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    Breakfast of Champions 8/7: Hiroshima Commemoration

    I'll admit it: I miss Okinawa. It hit me most recently when attending yesterday's Hiroshima commemoration event, where an Okinawan sanshin group played. If you've never heard of the sanshin (also called the shamisen, it's a three-stringed lute-banj...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 7, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    The Devil Bug hits Wisconsin

    The Emerald Ash Borer, also known as the danger bug of Detroit, is making its way to Minnesota faster than officials first predicted. This doesn't bode well for our tree-lined streets. The half-inch long insect will lay its eggs inside our beautiful ...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 6, 2008 @ 6:10 pm
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    Get Your Walk On With a Free Pedometer

    St. Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman is teaming up with the Saint Paul Fire Department to make residents of the city (the most livable in the country, don't forget!) a little healthier. Getting your blood pressure tested fire stations is a luxury (?) St. P...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 6, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    Star Wars exhibit extended like a light saber

    The Force may be the energy that binds the universe together, but it isn't like Superman -- it can't fly around the world and turn back time. So consider the benefit of having another three days to see the Star Wars exhibit at the Science Museum. And...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 6, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
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    David Carr tries direct marketing as his memoir hits stores

    My how we love to get all tangled-up-and-tired yelling about memoirs. If you're one of those people and you're tired of being burned by this pesky genre, I can show you the way out: read fiction. You're welcome. I'm thinking of David Carr's Night ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    Two local news sites nominated for Online Journalism Awards

    You best get your bow tie to cleaners Minnesota. The Online News Association just announced the finalists for the 2008 Online Journalism Awards, and two local news outlets made the cut. The Star Tribune is nominated in the "Breaking News, Large Site"...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on August 5, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/5: Animalized

    It was critter day on the blogs yesterday, with a quick YouTube reference to Christian the Lion, an update on the status of wolf puppies, and a notification that your zoo is armed. But will the zookeepers be used as backup security during the RNC? ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 5, 2008 @ 9:13 am
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    The Zoo has guns.

    The Strib featured a recent story that played with the issues of animal escape at the Zoo. It scares the scat out of all who read it. And it makes it seem like Zoomageddon could happen in Minneapolis, although if it did, the man eating weretigers wi...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 4, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
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    Wolf pups meet new pack

    The wolf puppies whose transfer we documented in photos and video are growing -- and just this morning have been dropped into a new family. One of the pups yawns during the transfer to the International Wolf Center. More photos in the text-rich sli...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 11:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 8/4: Doom, but no gloom

    A triple threat of a weekend, the past 72 hours saw three hotly-anticipated events come to a boil. For theater lovers? The Fringe Festival, of course. For sports junkies? The triumphant return of Francisco Liriano and his apparently healthy (knock wo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on August 4, 2008 @ 8:22 am
  • Oscar-Starved

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    Oscar-Starved

    Into the Wild (Paramount) Sean Penn waited a good decade before adapting Jon Krakauer's book about Chris McCandless, who graduated college in 1990, then disappeared into the American unknown, re-emerging as Alexander Supertramp before his final, t...

    by Jordan Harper on March 5, 2008
  • Jesus Weekend - When teens encounter Christ, all hell breaks loose

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    Jesus Weekend - When teens encounter Christ, all hell breaks loose

    When my mother, a public high school teacher in rural Iowa, entered her classroom to find the occasional Bible verse or Jesus-themed riddle scrawled on the whiteboard, she thought little of it. After all, the doodlers were without exception exceedin...

    by Matt Snyders on March 5, 2008
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is Celebrate Your Broken Heart Week, Aries. Even if your heart's not exactly shattered at the moment, it has no doubt been so at sometime in the past. So why celebrate? Because having a broken heart is one of the best...

    by Rob Brezsny on March 5, 2008
  • Singing a New Tune - Does Minnesota need a new state song?

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    Singing a New Tune - Does Minnesota need a new state song?

    Forget our crumbling roads, overburdened courts, and hemorrhaging public schools. You know what this state really needs? A catchier jingle. The push for a new state song comes from Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Fa La La La La), who recently introduced a b...

    on March 5, 2008
  • Bald is beautiful - Readers respond to "Skinheads at Forty"

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    Bald is beautiful - Readers respond to "Skinheads at Forty"

    I read Matt Snyders's piece "Skinheads at Forty" (2/20/08), and I could do little more than shake my head and smile. That was us. We knew we were unlike anything before or since. Shaved heads, sharkskin, and polished boots parting the crowds of feat...

    on March 5, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    Open marriages--do they ever work? After 16 years and one kid, my husband and I are considering an open marriage. Over a year ago, I met another man who I was attracted to and wanted to fuck. I had met men like this throughout our marriage, but n...

    by Dan Savage on March 5, 2008
  • A Soldier in Winter - A 24-year-old veteran seeks redemption for atrocities committed during the Iraq war

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    A Soldier in Winter - A 24-year-old veteran seeks redemption for atrocities committed during the Iraq war

    Sipping on a longneck Miller Genuine Draft, Jen's brown eyes glaze over as she stares out the window of an Uptown bar, blocks away from the Veterans for Peace Building where she just finished volunteering. Jen, who does not want her last name use...

    by Beth Walton on March 5, 2008
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    Rare Asian Wild Horse Debuts at MN Zoo

    The Minnesota Zoo introduced its newest animal today. Vladamir, an Asian Wild Horse, was introduced to the habitat today, with his mother, Loretta, by his side. In the late 1960s, the Asian Wild Horse was extinct except for animals in captivity, but ...

    @ The Blotter by Ben Palosaari on August 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
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    Coleman gives back the dirty money... kinda

    Sure, Norm Coleman dumped the $20,000 he received from the GOP's blowhard turned blow toy, Ted Stevens. To withstand any attacks from the Franken camp, he even donated the sum to charity. Normy sure is slick. But as Talking Points Memo points out, he...

    @ The Blotter by Bradley Campbell on August 1, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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    You heard it here first: Confidential memo from Strib publisher comes true in Teamsters contract meltdown

    Back on July 9, we told you about a leaked memo we had received from Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte in which he told employees that the Teamsters and pressmen had walked away from the bargaining table: We continue to move forward with the Gu...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on August 1, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
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