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    Breakfast of Champions 5/29: Radio waves

    Food writer Rachel Hutton was on the Stephanie and Meredith show's "Foodie Tuesday" segment earlier this week. I'm back on the airwaves this afternoon at 2 p.m., talking about what to do over the weekend. But there are always potential surprises at F...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 29, 2008 @ 9:43 am
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    Meet the new City Pages crime reporter: Tom Waits

    I had been reading criminal complaints at the Hennepin County Courthouse for about an hour when I stumbled upon a Minneapolis Police officer's report of a drug bust on 9th & Hennepin. The inevitable happened: as I scanned the report, I started hearin...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 28, 2008 @ 3:39 pm
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    U.S. Health Journalists Get Failing Grade

    A new study published in the Public Library of Science found that journalists are getting a failing grade in their coverage of the latest health treatments and interventions. The author of the study argues that consumers getting bad information fro...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on May 28, 2008 @ 12:52 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/28: Month in review

    End-of-the-month roundup time, and it's an especially strong Month in Photos, I think. Wolf pups and gimp masks and lowriders, bands like M.I.A. and Rilo Kiley, and much more. There's also the new issue to consider. The GOPFathers is our featured l...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 28, 2008 @ 9:48 am
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    Local Guitar Hero signed to endorsement deal

    Chris Chike, the teenage gamer whom City Pages profiled after he set the Guinness World Record for highest score on Guitar Hero, has been signed to an endorsement deal. The exclusive, longterm contract makes Chike an official spokesman and consul...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 28, 2008 @ 7:57 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/27: My First Death Threat

    When I was first coming up in the journalism business, I worked as the sports editor of a small twice-weekly paper in Washington state. We did a lot of work at that paper that I'm still proud of today -- printing the first gay wedding announcement ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 27, 2008 @ 8:29 am
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    Swastikas found on UND campus, home of the Fighting Sioux

    Racist graffiti including swastikas appeared on the University of North Dakota's campus in Grand Forks, and many thought the school should have acted more swiftly. An MPR report last week includes a quote that is absolutely correct about the issue's ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 27, 2008 @ 6:49 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/26: Holiday weekend edition

    Suggested listening for today: "Memorial Day" by the Perceptionists. More music in mere moments, as photos come in from Soundset. Beth Walton reports on the controversy about restrictions on free speech with respect to RNC protests. Al Franken wrote...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 26, 2008 @ 8:15 am
  • Free Will Astrology


    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


    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


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


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


    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 - 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 - 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 - 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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