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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/11

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's Over the Weekend post contains capsule reviews of Bar Fly's Cityscene festival, where dozens of local bands played, some notes on the Vikings' northerly Arctic Blast weekend (of which there are photogr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 6:35 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter

    The Star Tribune today revives speculation that Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be on the shortlist of candidates for Vice President. Because it's hard to keep track of all the factors at play in this complex calculation, we're creating the VP Pawlenty Meter...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 8, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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    More layoffs at the Star Tribune

    The bloodletting continues at the state's largest daily newspaper. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the Star Tribune's photo department will be terminated. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos. They were in...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
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    We're movin' on up

    Sen. Norm Coleman has inched up to the number five spot on Chris Cillizza's top-ten list of endangered senators. That's one spot higher than the previous ranking. The WaPo scribe heaps praise on challenger Al Franken: 5. Minnesota: Many months ago,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/8

    These days I'm thinking a lot about the Panamanian Golden Frog. The Phil Hansen feature is partially to blame for this. A video at the bottom of this post explains why, but for now, check out what's fresh this Friday. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 8, 2008 @ 5:00 am
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    Just Like a Tragic Fairytale: Lunds and Byerly's Will Soon Close at the Stroke of Midnight

    As I was shopping last night at the Uptown Lunds, I noticed a sign on the door proclaiming the stores new hours. Beginning February 17, all Byerly's and Lunds will no longer be open 24-7. The new hours of operation will be 6:00 am to midnight.Lunds F...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on February 7, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Make your payments, lose your house

    Want to know all you need to know about the arcana of adjustable rate mortgages? Read the first few paragraphs of this article. Joe Ripplinger took out a $184,000 mortgage in 2006 and makes his payments every month. Now he owes $192,000. The 66-yea...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    This week's cover story focuses on suicide and the fatal allure of St. Paul's High Bridge. I mention briefly that the Golden Gate Bridge is the country's most notorious suicide locale, attracting jumpers at a rate of roughly one every two weeks. Ta...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 7, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/7

    There's a vibrant arts community in the Twin Cities, and online is the perfect place to step up our coverage of the scene. To that end, we've published the first in a series Web-only features about local artists. Rhena Tantisunthorn profiles Phil Han...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am
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    Local Obamagirl surprised by abundance of cute guys at caucus

    Alyssa and I got swept up in all the hubbub, and ventured to the Dem caucuses in Uptown last nite. These were some of my take-aways: 1. Record turnout = long lines. 2. Damn, there are a lot of hot guys here. 3. 'Lyssa, do you see all the hot guys he...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/6

    A feature containing an in-depth interview with a High Bridge jump survivor. A news story about a kinky sex club at U of M. New stats about how the Minnesota economy's worse off than you think. And about 20 liveblog posts from Super Tuesday. We're ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 6, 2008 @ 5:48 am
  • Vicious Cycle - Critical Mass chaos may be a preview of the Republican National Convention


    Vicious Cycle - Critical Mass chaos may be a preview of the Republican National Convention

    As Sgt. Ed Nelson of the Minneapolis Police Department approached his officers on La Salle Avenue, the looming 25-year veteran of the force appeared calm and unruffled, though there was no mistaking the urgency in his hurried gait. Nearly 50 patr...

    by Matt Snyders on September 12, 2007
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    Stalling Tactic - Incontinent activist claims senator's bathroom arrest weakens property rights

    A West Coast organization with friendly ties to bathroom Lothario Larry Craig (R-Third Stall) is placing the blame for Craig's fall from grace squarely where it belongs: the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The American Land Rights Association--a pr...

    by Ward Rubrecht on September 12, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology


    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Metaphorically speaking, I foresee glacier ice melting and molten rock flowing in your immediate future, Aries. I expect that hard solids will become fluid; permanent fixtures will be in flux. This is a good thing, believe...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 12, 2007
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    Letters to the Editor - September 12th, 2007

    Meat Is Murdering Us I was very impressed with Leonardo DiCaprio's powerful documentary, The 11th Hour ("World on Fire," 8/29/07). The film depicts the devastating impacts of global warming, including droughts, hurricanes, and flooding of coastal...

    on September 12, 2007
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    Savage Love

    A close friend of ours is a gay male in his 40s. About seven years ago, our friend met and briefly dated a not-too-bright, conniving guy about 10 years younger. Our friend threw himself into this relationship with his new "trophy husband" and did ev...

    by Dan Savage on September 12, 2007
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    Huge Turnout at Minnesota Caucuses

    Apparently, my experiences seeing a high turnout at the caucus I attended were part of a statewide trend. According to this Star Tribune article, turnout may be at record levels this year: Traffic jams outside caucus places, lines winding down th...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 5, 2008 @ 9:30 pm
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    God: 1, Guns: 0

    Today Rochelle Olson wrote an article for the Strib covering a decision by the state Court of Appeals that will allow churches to ban guns on their premises (something, unless I'm mistaken, they could already do). But the article goes on to say: A ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 5, 2008 @ 1:51 pm
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    Local boy's heroic decision makes NBC Nightly News (again)

    Around Thanksgiving last year, we reported that NBC Nightly News had picked up the amazing story by local affiliate KARE-11 of Nick Nelson, a nine-year-old who asked doctors to amputate his leg. Born with a rare genetic condition, Nelson couldn't ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 5, 2008 @ 11:59 am
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    Steve Perry joins Minnesota Monitor

    The Daily Mole goes on hiatus Former CP editor Steve Perry announced today that, as rumored, he'll be joining Minnesota Monitor as the site's editorial director. This means that his fledgling, incisive news-gossip site The Daily Mole will cease oper...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 5, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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