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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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    Batman is my hero

    Don't know how I missed this Strib story from last week about a Minneapolis dog named Batman who is undergoing experimental cancer treatment. Batman's got a brain tumor, the same malady suffered by Ted Kennedy, and his foray into medical research c...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 12, 2008 @ 7:46 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/11: Fringed out

    How's your Fringe hangover? It sounds coarse to say we have the hair of the dog, but I like dogs, so there it is. Start with out 2008 Fringe Guide from this week's cover. Move on to our blog reviews on Culture to Go, with takes on more than a dozen...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 11, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Army of one

    Al Franken is campaigning hard for Josh John's vote. He was the only guy who showed up for a townhall on veterans issues Saturday: Franken sat down in Brigitte's Cafe in St. Cloud with the lone voter interested in veterans issues, the theme Franke...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 10, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
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    Tragic Minnesota connection in Olympics murder

    From the AP article: BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese man stabbed the in-laws of the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball coach, killing one and injuring the other while they visited a Beijing tourist site near the main venue where Olympic competitions began Sat...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 9, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
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    U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets revenge on Al Franken

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released an attack ad against Al Franken, who was publicly critical of the organization's Vice President for Western Hemisphere, John Murphy. We've previously written about the deceptiveness of this claim, ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 9, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Tim Pawlenty endorsed by prominent WSJ columnist who impregnated ex-girlfriend's daughter and encouraged her to get an abortion

    John Fund gives the thumbs up to Tim Pawlenty as a veep choice in the Wall Street Journal: Tim Pawlenty is not every conservative's dream of a leader. But in a time when the party's market share is perilously low, he has a proven record of success ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 9, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
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    YouTube clip mocks Norm Coleman's $600 apartment

    It's called "Apartment Hunting Norm Coleman style."

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 8, 2008 @ 5:42 pm
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    Arts Community Fires Warning Shot for Southern Theater

    When the Southern Theater's new board fired the company's longtime artistic director, Jeff Bartlett, in July, they probably assumed there would be some backlash. Instead, the artistic community unified under the banner of outrage. The board says Bart...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 8, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
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    Things That Make Men Cry

    BBC News has polled male readers about the events that make them cry. I won't lie to you, a lot of these are pretty standard, and hence lame. You have your weddings, your kid moments, blah blah blah. But then you stumble upon items like this ... ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 8, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy

    Twenty years ago this morning, an uprising in Burma demanded democracy. This resulted in thousands of unarmed students and Buddhist monks being slaughtered by the Burmese dictatorship, which was then known by the ominous acronym SLORC (State Law & Or...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 8, 2008 @ 8:46 am
  • 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
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