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    BREAKING: Strib Bankruptcy Article Fallout -- Who is the Blackstone Group? UPDATE x9

    THE STORY SO FAR: On Sunday, the New York Post claimed the Star Tribune of Minneapolis was on the verge of bankruptcy. Publisher Chris Harte issued a memo denying bankruptcy but acknowledging the hiring of the Blackstone Group for help restructuring ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 5, 2008 @ 6:26 pm
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    MinnPost and "The Burqa Effect"

    I've spent a lot of time in Iraq. Most of it before the invasion, some of it after. I was last there on assignment for a small newspaper out of Kansas City just two weeks after Baghdad fell. I flew into Amman, Jordan and stopped in at a hotel that ha...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 5, 2008 @ 7:37 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/5: Cinco de Mayo Veritas

    The big news over the weekend was media-related. The New York Post published a story this weekend alleging that the Star-Tribune is on the cusp of bankruptcy. Kevin Hoffman is following the story, and has a response from the Strib's publisher as we...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 5, 2008 @ 2:48 am
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    Strib Publisher Chris Harte responds to NY Post bankruptcy allegation

    Star Tribune Publisher denies bankruptcy allegations, acknowledges hiring Blackstone Group. As soon as I saw the news that the NY Post was reporting that the Strib was near bankruptcy, I emailed Editor Nancy Barnes and Publisher Chris Harte to get...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 4, 2008 @ 7:25 pm
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    Star Tribune "is on the brink of bankruptcy," NY Post reports

    New York Post articles claims Star Tribune on verge of bankruptcy, has hired Blackstone Group The New York Post is reporting that the Strib is on the verge of bankruptcy, sourcing unnamed insiders: May 4, 2008 -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune, re...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 4, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    That south Minneapolis dirt

    If you live in south Minneapolis, you've probably given some thought to arsenic. I have. Like the other day--you know, the one that was warm--when I turned my back on my two-year old just long enough for him to shove some of that south Minneapolis di...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 2, 2008 @ 3:05 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/2: We're Famous

    Like El-P said, we're famous. David Brauer's long evaluation of City Pages for MinnPost is out, and it's quite fair and, dare I say, thoughtful. There's a lot I could talk about here, from the praise for staff writers (which is wholly accurate) to t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 2, 2008 @ 7:16 am
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Ambition is a bad excuse for not having enough good sense to be lazy," my ex-girlfriend Arlene used to say. She claimed to be a Zen master whose duty it was to deprogram me out of my absurd striving to make something of m...

    by Rob Brezsny on December 19, 2007
  • Singular Sensation

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    Singular Sensation

    Once (Fox) Easily the year's most perfect pop album--damned good movie too, the finest "musical" of the past 20 years. The disc's making-of refers to it as a "modern musical," but Once is as old-fashioned as it gets: Guy (Glen Hansard) meets Girl ...

    by Jordan Harper on December 19, 2007
  • The Year in Music 2007

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    The Year in Music 2007

    The RIAA came to Minnesota for a major victory. Local radio suffered some minor setbacks. The underground scene lost its Church, and the 400 Bar lost a few bricks. From the Prince-a-thon to the unexpected notoriety of Tay Zonday to the marriage of t...

    by Sarah Askari on December 19, 2007
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    Shoplifting While Black?

    That was hardly an objective look at the situation ("Shopping While Black?" 12/5/07). I wasn't there, but you definitely didn't give the manager a chance to explain much. Why do you take the shoppers' statements at face value, but discount everythin...

    on December 19, 2007
  • Hockey Fight - City school boosters say the Parade Ice Garden sold out to a private school

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    Hockey Fight - City school boosters say the Parade Ice Garden sold out to a private school

    When Sidney Orchard entered the Parade Ice Garden in late November to watch her son's Minneapolis East hockey team open its season against archrival Minneapolis West, she could have been forgiven for thinking she'd come to the wrong arena. The ne...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on December 19, 2007
  • Help Unwanted - Charities disassociate themselves from Le Cirque Rouge's burlesque benefit

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    Help Unwanted - Charities disassociate themselves from Le Cirque Rouge's burlesque benefit

    Santa Claus, looking like a disheveled drunk rousted at last call, hoists a bottle of Southern Comfort to his lips. He's flanked by a pair of naughty nymphs wearing skimpy outfits better suited for South Beach than the North Pole. On the catwalk in ...

    by Paul Demko on December 19, 2007
  • Herbal Remedy - Killer weed ravages suburbs, supplies of Cheetos

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    Herbal Remedy - Killer weed ravages suburbs, supplies of Cheetos

    Last week, the Hennepin County sheriff's department announced progress in their valiant struggle to rid the west metro area of herb. Cannabis sativa--or, as the kids call it, "da gigglebush"--is indigenous to central Asia and has been used by hum...

    on December 19, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a 21-year-old female and I know the my-boyfriend-has-a-diaper-fetish thing has been done to death. But... We've been together for two years. When he mustered up the courage to tell me about his fetish, I was supportive even though it did seem...

    by Dan Savage on December 19, 2007
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: insiders picking Romney as Gov. criticizes McCain's bridge blame

    Last week, we took the unprecedented step of raising the VP Pawlenty Meter to Orange Alert. T-Paw was listed by several pundits among the top tier, with 5-to-1 odds, and had none of the baggage of the other frontrunners. But like a confident young ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 1, 2008 @ 12:44 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/1: Return of the sleep-deprived angel

    The idea was simple. To prepare himself for constant Grand Theft Auto play, Nate Patrin would play 24 separate games, once an hour, over the course of a day. Late in the game, I would come over with a video camera to monitor him during the most manua...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 1, 2008 @ 7:02 am
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    Target's New CEO Faces Immediate Challenges

    There's a new man on top of the bull's-eye. After more than 40 years with Target, including 14 as chairman and CEO, Bob Ulrich is handing the reins of the nation's second-largest retailer to his longtime sidekick Gregg Steinhafel. Bob Ulrich Tar...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on April 30, 2008 @ 7:07 pm
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    Herbal Remedy

    The Marijuana Policy Project is airing two television ads imploring Governor Tim Pawlenty to back down from his vow to veto a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The first spot began running earlier in the month on cable channels. The second one--fea...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 30, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
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    Conservative St. Thomas law students back dean in Planned Parenthood flap

    Yesterday, we reported that Thomas Mengler, dean of St. Thomas' law school, barred students from volunteering at Planned Parenthood for school credit. His actions prompted 80 St. Thomas law students to sign an open letter to him decrying the decisi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 30, 2008 @ 11:58 am
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