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    The Best of Diablo From These Pages

    It's not every day when a former staffer wins an Academy Award. In honor of Diablo Cody's Oscar for best original screenplay, we've collected the top five stories she wrote during her time at City Pages. For more from Diablo, you can also always ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 25, 2008 @ 5:54 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
  • Déjà Tutu - When international outcry follows City Pages' revelation, the University of St. Thomas backs down

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    Dj Tutu - When international outcry follows City Pages' revelation, the University of St. Thomas backs down

    In a letter last week addressed to students, faculty, and staff, University of St. Thomas President Dennis Dease admitted he had "made the wrong decision" in not inviting Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak on campus because of allegations he was anti-...

    on October 17, 2007
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    Savage Love

    How much piss can one consume without getting sick? Sincerely Curious I usually float medical questions over to Dr. Barak Gaster, Savage Love's long-suffering resident medical expert. But after braving a torrent of piss questions over the year...

    by Dan Savage on October 17, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): n his book The Primary Colors, Alexander Theroux writes that yellow is the color of "early bruises, forbidding skies, dead leaves, dental plaque, foul curtains, speed bumps, and callused feet." And yet, he muses, yellow is...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 17, 2007
  • The Case of the Disappearing Sex Crimes Unit - With Rapes on the Rise, There's a Shortage of Resources in the Department Dedicated to Solving Them

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    The Case of the Disappearing Sex Crimes Unit - With Rapes on the Rise, There's a Shortage of Resources in the Department Dedicated to Solving Them

    JUNE 20, 2007: A 12-year-old girl walks into a north Minneapolis high school saying she had been abducted five days earlier and raped repeatedly by a group of men she didn't know. At one point, she was raped in a black Monte Carlo by a man she can o...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 17, 2007
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    Letters to the Editor

    Quit spoilin' history! I have to second PJ Cain's complaint about your paper's sloppy oversight in revealing the ending of Into the Wild (Letters, 10/10/07). Like Cain, I was looking forward to finding out what happened to the young man who venture...

    on October 17, 2007
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    Watching the Oscars? See the Best Picture Posters

    For your Academy Award-watching preparations: this site has all 79 posters for the movies that won Best Picture. You'll never get that artichoke dip made now. Might as well just crack open the beverage of your choice and scroll through, counting the ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 23, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: T-Paw is large and in charge

    Will Governor Tim Pawlenty become our nation's next vice president? It's hard to keep track of all the many factors at play. Each week, the VP Pawlenty Meter (TM) provides an odds sheet to ensure you make your best bet. When last we left our hero,...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 22, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/22

    It's casual Friday at BoC, so we're wearing our beloved Stroh's Beer shirt. Check this classic piece of retro fashion: I wonder what our new fashion columnist (debuting soon!) would have to say about this? Fresh this morning is an interview with Dan...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 22, 2008 @ 6:12 am
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    Maxwell's Fire Causes New Ice Castle

    Maxwell's American Pub burned yesterday. With the temperature near zero, though, water from firehoses was freezing almost on contact. The results were these startling photos by Tony Webster.

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 21, 2008 @ 7:11 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/21

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Welcome to everyone who has found the site looking for our feature about the Baldies, anti-racist skinheads who populated a famed local scene. We have a few more elements of expanded web content up, including a...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 21, 2008 @ 7:31 am
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    Baldies soundslide (UPDATE: Read the original 1990 article)

    To go along with Matt Snyders' feature and our photo gallery about the Baldies, watch our audio slideshow set to Symarip's classic "Skinhead Moonstomp." Also, some folks on the Insurgence Records message board scanned images from the original 1990 a...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 20, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/20

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Our quick guide shows you a few places to watch tonight's total lunar eclipse. As of this 5:45 a.m. writing, it's crisp and clear, though the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies later. Keep warm and keep you...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 19, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
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    You and Your Friends Drunk: Live on Webcam

    The New York Times tackled the topic of webcams in bars, and the Twin Cities is at the core of the story. Among the central examples is Park Place Sports Bar in St. Paul, who use a local company called Barseenlive to show a live stream of the night'...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 19, 2008 @ 11:27 am
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    Where and How to Watch the Eclipse (Updated)

    I'm a sucker for celestial phenomena, but then, who isn't? Tomorrow night brings us a total eclipse of the moon. Not only is this rare, but the time and manner in which the lunar extravaganza will occur -- reasonably early in the evening, in a spot w...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 19, 2008 @ 10:09 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/19

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Everyday life has turned into a health risk. This story reminds me of the old Tom Lehrer tune "Pollution," which is worth checking out if you haven't heard it. When I dream of costing a newspaper milli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 19, 2008 @ 12:06 am
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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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