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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
  • 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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    Artists of the Year - Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody By Matthew Smith So what are we to make of the Diablo Cody media frenzy? In the last two months, she may have received more press than any screenwriter in movie history. From the New York Times to the L.A. Times, from NPR to Entertainme...

    by Matthew Smith on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Matt Sciple

    Matt Sciple By Leah Cooper In the messy and maddening collaboration that is live theater, where ego is the raw material and audacity the most recognized credential, directors must play the auteur just to get any attention. So the theaters are fille...

    by Leah Cooper on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Marjane Satrapi

    Marjane Satrapi By Michelle Orange Marjane Satrapi loves cigarettes and refuses to call herself a feminist. Those two things alone would get my attention on paper, as it were, even before what Satrapi actually is on paper--a gifted graphic novelist...

    by Michelle Orange on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Christine Boyka Kluge

    Christine Boyka Kluge By Ray Gonzalez In these days of short attention spans and popular literary texts appearing quick and flashy, the prose poem has come into its own. Absent of stanzas and line breaks, and sounding very poetic, the prose poem is...

    by Ray Gonzalez on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Sheletta Brundidge

    Sheletta Brundidge By Jerry Freeman It was winter three years ago when some of us at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper found ourselves gruesomely down in the dumps and wondering why. Suddenly the obvious dawned on us--too much bad news! We...

    by Jerry Freeman on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ernest A. Bryant III

    Ernest A. Bryant III By Doryun Chong It would be a gross understatement to say that 2007 was a busy year for Minneapolis-based visual artist Ernest A. Bryant III. He opened his first solo outing at Franklin Art Works in September, followed almost i...

    by Doryun Chong on January 2, 2008
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