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    Franken beating Ciresi, Coleman in new poll

    Via DailyKos, Al Franken beats both his Democratic competition and the Republican incumbent in CSRA's new poll for Minnesota Public Radio: Democratic Primary (MoE 4.5%) Franken 42 Ciresi 18 General Election Matchups Coleman (R) 40 Franken (...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 1, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
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    The Real Brock Lesnar UPDATED W/FIGHT VIDEO

    Watching Brock Lesnar engage in no-contact sparring is like watching a polar bear perform an interpretive dance. At the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brooklyn Center, his hulking, six-foot-three, 265-pound frame contorts and contracts as he...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on February 1, 2008 @ 7:23 pm
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

    THURSDAY 7.05 Sage Francis First Avenue The really offensive thing about the emo tag (which comes from "emotional hardcore," and has been applied to everything from Atmosphere to websites) is its implication that the defining characteristic of a...

    by City Pages Staff on July 4, 2007
  • Dan Deacon's spaceship lands at the Triple Rock

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    Dan Deacon's spaceship lands at the Triple Rock

    There is a scene, based largely in Baltimore, that calls itself "future shock." It has little to do with Herbie Hancock and even less to do with Curtis Mayfield and everything to do with giving punk rock an Atari lobotomy. Monday night's bill at the ...

    by Nate Patrin on July 4, 2007
  • L.A. Plays Itself - The 'Transformers' premiere party runs out of gas

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    L.A. Plays Itself - The 'Transformers' premiere party runs out of gas

    Los Angeles-- My five-year-old should be here. A bright-yellow, 30-foot-tall humanoid robot warrior is towering over the blue-carpet crowd that's gathered for the North American premiere of Transformers--tagline: "Their War. Our World." In between...

    by Rob Nelson on July 4, 2007
  • The Police serve a nostalgic Xcel crowd

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    The Police serve a nostalgic Xcel crowd

    Drummer Stewart Copeland hasn't yet posted another "disaster gig" review, as he did a couple months ago on his message board, and last Tuesday's Police concert at the Xcel Energy Center hardly qualified, whatever Bream or Ross say. But the local st...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on July 4, 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

    BOOK: Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies Writer Brian Coleman documents the making-of stories behind three dozen classic rap albums in this fascinating read. Old-school records by Eric B. & Rakim (Paid in Full) and Public Enemy (I...

    by Michael Gallucci on July 4, 2007
  • The Culture of Company, Inc - Experimental rockers don't need no Six Sigma

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    The Culture of Company, Inc - Experimental rockers don't need no Six Sigma

    Company, Inc. Limited Liability self-released It's hard to know how much importance to place on a motto. My own is, "It's Cool--They're Laughing With You." The sentiment has served me well, but it's tailored specifically for me; mottos that clai...

    by Sarah Askari on July 4, 2007
  • Par's Download Blues - The ink-stained Benedict Arnold gets his comeuppance in court

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    Par's Download Blues - The ink-stained Benedict Arnold gets his comeuppance in court

    When Pi Press-turned-Strib publisher Par Ridder took the stand in Ramsey County District Court last Tuesday, one question loomed over the proceedings: Is he a thief, or just a schmuck? The hearing pitted the Pioneer Press against the Star Tribune ...

    by City Pages Staff on July 4, 2007
  • Sucked Dry - In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

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    Sucked Dry - In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

    Even the experts didn't anticipate the consequences of building an ethanol plant in Granite Falls. Typically, ethanol plants are built to run for upward of 20 years. "But the tests showed that the long-term viability of that aquifer system would n...

    by Conrad Wilson on July 4, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    This column should have run in the 6/06/07 issue, but was cut due to space issues. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The bad news: Charlie and Sharon Reed, a couple in Dallas, had their old VW convertible stolen. The good news: By the time police recove...

    by Rob Brezsny on July 4, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a 29-year-old married man. My wife and I are both active people (rock climbing, cycling, and kayaking) and our sex life is good. However, since high school I've been turned on by thick, big-butt, big-tit, ugly, trashy girls. In my 20s, I would s...

    by Dan Savage on July 4, 2007
  • When He Was Small

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    When He Was Small

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen (right), looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a sacked investment ba...

    by City Pages Staff on July 4, 2007
  • Inconvenient Youths - The city says it wants to stop drug dealers by closing convenience stores. But owners see an underhanded form of eminent domain..

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    Inconvenient Youths - The city says it wants to stop drug dealers by closing convenience stores. But owners see an underhanded form of eminent domain..

    Sitting on the front stoop of her home in north Minneapolis, Barb shares a mid-afternoon smoke with her friend, Latasha, and glares balefully across 26th Avenue at the boarded-up Big Stop convenience store. Where there was once a thriving trade--b...

    by Matt Snyders on July 4, 2007
  • Toys Are Us - 'Transformers' turns the blockbuster into one big blur

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    Toys Are Us - 'Transformers' turns the blockbuster into one big blur

    Transformers twiddles its big, fat, stupid robotic thumbs for the better part of two hours before jabbing them into your eye socket and finger-fucking your brain in the last 20 minutes. Yes! It's torture enough waiting for the iPhone and the second ...

    by Nathan Lee on July 4, 2007
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    Star Tribune shopping downtown land

    In one of the least surprising developments in recent media history, Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte announced in a memo today that the company is seeking to sell its land holdings in downtown Minneapolis. The Strib's parent company, Avista Capita...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 1, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
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    Loot Hog

    A local story of virtual theft in a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, for the non-geeks) from the PiPress today: For video gamer Geoff Luurs, 20, the looting of his player account in Final Fantasy XI was unimaginable. Luurs, f...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 1, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/1

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Fine Line was packed Wednesday night for the Editors, Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV. Tony Nelson has images from throughout the evening. Is John McCain too old to be president? asks Kevin Hoffman. There's one...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 1, 2008 @ 5:27 am
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    Quick! Make More Babies!

    Fair denizens of Minneapolis (and foul ones, too), the gauntlet has been thrown down. Raleigh, North Carolina has outpaced us in population. Fortunately, this places us in 50th, a nice round number. But what's the significance of this statistic? Well...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/31

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE No one supports binge drinking, except of course me. But Rep. Morrie Lanning and the Strib trying to curb drink specials in bars adds to some already arcane and goofy liquor laws. Paul Demko dug into this issu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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