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    Images of the I-35W bridge collapse

    City Pages writers, freelancers, and readers have contributed to a photo gallery depicting the terrible events surrounding last week's collapse of the I-35W bridge. Visit our gallery section to view the photographs.

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on August 5, 2007 @ 9:00 pm
  • Bait and Switch - Pilots worry MAIR will go back on its deal not to pit other regional carriers against Minnesota pilots

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    Bait and Switch - Pilots worry MAIR will go back on its deal not to pit other regional carriers against Minnesota pilots

    It's a good thing airline employees get to fly for next to nothing. If MAIR Holdings, Inc. gets its way, Mesaba pilots will have to fly to Houston to defend themselves from a lawsuit that seeks to extricate the company from its agreement with its u...

    by Beth Hawkins on March 14, 2007
  • Shoot from the Lip - Meet Lt. Bob Kroll, the cop accused of calling Congressman Keith Ellison a terrorist

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    Shoot from the Lip - Meet Lt. Bob Kroll, the cop accused of calling Congressman Keith Ellison a terrorist

    It's a week after the comment--the off-the-cuff, spur-of-the-moment comment that got him into so much trouble--and Lt. Bob Kroll is still trying to explain why he said it. Sitting at his desk at the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation (he's vic...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on March 14, 2007
  • Welcome to Maplewood - The Twin Cities' Most Dysfunctional Suburb

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    Welcome to Maplewood - The Twin Cities' Most Dysfunctional Suburb

    This was supposed to be a banner year for Maplewood, the 50th anniversary of the inner-ring suburb directly northeast of St. Paul. To commemorate, elected officials and city residents planned numerous events, from a kickoff celebration last month to...

    by Paul Demko on March 14, 2007
  • Payola Payout - In penance for Britney Spears, radio stations will play 11 hours of local tunes

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    Payola Payout - In penance for Britney Spears, radio stations will play 11 hours of local tunes

    Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (motto: "We ensure nothing interesting gets on the radio") announced its latest underachievement. The FCC has been investigating Big Radio for violating laws against payola--perks offered to radio e...

    by City Pages Staff on March 14, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    Longtime reader with a vanilla question: What to do about differing libidos? We're a straight couple together 20-plus years, and we've aged well. No weight gain, no radical changes in appearance. We are open and loving, and I am cognizant of her nee...

    by Dan Savage on March 14, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here you come dragging your exhausted but redeemed ass out of the deep dark forest of symbols. The red-eyed monkey demons fall off your back as you straggle toward the light. Your sunken eyes see wonders they were blin...

    by Rob Brezsny on March 14, 2007
  • To the Barricades! - A banner week for Octoberists, anarchists, and junior achievers

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    To the Barricades! - A banner week for Octoberists, anarchists, and junior achievers

    Love in October played an exuberant set at the Varsity Theater last Thursday night, but the real highlight of the evening was the new video for their single, "A Day in the Life Of." Directed by Justin Staggs, the mini-epic screened to a mostly femal...

    by Sarah Askari on March 14, 2007
  • Catwalk Confessional p.II: The Fitting - Go Into the Bedroom and Get Undressed

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    Catwalk Confessional p.II: The Fitting - Go Into the Bedroom and Get Undressed

    Is modeling work? I'm not getting paid to show off the designs of Anne Selden, George Moskal, and Labrador during "Voltage: Fashion Amplified," Minneapolis's annual running-of-the-fashionistas. And looking good is supposed to be 100 percent genetic ...

    by Mary O'Regan on March 14, 2007
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    A view from the water in the aftermath

    YouTube contributor mikearney01 uploaded this striking video of the aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse from the water.

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on August 3, 2007 @ 7:28 pm
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    Additional video could provide answers

    At today's press conference at 6th and Main, a throng of reporters hungry for new information got precious few answers as to what may have caused the I-35W bridge collapse. "We're not here to speculate, we're here to report," said the terse, no-nons...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on August 3, 2007 @ 6:48 pm
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    How to inspect a bridge

    Photo by John Weeks The inspection process has already been a controversial issue in the collapse of I-35W bridge. One obvious question arises: Exactly how do you inspect a bridge that hangs 60 feet above a river? Transportation Department officia...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Smith on August 3, 2007 @ 5:35 pm
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    Scuba-duba do

    For more than a half hour today, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Captain Bill Chandler, a 28-year veteran of the sheriff's office, gave details about the diving mission that, while hardly rosy, certainly offered some good news. On the east si...

    @ The Blotter by G.R. Anderson Jr. on August 3, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
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    Hyperbole watch

    The coverage of the bridge collapse by the daily papers, particularly the Star Tribune, has been terrific. It's a prime example of why we need first-rate, adequately staffed daily newspapers. But some of the attempts to raise the significance of the ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on August 3, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
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    Expert: MnDOT dropped the ball

    William Schutt, a concrete and metal corrosion engineer, says that someone at MnDOT screwed up big-time. "Age is not the issue," he says, pointing out that the Brooklyn Bridge is more than 120 years old, and is not expected to fall into the East Riv...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on August 3, 2007 @ 1:57 pm
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    The bottom-line effect

    Of course emotions and hearts are rightly with the victims of the 35W bridge collapse. And the rational mind--aren't we all armchair engineers now?--is focused on why the bridge came down. But one hard fact of the matter is that I-35 and the Mississi...

    @ The Blotter by G.R. Anderson Jr. on August 3, 2007 @ 1:20 pm
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    Bridge hero Shanna Hanson

    Early last year, [Kristina] Lemon became engaged in a simmering conflict with another firefighter, Shanna Hanson. Lemon says that she'd repeatedly attempted to defuse the situation by bringing it up with her superiors, but that her pleas were ignored...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on August 3, 2007 @ 11:07 am
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    What will investigators be looking for?

    How could a major bridge, inspected every year, just fall down? As forensic engineers begin combing through the rubble and historical record to answer that question, there are several likely culprits, says Professor Robert Dodds, Jr., head of the d...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Smith on August 3, 2007 @ 10:18 am
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    8/3 Morning Communiqu

    THESE DAYS Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is ready to help Minneapolis build a new bridge over the Mississippi River, and he'll help the state find $250 million for the work. With the the bulk of the nation's highway system having been b...

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on August 3, 2007 @ 7:55 am
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    What the hell is going on? 35W Bridge FAQ

    What the hell does "structurally deficient" mean? It's a federal designation based on annual or bi-annual inspections. The feds use a nine-point scale to rank the structural soundness of bridges in three different areas--the deck (which is what you d...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on August 2, 2007 @ 7:56 pm
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