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  • Boxed Out - Is Scott Ledoux the future of combat sports in Minnesota--or the end?

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    Boxed Out - Is Scott Ledoux the future of combat sports in Minnesota--or the end?

    All eyes were on B.J. "The Beast" Lacy. At the "Downtown Throwdown" at the Target Center two weeks ago, Lacy's mixed martial arts match went the distance, and it fell to the three judges at ringside to render a decision. At first, Lacy was dec...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on September 26, 2007
  • Have You Heard? - Venerable local recording studio Third Ear will close its doors at the end of the month

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    Have You Heard? - Venerable local recording studio Third Ear will close its doors at the end of the month

    Third Ear Recording Studio does not look like a business in its dying days. The Minneapolis studio, housed in a dilapidated warehouse just north of University Avenue, is cluttered with instruments, recording equipment, and other musical detritus. I...

    by Paul Demko on September 26, 2007
  • Par's Parting Shot - The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk

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    Par's Parting Shot - The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk

    The fates of 14 Star Tribune reporters who work for the newspaper's soon-to-be-defunct weekly suburban editions have been in limbo in recent weeks. Negotiations on their future jobs have been ongoing between Strib brass and representatives of the Mi...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 26, 2007
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Worst Moments

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    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Worst Moments

    Number 10: Tore up from the floor up When the Dome hosted the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 1989, officials were eager to make a good impression in the hopes of landing the Final Four within the next few years. Instead, it was a near disaste...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 26, 2007
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Best Moments

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    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Best Moments

    Number 10: Prep Bowl comes to the Dome early The famous Halloween blizzard of 1991 shut down just about everything, and for a while, put the state high school football playoffs in jeopardy. But the Dome roof, miraculously, stayed inflated, and the ...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 26, 2007
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    Savage Love

    Who the hell wears swim caps anymore? I haven't seen a swim cap in years. That question in your column last week from the swim-cap fetishist getting off on his visits to public pools was bullshit. I would think you, of all people, could see through ...

    by Dan Savage on September 26, 2007
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    Animal bedrooms...

    This Valentine's Day, for the fifth year in a row, the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth lured couples to an "adults only" event with the promise of getting "a little dirty as we discuss intimate details of critter copulation" and "venture behind the scene...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 15, 2008 @ 10:08 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/15

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Artist Phil Hansen (who you may remember from Rhena Tantisunthorn's profile) has a new work for Valentine's Day. It may be the most adorable video you watch this month.A Florida church wants you to have sex wit...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 15, 2008 @ 6:56 am
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    Bang your spouse for Jesus!

    In honor of Valentine's Day, a Florida church is inviting couples to participate in what it cheekily calls a "30-day Sex Challenge." The church in Ybor City, which is proud of its "edgy" reputation, is inviting married members to screw each others'...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 14, 2008 @ 3:26 pm
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    It's official: Senator Craig disgraced the senate

    The Senate ethics panel--a contradiction in terms if ever there was one--ruled that U.S. Senator Larry Craig's wide-stance bathroom antics and subsequent bizarre guilty plea take-back constituted "improper conduct which has reflected discreditably ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 14, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/14

    Like Andre 3000, I just want to say one thing: Happy Valentine's Day. It's the day of love song lists, and my 20 Songs About Love includes: * 5 songs about Valentine's Day * The best 5 hip-hop love songs ever * 5 sweet (but not too sweet) songs, and...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 14, 2008 @ 5:28 am
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    Suspecting Fraud, NY Attorney General Investigates United Health Care

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has opened an investigation into whether Minneapolis-based United Health Care, the nation's largest health insurer, has been fleecing patients on out-of-network charges for the last decad...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 13, 2008 @ 4:47 pm
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    Feeling gassy?

    Lawmakers are back at it in St. Paul and they've got taxes on the brain--the gas variety. The transportation bill DFLers are pushing calls for the first gas tax increase in two decades. The state take--which would be used to invest in transportation ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 13, 2008 @ 11:12 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/13

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE With the new issue online, we have expanded Web content for each of the two main stories, including Jeff Severns Guntzel's investigative feature project about a group of men under investigation for mortgage fra...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 7:09 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Nothin' But Trouble

    The story of Brandon Flavin's adventures in real estate is complex and quite unusual. He is young like most of his associates--all of them under 30. And the Internet evidence of their business and lifestyle pursuits is rich.When we first started repo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 12, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
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    In Bold Stand, President Condemns Nooses

    You may recall our story a while back about a noose in a college newsroom. It was one of many recent noose-related incidents. Now, in what analysts are calling his boldest stand on any issue since declaring that man would walk on the moon by 2020, P...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 12, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
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    Reporter's Notebook: Abbas Mehdi

    A helmeted Abbas Mehdi with his South African security guards in Baghdad (Photo courtesy Abbas Mehdi) As St. Cloud State sociology professor Abbas Mehdi moved into his Green Zone office last year--the beginning of his six months of service in a cab...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on February 12, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    Dog Days at Westminster for a man and his best friend

    When Hennepin County Sheriff's Detention Deputy Darryl Cooper arrived at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport on Sunday morning, he discovered that thanks to the sub-zero temperatures, his flight was canceled. So Cooper did what any average person tryin...

    @ The Blotter by Amy Lieberman on February 12, 2008 @ 12:32 pm
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    Shark vs. Shark

    Underwater Adventures (one of the spots Matt Snyders visited during his MoA foray) now has a YouTube page, and both of the videos are Jesse the giant shark munching on an unfortunate, smaller white-tipped shark. This is the longer video. The second v...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/12

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE From last night's show at the Cedar Cultural Center comes a review of Dean & Britta with a slideshow by James Tran coming later this morning. Some notes: Britta Phillips is perhaps best known as the singing voi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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