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    Breakfast of Champions 5/16: Top stories

    Matt Snyders brings you the story of a man allegedly recruited by the FBI to keep tabs on RNC protect groups. My favorite part: they wanted him to show up at vegan potlucks. Hail seitan. When, inevitably, someone starts an online petition for my o...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 7:40 am
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    Minneapolis foreclosure crisis story in USA Today

    A local crisis goes national, as USA Today uses the Hawthorne neighborhood as a jumping-off point to talk about foreclosures. Some highlights: Minneapolis and three of its neighborhoods won their first legal battle last month in a separate lawsuit ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 2:21 am
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    Fire Kersten: You can help rid the Strib of its conservative columnist

    Katherine Kersten may have just made a career-ending mistake: She linked to an online petition calling for her firing. ... I've made an enemy at the highest reaches of state government, and she's calling for my head. Rep. Mindy Greiling is Cha...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: The Incredibly Shrinking Newsroom

    David Brauer reports that the Strib will cut newsroom expenses by 10 percent in the wake of revelations that the newspaper is the worst performer in Avista's portfolio: The Star Tribune's newsroom budget will be cut 10 percent, with a plan in pla...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    City Pages nominated for three AAN awards

    Every year, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies selects the best work from its member papers. Yesterday, the finalists were announced, and City Pages has been nominated for three awards for papers with a circulation of 55,000 or more. The "...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 15, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/15: Halfway

    When Richard Nixon ran for re-election, one of his slogans was "In Your Heart, You know He's Right." When Nixon died, I made a series of bumper stickers organized around the theme "In Your Heart, You're Glad He's Dead." How this applies to Matt Snyd...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 15, 2008 @ 9:36 am
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    Gubernatorial Graffiti

    The portraits of Jesse Ventura (1999-2003), Harold LeVander (1967-71), and Elmer L. Andersen (1961-63) were vandalized with with markers most likely some time today. An artist's rendering of the crime scene. When reached for comment this evening...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on May 14, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
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    Strib in talks with Vikings on land deal

    If there's one advantage to being part of the story, it's that you're guaranteed the exclusive: As Tuesday's deadline for bids on the Star Tribune's five blocks near the Metrodome passed, Avista Capital Partners, the newspaper's parent company, r...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 14, 2008 @ 10:02 am
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    Good News for the Strib: Rupert Murdoch is bullish on newspapers!

    Anybody at the Star Tribune who reads Playboy for the articles can take some hope in the fact that Rupert Murdoch believes the rumors of print's death have been greatly exaggerated. Is print dead? No, I don't for a minute believe it's dead. It'...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 14, 2008 @ 9:47 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/14: Medical alert

    Join us tonight at your favorite downtown danceteria for our annual Best of the Twin Cities party. Doomtree will be there performing, and so will the Alarmists, Romantica and Gospel Gossip. Plus, you can find your favorite writer and give them a hug....

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 14, 2008 @ 8:28 am
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: Land ho!

    The Strib has sprung a leak. A story in today's Pioneer Press reveals that the St. Paul rival obtained an "offering memo" indicating that bids on the newspaper's downtown office space are due today. The story says the land could fetch "$4 million t...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 13, 2008 @ 11:47 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/13: The roundup

    It'll be a short roundup today, since I was out late with the other children of the night at Saloon's Goth Prom (and we're working on putting out the print issue today). See these images from Goth Prom and you'll see what kept party-goers out late.Li...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 13, 2008 @ 6:12 am
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    VP Pawlenty Watch: More likely to get love from McCain than Mrs. Pawlenty

    Today, the Star Tribune is front-paging a report in Sunday's Washington Post that Pawlenty tops the field of candidates for McCain's running mate: "The Minnesota governor remains the single possibility in the Republican vice presidential field who ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 12, 2008 @ 11:19 am
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you know what an expansion joint is? No, it's not slang for a marijuana cigarette you smoke in hopes of enlarging your worldview. Rather, it's an architectural term referring to the flexible sections that are built into...

    by Rob Brezsny on January 2, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Because the pope said so I'm not sure if your inaccurate depiction of Archbishop Nienstedt (Blotter, 12/12/07)--ridiculous Photoshop illustration aside--was intentional or due to ignorance, but I want to set the record straight (no pun intended)....

    on January 2, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm 19, female, bisexual, and have been with the same guy for a year and things are great. I came home for Christmas and he went to his parents' house, and I'll see him in a few weeks. For Christmas, my mom got me some typical "mom" gifts--socks and...

    by Dan Savage on January 2, 2008
  • DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Pause & Rewind Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.): It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-...

    by Jordan Harper on January 2, 2008
  • Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

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    Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

    When British author Doris Lessing accepted the Nobel Prize last month, she told a remarkable story about her travels to Zimbabwe and the thirst among poor Africans for knowledge. Her vivid and eloquent speech concluded with this passage: "Ask any ...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert By Eric Lorberer Satire was in trouble. An art form nearly as old as civilization itself, it had fallen on especially hard times of late. In the age of reality TV, the edifying gesture of the genre seemed all but dead. Fortunately, ...

    by Eric Lorberer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - William E. Jones

    William E. Jones By Dean Otto News of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest by an undercover police officer in a public-toilet sex sting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport exploded in the press in late August. Newscasters were befuddled as they repo...

    by Dean Otto on January 2, 2008
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