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  • Not Dead Yet - Finally, some good news for local media: a contract at the Pioneer Press

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    Not Dead Yet - Finally, some good news for local media: a contract at the Pioneer Press

    When union negotiations began at the Pioneer Press earlier this year, the newspaper's parent company, MediaNews, presented a list of 24 proposed revisions to the labor contract that ranged from onerous (instituting a two-tier wage system that would ...

    on October 24, 2007
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    Alt-Weeklies Provide Web Links to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Home Address - Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times

    Member papers of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) this week are providing links on their websites that direct their readers to the many places on the Internet where the home address of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is listed. ...

    by The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies on October 24, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I think my five-year-old nephew is probably gay. Most of the reasons are superficial (he says that Zac Efron is really cute), but I also have a hunch. If he is gay, it's cool by me. The problem is my brother also thinks his son might be gay and he i...

    by Dan Savage on October 24, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): For all we know, in your past life you were a virgin who was thrown into a volcano to appease a fire deity. But whether or not that's an actual fact, we can say this with certainty: At some time in your current life, you m...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 24, 2007
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    Novak sticks a fork in Pawlenty's VP chances

    Republican commentator and exposer of undercover CIA agents Robert Novak is saying that Governor Pawlenty may have frittered away any chance he had of a VP nod: Pawlenty's position as chairman of the National Governors Association may prove his ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 7, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/7

    It's Friday, which is usually the time for frivolity. But I'm feeling all cerebral and shit. How to permute these feelings? You'll see down at the bottom. First, the links. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Beth Walton's expanded take on a pr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 7, 2008 @ 7:48 am
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    It's a dangerous world out there, watch yourself, watch your shoe

    We here at City Pages found the University of Minnesota's video on student safety so compelling that a mention in our print blotter just didn't suffice. After all, lives, and apparently shoes, are at risk even in broad daylight on the U's campus...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on March 6, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/6

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE "There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die." -- Billy, Predator Why the epigraph from a film that saw Minnesota's then-future, now former governor gutted by an alien?...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 6, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    Star will explode in gamma ray burst, dooming all life

    We're doomed! The Mayans were right about that whole "world ending on Dec. 21, 2012" thing! Okay, probably not. Inevitably, though, this star will explode into a supernova. That's just fine, given that it's too far away for such an event to pose a t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 5, 2008 @ 9:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/5

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's feature finds an undercover Matt Snyders taking you inside the world of Teens Encountering Christ. On the Blotter, Snyders also has the latest on Calvin Christian School in Edina being denied $1.5 milli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 5, 2008 @ 8:05 am
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    Machinists back Franken

    The labor endorsements continue to roll in for Al Franken. Today the senate candidate picked up support from the Minnesota State Council of Machinists. The union represents 5,100 workers in the state. Franken has been consolidating support among l...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 4, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Denied in Edina

    Steve Groen, the superintendent of Edina's Calvin Christian School, felt pretty good heading into the Edina City Council meeting last night. A month earlier, the council had voted unanimously to consider issuing his school $1.5 million in non-profit ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on March 4, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    U of M: Your kids are fat because they don't eat breakfast

    NBC Nightly News yesterday featured a report on a new University of Minnesota study that finds a link between obesity and skipping the bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Consumer Affairs has a good summary of the findings: Your mother always told you to e...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 4, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/4

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE These roundups have been quick lately, and that's not because I don't have things to say -- it's because we're right on the verge of being able to announce some new site features, and that's taken a lot of atte...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 4, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Scientists build a big machine in a deep, dark Minnesota hole

    "It's dark as a dungeon, way down in the mine" goes the well-worn working class folk ballad. At the long-dormant Soudan mine in the Iron Range--the scene of dramatic strikes and bloody clashes in the early 20th century--physicists from Stanford, MI...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on March 3, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    Et tu, Ellen Page? Saturday Night Live parody of Diablo Cody

    If the Oscar wasn't enough, then being made fun of on Saturday Light Live should make it official: Diablo Cody is a star. After the jump, you'll find an embed clip of Ellen Page's monologue from over the weekend, including an appearance by Andy Sam...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 3, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
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    Minnesota Congressional Power Rankings

    A group called Knowlegis has released Congressional Power Rankings. At 28 in the House, Rep. Oberstar is our most powerful member of Congress. In the senate, Coleman is 82--not much higher than Klobuchar. And despite her cloying attempts to curry f...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on March 3, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 3/3

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Three days of music filled the Plymouth Radisson during Winter Bluegrass Weekend, and we have a review by Fish DeSmith and slideshow with photos by Ward Rubrecht.The South by Southwest music festival looms cl...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 3, 2008 @ 7:11 am
  • Shopping Mecca - Celebrating the end of Ramadan at the Mall of America

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    Shopping Mecca - Celebrating the end of Ramadan at the Mall of America

    It's Friday, October 12, and the Mall of America's indoor amusement park is a colorful sea of headscarves and robes. Men sport their finest suits. At 2:00 p.m., the line for ride tickets is more than 100 people deep. The air is alive with the squeal...

    by Paul Demko on October 17, 2007
  • Thy Neighbor's House - How far will an ambitious priest go to expand his church?

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    Thy Neighbor's House - How far will an ambitious priest go to expand his church?

    To the casual observer, the row of compact, well-kept houses on Alabama Avenue in St. Louis Park is nothing remarkable. Fronted by modest lawns and big trees, backing a Catholic church, and occupied by middle-class families and retirees, the homes a...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 17, 2007
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