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    Loot Hog

    A local story of virtual theft in a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, for the non-geeks) from the PiPress today: For video gamer Geoff Luurs, 20, the looting of his player account in Final Fantasy XI was unimaginable. Luurs, f...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 1, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/1

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Fine Line was packed Wednesday night for the Editors, Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV. Tony Nelson has images from throughout the evening. Is John McCain too old to be president? asks Kevin Hoffman. There's one...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 1, 2008 @ 5:27 am
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    Quick! Make More Babies!

    Fair denizens of Minneapolis (and foul ones, too), the gauntlet has been thrown down. Raleigh, North Carolina has outpaced us in population. Fortunately, this places us in 50th, a nice round number. But what's the significance of this statistic? Well...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
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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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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/31

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE No one supports binge drinking, except of course me. But Rep. Morrie Lanning and the Strib trying to curb drink specials in bars adds to some already arcane and goofy liquor laws. Paul Demko dug into this issu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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    As beers go by

    Coming from Japan back to the United States, one of the oddest adjustments has been the liquor laws. Thinking a beer might go nicely with baked yams and boiled asparagus, I asked the helpful Kowalski's clerk where I might find the beer. He pleasantly...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    Minnesota ranks high in black murder victims

    The Violence Policy Center just released a report on what it is calling a "national crisis" of black homicide victims. FBI statistics for 2005 were studied and Minnesota tied New Jersey for 16th largest rate of black murder victims per capita. The r...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 30, 2008 @ 9:38 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/30

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Slumlord of South Minneapolis, Jonathan Kaminsky's feature this week, uses the power of the Web in a way that I wish more investigative projects would. Many of the facts in the story can be corroborated by ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:11 am
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    NYT's Herbert: Fix the bridges, help fix the country

    The economy's in the tank and the 35W bridge is just a memory. The solutions to these problems, says the New York Times' Bob Herbert, go hand in hand.When you invest in infrastructure, you invest in the country, the people who use bridges and ferries...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/29

    Tuesday is the feistiest of all days of the week. It all starts with the name. The name comes from the Old English term Tiwes dg, which refers to the Nordic god Tyr, deity of war. So it's fitting that the Republican candidates are scrapping with e...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:40 am
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    Andrew Zimmern endorses City Pages food critics

    "City Pages announced who its new food critics will be, and it unveiled plans for expanded restaurant coverage both in the paper and online. Taking over Dara's chair covering the new and noteworthy openings is Rachel Hutton, formerly of Mn Mo, and Ja...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 28, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
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    New home sales in image form

    The dismal science is detail-laden, so it's easy to glaze over at talk of federal reserve policy and forget the impact it has on your life. That's why I'm a big fan of the graphical representation. Unsure of what a few percentage points one way or th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Shark Attack!

    First a monkey assault. Now a shark attack. In a disturbing/awesome instance of shark-on-shark cannibalism, the Mall of America's Underwater Adventures was the scene of feral aggression Friday when a sand tiger shark named Jessie--which at nine feet...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on January 28, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE As always, a wrap-up of what you might have missed from Friday-Sunday can be found in Over the Weekend. Bored with words? Who isn't? Then turn to our four (count 'em) new slideshows from the weekend's events: ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Nelson-Pallmeyer wins senate straw poll

    U.S. Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer beat out his two Democratic rivals in a straw poll conducted this afternoon at TakeAction Minnesota's annual meeting. The University of St. Thomas professor and anti-war activist received 140 votes from a...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 27, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Slaughterhouse workers back union

    Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-82 margin. More than seven years ago, the predominantl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 26, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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