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    A train linking Minneapolis and St. Paul? We had that scoop in 1984.

    The last Minneapolis streetcar is burned, June 19, 1954. It didn't come easy, but in the end the Central Corridor light rail line got that $70 million. Tired of hearing about it? So were we--in 1984. We've dusted off a cover story called "ALL ABOA...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 19, 2008 @ 7:07 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/19: A full Blotter

    Since Friday, we've had six new posts show up on this here Blotter blog (not counting this one). We'll detail them down below, and there will be more this morning, but you might want to scroll through to be sure you haven't missed something interesti...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 19, 2008 @ 6:59 am
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Ambition is a bad excuse for not having enough good sense to be lazy," my ex-girlfriend Arlene used to say. She claimed to be a Zen master whose duty it was to deprogram me out of my absurd striving to make something of m...

    by Rob Brezsny on December 19, 2007
  • Singular Sensation

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    Singular Sensation

    Once (Fox) Easily the year's most perfect pop album--damned good movie too, the finest "musical" of the past 20 years. The disc's making-of refers to it as a "modern musical," but Once is as old-fashioned as it gets: Guy (Glen Hansard) meets Girl ...

    by Jordan Harper on December 19, 2007
  • The Year in Music 2007

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    The Year in Music 2007

    The RIAA came to Minnesota for a major victory. Local radio suffered some minor setbacks. The underground scene lost its Church, and the 400 Bar lost a few bricks. From the Prince-a-thon to the unexpected notoriety of Tay Zonday to the marriage of t...

    by Sarah Askari on December 19, 2007
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    Shoplifting While Black?

    That was hardly an objective look at the situation ("Shopping While Black?" 12/5/07). I wasn't there, but you definitely didn't give the manager a chance to explain much. Why do you take the shoppers' statements at face value, but discount everythin...

    on December 19, 2007
  • Hockey Fight - City school boosters say the Parade Ice Garden sold out to a private school

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    Hockey Fight - City school boosters say the Parade Ice Garden sold out to a private school

    When Sidney Orchard entered the Parade Ice Garden in late November to watch her son's Minneapolis East hockey team open its season against archrival Minneapolis West, she could have been forgiven for thinking she'd come to the wrong arena. The ne...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on December 19, 2007
  • Help Unwanted - Charities disassociate themselves from Le Cirque Rouge's burlesque benefit

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    Help Unwanted - Charities disassociate themselves from Le Cirque Rouge's burlesque benefit

    Santa Claus, looking like a disheveled drunk rousted at last call, hoists a bottle of Southern Comfort to his lips. He's flanked by a pair of naughty nymphs wearing skimpy outfits better suited for South Beach than the North Pole. On the catwalk in ...

    by Paul Demko on December 19, 2007
  • Herbal Remedy - Killer weed ravages suburbs, supplies of Cheetos

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    Herbal Remedy - Killer weed ravages suburbs, supplies of Cheetos

    Last week, the Hennepin County sheriff's department announced progress in their valiant struggle to rid the west metro area of herb. Cannabis sativa--or, as the kids call it, "da gigglebush"--is indigenous to central Asia and has been used by hum...

    on December 19, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a 21-year-old female and I know the my-boyfriend-has-a-diaper-fetish thing has been done to death. But... We've been together for two years. When he mustered up the courage to tell me about his fetish, I was supportive even though it did seem...

    by Dan Savage on December 19, 2007
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    Man tries to commit suicide by diving into wood chipper and lives (w/pictures)

    Just when people were finally getting close to stop associating all things Minnesota with Fargo, now comes the story of a man who dove into a wood chipper just like the body disposal method in the Coen Brothers film. In a move already being nominate...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 17, 2008 @ 8:56 am
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    Strib Guild to members: Plug those leaks

    The Pi Press has an anonymous source on the Star Tribune's woes, and newspaper guild officials are none too pleased. Following their rival's story published this morning, in message posted to the guild's blog, co-chairs David Chanen and Graydon Royce...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
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    Gawker hates on all of Minnesota

    We dumb Midwesterners voted for Jesse Ventura and now might vote for Al Franken. Yeah, cause New Yorkers never let celebrity interfere with common sense. Snarky much? Midwestern State Determined to Embarrass Self Because Minnesota cannot bear ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 16, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
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    Tired of high gas prices? Make your own ethanol

    Terrified of those rising gas prices? Instead of undertaking less genteel solutions like walking or public transportation, now you can buy a home ethanol converter and pump to brew your own fuel.The company offering this product is called EFuel100, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
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    Star Tribune financial backers and handlers are top John McCain campaign contributors

    In the course of posing a question to John McCain in the new issue of Newsweek, George Will reminds us of some connections between McCain's benefactors and the Star Tribune's: You say "some greedy people" on Wall Street "perhaps need to be punishe...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 16, 2008 @ 10:25 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 5/16: Top stories

    Matt Snyders brings you the story of a man allegedly recruited by the FBI to keep tabs on RNC protect groups. My favorite part: they wanted him to show up at vegan potlucks. Hail seitan. When, inevitably, someone starts an online petition for my o...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 7:40 am
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    Minneapolis foreclosure crisis story in USA Today

    A local crisis goes national, as USA Today uses the Hawthorne neighborhood as a jumping-off point to talk about foreclosures. Some highlights: Minneapolis and three of its neighborhoods won their first legal battle last month in a separate lawsuit ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 16, 2008 @ 2:21 am
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    Fire Kersten: You can help rid the Strib of its conservative columnist

    Katherine Kersten may have just made a career-ending mistake: She linked to an online petition calling for her firing. ... I've made an enemy at the highest reaches of state government, and she's calling for my head. Rep. Mindy Greiling is Cha...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: The Incredibly Shrinking Newsroom

    David Brauer reports that the Strib will cut newsroom expenses by 10 percent in the wake of revelations that the newspaper is the worst performer in Avista's portfolio: The Star Tribune's newsroom budget will be cut 10 percent, with a plan in pla...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on May 15, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
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    City Pages nominated for three AAN awards

    Every year, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies selects the best work from its member papers. Yesterday, the finalists were announced, and City Pages has been nominated for three awards for papers with a circulation of 55,000 or more. The "...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on May 15, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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