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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Read these lines by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Block and Stephen Mitchell: "A flock of sheep near the airport or a high voltage generator beside the orchard: these combinations open up my life like a ...

    by Rob Brezsny on November 7, 2007
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    No security

    Service Employees International Union Local 26, the union representing the nearly 800 workers, held a press conference at City Hall in Minneapolis today to highlight the labor dispute. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was on hand to lend support for the worke...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 19, 2008 @ 2:42 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/19: we Unearth some metal

    We've got a thing for librarians and archivists here at the Pages. There's something about big ol' books that brings out the amateur explorer inside. Immediately, this calls to mind Jeff Severns Guntzel's piece on the metal scene from two-and-a-half...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 19, 2008 @ 7:57 am
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    Reporter's Notebook: Sex, Drugs & Awesome Hair

    Brian Bart of Dare Force traces Twin Cities hair metal back to some rather astounding sources. Most notably, local 60's garage rock legends the Litter. How does he do that? Two words: Zippy. Caplan. Zippy Caplan sang in The Litter and later in the h...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on March 18, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
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    Another uneasy post about the housing market

    There's a lot to digest in this post at Alex J. Stenback's Behind the Mortgage blog. It breaks down the Pi Press' most recent housing statistics story, for one thing, and links to other relevant sources.But what I'm most interested in are the bullet ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 18, 2008 @ 4:21 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/18

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A week's worth of work on music occurring elsewhere has culminated in slideshows, blog posts and other reportage from South By Southwest. As special as that event is, it's time to turn the gaze homeward and rem...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 18, 2008 @ 2:14 am
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    Unsecret ballot: Blogger posts "Best Of" choices for all to see

    Well, Taylor recently had a great idea involving City Pages. He filled out the Best Of ballot, located here, then took a screenshot of his completed answers and posted it online here. It's like a Twin Cities-centric version of the Proust Questionnair...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 17, 2008 @ 9:52 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/17: special SXSW pic edition

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE They drove, flew, bummed rides and otherwise schlepped to Austin. They braved heat and humidity. They brought instruments, turntables, microphones. Among these hardy musicians performing at South By Southwest ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 17, 2008 @ 7:04 am
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    Signs of spring

    Walking to a Kingfield bus stop six weeks ago would have gotten you chilly toes and a view of impermanent public art. Today, those ice sculptures we photographed have given way to the warm breath of spring. The carvings, now in various states of melt...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 16, 2008 @ 8:23 pm
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    Vote buttons available now for Best of the Twin Cities

    Want to win our Readers Poll for the annual Best Of issue? Of course you do. Combat the itchy clicking fingers of competing individuals or establishments by downloading these buttons for your website. Use 'em how you see fit. they're after the jump. ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 14, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/14

    South by Southwest coverage is advancing inexorably, like a towering glacier. But a really fast glacier. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Sarah Askari files an on-site report from SXSW, where she catches a series of acts including locals Knif...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 14, 2008 @ 5:22 am
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    NYPD blues: St. Paul cops reject 2004 RNC tactics

    So far, the run-up to the 2008 convention is mellower than that for the 2004 confab. Although Walsh acknowledges that St. Paul police have been in regular contact with NYPD officials to get advice on "general plans," he says he doesn't know the detai...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 13, 2008 @ 6:51 pm
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    Shouts of wrongdoing: will veterans's protests against the wars be heard?

    "We broke it, we bought it," says former army specialist Steve Mortillo in a graphic IVAW video released this week. "But, we're buying it with American lives. Just what do you think the purchase price is for that damage?" "There is no forgiveness in...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on March 13, 2008 @ 3:20 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/13

    The annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival is underway, and we'll have posts and photographic dispatches from Austin coming in throughout the event. In the meantime, if you're hungry for SXSW news and views, check out our national V...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 13, 2008 @ 8:21 am
  • Hung Up - A noose at a local college brings the Jena 6 controversy home

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    Hung Up - A noose at a local college brings the Jena 6 controversy home

    It was early one afternoon in mid-October, and Gabriel Keith, newly appointed as an assistant editor at his college newspaper, was not happy. Sitting in a corner of the small, windowless newsroom, deep in the bowels of the nondescript downtown campu...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 31, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I am currently dating a guy who is nice, funny, has a good "dating rsum," i.e., never married, good job, no issues. I have a good time when we are together and he treats me fine. The problem is that we have the most ridiculously boring sex. Super ...

    by Dan Savage on October 31, 2007
  • East Side Story - Pakou Hang looks to unseat 12-year incumbent Dan Bostrom in St. Paul's most intriguing City Council race

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    East Side Story - Pakou Hang looks to unseat 12-year incumbent Dan Bostrom in St. Paul's most intriguing City Council race

    On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in October, Pakou Hang is knocking on doors in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul. Election Day is less than a month out, and the 31-year-old City Council candidate can't afford to take any vote for gr...

    by Paul Demko on October 31, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A top official at the European Robotics Research Network predicts that humans will "be having sex with robots" sooner than anyone expected--probably within four years. I hope this little shocker will help motivate you to...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 31, 2007
  • Boy, Interrupted - Meet Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who weighs 88 pounds. "Manorexia" isn't just a Hollywood illness.

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    Boy, Interrupted - Meet Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who weighs 88 pounds. "Manorexia" isn't just a Hollywood illness.

    To hear Jeremy's story in his own words, click on our audio slide show For more photos of Jeremy, scroll through this photo gallery For links to Eating Disorder resources or to comment on the story, please visit our blog. At first I worried I'd ...

    by Kevin Hoffman on October 31, 2007
  • Follow That Story! - Politicos demand answers after our sex crimes scoop

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    Follow That Story! - Politicos demand answers after our sex crimes scoop

    In a meeting last week, the Minneapolis City Council called on police brass to answer questions raised by our recent cover story, which reported that the department's Sex Crimes Unit had been cut in half, with the result that 9 of 10 rapes have gone...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 31, 2007
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