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    Anticipation builds for Obama

    With Barack Obama's speech just hours away, credentials for Invesco Field are the hottest ticket in town. Remember when people were questioning the wisdom of moving the speech to a huge outdoor stadium? Turns out Obama could have packed the Big House...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 28, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Minneapolis: A Great Place to Get Rich

    Keep hearing the words recession looming ? Tired of seeings homes for sale sit empty for months on your block? Try not to worry, thanks to local business, we here in Minneapolis don't have it that bad. Forbes magazine recently named Minneapolis the...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on August 28, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Mitt Romney gets into DNC ... on someone's press pass

    Floor passes are precious commodities, and in short supply. Not everyone who wants one can get one, even prominent politicos or media members, especially for anticipated events like Hillary Clinton's speech last night. MPR's Bob Collins has a great ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Conventions: Good for piercings, not so much for tattoos

    Hey, Twin Cities: It's a good time to put a hole in yourself. I've been talking to tons of workers and business owners in Denver about whether the anticipated economic boost from the DNC has been as effective as people believed it would be. Short p...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:17 am
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    More on Denver's niceness

    Minnesota Nice will have its day. But I just saw a display of Denver hospitality that'll be pretty hard to top. A delegate emerged from the Pepsi Center with a packet of American Spirit tobacco -- but no rolling papers. Around here, it's tough to f...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 27, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Two Green Females Vying for Presidency

    On the day Senator Hillary Clinton is to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver to give her support to Barack Obama, and on the day dedicated to celebrating the right of American women to vote, members of the state's Green Party delive...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on August 26, 2008 @ 5:20 pm
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    Strib & Pi-Press break the bank on convention coverage

    The Wall Street Journal has a piece on how Denver and Minnesota papers are digging deep to find the resources to cover the political conventions. According to the article, the Pioneer Press will devote more than 30 staffers to covering the RNC an...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 26, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    DNC: Best Signs So Far

    Signs are the easiest path to communication with an expanse of convention strangers. Most of the signs are standard pro-Obama signs. Others have more flash. Seen any pithy witticisms around? Post 'em in the comments. Until then, here's the four best...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 26, 2008 @ 12:34 pm
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    Minnesotans don't have to be delegates to come to Denver

    "I've been all around the world - to 13 countries," says Saundra Crump. "But this is the most important trip I've ever made." Born in 1948 in Pine Bluff, Ark., she remembers the struggle for school integration vividly. Six decades hence, traveling t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 26, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    What's in those national delegate goodie bags, anyway?

    Always wanted to be a national delegate from Minnesota? It's easy. All you have to do is become politically involved, lobby the right people, win an election, and wait four years until the next presidential tilt. Always wanted to know the benefits ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 26, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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    Denver brewery presents ... Obama beer!

    The Wynkoop Brewing Company ("Denver's First Brewpub") has taken the groundbreaking step that no business has ever considered implementing before, and taken advantage of the Democratic National Convention. Their new brew, "The Obamanator," utilizes d...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 6:59 pm
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    Keys open doors ... unless they're sustainable

    The Democrats have gone to great lengths to make this convention ecologically sound. This is my room key. It is light like balsa wood. It is made from sustainable products. It is environmentally sound. It is not, however, any more useful than a cr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
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    MPR's Bob Collins thinks Denver is full of assholes

    Minnesota Public Radio's curmudgeon-in-chief, Bob Collins, has soured on the good people of Denver. Also, he's afraid of prairie dogs. Here's the blast Collins gets off at the rival metropolis: Minneapolis-St. Paul, you can outdo these folks. A**...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Conventions jinx the weather in Denver, Minnesota

    Turns out if you host a convention, the weather in your state gets like Poochie from the Simpsons -- totally extreme. Last night, four tornadoes touched down on the outskirts of Denver. Conventioneers watched as the skies grew dark, lightning flash...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 11:18 am
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    The DNC in photo captions

    The real business begins Monday, but photos offer a window into the weekend's events. Here are a few slice-of-the-convention snapshots from Saturday and Sunday. "We riot police are not amused by your endorsement of that Middle Eastern hippie, 'Jesu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 5:02 am
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    Out-of-control weed plagues Minnesota

    If Yakov Smirnoff were here instead of Branson, Missouri, he'd say it: "In Soviet Russia, wild parsnip eats you." This isn't Russia, Danny Noonan, but it's not a habitat that naturally controls the weed, either. Which means the invasive plant gets ou...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 25, 2008 @ 3:36 am
  • Readers Respond to 'Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair'


    Readers Respond to 'Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair'

    Hair metal memories As someone who has worked in the music and entertainment industry at the local, regional, and national levels, I wish to commend and thank you for the wonderful article that brought back memories of my beginnings in this busin...

    on April 2, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology


    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the film Fight Club, the character played by Brad Pitt storms into a convenience store with a gun, then herds the clerk out back and threatens to execute him. While the poor man quivers in terror, Pitt asks him question...

    by Rob Brezsny on April 2, 2008
  • Savage Love


    Savage Love

    I am a 28-year-old straight girl two years into my first marriage. New job, new home, and new city 1,200 miles from my closest friends. It was really lonely at first, not knowing anyone nearby. Plus, Hubby is far less social than I am, and has not g...

    by Dan Savage on April 2, 2008
  • Judgment Call - A former judge accuses retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson of playing politics


    Judgment Call - A former judge accuses retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson of playing politics

    When Russell Anderson announced last month that he'd be stepping down in June as chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the reviews of his two-year tenure were glowing. "We have appreciated his wise leadership of the court and his insisten...

    by Paul Demko on April 2, 2008
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