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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
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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
  • 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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    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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    Desmond Tutu: A Case Study in Media

    Sharon Schmickle at MinnPost does a case study about how a story spreads through media, and the case in question is the Desmond Tutu story our Matt Snyders broke in these very pages. It's a big win for activists, to be sure. Cecilie Surasky, who is...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 2, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/2

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE If I were still in Japan, I would be observing a national holiday. Same with New Zealand. In the U.S., however, Jan. 2 is just like any other day: Call it Get-Back-To-Work Day. This means there's not much new ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 2, 2008 @ 6:53 am
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    More tips for winter bike commuters

    The latest Strib has a new story with tips for winter bike commuters. Check theirs out, and revisit our slideshow of local cold-weather bicyclists, which includes 22 photos to go along with some hopefully helpful suggestions.

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 1, 2008 @ 9:36 pm
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    Minneapolis: an underrated, affordable place for literate artists and business parents

    Everybody's got a year-end awards list. Minneapolis made a bunch of 'em. Fox has compiled some of these into a brief post summarizing the various honors the town received from such diverse sources as Forbes, Frommer's, Fit Pregnancy and other publica...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 1, 2008 @ 9:31 pm
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    Brunch of Champions: 1/1

    A hazy, post-New Year's edition of Breakfast of Champions today. We're posting late not because of the obvious, but because I wanted to get the new issue up on the site before the daily catalog of new Web content. This already dismantles my New Yea...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 1, 2008 @ 11:32 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/31

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Huge weekend in music, with the debut of Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes' new project at the 400 Bar, the return of DJ ESP (Woody McBride) at the Foundation Nightclub, and more. Peep the reviews and photos in Ove...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 31, 2007 @ 7:12 am
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    Foreshadowing TB

    A woman with drug-resistant TB flew into Chicago and put fellow passengers at risk. City Pages recently ran an article about Minnesota suffering an increase in TB cases at a time when the disease is on the decline nationally. Now comes word that a 30...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on December 30, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
  • Strip Tease - Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising

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    Strip Tease - Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising

    University of Minnesota fundraisers are suffering from a mild case of fiscal blue balls after a former strip club owner rescinded a $1 million verbal pledge toward the U of M's new football stadium. Robert Sabes, the erstwhile proprietor of Schiek...

    by City Pages Staff on August 1, 2007
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