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  • Wet and wild - A dishwasher accuses her bosses of being dirty creeps

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    Wet and wild - A dishwasher accuses her bosses of being dirty creeps

    A dishwasher is accusing her bosses at the Owatonna Holiday Inn of putting her through a full cycle of sexual harassment. According to a lawsuit filed by Maria Armendariz recently in federal court, Alfonso and Luis Sanchez asked if she'd reserve ...

    on April 9, 2008
  • Did James Earl Ray act alone? - A Minneapolis author helps raise new questions about the King assassination

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    Did James Earl Ray act alone? - A Minneapolis author helps raise new questions about the King assassination

    THE BROTHER OF THE MAN most people believe killed Martin Luther King Jr. lives in a miniature brick house near the languishing downtown of Quincy, Illinois. Inside, the brown carpet is mottled, and the place smells of mildew and unfinished TV dinner...

    by Ellis E. Conklin on April 9, 2008
  • State lawmaker tries to ban Salvia... - ...so we decide to try the potent, legal psychedelic ourselves.

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    State lawmaker tries to ban Salvia... - ...so we decide to try the potent, legal psychedelic ourselves.

    There's something vaguely unsettling about the myriad YouTube clips of people tripping on Salvia divinorum. Watching a young kid's eyes glaze over after just one bong rip and seeing his friends stand off to the sides pointing cell-phone cameras in ...

    by Matt Snyders on April 9, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): High-definition TV makes everything look more vivid than standard broadcast technology. Images are so high-quality they almost appear 3-D. While this is enjoyable to viewers, some performers are uncomfortable with the way ...

    by Rob Brezsny on April 9, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I thought I could bang out a column today--a regular column, a column about my readers' problems and their freaky fetishes and all those asshole politicians out there. You know, the usual. The day my son was born, I managed to slip out of the mat...

    by Dan Savage on April 9, 2008
  • The New Wave of Trans Cinema - The latest transporn breaks down both boundaries and inhibitions

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    The New Wave of Trans Cinema - The latest transporn breaks down both boundaries and inhibitions

    I spent my weekend watching transpeople fuck on film. A lot. OK, a lot is a relative term. I mean it took up a chunk of time, but there's not exactly an abundance of independently produced tranny porn around. In fact, there's a big disparity within t...

    by Tristan Taormino on April 9, 2008
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    VP Pawlenty Watch (Final edition): It's NOT Pawlenty!

    Wow. So much for conventional wisdom. DENVER - John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Instant reaction:...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 29, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    The Tim Pawlenty Primer

    The nation may have just discovered Tim Pawlenty, but City Pages has been writing about him since he first rose to power. Here's a compendium of articles that provide a critical look at John McCain's vice presidential frontrunner. Governor No Tim Pa...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 28, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
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    Meet Hologram Man

    RNC politicos aren't the only two-dimensional avatars gearing up to spew canned sales pitches at Twin Cities residents and visitors. Mall of America's recently opened Best Buy has tapped Stillwater-based company Modernistic, Inc. to create a built...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on August 28, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
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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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