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    10/14 Morning Must Reads

    Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: Doctor pay offs means better behavior? Apparently the only way to get doctors to do the right thing is to pay them off. That's the conclusion of a new study from the University of Minneso...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 14, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Como Zoo welcomes awkward new baby giraffe

    The St. Paul Como Zoo's newest addition made her awkward public debut Monday, prancing and wobbling around her space with her mom. The female giraffe is just 10 days old and is the 12th to be born at the zoo in the last 15 years. The new baby tumb...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 14, 2008 @ 9:43 am
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    Minn. Poll: Obama in the lead, Senate race still a toss up

    We know, we know. You're sick of the polls. But we know you secretly like seeing them so you have something to say to your coworkers in the morning. Check out the numbers after the jump. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows Sen. Barack Obam...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 14, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Krugman gets last laugh on Power Line

    There's nothing better than looking back in time and saying, "told you so". That's exactly what the New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman did recently on his blog, pointing a nice snarky middle finger in the direction of the Powerline blog. And now ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
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    Coleman top for donations from financial sector, taking down economy

    Sen. Norm Coleman is the top incumbent when it comes to donations from the financial sector, according to a new Center for Responsive Politics report. Is there some way to correlate this to the collapse of the economy? Because that would be a really...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Coleman's Neiman Marcus suits get TV debut

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new TV spot against Sen. Norm Coleman that makes a brief mention of his "suitgate" controversy last week. We are wondering how many regular TV viewers will actually get it since it was such a bl...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
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    St. Paul deer hunting goes old school

    When the going gets tough, city folks have to learn to work for their own suppers. And they're doing it with a good old-fashioned bow and arrow show down. St. Paul residents beware. Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul will be closed today through ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
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    Longtime state senator Allan Spear dies

    Allan Spear, a former president of the Minnesota Senate, human rights advocate and one of the first openly gay state legislators in the country, died Saturday of complications following surgery according to the Star Tribune. Spear was known for his ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 3:45 pm
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    Lieberman roots for Coleman, gives Dems a reason to loathe him

    Sen. Joe Lieberman came to the defense of buddy Sen. Norm Coleman after Democrats accused him of not investigating inadequate oversight of the Iraq war. Lieberman, also a former Democrat (now an Independent) and one of the left-wing fair weather fan...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
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    Wells Fargo, Wachovia merger approved

    The Federal Reserve Board approved the Wells Fargo and Wachovia merger, according to Business Wire. The deal, which will created the nation's largest retail bank, must be approved by Wachovia shareholders and should be complete by the end of the year...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
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    Petters Company Inc. files backruptcy

    Petters Company Inc., the Tom Petters' financing operation at the center of a massive fraud case, has filed for bankruptcy with liabilities of between $500 million and $1 billion, according to the Star Tribune. The Chapter 11 petition was filed lat...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    10/13 Photo of the Day: Where's Waldo?

    Autumn provides some of the most beautiful Minnesota photos and we love pictures that scream fall. This was inspiration to start digging around on the Internet for the best corn maze in town. Suggestions are welcome. Photo by Jemnifur, more photos...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
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    Magic Johnson fires back at Minneapolis talk radio hosts

    Magic Johnson fired back Friday at two Minneapolis talk-show hosts who had accused him of "faking" his AIDS. KTLK-FM's Chris Baker and Langdon Perry had riffed during their conservative radio show Wednesday on the possibility that, as Baker put it, ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 13, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    10/13 Morning Must Reads

    Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: Backyard fire pits piss off uninvited neighbors City folks always need a reason to hate their neighbors and waste all of their free time complaining. And now there's a new fight: burners v...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Petters weekend roundup: magazine shutters, more lawsuits

    Former CEO and millionaire Tom Petters is causing so much bad news we can't even keep up with all of it. Here is what you missed if you avoid local news during your two days of freedom. For the back story on the Petters fraud, check out our Petters ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 9:45 am
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    Obama vs. Palin: Battle of the Spouses

    Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama, and Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd Palin, will both swing through Minnesota this week to excite voters who are more than sick of seeing the candidates themselves. Expect lovey-dovey anecdotes and side-splittin...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 9:29 am
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    Senate candidates snub women's league

    This weekend marks the second of five scheduled debates between Sen. Norm Coleman, Al Franken, and Dean Barkley. Strangely, the lineup left out one prominent long-time senatorial debate host: the Minnesota League of Women Voters. "We had gotten tent...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 10, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Bankrupt journalism because of the web?

    Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly newspaper in D.C., issued a story this week that is either hilarious or heartbreaking, depending on your perspective.City Paper issued a fake press release and filed a fake "content bankruptcy" lawsuit a...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 10, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
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    State Sen. John Marty cameos in stoner flick

    State Sen. John Marty, whose state legislative career has often focused on health care, thinks smoking weed -- for medical reasons, of course -- is just fine. But you may not know that the DFL-er from Roseville makes an appearance in "Super High Me,"...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 10, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Franken's serious: Coleman's lovey dovey came too late

    Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken's campaign released a statement this afternoon in response to Sen. Norm Coleman's announcement that he plans to pull all of his negative ads. There's no suggestion that Franken will do that same and his campai...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 10, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
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