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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/10

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Three new posts on Elephants in the Room reflect much of the new content for the day. To begin, though, check out Benjamin Polk's latest Timberwolves missive. Straight Outta St. Paul: Matt Snyders has a one-li...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 10, 2008 @ 4:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/9

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Lots. Some from the print issue, a bunch that's web-only. To coincide with Matt Snyders' on-site feature reporting from the Iowa caucuses, we decided to reinvent the Elephants in the Room blog. It's a spot fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 9, 2008 @ 6:32 am
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    New Hampshire liveblog is underway

    We've begun posting in advance of tonight's New Hampshire primary, and action's going to kick in even more after results begin to come back. Three staffers have posted so far, and at least that number more are going to chime in over the course of the...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 8, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Murder, MySpace, Babysitters, Betrayal: The Best National True Crime Stories of 2007

    They are the modern versions of monster stories. True Crime writers seek out such tales every day, finding them in two sentence-long police blotter blurbs, law enforcement sources lamenting the one that got away, or victims looking for justice. They...

    @ The Blotter by Pamela Mitchell on January 8, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/8

    First, the declaration. Starting tonight, we're ratcheting up political coverage. It's a long run to the Republican National Convention, but the slide down bullshit hill has already begun, and events are picking up speed and stench alike. To keep t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 8, 2008 @ 6:20 am
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    The mendacity of Katherine Kersten

    In today's column, the Strib's token right-wing columnist attempts to rehabilitate the tarnished image of ousted U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose.Anybody who has been following the story in Kersten's paper should know already why Paulose wasn't right for...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 7, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
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    Rays of Future Present: Solar in Southeast Como

    It's hard to pick the one best reason to transition away from fossil fuels -- minimizing climate change, forestalling environmental degradation, ameliorating the inevitable economic dislocations as oil starts to run out. Instead, we should start sele...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 7, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/7

    Back in the place to be after a week in the south, I'm at least one of the following: tanned, rested, ready. A good thing, too, since the next few weeks promise some big surprises. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Jonathan Kaminsky alerts us...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 7, 2008 @ 7:23 am
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    Housing Crisis: Threepeat Story of the Year?

    For the second straight year, the mortgage crunch has been named national business story of the year. It's Time Magazine's second-biggest news story of 2007, period. How prescient does Beth Hawkins' City Pages cover story from 2005 look at this poi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 6, 2008 @ 11:34 am
  • Falling Down - The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

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    Falling Down - The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

    Chuck Hoffman was just seconds from plunging into the water. The 60-year-old computer specialist from New Brighton had driven his green Subaru Forester over the bridge to solid ground as the 400-foot stretch of motorway collapsed behind him--splas...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 2007
  • Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

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    Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

    DVD: You're Gonna Miss Me Roky Erickson is pretty much the U.S. counterpart of former Pink Floyd member and LSD casualty Syd Barrett. This terrific documentary chronicles Erickson's story, which includes consuming tons of drugs back when he was in ...

    by Michael Gallucci on August 8, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I am a single guy... never good with women... not many girlfriends... I didn't have sex till I was 31... but all my life I've had this strange fetish... I love to be shampooed with lots of lather and suds, suds in my eyes, nose, and mouth. I have be...

    by Dan Savage on August 8, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "The face is the most erotic part of the body," says fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Try out that perspective for a while, Aries. Your assignment in the coming week is to enjoy getting excited by faces that captivate y...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 8, 2007
  • The Fringe Must Go On - This year's festival brings a welcome bit of insanity to an already insane world

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    The Fringe Must Go On - This year's festival brings a welcome bit of insanity to an already insane world

    First-year Minnesota Fringe Festival executive director Robin Gillette had just a few hours remaining before the lights were due to come up on the festival's initial night of shows. It was also little more than 18 hours removed from the I-35W bridg...

    by Quinton Skinner on August 8, 2007
  • Tinkerer, Tailor,  Ditherer, Sailor - Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)

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    Tinkerer, Tailor, Ditherer, Sailor - Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)

    Andrew Broder was a free-form tinkerer, a sound collagist who explored the limits of the turntablist/axman hybrid--and, as a secondary consequence, sometimes explored the limits of his listeners' tolerance for experimental head-scratchers. But thr...

    by Sarah Askari on August 8, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of August 8 - 14

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of August 8 - 14

    WEDNESDAY 8.08 Booker T. & the MGs Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Way back in the Pleistocene Era--aka the 1960s--if it was hip, it was groovy. And no band worked grooves better than Booker T. & the MGs, whose slithery melodies slid off the keyboar...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 2007
  • Elvis Is Everywhere

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    Elvis Is Everywhere

    Bubba Ho-tep Limited Edition (MGM) Intentional camp is difficult to do well. It's a contradiction that usually comes off cutesy and forced. The old Batman series pulled it off, and it's been B-movie god Bruce Campbell's livelihood. But in a long c...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 2007
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    Racially Motivated Beat-Down on the Bus

    A black man and woman were arrested for being part of a group of seven that beat up an African man on a bus last week in Minneapolis. Their stated reason, according to a criminal complaint: he was African.According to Quantina Marie Washington's stat...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on January 4, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/4

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE I tubed a statistic pretty bad yesterday because, for all the research I've done into blood alcohol levels, the vast majority hasn't been rigorous numbers-based research. See why my face is redder than an alcoh...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 4, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/3

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Ben Polk has a thoughtful post about the role of commerce in college athletics and how that applies to the Gophers. Plus, he corrects a previous misstatement: Courtney James hit his girlfriend with a phone book...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 3, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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