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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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    As beers go by

    Coming from Japan back to the United States, one of the oddest adjustments has been the liquor laws. Thinking a beer might go nicely with baked yams and boiled asparagus, I asked the helpful Kowalski's clerk where I might find the beer. He pleasantly...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    Minnesota ranks high in black murder victims

    The Violence Policy Center just released a report on what it is calling a "national crisis" of black homicide victims. FBI statistics for 2005 were studied and Minnesota tied New Jersey for 16th largest rate of black murder victims per capita. The r...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 30, 2008 @ 9:38 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/30

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Slumlord of South Minneapolis, Jonathan Kaminsky's feature this week, uses the power of the Web in a way that I wish more investigative projects would. Many of the facts in the story can be corroborated by ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:11 am
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    NYT's Herbert: Fix the bridges, help fix the country

    The economy's in the tank and the 35W bridge is just a memory. The solutions to these problems, says the New York Times' Bob Herbert, go hand in hand.When you invest in infrastructure, you invest in the country, the people who use bridges and ferries...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/29

    Tuesday is the feistiest of all days of the week. It all starts with the name. The name comes from the Old English term Tiwes dg, which refers to the Nordic god Tyr, deity of war. So it's fitting that the Republican candidates are scrapping with e...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:40 am
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    Andrew Zimmern endorses City Pages food critics

    "City Pages announced who its new food critics will be, and it unveiled plans for expanded restaurant coverage both in the paper and online. Taking over Dara's chair covering the new and noteworthy openings is Rachel Hutton, formerly of Mn Mo, and Ja...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 28, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
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    New home sales in image form

    The dismal science is detail-laden, so it's easy to glaze over at talk of federal reserve policy and forget the impact it has on your life. That's why I'm a big fan of the graphical representation. Unsure of what a few percentage points one way or th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Shark Attack!

    First a monkey assault. Now a shark attack. In a disturbing/awesome instance of shark-on-shark cannibalism, the Mall of America's Underwater Adventures was the scene of feral aggression Friday when a sand tiger shark named Jessie--which at nine feet...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on January 28, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE As always, a wrap-up of what you might have missed from Friday-Sunday can be found in Over the Weekend. Bored with words? Who isn't? Then turn to our four (count 'em) new slideshows from the weekend's events: ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 7:49 am
  • The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

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    The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

    Dave Ostlund dips his massive paw into pine tar and claps his sticky hands together like a giant playing patty-cake. The 6-foot 7-inch, 330-pound man grunts, his eyes taking on a feral quality, then he squats down to hoist a massive 400-pound boulde...

    by Kevin Hoffman on June 27, 2007
  • Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

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    Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

    You are not women in hip hop You are hip hop. --local poet Jamie Wynne When Crazy Amy moved to Minneapolis, she arrived on a Greyhound bus carrying everything she owned. She'd gotten her nickname as a teenager back in Milwaukee selling mushr...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on June 27, 2007
  • Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

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    Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

    Mercurial Rage The Funeral Sessions Rage 01 The Roman god Mercury is well known for his benevolent oversight of bouquet delivery, but less so for his patronage of danceable synth-pop. That may soon change. A new EP by Minneapolis foursome Mercur...

    by Sarah Askari on June 27, 2007
  • 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 June 27, 2007
  • Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

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    Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

    Better Than: Caffeine at your workplace after a taxing all-nighter. To a packed house crackling with energy, noisy Japanese art-punks Melt Banana took the stage and tore into their set without introduction. Soon bodies were flailing and flying int...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on June 27, 2007
  • Crackers & Cheese

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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would've been a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily c...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
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