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    Security guards arrested at IDS Center

    Dozens of protesters descended on the IDS Center at noon today. "What do we want? Healthcare," the group chanted as they emerged from the skyway system. "When do we want it? Now." The protesters also carried signs that read "Stand up for Health Care...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 27, 2008 @ 4:32 pm
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    Pothole of the day

    I discovered a fine specimen this morning while driving down SE 4th Street in Minneapolis. But by the time I'd parked my car and doubled back on foot, some intrepid city employees had already filled the damn hole. They were just taking off down the r...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 27, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
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    Protesters Shut Down Army, Navy Recruiting Offices

    About 20 Macalester College students are taking part in a demonstration outside neighboring Army and Navy recruiting offices on the U of M's East Bank, a move that has effectively shut down the businesses for the day. Pictures after the jump. Since...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on March 27, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Why Can't Dick Read?: Dick Day's ignorance of treaties and the constitution

    In a disturbingly dishonest op-ed entitled "Minnesota's tribes have it both ways," Republican state senator Dick Day repeats old anti-Indian canards in a callow, self-serving way. This piece is irresponsibly simpleminded and should not go unchallen...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 27, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    We're Number 11!

    Rest easy, fellow Minnesotans: We are among the top 22 percent of states in per capita income. Which is, like, totally in the top quarter and easily in the top third. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports the Commerce Department puts our ...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on March 27, 2008 @ 10:25 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/27: License to Ill

    The Minnesota license plate generator from ImageChef offers hours of fun for the whole family. Potentially profane and lascivious fun, as you generate uncensored image files with custom messages. After a day's entertainment swapping in-joke-laden p...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 27, 2008 @ 8:26 am
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    Pothole of the day

    Weaving through the city's notorious go-slow traffic, the cabbie came upon an opening in the road. Calling this lack of pavement a pothole would be highly inadequate. It was more like a small mine shaft. The intrepid cab driver, rather than be dissua...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 26, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Artist takes on destructive plant

    You don't have to be an artist to make a statement. And, you most certainly do not have to spend your time like Jim Proctor, creating giant faux dandelions to fix a problem.Pulling buckthorn can be fun, says St. Olaf sophomore John van der Linden, wh...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on March 26, 2008 @ 1:58 pm
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    Retro Craze Sweeps Minnesota State Patrol

    This morning, the Minnesota State Po-Po unveiled a totally bitchin' new look for their squad cars. The State Patrol opted for a vintage maroon-body/white-door design to "reflect the Patrol squad cars used during 1960-1991," according to a radical pr...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on March 26, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/26: The War Comes Home

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Beth Walton's two stories about Iraq war veterans are timely this week, as news broke that the five-year conflict has cost at least 4,000 American lives. The risk doesn't stop once they've returned home, Walt...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 25, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
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    mnSpin: Music + Beer + Workshop = epic good times

    You might have heard of mnSpin, the quarterly contest for local musicians. It's an exciting initiative that promises to increase exposure for budding Minnesota musicians. This weekend, they launch their first in a series of workshops. Plus, there's ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 25, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/25: Play Ball

    The first baseball game of the season has just hit the seventh inning stretch. Although there's still snow on the ground here, that's a sure sign of spring. In most of Japan the cherry blossoms are peaking. This year, that's where the first game of ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 25, 2008 @ 8:04 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 3/24: Happy Birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    One of the country's most accomplished artists turns 89 today. Join me in celebrating his work, right after we catalog what's popped up on the site over the weekend: DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A new slideshow documents Muja Messiah's M...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on March 24, 2008 @ 8:04 am
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    Civil Disobedience

    Minneapolis police officers arrested 17 people for trespassing yesterday afternoon at a labor rally in downtown Minneapolis. The protest was held to support security guards locked in a contract dispute with five companies that are hired to safeguard ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on March 21, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
  • East Side Story - Pakou Hang looks to unseat 12-year incumbent Dan Bostrom in St. Paul's most intriguing City Council race

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    East Side Story - Pakou Hang looks to unseat 12-year incumbent Dan Bostrom in St. Paul's most intriguing City Council race

    On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in October, Pakou Hang is knocking on doors in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul. Election Day is less than a month out, and the 31-year-old City Council candidate can't afford to take any vote for gr...

    by Paul Demko on October 31, 2007
  • Hung Up - A noose at a local college brings the Jena 6 controversy home

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    Hung Up - A noose at a local college brings the Jena 6 controversy home

    It was early one afternoon in mid-October, and Gabriel Keith, newly appointed as an assistant editor at his college newspaper, was not happy. Sitting in a corner of the small, windowless newsroom, deep in the bowels of the nondescript downtown campu...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 31, 2007
  • Boy, Interrupted - Meet Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who weighs 88 pounds. "Manorexia" isn't just a Hollywood illness.

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    Boy, Interrupted - Meet Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who weighs 88 pounds. "Manorexia" isn't just a Hollywood illness.

    To hear Jeremy's story in his own words, click on our audio slide show For more photos of Jeremy, scroll through this photo gallery For links to Eating Disorder resources or to comment on the story, please visit our blog. At first I worried I'd ...

    by Kevin Hoffman on October 31, 2007
  • Follow That Story! - Politicos demand answers after our sex crimes scoop

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    Follow That Story! - Politicos demand answers after our sex crimes scoop

    In a meeting last week, the Minneapolis City Council called on police brass to answer questions raised by our recent cover story, which reported that the department's Sex Crimes Unit had been cut in half, with the result that 9 of 10 rapes have gone...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 31, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I am currently dating a guy who is nice, funny, has a good "dating rsum," i.e., never married, good job, no issues. I have a good time when we are together and he treats me fine. The problem is that we have the most ridiculously boring sex. Super ...

    by Dan Savage on October 31, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A top official at the European Robotics Research Network predicts that humans will "be having sex with robots" sooner than anyone expected--probably within four years. I hope this little shocker will help motivate you to...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 31, 2007
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