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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
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/12: Of Wolves and (Hot) Dogs

    In case you missed it, the big news from Friday was the transfer of two-week-old wolf puppies to the International Wolf Center. We documented this rare event -- pups generally remain in the den for months -- with a photo slideshow and two videos. F...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 11, 2008 @ 10:39 am
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: The Hits Keep Coming

    It's been a tumultuous week at the Star Tribune, what with all the speculation that the paper of record is broke. Here's your roundup of the week that was. A cheeky take by the Brits, with the genius headline Newspaper Killer Confesses. At last...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 10, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    It ain't easy being poor, female, and young in Minnesota

    A sobering study released last week by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota yields unsettling news about the state of our state's girls. Nutshell: From self-esteem to physical abuse to college readiness to making babies, things could be a lot better...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on May 10, 2008 @ 10:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
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    Video: Wolf puppies from the Wildlife Science Center

    For a rare look at two-week-old wolf puppies, visit our text-rich photo gallery of a wolf litter born April 27 at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake. It's extremely uncommon to see wolf pups this young. Generally, they don't leave the den fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 9, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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    Motorist kills dog, sues owner

    After crashing into and killing Fester, a 13-pound miniature pinscher that ran into the road in Cloquet, a small town outside of Duluth, Jeffery Ely has decided to sue the dog's owner. Fester snuck out without a leash when its owner was trying to let...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on May 9, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Now where is that pesky convention again?

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently surveyed hospitals in seven U.S. cities. "Lawmakers looked into hospitals' ability to deal with a sudden influx of victims in the five cities considered at highest risk for terrorist att...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on May 9, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/9: Up the wolves

    From the department of "late notice, but you don't want to miss this," comes an incredibly rare chance to see baby wolves. This afternoon, you can see 12- to 14-day-old wolf pups. Today, Friday, May 9, the pups will meet the public at an event from ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 9, 2008 @ 6:03 am
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