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    Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy

    Twenty years ago this morning, an uprising in Burma demanded democracy. This resulted in thousands of unarmed students and Buddhist monks being slaughtered by the Burmese dictatorship, which was then known by the ominous acronym SLORC (State Law & Or...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 8, 2008 @ 8:46 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/7: Hiroshima Commemoration

    I'll admit it: I miss Okinawa. It hit me most recently when attending yesterday's Hiroshima commemoration event, where an Okinawan sanshin group played. If you've never heard of the sanshin (also called the shamisen, it's a three-stringed lute-banj...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 7, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    The Devil Bug hits Wisconsin

    The Emerald Ash Borer, also known as the danger bug of Detroit, is making its way to Minnesota faster than officials first predicted. This doesn't bode well for our tree-lined streets. The half-inch long insect will lay its eggs inside our beautiful ...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 6, 2008 @ 6:10 pm
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    Get Your Walk On With a Free Pedometer

    St. Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman is teaming up with the Saint Paul Fire Department to make residents of the city (the most livable in the country, don't forget!) a little healthier. Getting your blood pressure tested fire stations is a luxury (?) St. P...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 6, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Star Wars exhibit extended like a light saber

    The Force may be the energy that binds the universe together, but it isn't like Superman -- it can't fly around the world and turn back time. So consider the benefit of having another three days to see the Star Wars exhibit at the Science Museum. And...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 6, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    David Carr tries direct marketing as his memoir hits stores

    My how we love to get all tangled-up-and-tired yelling about memoirs. If you're one of those people and you're tired of being burned by this pesky genre, I can show you the way out: read fiction. You're welcome. I'm thinking of David Carr's Night ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Two local news sites nominated for Online Journalism Awards

    You best get your bow tie to cleaners Minnesota. The Online News Association just announced the finalists for the 2008 Online Journalism Awards, and two local news outlets made the cut. The Star Tribune is nominated in the "Breaking News, Large Site"...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/5: Animalized

    It was critter day on the blogs yesterday, with a quick YouTube reference to Christian the Lion, an update on the status of wolf puppies, and a notification that your zoo is armed. But will the zookeepers be used as backup security during the RNC? ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 5, 2008 @ 9:13 am
  • Will Minneapolis pioneer instant runoff voting? - It's no sure bet, and a legal fight looms

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    Will Minneapolis pioneer instant runoff voting? - It's no sure bet, and a legal fight looms

    Last week, Minneapolis election department head Cynthia Reichert gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to the City Council on the hurdles facing her department as it prepares to implement instant runoff voting in the 2009 citywide elections. Aft...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on March 19, 2008
  • Beer as combat sport - Boxing commissioner Scott LeDoux unleashes "Miller Lite Technique"

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    Beer as combat sport - Boxing commissioner Scott LeDoux unleashes "Miller Lite Technique"

    Is there a doctor in the house? That's the question John Hoffman, a veteran boxer and fight promoter, asked at a recent event at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. Under state law, a licensed physician must be on hand for all state-sanctioned boxing a...

    on March 19, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Christ encountering journalism Skepticism, fear, and paranoia about things Christian is neither surprising nor always unjustified from people turned off or hurt by the judgmentalism often associated with Christians and Christianity ("Jesus Weeken...

    on March 19, 2008
  • Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair - The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities

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    Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair - The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities

    ON MAINSTREET in Hopkins, a bar called Decoy's shares the street with an antiques mall and a bead store. On a subzero night in March, a middle-aged woman with bleached blond hair, skyward bangs, and a winter coat covering a jean jacket is on the sid...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on March 19, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    My wife beat breast cancer five years ago. Went through chemo and radiation and ultimately radical surgery. Brave, lovely, and lucky woman she is. But after the procedures, she said she was proud of her post-op look and the zigzag scar across her ch...

    by Dan Savage on March 19, 2008
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Bible says you should kill adulterers, homosexuals, and brides who aren't virgins (Leviticus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 22:21). But I beg you not to do any such thing. The good book also asserts that it's OK to beat your se...

    by Rob Brezsny on March 19, 2008
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    The Zoo has guns.

    The Strib featured a recent story that played with the issues of animal escape at the Zoo. It scares the scat out of all who read it. And it makes it seem like Zoomageddon could happen in Minneapolis, although if it did, the man eating weretigers wi...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 4, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    Wolf pups meet new pack

    The wolf puppies whose transfer we documented in photos and video are growing -- and just this morning have been dropped into a new family. One of the pups yawns during the transfer to the International Wolf Center. More photos in the text-rich sli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/4: Doom, but no gloom

    A triple threat of a weekend, the past 72 hours saw three hotly-anticipated events come to a boil. For theater lovers? The Fringe Festival, of course. For sports junkies? The triumphant return of Francisco Liriano and his apparently healthy (knock wo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 8:22 am
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    Rare Asian Wild Horse Debuts at MN Zoo

    The Minnesota Zoo introduced its newest animal today. Vladamir, an Asian Wild Horse, was introduced to the habitat today, with his mother, Loretta, by his side. In the late 1960s, the Asian Wild Horse was extinct except for animals in captivity, but ...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    Coleman gives back the dirty money... kinda

    Sure, Norm Coleman dumped the $20,000 he received from the GOP's blowhard turned blow toy, Ted Stevens. To withstand any attacks from the Franken camp, he even donated the sum to charity. Normy sure is slick. But as Talking Points Memo points out, he...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 1, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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    You heard it here first: Confidential memo from Strib publisher comes true in Teamsters contract meltdown

    Back on July 9, we told you about a leaked memo we had received from Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte in which he told employees that the Teamsters and pressmen had walked away from the bargaining table: We continue to move forward with the Gu...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 1, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
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