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    Shark vs. Shark

    Underwater Adventures (one of the spots Matt Snyders visited during his MoA foray) now has a YouTube page, and both of the videos are Jesse the giant shark munching on an unfortunate, smaller white-tipped shark. This is the longer video. The second v...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/12

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE From last night's show at the Cedar Cultural Center comes a review of Dean & Britta with a slideshow by James Tran coming later this morning. Some notes: Britta Phillips is perhaps best known as the singing voi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    20 Years Behind in Transportation Spending

    In two decades, Britney Spears has grown from a Mouseketeer to a pop diva and then slumped back into insanity. During that same 20 years, Minnesota's roads have fallen into disrepair, lengthening commutes and choking out economic opportunity, which i...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 11:21 am
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    Star Tribune cuts 58 more jobs

    Publisher Chris Harte announced the terminations in a memo to employees this morning. Roughly three quarters of the cutbacks will come from the circulation department. The 58 positions amounts to three percent of the newspaper's total workforce. Hart...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 11, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/11

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's Over the Weekend post contains capsule reviews of Bar Fly's Cityscene festival, where dozens of local bands played, some notes on the Vikings' northerly Arctic Blast weekend (of which there are photogr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 6:35 am
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, mamihlapinatapai is a word meaning "gazing into each other's eyes, each hoping that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start." If I...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 19, 2007
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    Homo Neurotic - Katherine Kersten unleashes gay panic in the Strib

    If we learned nothing else last week, we at least discovered that Katherine Kersten is most definitely not a closeted lesbian. In her latest mind-bending screed to appear in the Strib ("As Iowa Shows, a Marriage Law Isn't Enough"), conservative a...

    by Matt Snyders on September 19, 2007
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    Letters to the Editor

    At War with Himself It is difficult for many, including me, to understand how Norm Coleman was transformed from an activist against one insane war--Vietnam--to being an avid supporter of another insane war--Iraq ("War Torn," 9/5/07). That transfo...

    on September 19, 2007
  • Sabri's Second Act - After 19 months in federal prison, controversial developer Basim Sabri is once again raising a ruckus

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    Sabri's Second Act - After 19 months in federal prison, controversial developer Basim Sabri is once again raising a ruckus

    Jonathan Bates is having a rough first day on the job. The newly hired public relations man for Sabri Properties faces a hostile crowd of 50-plus residents in the basement of the Minneapolis First Seventh Day Adventist Church on a weeknight in Augus...

    by Paul Demko on September 19, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I have a swim-cap fetish. I don't know why; it's not like I saw my grandmother bathing with a shower cap on or anything like that. My GGG girlfriend is willing to wear a swim cap during sex, and I think that's wonderful, but it goes beyond that. I g...

    by Dan Savage on September 19, 2007
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    VP Pawlenty Meter

    The Star Tribune today revives speculation that Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be on the shortlist of candidates for Vice President. Because it's hard to keep track of all the factors at play in this complex calculation, we're creating the VP Pawlenty Meter...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 8, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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    More layoffs at the Star Tribune

    The bloodletting continues at the state's largest daily newspaper. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the Star Tribune's photo department will be terminated. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos. They were in...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
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    We're movin' on up

    Sen. Norm Coleman has inched up to the number five spot on Chris Cillizza's top-ten list of endangered senators. That's one spot higher than the previous ranking. The WaPo scribe heaps praise on challenger Al Franken: 5. Minnesota: Many months ago,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/8

    These days I'm thinking a lot about the Panamanian Golden Frog. The Phil Hansen feature is partially to blame for this. A video at the bottom of this post explains why, but for now, check out what's fresh this Friday. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 8, 2008 @ 5:00 am
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    Just Like a Tragic Fairytale: Lunds and Byerly's Will Soon Close at the Stroke of Midnight

    As I was shopping last night at the Uptown Lunds, I noticed a sign on the door proclaiming the stores new hours. Beginning February 17, all Byerly's and Lunds will no longer be open 24-7. The new hours of operation will be 6:00 am to midnight.Lunds F...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on February 7, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Make your payments, lose your house

    Want to know all you need to know about the arcana of adjustable rate mortgages? Read the first few paragraphs of this article. Joe Ripplinger took out a $184,000 mortgage in 2006 and makes his payments every month. Now he owes $192,000. The 66-yea...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    Jumpers

    This week's cover story focuses on suicide and the fatal allure of St. Paul's High Bridge. I mention briefly that the Golden Gate Bridge is the country's most notorious suicide locale, attracting jumpers at a rate of roughly one every two weeks. Ta...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 7, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/7

    There's a vibrant arts community in the Twin Cities, and online is the perfect place to step up our coverage of the scene. To that end, we've published the first in a series Web-only features about local artists. Rhena Tantisunthorn profiles Phil Han...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am
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    Local Obamagirl surprised by abundance of cute guys at caucus

    Alyssa and I got swept up in all the hubbub, and ventured to the Dem caucuses in Uptown last nite. These were some of my take-aways: 1. Record turnout = long lines. 2. Damn, there are a lot of hot guys here. 3. 'Lyssa, do you see all the hot guys he...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/6

    A feature containing an in-depth interview with a High Bridge jump survivor. A news story about a kinky sex club at U of M. New stats about how the Minnesota economy's worse off than you think. And about 20 liveblog posts from Super Tuesday. We're ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 6, 2008 @ 5:48 am
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