.12 Radio Birdman Triple Rock Social Club Formed in 1974, Australia's Radio Birdman put on their own shows in a Detroit-influenced underground that spawned dozens of great, tough Aussie bands during the waxing of disco and glam. Taking...

    by City Pages Staff on July 11, 2007
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