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    $3.8 million dollar man

    That's how much MediaNews recouped in legal costs from its lawsuit against the Star Tribune and its since deposed turncoat publisher Par Ridder. That revelation is contained in the newspaper chain's quarterly financial report, and was first highlight...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 18, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
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    Suppressed Report: Great Lakes States at Great Public Health Risk

    An exhaustive federal study about the health of boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada was supposed to come out last July. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suppressed the report, perhaps because of the disturbing information i...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 18, 2008 @ 9:20 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/18

    Happy Monday, good people. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Besides the customary quick notes, Over The Weekend includes a full review of three local bands (The Alarmists, Romantica and Chris Koza) at the 7th St. Entry. Tons of new pictures,...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 18, 2008 @ 8:15 am
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    Letters to the Editor

    Coleman Grilled Norm Coleman has, at times, demonstrated himself to be a Republican capable of acting in the best interests of his constituents, not just his wealthy Republican ones ("War Torn," 9/5/07). Helping preserve the ANWAR and being among...

    on October 3, 2007
  • Shamrock Shakedown - A prosecutor with her eye on the governor's mansion throws the book at low-level drug dealers

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    Shamrock Shakedown - A prosecutor with her eye on the governor's mansion throws the book at low-level drug dealers

    Until this spring, commuters navigating St. Paul bus routes frequently had to run through a gauntlet of street crime. It wasn't uncommon to see a furtive drug deal go down. The occasional fight would break out. On cold days, young thugs would set up...

    by Matt Snyders on October 3, 2007
  • Banning Desmond Tutu - Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate

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    Banning Desmond Tutu - Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate

    Back in April, when University of St. Thomas staffer Mike Klein informed his colleagues in the Justice and Peace Studies program that he'd succeeded in booking Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a campus appearance, the faculty buzzed in anticipation. For ...

    by Matt Snyders on October 3, 2007
  • iGoons - A local lawyer is taking record companies to court, insisting on a fair hearing for downloaders

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    iGoons - A local lawyer is taking record companies to court, insisting on a fair hearing for downloaders

    In the past few years, record companies have sued more than 20,000 people for illegally downloading music. It's the industry's don't-fuck-with-me way of ramming a lesson down America's throat. It's also turned into a nice way to make some extra scra...

    on October 3, 2007
  • Unforgiven - The diocese of New Ulm knew Father David Roney was a pedophile when it sent him to live among orphan schoolchildren in Guatemala

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    Unforgiven - The diocese of New Ulm knew Father David Roney was a pedophile when it sent him to live among orphan schoolchildren in Guatemala

    On a warm summer day nearly 40 years ago, Father David Roney, the widely revered parish priest in Willmar, took a sprightly six-year-old girl and her two brothers to a clear-blue lake outside of town. After sending the two boys out on a long swim, ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 3, 2007
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    Savage Love

    More than a few times, you have implied that if one's partner is unwilling to satisfy, the deprived person has a right to seek it elsewhere. My sex life with my wife, despite my best efforts, is infrequent and uninspired. I recently met a married wo...

    by Dan Savage on October 3, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Vegan Erotica is a company that sells S & M bondage gear suitable for vegans. Its whips, harnesses, collars, cuffs, and restraints are made of fake leather. So it's now possible for you to conduct puckish experiments with ...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 3, 2007
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    Animal bedrooms...

    This Valentine's Day, for the fifth year in a row, the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth lured couples to an "adults only" event with the promise of getting "a little dirty as we discuss intimate details of critter copulation" and "venture behind the scene...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 15, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/15

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Artist Phil Hansen (who you may remember from Rhena Tantisunthorn's profile) has a new work for Valentine's Day. It may be the most adorable video you watch this month.A Florida church wants you to have sex wit...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 15, 2008 @ 6:56 am
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    Bang your spouse for Jesus!

    In honor of Valentine's Day, a Florida church is inviting couples to participate in what it cheekily calls a "30-day Sex Challenge." The church in Ybor City, which is proud of its "edgy" reputation, is inviting married members to screw each others'...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 14, 2008 @ 3:26 pm
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    It's official: Senator Craig disgraced the senate

    The Senate ethics panel--a contradiction in terms if ever there was one--ruled that U.S. Senator Larry Craig's wide-stance bathroom antics and subsequent bizarre guilty plea take-back constituted "improper conduct which has reflected discreditably ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 14, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/14

    Like Andre 3000, I just want to say one thing: Happy Valentine's Day. It's the day of love song lists, and my 20 Songs About Love includes: * 5 songs about Valentine's Day * The best 5 hip-hop love songs ever * 5 sweet (but not too sweet) songs, and...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 14, 2008 @ 5:28 am
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    Suspecting Fraud, NY Attorney General Investigates United Health Care

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has opened an investigation into whether Minneapolis-based United Health Care, the nation's largest health insurer, has been fleecing patients on out-of-network charges for the last decad...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 13, 2008 @ 4:47 pm
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    Feeling gassy?

    Lawmakers are back at it in St. Paul and they've got taxes on the brain--the gas variety. The transportation bill DFLers are pushing calls for the first gas tax increase in two decades. The state take--which would be used to invest in transportation ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 13, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/13

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE With the new issue online, we have expanded Web content for each of the two main stories, including Jeff Severns Guntzel's investigative feature project about a group of men under investigation for mortgage fra...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 7:09 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Nothin' But Trouble

    The story of Brandon Flavin's adventures in real estate is complex and quite unusual. He is young like most of his associates--all of them under 30. And the Internet evidence of their business and lifestyle pursuits is rich.When we first started repo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 12, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
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    In Bold Stand, President Condemns Nooses

    You may recall our story a while back about a noose in a college newsroom. It was one of many recent noose-related incidents. Now, in what analysts are calling his boldest stand on any issue since declaring that man would walk on the moon by 2020, P...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 12, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
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