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    Savage Love

    At first glance, I am the guy your mother wants you to marry. Successful, sweet, clean shaven. Below the surface, I am the guy your mother warned you about: pierced tongue, tattoos, a ton of kinks. A couple of months ago, I met a woman who wanted to...

    by Dan Savage on February 27, 2008
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    That's some sizzlin' hot fatty bacon

    Here's what the papers didn't tell you. The fire likely started because the disorderly hog was too fat. When the flames subsided investigators found the 350-pound pig (yes, that's right, 350 pounds!) dead on top of a gas main in a utility room at H...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on July 15, 2008 @ 11:55 am
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    Old People Love the Wii

    When Prior Lake's Senior Center opened six months ago, planners were careful not to pigeon hole the project as a place just for the old and gray. "Club Prior" as it is called was set up for the entire community, young and old. Keeping up with its...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on July 15, 2008 @ 11:28 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/15: Summer movies, summer music

    Perfect weather greeted the year's inaugural Summer Music & Movies series event last night in Loring Park with The Alarmists foreshadowing the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup. Hundreds of your closest friends, loudest neighbors and random associates ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 15, 2008 @ 8:50 am
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    New poll shows Franken leading Coleman

    Lost in the media shuffle over Jesse Ventura's non-announcement announcement yesterday was a nugget of news about the very race Jesse ducked out of. A new Rasmussen poll shows Al Franken with a 44-42 advantage over Norm Coleman. This is the first po...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 15, 2008 @ 8:35 am
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    Mass Madia

    Ashwin Madia's campaign announced today that it raised almost $700,000 during the 2nd quarter-- an encouraging development for state DFLers. The $692,940.62 outpouring bested Republican opponent Erik Paulsen's bounty by almost $100,000. That an in...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on July 14, 2008 @ 1:57 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/14: "That Guy" edition

    During the Metropolitan Ballet's 5th anniversary gala, I alternatively felt sorry for and wanted to throttle a gentleman two rows in front of me. Amidst a lull in one of the dances, the music hushed, and in the darkness a sound rang out. A familiar...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 14, 2008 @ 8:47 am
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    Wal-Mart tapped for $6.5 million due to Minnesota malfeasance

    Over the last seven years, a Minneapolis firm has been suing Wal-Mart based on allegedly illegal labor practices. About 56,000 people who wear or used to wear the ironic smiley claimed that the company denied them legally-required lunch and other bre...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 14, 2008 @ 7:57 am
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    Line dancing: Chasing the dragon iPhone in Minneapolis

    When I set out to get a new iPhone, I dragged the camera along just in case there were overwhelming lines. Upon arrival in downtown Minneapolis at the Investor's Building AT & T store, though, there wasn't a single person waiting. Score! Picked the r...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 11, 2008 @ 9:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/11: Stormy Weather

    Remember Cole Haakana? The young man's mysterious illness was the subject of Beth Walton's cover story last month. Now, his family is having a fundraiser to offset his continuing medical costs. As long as I'm going on 107.1 FM every Thursday to tal...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 11, 2008 @ 8:14 am
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    Benefit and Update On Cole Haakana

    For three years the Halvorson-Haakana family say Cole has been victimized by risk management and physician's fear of litigation. They say they still can't secure a neurologist for their son, despite the fact he is being treated for a disease in his b...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on July 11, 2008 @ 6:07 am
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    Chinese Beer: Policy, a pint and trade talk

    Policy and a Pint: The China Tradeoff July 10, 2008 Varsity Theater Review by Desiree Weber In an age of propaganda and over-blown threats, it's nice to just have a normal conversation every once in a while. This seems to be the sentiment behind th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 11, 2008 @ 1:06 am
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    Wisconsin Man Holds Up Intruder Covered With BBQ Sauce

    He called the outfit "urban camouflage." The homeowners say they woke up to whistling sounds. The husband grabbed his shotgun and headed toward the basement where he found the sauced-up intruder. He held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The ...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on July 10, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
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    Weekend To-Do List: Dragon Festival, Outdoor Dance and more

    Every Thursday, as some of you know, I go on the Stephanie & Meridith show at FM 107.1 in the 2 p.m. hour (Listen live here). The purpose of this segment is to give listeners ideas for the best things to do on the ensuing weekend. Since I already ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 10, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/10: Television, the Drug of a Nation

    The "Television Without Pity" guy talks to Jessica Armbruster in advance of his reading tonight at Barnes & Noble. Given that the tome's topic is "things I learned from television," I thought I'd offer up my own top five list of the things cathode ra...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 10, 2008 @ 7:07 am
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    Journalist catfight: the Strib's Jill Burcum vs. Minnpost's David Brauer

    vs. Modern day journalists fight like pussies. It wasn't so long ago that newsboys bloodied each others' noses as they competed on the streets for readers. Nowadays, the fights happen in the comments section on blogs, which like watching a slap figh...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on July 10, 2008 @ 6:46 am
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    Anti-War Protesters Gather at State Capitol

    More than 100 peace activists--by and large conventional-looking, older folks--assembled today on the south steps of the State Capitol Building to hear clergymen and civic leaders wax-critical on the Ira q n War.Starting at noon, a dozen speakers too...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on July 9, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
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    Park It: Twin Cities parks among country's best

    Come summer, the parks in Minneapolis and St. Paul are popular destinations -- so much so that they've drawn nationwide attention. A new report released yesterday by the Trust for Public Land lauds the Twin Cities for park programs and policy. This...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 9, 2008 @ 3:45 pm
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    Northwest is looking for volunteers...to quit.

    Northwest Airlines announced today that it will be eliminating 2,500 management and front-line jobs. President and CEO Doug Steenland is blaming fuel costs. Who is getting clipped? Nobody. For now, the airline is asking for volunteers. The incentive...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on July 9, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 7/9: More Comix Standing

    Our annual comics issue hits the stands today, and all the great artwork that we couldn't find space for in the print edition is online right here. Check out all the work that you can see around town -- along with 16 other comics about the Republican...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on July 9, 2008 @ 10:31 am
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