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  • Archbishop Homophobe - Local Catholics protest John Nienstedt article declaring gayness a "grave evil"

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    Archbishop Homophobe - Local Catholics protest John Nienstedt article declaring gayness a "grave evil"

    More than 300 Catholics died on the snowy steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul last week. The "die-in" was part of an organized protest of the new Archbishop in town: John Nienstedt. Last month the Archbishop declared his position on homosexuality ...

    on December 12, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Everything absolute belongs to pathology. Joyous distrust is a sign of health." So proclaimed Friedrich Nietzsche. Note well that he used the adjective "joyous" to describe distrust, not "cynical" or "grumbling" or "sour....

    by Rob Brezsny on December 12, 2007
  • Iranian Football - Top gridiron recruit Willie Mobley has one eye on the Big Ten and the other on geopolitics

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    Iranian Football - Top gridiron recruit Willie Mobley has one eye on the Big Ten and the other on geopolitics

    It's easy to forget that Willie Mobley is 18 years old. Sporting a full beard and a frizzy quasi-fro, the 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pound defensive lineman looks more like a man approaching his 30s than a boy in the last throes of adolescence. At the two-s...

    by Matt Snyders on December 12, 2007
  • Killer Climax

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    Killer Climax

    The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) The final installment in the Bourne-again trilogy is the one in which the CIA assassin's true identity is revealed. It's the origin story in reverse -- how brilliant. But solving the mystery (and misery, as Jason ...

    on December 12, 2007
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    Savage Love

    My two roommates are in the same frat. Roommate A and his GF have been going out for about a year. Roommate A is a great guy, but maybe a bit too nice: Recently, his GF cheated on him and he forgave her. Her infidelity did not come as a surprise to ...

    by Dan Savage on December 12, 2007
  • Winter Guide: New Vikings, Old Times - The Primordial Indie Rock of Times New Viking

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    Winter Guide: New Vikings, Old Times - The Primordial Indie Rock of Times New Viking

    It's not what you say, but how you say it. It figures that the reminder would come from a band partially named after a font. Times New Viking, composed of three ex-art school students from Columbus, Ohio, revive a brand of indie rock that, if not...

    by Jonathan Garrett on December 12, 2007
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    That south Minneapolis dirt

    If you live in south Minneapolis, you've probably given some thought to arsenic. I have. Like the other day--you know, the one that was warm--when I turned my back on my two-year old just long enough for him to shove some of that south Minneapolis di...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 2, 2008 @ 3:05 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/2: We're Famous

    Like El-P said, we're famous. David Brauer's long evaluation of City Pages for MinnPost is out, and it's quite fair and, dare I say, thoughtful. There's a lot I could talk about here, from the praise for staff writers (which is wholly accurate) to t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 2, 2008 @ 7:16 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: insiders picking Romney as Gov. criticizes McCain's bridge blame

    Last week, we took the unprecedented step of raising the VP Pawlenty Meter to Orange Alert. T-Paw was listed by several pundits among the top tier, with 5-to-1 odds, and had none of the baggage of the other frontrunners. But like a confident young ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 1, 2008 @ 12:44 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/1: Return of the sleep-deprived angel

    The idea was simple. To prepare himself for constant Grand Theft Auto play, Nate Patrin would play 24 separate games, once an hour, over the course of a day. Late in the game, I would come over with a video camera to monitor him during the most manua...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 1, 2008 @ 7:02 am
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    Target's New CEO Faces Immediate Challenges

    There's a new man on top of the bull's-eye. After more than 40 years with Target, including 14 as chairman and CEO, Bob Ulrich is handing the reins of the nation's second-largest retailer to his longtime sidekick Gregg Steinhafel. Bob Ulrich Tar...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on April 30, 2008 @ 7:07 pm
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    Herbal Remedy

    The Marijuana Policy Project is airing two television ads imploring Governor Tim Pawlenty to back down from his vow to veto a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The first spot began running earlier in the month on cable channels. The second one--fea...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 30, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
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    Conservative St. Thomas law students back dean in Planned Parenthood flap

    Yesterday, we reported that Thomas Mengler, dean of St. Thomas' law school, barred students from volunteering at Planned Parenthood for school credit. His actions prompted 80 St. Thomas law students to sign an open letter to him decrying the decisi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 30, 2008 @ 11:58 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 4/30: Embarrassment of riches

    When Nate Patrin heard Grand Theft Auto IV was coming out, he knew he'd spend every waking hour playing the hell out of it. Hence, the plan. Nate would spend 24 hours getting every other game he'd wanted to play out of his system. He'd play 24 diffe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 30, 2008 @ 6:38 am
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    Salvia: The More You Know...

    Ever since our story on the legal psychedelic Salvia divinorum went to print three weeks ago, my inbox has been inundated with emails asking where I bought the stuff, what situations to do it in, etc. "I was wondering where I can get the Purple Stic...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 29, 2008 @ 7:02 pm
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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
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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
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Unwedded Bliss I congratulate the churches that have stopped performing legal marriages for adding an important and necessary perspective to the debate about marriage and union rights for same-sex couples ("The Wedding Crashers," 11/21). Although...

    on December 5, 2007
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