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    Breakfast of Champions 4/29: That was the month that was

    It was a dark day. I was broke. Desperate to make bills so my roommates wouldn't kick me out of our shared house, I turned to my regular capital-generating strategy -- donating plasma. But Alpha Plasma Services turned me away because I'd already hi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 29, 2008 @ 8:43 am
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    Web Extras: Best Of the Twin Cities interactive map

    Our biggest Best Of the Twin Cities issue yet is live online, and will be making its way around town in perfect-bound format all day. But why wait to see where the hottest spots in Minneapolis and St. Paul are, when you can check out an interactive...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 29, 2008 @ 6:54 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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    Anti-Abortion Group, Planned Parenthood Agree: Leave Abortion Images at Home

    In 2006, anti-abortion group Vote Yes For Life attempted to essentially ban abortion in South Dakota. They put the ban to the voters, who rejected the measure 55 percent to 44 percent. Vote Yes remained undeterred and has accrued enough signatures to...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on April 28, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/28: Dress you up

    It's not that every day is Halloween for the Twin Cities Costumers' Guild. It's that every day might be a stroll through Victorian England, or a jaunt through futuristic spacescapes, or -- you name it. The nascent group (they've been around about si...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 28, 2008 @ 8:21 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/25: Weekly drinking

    Today's Friday, and though it's early in the morning, I can already tell that I'm gonna need a drink later on. Thus, we launch a new "Drink of the Week" feature on the food blog. Every Friday we'll alert you to a new off-beat drink, a beverage deal t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 25, 2008 @ 8:12 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/24: Housed

    I do a lot of housing market posts. Some have called me an alarmist because I think this economy has yet to hit bottom. If I'm the pessimist, though, Credit Suisse is the doom-and-gloom prophet. Not only does the company thing that it'll take anothe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 24, 2008 @ 8:09 am
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    U of Wisconsin study: Smoking ban = More DUI Deaths

    A report on a connection between smoking bans and an increase in DUI deaths should give pause to Minnesotans. The paper, "Drunk driving after the passage of smoking bans in bars," was written by Scott Adams and Chad Cotti of the University of Wisc...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 23, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Strib Shocker: Sex column spiked over blowjob description

    What's the point of being a sex columnist if you can't even report proper fellatio techniques? Sexpert Alexis McKinnis, author of "Alexis on the Sexes," seemed to be making that point exactly in her personal blog when she complained to her readers...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 23, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/23: Please stand by

    As you may notice, our annual Best Of issue isn't up yet. We're having some server problems that are delaying the upload -- a Rev. Horton Heat slideshow I made Monday morning is just now appearing -- and it's affecting the issue as well. This is a ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 23, 2008 @ 7:11 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Using addition by subtraction, T-Paw comes out on top

    In our last installment, we took note of claims that John McCain had settled on T-Paw as his VP more than a year ago. A report on the website of conservative mouthpiece Fox News over the weekend only adds fuel to that claim.For one thing, McCain's ad...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 22, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
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    Pothole of the day: Haiku version

    Perspective is everything. A little seasonal shift alters moods, sways perceptions, gently nudges the very reality around us. This includes our friend the pothole. Because two images of a particular road crater just hours apart afford the viewer ent...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 22, 2008 @ 9:54 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/22: Simply the Best

    Tons of effort by scads of people comes to fruition in the next 36 as our annual Best Of issue comes online and then makes its way in perfect-bound format throughout the cities. Don't miss it -- how could you -- and know that a few Web-only surprises...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 22, 2008 @ 8:39 am
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