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    How about that national 21 drinking age?

    College presidents know how to party. How else to explain the Amethyst Initiative, a push from university administrators to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18? This is a serious policy issue, despite the advocacy group's odd name. Turns out "Amet...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 19, 2008 @ 9:40 am
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    Merck's Malignant Marketing Mars Minnesota! Malodorous!

    In health care, studies are used to determine whether medicines are safe and which treatments are most effective. If you're a pharmaceutical giant like Merck, however, they can also be used as marketing -- you use the research as an excuse to get doc...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 19, 2008 @ 8:35 am
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    Please do not hit the bat with a tennis racket

    August is for lovers -- lovers of human-bat encounters, that is! It's the peak month for bat bites in Minnesota. If you've seen Old Yeller, you know that rabies isn't a way anyone wants to go out. So if you get bit by a cute l'il echolocator, here'...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 19, 2008 @ 8:25 am
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    One man's minimalist is another man's "efficient"

    Tim Pawlenty might or might not be the VP nominee, but he's relishing the role of factually challenged attack dog. He called Barack Obama's energy plan "minimalist" today.Obama has his own flacks, so I don't feel the need to defend his energy plan. J...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 18, 2008 @ 5:51 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/18: The night comes in ...

    ... on little minx feet. It's a transitionary time here at the Pages. This space will look different over the next few weeks, as we become awash in convention coverage, change the look a bit, and bring in fresh voices. In fact, there's a good chance...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 18, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    David Carr Q & A: To Hell and Back, then Back to Hell, Then to the New York Times

    David Carr is riding high. That's a bad phrase to use given the subject matter of his latest book. Let's say, after years of struggle, things are going his way for once. The former editor of the late Twin Cities Reader is touring to support his heart...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 14, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
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    Professor moons judge at college debate nationals (with video!)

    College debate isn't what what the limited books and movies would have you believe. It's stranger, smarter, and dare I say better than just about any other educational activity. More than just "talking pretty," debate requires an intricate mix of int...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 14, 2008 @ 9:22 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/14: Patriots and Games

    If Colin Powell is really going to endorse Barack Obama, that's a huge coup for the Democrat given Powell's favorability ratings. But it's Bill Kristol reporting it, and Powell's people are denying it, so I'm skeptical. Such skepticism isn't warrant...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 14, 2008 @ 8:56 am
  • Will Minneapolis pioneer instant runoff voting? - It's no sure bet, and a legal fight looms

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    Will Minneapolis pioneer instant runoff voting? - It's no sure bet, and a legal fight looms

    Last week, Minneapolis election department head Cynthia Reichert gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to the City Council on the hurdles facing her department as it prepares to implement instant runoff voting in the 2009 citywide elections. Aft...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on March 19, 2008
  • Beer as combat sport - Boxing commissioner Scott LeDoux unleashes "Miller Lite Technique"

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    Beer as combat sport - Boxing commissioner Scott LeDoux unleashes "Miller Lite Technique"

    Is there a doctor in the house? That's the question John Hoffman, a veteran boxer and fight promoter, asked at a recent event at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. Under state law, a licensed physician must be on hand for all state-sanctioned boxing a...

    on March 19, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Christ encountering journalism Skepticism, fear, and paranoia about things Christian is neither surprising nor always unjustified from people turned off or hurt by the judgmentalism often associated with Christians and Christianity ("Jesus Weeken...

    on March 19, 2008
  • Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair - The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities

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    Sex, Drugs, & Awesome Hair - The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities

    ON MAINSTREET in Hopkins, a bar called Decoy's shares the street with an antiques mall and a bead store. On a subzero night in March, a middle-aged woman with bleached blond hair, skyward bangs, and a winter coat covering a jean jacket is on the sid...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on March 19, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    My wife beat breast cancer five years ago. Went through chemo and radiation and ultimately radical surgery. Brave, lovely, and lucky woman she is. But after the procedures, she said she was proud of her post-op look and the zigzag scar across her ch...

    by Dan Savage on March 19, 2008
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Bible says you should kill adulterers, homosexuals, and brides who aren't virgins (Leviticus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 22:21). But I beg you not to do any such thing. The good book also asserts that it's OK to beat your se...

    by Rob Brezsny on March 19, 2008
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    Again: The Convention is in St. Paul

    Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury notes: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has joined the long list of famous people who have misplaced the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. In an interview Thursday night on CNN, the governor was impressing host G...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on August 13, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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    CNN establishing quasi-bureau in Minneapolis UPDATED

    CNN announced yesterday that it's putting journalists in 10 more American cities, including Minneapolis. But they're going to do it on the cheap. Rather than pay rent, they're going to borrow the resources of local newsgathering operations: At C...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 13, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Being Tron Guy

    Also: Read the feature story See the photo slideshow Jay Maynard, also known as Tron Guy, has opinions and anecdotes galore. His well-honed attitude toward media types is that he will give an answer to all questions. It was no different with City Pa...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 12, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Snot no more

    Sad news: Joe Kudla, better known as the Snot half of Puke & Snot to the legions of fans who watched their often hilarious and occasionally death-defying show at the Renaissance Festival over the last 34 years, died in his Minneapolis home on Monda...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on August 12, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/12: 30 reasons to enjoy summer

    I like a lot of things stuffed. Peppers. Mushrooms. My face. But a lynx should be wild, not stuffed. It's time to enjoy the Farmer's Markets while they last, and Rachel Hutton has a guide to mini-markets throughout the city of Minneapolis. In other...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 12, 2008 @ 8:21 am
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    Let's talk about it over a Lynx burger

    "Hey." "Hey, game warden." "What's that over by your fireplace?" "Where? "Right over there. The thing that looks like a big mutant cat, but stuffed." "Oh, that." "That's not an endangered Canada lynx, is it? "No." "No?" " ... no ... idea why...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 12, 2008 @ 7:56 am
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