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  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

    THURSDAY 7.05 Sage Francis First Avenue The really offensive thing about the emo tag (which comes from "emotional hardcore," and has been applied to everything from Atmosphere to websites) is its implication that the defining characteristic of a...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Crackers & Cheese

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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would've been a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily c...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 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: Dragon Dynasty series Four films by kung-fu kings the Shaw Brothers make their disc debut: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (right), King Boxer, My Young Auntie, and One-Armed Swordsman. Everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino was infl...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 27, 2007
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

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    It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

    Feeling guilty after watching An Inconvenient Truth? Xcel Energy has got a solution: Donate cash to help the company--which took in $9.8 billion last year--fulfill its legal obligations, er, build a sustainable future! In February, state lawmakers...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Surreal hope" means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger whom you will eventually realize...

    by Rob Brezsny on June 27, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I would love your advice on how to deal with some news I got recently. At my most recent gyno visit, I found out I have two vaginas. I'd had a number of routine pelvic exams with my old doctor, but she never discovered it. During my first visit with...

    by Dan Savage on June 27, 2007
  • Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

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    Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

    Better Than: Caffeine at your workplace after a taxing all-nighter. To a packed house crackling with energy, noisy Japanese art-punks Melt Banana took the stage and tore into their set without introduction. Soon bodies were flailing and flying int...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on June 27, 2007
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    MinnPost Toasted

    Elsewhere on the internet this week, a new local online newspaper was launched. A day later, so was an anonymous send-up of same. Hat tip to mnspeak.

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on November 9, 2007 @ 4:55 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/9

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A new photo slideshow is up from Children's Theatre's world premiere performance of "A Special Trade," which opens tonight at 7 p.m. We'll have two or three more slideshows up this afternoon from local events a...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 9, 2007 @ 8:30 am
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    Maplewood makeover

    "I'm tremendously glad that the voters have spoken really loudly," says Nephew (pictured above). "That really renews my faith in the whole self-corrective nature of democracy." An interesting question come January will be the fate of Maplewood city ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 8, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
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    Local businessman vying to lead Somalia

    Abdurahman Ali Osman, a longtime St. Paul resident who emigrated from Somalia, has announced his interest in being appointed prime minister of his homeland. Outgoing PM Ali Mohamed Gedi resigned late last month amid long-simmering tensions with the c...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on November 8, 2007 @ 1:25 pm
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    cPod, Episode 6

    Welcome to this week's episode - we're talking with Peter Scholtes about his feature on the Owls, to Jeff Severns Guntzel about his article about Mark Cangemi, and to Jonathan Kaminsky about the Timberwolves. Music is provided by the Owls, off thei...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on November 8, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/8

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE Ward Rubrecht exposes the weakness of Target's entertainment double standard at Blotter. The post is about the store's unwillingness to stock a graphic game while at the same time gleefully pushing violent, grisly ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 8, 2007 @ 7:30 am
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    Target Refuses to Stock Manhunt 2

    Manhunt 2, the followup to the lukewarm stealth/murder game Manhunt, hasn't had the smoothest ride to store shelves. The game originally earned an AO (Adults Only) rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, contractually preventing it from...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on November 7, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/7

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE News-wise, Jeff Severns Guntzel delivers a fascinating look into the life of a cop who has seen all sides of some of the country's most pressing issues. The Blotter contains updates on the porn king, among othe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 7, 2007 @ 8:00 am
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    Bostrom, Carter, and Helgen triumph in St. Paul races

    Results from today's St. Paul City Council elections: Ward 1: MELVIN CARTER 2633 57.50% DEBBIE MONTGOMERY 1932 42.19% Ward 2: DAVE THUNE 2733 53.02% BILL HOSKO 2399 46.54% Ward 3: PAT HARRIS 4369 86.29% GERALD MISCHKE 639 12.62% ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 6, 2007 @ 10:05 pm
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    Rasmussen poll: Sen. Coleman maintains slight edge

    A new Rasmussen poll suggests that Sen. Norm Coleman holds a slight edge over his two top DFL challengers. The survey found that the incumbent topped Al Franken by a 49-42 margin, while holding a narrower 46-43 cushion over Mike Ciresi. The Rasmuss...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 6, 2007 @ 9:46 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/6

    The print issue comes online this evening, but we have plenty of fresh content to tide you over until then. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Watch for Peter S. Scholtes' story in the print edition this week ... because it'll be his last as a...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 6, 2007 @ 8:50 am
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    Black like you

    Indeed a quick Nexis search of the terms "blackface," "controversy" and "college or university" yields 188 stories in the last five years. This Halloween, for instance, four white students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sparked co...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 5, 2007 @ 1:20 pm
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    Sen. Coleman's seat in serious jeopardy

    The study also showed that Coleman has a 37 percent approval rating one year out from his first re-election contest. Only 20 percent of Minnesota voters expressed approval of President Bush's job performance. The last SurveyUSA poll, conducted in J...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 5, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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