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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
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    Nelson-Pallmeyer wins senate straw poll

    U.S. Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer beat out his two Democratic rivals in a straw poll conducted this afternoon at TakeAction Minnesota's annual meeting. The University of St. Thomas professor and anti-war activist received 140 votes from a...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 27, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Slaughterhouse workers back union

    Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-82 margin. More than seven years ago, the predominantl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 26, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/25

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Welcome aboard Rachel Hutton and James Norton, our new additions to the cuisine team. They'll be supplemented by offerings from Bridgette Reinsmoen, our copy chief and contributor to our soon-to-be dedicated fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 25, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    Announcing our new food section

    I'm proud to announce that City Pages has hired two new food critics and will soon launch an ambitious new dining section in print and online. Our lead columnist, Rachel Hutton, is a familiar voice to Twin Cities foodies. For the past six years, she...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    John Kline's political slush fund

    Ken Silverstein has an intriguing Minnesota-related post over at Washington Babylon. The veteran muckraker delves into a fundraising organization known as the "Freedom & Security PAC" that was created in July. Silverstein discovered that the Minnes...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 24, 2008 @ 6:40 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/24

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Philosopher or Warrior is the second-best thing I've ever done with my life, and I can die happy now. In fact, I probably should, because it's all downhill from here. While I bide time, take the quiz and see if...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 24, 2008 @ 8:16 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
  • 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

    DVD: Dragon Dynasty series Four films by kung-fu kings the Shaw Brothers make their disc debut: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (right), King Boxer, My Young Auntie, and One-Armed Swordsman. Everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino was infl...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 27, 2007
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

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    It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

    Feeling guilty after watching An Inconvenient Truth? Xcel Energy has got a solution: Donate cash to help the company--which took in $9.8 billion last year--fulfill its legal obligations, er, build a sustainable future! In February, state lawmakers...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Surreal hope" means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger whom you will eventually realize...

    by Rob Brezsny on June 27, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I would love your advice on how to deal with some news I got recently. At my most recent gyno visit, I found out I have two vaginas. I'd had a number of routine pelvic exams with my old doctor, but she never discovered it. During my first visit with...

    by Dan Savage on June 27, 2007
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    Name That Ape

    But let's get down to brass tacks: the baby's name is up for grabs. Interested parties can "vote" by donating money to the zoo, and on the 18th of February, the zoo will announce which name garnered the most donations. Unfortunately, the zoo has alre...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on January 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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    Housing crunch: wide disparity among neighborhoods

    The Minneapolis Real Estate Blog has an interesting post about housing costs in the area and how the market has such a wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variance. A lot to process here, some of which is common knowledge (the crisis is deep, and affec...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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