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    Breakfast of Champions 8/7: Hiroshima Commemoration

    I'll admit it: I miss Okinawa. It hit me most recently when attending yesterday's Hiroshima commemoration event, where an Okinawan sanshin group played. If you've never heard of the sanshin (also called the shamisen, it's a three-stringed lute-banj...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 7, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    The Devil Bug hits Wisconsin

    The Emerald Ash Borer, also known as the danger bug of Detroit, is making its way to Minnesota faster than officials first predicted. This doesn't bode well for our tree-lined streets. The half-inch long insect will lay its eggs inside our beautiful ...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 6, 2008 @ 6:10 pm
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    Get Your Walk On With a Free Pedometer

    St. Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman is teaming up with the Saint Paul Fire Department to make residents of the city (the most livable in the country, don't forget!) a little healthier. Getting your blood pressure tested fire stations is a luxury (?) St. P...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 6, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Star Wars exhibit extended like a light saber

    The Force may be the energy that binds the universe together, but it isn't like Superman -- it can't fly around the world and turn back time. So consider the benefit of having another three days to see the Star Wars exhibit at the Science Museum. And...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 6, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
  • Three the Hard Way

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    Three the Hard Way

    No Country for Old Men (Paramount) "A horror comedy chase" is how a grinning Tommy Lee Jones describes No Country for Old Men in the making-of--meanwhile, his fellow actors add to the list such adjectives as "a very primitive ride," "a rabbit chase...

    by Jordan Harper on March 12, 2008
  • Swindler is back after two years in prison - Gabriel Francois stands accused of stiffing day laborers

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    Swindler is back after two years in prison - Gabriel Francois stands accused of stiffing day laborers

    Bruno Caballero Cruz just wanted to work. The native of Oaxaca, Mexico, had been in this country for less than a year. Back home, his wife, six children, and elderly mother were counting on his financial support. "That's why I felt so pressured," he...

    by Paul Demko on March 12, 2008
  • His pimp flipper is strong - Horny dolphin angles for three-way

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    His pimp flipper is strong - Horny dolphin angles for three-way

    After gaining popularity last week for being sex-crazed, Semo, the 43-year-old dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo, proved he wasn't the type to wilt in the spotlight. It turns out Semo's got mad game. During the last few days, the senior dolphin--one o...

    on March 12, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to To Disrespect and to Serve

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    Letters to the Editor - Readers respond to To Disrespect and to Serve

    Black and blue I would like to commend City Pages on the article regarding police harassment at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department ("To Disrespect and to Serve," 2/27/08). As a black man living in Minneapolis, I know this is a very seri...

    on March 12, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): He "cleans up well" is prison lingo. It refers to a convict who, upon leaving jail, is able to overhaul his appearance and demeanor so thoroughly that no one can tell he has served time. I believe that in the coming weeks ...

    by Rob Brezsny on March 12, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm in my final year of high school and I decided to come out as a lesbian--a very foolish move as I live in a small town that's not exactly brimming with tolerant people. But I know there are other closeted people at my school and I figured if none...

    by Dan Savage on March 12, 2008
  • Minnesota's first adoption malpractice case devastates parents - They cut her umbilical cord. Now, she's cut off from them forever.

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    Minnesota's first adoption malpractice case devastates parents - They cut her umbilical cord. Now, she's cut off from them forever.

    "Don't talk to me again,"Stacy Mooney found herself saying,"until she is 100 percent sure." She was speaking to her boss at the Holiday gas station in Navarre. After trying desperately since 2002 to get pregnant, Stacy and her husband Ty had fina...

    by Jeff Shaw on March 12, 2008
  • Behind the Green Door - sing a splendid, lurid memoir of life at S.F.'s O'Farrell Theater

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    Behind the Green Door - sing a splendid, lurid memoir of life at S.F.'s O'Farrell Theater

    Brothers Jim and Artie Mitchell are sex-industry legends. They're best known for producing several porn films (including Behind the Green Door) and running the infamous strip club, the O'Farrell Theater. Opened in 1969, the O'Farrell occupied a uniq...

    by Tristan Taormino on March 12, 2008
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    David Carr tries direct marketing as his memoir hits stores

    My how we love to get all tangled-up-and-tired yelling about memoirs. If you're one of those people and you're tired of being burned by this pesky genre, I can show you the way out: read fiction. You're welcome. I'm thinking of David Carr's Night ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Two local news sites nominated for Online Journalism Awards

    You best get your bow tie to cleaners Minnesota. The Online News Association just announced the finalists for the 2008 Online Journalism Awards, and two local news outlets made the cut. The Star Tribune is nominated in the "Breaking News, Large Site"...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/5: Animalized

    It was critter day on the blogs yesterday, with a quick YouTube reference to Christian the Lion, an update on the status of wolf puppies, and a notification that your zoo is armed. But will the zookeepers be used as backup security during the RNC? ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 5, 2008 @ 9:13 am
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    The Zoo has guns.

    The Strib featured a recent story that played with the issues of animal escape at the Zoo. It scares the scat out of all who read it. And it makes it seem like Zoomageddon could happen in Minneapolis, although if it did, the man eating weretigers wi...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 4, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    Wolf pups meet new pack

    The wolf puppies whose transfer we documented in photos and video are growing -- and just this morning have been dropped into a new family. One of the pups yawns during the transfer to the International Wolf Center. More photos in the text-rich sli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/4: Doom, but no gloom

    A triple threat of a weekend, the past 72 hours saw three hotly-anticipated events come to a boil. For theater lovers? The Fringe Festival, of course. For sports junkies? The triumphant return of Francisco Liriano and his apparently healthy (knock wo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 8:22 am
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    Rare Asian Wild Horse Debuts at MN Zoo

    The Minnesota Zoo introduced its newest animal today. Vladamir, an Asian Wild Horse, was introduced to the habitat today, with his mother, Loretta, by his side. In the late 1960s, the Asian Wild Horse was extinct except for animals in captivity, but ...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    Coleman gives back the dirty money... kinda

    Sure, Norm Coleman dumped the $20,000 he received from the GOP's blowhard turned blow toy, Ted Stevens. To withstand any attacks from the Franken camp, he even donated the sum to charity. Normy sure is slick. But as Talking Points Memo points out, he...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 1, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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