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    Ramstad will vote for bailout so he doesn't vote against his own bill

    Minnesota Rep. Jim Ramstad announced he will vote for the second version of the financial rescue bill tomorrow, which passed the Senate Wednesday night. But we kind of figured he had to since his legacy mental health bill is now wrapped up in the wh...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Best Buy's purchase of Napster OK'd by FTC

    Best Buy's purchase of online music site Napster got the OK from the Federal Trade Commission today, according to filings made today. The deal, worth $121 million was announced Sept. 15. The FTC granted early termination of the required waiting per...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 5:07 pm
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    In defense of Star Tribune reporters

    We all cried a little when the news broke yesterday that the Star Tribune didn't make a quarterly payment on its debt this week. While Strib haters like to blame the supposed liberal slant of the Minneapolis paper's coverage for it's downfall, a p...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Women's Mixed Martial Arts

    University of Minnesota Prof. Stacy J.Ingraham, with the College of Education & Human Development School of Kinesiology Exercise, is Kaitlin Young's favorite professor. But while Ingraham says that Young is one of the top students she's ever taught, ...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on October 2, 2008 @ 4:53 pm
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    John McCain pulls out of Michigan for Wisconsin's love

    We here at City Pages hate Wisconsinites, but apparently Sen. John McCain can't get enough of them. He's pulling out of Michigan to focus more of his efforts on Wisconsin. The state is playing hard to get, but McCain doesn't give up easily. McCain ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    10/2 Just Go!

    Five events this weekend you shouldn't miss I've got the banana peels, you've got the secret stash of booze? We'd prefer to be chugging a strong liquor as we watch the debate tonight from the comfort of our homes, but maybe you'd prefer the camarade...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
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    RNC arrests: Why didn't journalists stand up for each other?

    An article in the Boston Phoenix is getting a lot of buzz in the journalism world today. Adam Reilly brings up the elephant in the room: Why aren't the big guys, like the New York Times, standing up and questioning the journalist arrests at the Repub...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 2:30 pm
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    Man charged with murder after night of sex goes terribly wrong

    A St. Paul man was charged with second-degree murder today in the bleeding death of a woman early Tuesday in what he claims was a sex act gone wrong. We have to admit our jaws dropped when we read this story, along with the incredibly detailed recap...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    10/2 Photo of the Day: Witch's Hat

    When the temperature drops and the leaves morph, there is no better place to enjoy the season than a visit to the Witch's Hat Water Tower park in Minneapolis. Located a off of University Avenue east of the University of Minnesota East Bank in the P...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    What's Wrong with Wisconsin?

    We survived one day without one of these posts, but the following are just too good not to post. Feel free to disown your Wisconsin friends after reading this. They deserve it. Don't steal another criminal's ID PORTAGE -- A man stopped for speeding...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
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    Madia and Paulsen: Family Values and Strip Clubs?

    Republican congressional candidate Erik Paulsen's campaign says his DFL opponent Ashwin Madia lacks the "suburban life experience" to represent Minnesota's 3rd District. "Raising a family in the district, sending your kids to the public school, owni...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on October 2, 2008 @ 11:00 am
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    10/2 Morning Must Reads

    Thursday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp. I have chest pain, LOL! As if the internet hasn't already made us fat, lazy and unsocialized, now you might be able to hide in your dark dungeon of an apartment and chat with your docto...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Ghost Bike memorial ride to remember recent bikers killed

    Ghost Bike Memorials have erupted around the city to honor bikers who have been killed recently in accidents. To remember the fallen, cyclists will take a 13.6-mile Ghost Bike Memorial ride Saturday to visit the accident sites. More info below the j...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 9:30 am
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    Both Minnesota senators vote for financial rescue bill

    The Senate passed the financial bailout plan Wednesday night with a 74 to 25 vote. The White House initiative would buy troubled securities to save a crumbling economy. Both Minnesota senators, Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar, voted in favor. The Hous...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 2, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Humane Society Makes Good

    Hurricanes don't just hurt people. They hurt dogs too. The Animal Human Society, the largest animal rescue organization in the Twin Cities, announced today that it will fly 120 dogs orphaned from Hurricane Ike from Texas to Minnesota. AHS hopes...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on October 1, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    Obama will visit Minnesota again before election

    During Sen. Barack Obama's speech in La Crosse, Wis. today, the Democratic presidential nominee said he will be sure to come back to campaign in Minnesota before Nov. 4. New Minnesota poll data was also released today, reported under the jump. Here...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 1, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    Star Tribune guild kept in the dark about paper's recent financial troubles

    As the newspaper's financial troubles continue to go down hill, the newspaper's union has to sit on the sidelines and hope the newsroom (and whole paper) stay alive. Newspaper Guild Star Tribune unit co-chairman Graydon Royce said the union didn't...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 1, 2008 @ 5:16 pm
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    Two RNC protesters plead not guilty

    The two men from Texas who were indicted on charges of attempting to use homemade explosives at the Republican National Convention pleaded not guilty today. According to Minnesota Public Radio: The government alleged that Bradley Crowder, 23, and...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 1, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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    Sarah Palin talks like a Minnesotan

    Gov. Sarah Palin doesn't sound like most people in the Twin Cities, but drive up north to visit your grandma and we know you'll find the terribly annoying accent people call "Minnesotan". And now we can just call it "Palin". While Palin definitely ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 1, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
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    Mail carriers could save the world from anthrax too

    The United States Postal Service prides itself on its one and only mission: "We Deliver". And if a major anthrax attack hits the United States, these mail carriers might also be delivering your life saver. Federal health officials today announced a...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 1, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
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