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    Handicapping the Strib's Pulitzer odds

    Editor & Publisher magazine has an article identifying likely Pulitzer contenders and, no surprise, it mentions the Strib's bridge collapse coverage as a possibility in the "breaking news" category: Another breaking news contender is the August ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 26, 2008 @ 12:26 pm
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    Mortgage crisis: is help on the way?

    A Minneapolis program would offer homebuyers a $10,000 bonus toward buying houses in 18 foreclosure-heavy neighborhoods. With additional neighborhood assistance, this news could be worth $14,000 to 50 potential purchasers.It's not exactly free money,...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 26, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    Letters to the Editor

    Coleman Grilled Norm Coleman has, at times, demonstrated himself to be a Republican capable of acting in the best interests of his constituents, not just his wealthy Republican ones ("War Torn," 9/5/07). Helping preserve the ANWAR and being among...

    on October 3, 2007
  • Shamrock Shakedown - A prosecutor with her eye on the governor's mansion throws the book at low-level drug dealers

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    Shamrock Shakedown - A prosecutor with her eye on the governor's mansion throws the book at low-level drug dealers

    Until this spring, commuters navigating St. Paul bus routes frequently had to run through a gauntlet of street crime. It wasn't uncommon to see a furtive drug deal go down. The occasional fight would break out. On cold days, young thugs would set up...

    by Matt Snyders on October 3, 2007
  • Banning Desmond Tutu - Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate

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    Banning Desmond Tutu - Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate

    Back in April, when University of St. Thomas staffer Mike Klein informed his colleagues in the Justice and Peace Studies program that he'd succeeded in booking Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a campus appearance, the faculty buzzed in anticipation. For ...

    by Matt Snyders on October 3, 2007
  • iGoons - A local lawyer is taking record companies to court, insisting on a fair hearing for downloaders

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    iGoons - A local lawyer is taking record companies to court, insisting on a fair hearing for downloaders

    In the past few years, record companies have sued more than 20,000 people for illegally downloading music. It's the industry's don't-fuck-with-me way of ramming a lesson down America's throat. It's also turned into a nice way to make some extra scra...

    on October 3, 2007
  • Unforgiven - The diocese of New Ulm knew Father David Roney was a pedophile when it sent him to live among orphan schoolchildren in Guatemala

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    Unforgiven - The diocese of New Ulm knew Father David Roney was a pedophile when it sent him to live among orphan schoolchildren in Guatemala

    On a warm summer day nearly 40 years ago, Father David Roney, the widely revered parish priest in Willmar, took a sprightly six-year-old girl and her two brothers to a clear-blue lake outside of town. After sending the two boys out on a long swim, ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 3, 2007
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    Savage Love

    More than a few times, you have implied that if one's partner is unwilling to satisfy, the deprived person has a right to seek it elsewhere. My sex life with my wife, despite my best efforts, is infrequent and uninspired. I recently met a married wo...

    by Dan Savage on October 3, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Vegan Erotica is a company that sells S & M bondage gear suitable for vegans. Its whips, harnesses, collars, cuffs, and restraints are made of fake leather. So it's now possible for you to conduct puckish experiments with ...

    by Rob Brezsny on October 3, 2007
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/26

    The big news in local media from yesterday: The Rake's print operation will cease, leaving rakemag.com to carry on online. It's always a shame to lose another media outlet and see the lives of talented people disrupted. This says a lot about the (n...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 26, 2008 @ 6:44 am
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    Glory days

    William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, parent company of the Pioneer Press, spoke to a conference sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America over the weekend. Lean Dean had some typically blunt words about the future of the newspape...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 25, 2008 @ 3:57 pm
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    Captain's Quarters R.I.P.

    No word on whether Captain Ed will be required to keep that adorable moniker, or whether he will continue referring to his wife as the "first mate." ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 25, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
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    The Rake shuts down print publication

    "There is nothing wrong with The Rake other than the bottom line. We've been really honored with wonderful writers and contributors, a hard working talented staff, faithful readers, and loyal advertisers." The Rake's web operation will continue. ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 25, 2008 @ 11:37 am
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    Wall Street Journal disses Tim Pawlenty

    The Wall Street Journal's editorial page is among the most influential media outlets on the right. So it can't help Governor Tim Pawlenty's VP chances that the paper just printed this column by 100.3 KTLK-FM yakker Jason Lewis. Lewis comes not to p...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 25, 2008 @ 9:55 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/25

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Watch the Oscars last night? I heard some people won, and other people didn't win, and there was crying. Does that about cover it? To mark the occasion of our former colleague's victory in the original screen...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 25, 2008 @ 7:17 am
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    The Best of Diablo From These Pages

    It's not every day when a former staffer wins an Academy Award. In honor of Diablo Cody's Oscar for best original screenplay, we've collected the top five stories she wrote during her time at City Pages. For more from Diablo, you can also always ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 25, 2008 @ 5:54 am
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    Watching the Oscars? See the Best Picture Posters

    For your Academy Award-watching preparations: this site has all 79 posters for the movies that won Best Picture. You'll never get that artichoke dip made now. Might as well just crack open the beverage of your choice and scroll through, counting the ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 23, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: T-Paw is large and in charge

    Will Governor Tim Pawlenty become our nation's next vice president? It's hard to keep track of all the many factors at play. Each week, the VP Pawlenty Meter (TM) provides an odds sheet to ensure you make your best bet. When last we left our hero,...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 22, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/22

    It's casual Friday at BoC, so we're wearing our beloved Stroh's Beer shirt. Check this classic piece of retro fashion: I wonder what our new fashion columnist (debuting soon!) would have to say about this? Fresh this morning is an interview with Dan...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 22, 2008 @ 6:12 am
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    Maxwell's Fire Causes New Ice Castle

    Maxwell's American Pub burned yesterday. With the temperature near zero, though, water from firehoses was freezing almost on contact. The results were these startling photos by Tony Webster.

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 21, 2008 @ 7:11 pm
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