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    Just Shoot Me

    The Minnesota National Guard was a key component of the "surge" in Iraq. 2,600 of them recently wrapped up a 22-month tour. On paper, 1,161 of them were serving a 729 day tour, extended for the surge to 22 months. A 730-day tour would have triggered ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 7, 2007 @ 9:49 am
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    Worst. Logo. Ever.

    On Wednesday, Republican National Convention officials unveiled the official 2008 RNC logo. The emblem features the words "Republican National Convention, Minneapolis-Saint Paul" encircling the silhouette of a sex-crazed Elephant mounting the year ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 5, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
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    Iraq War veteran challenges Kline

    Former Watertown mayor Steve Sarvi, a veteran of the Iraq War, filed to run against Rep. John Kline today in Minnesota's Second Congressional District. Sarvi returned from a 16-month tour of duty with the National Guard in July. The 42-year-old fat...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    cPod, Episode 1

    Welcome to our humble debut episode of cPod - wherein we ask our reporters and editors to talk about the stories they've written for the current issue. Check back each week for a new update and for a bit of an inside listen to the voices behind your ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on October 4, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
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    Court Hears Convicted City Councilmember's Appeal

    When last we heard from convicted City Councilmember Dean Zimmerman, he was making plans for prison ("I am hoping to be able to do some teaching while I am in"). Today, with Zimmerman already serving a 30-month sentence, his lawyers are appealing his...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 4, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
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    Tutu's "anti-Semitic" speech

    As we report in this week's issue, University of St. Thomas administrators derailed plans of hosting Archbishop Desmond Tutu next spring amidst concerns that his past criticisms of Israel veered into anti-Semitic territory. Critics point to one spee...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 4, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    Banning Desmond Tutu

    Matt Snyders' excellent piece detailing the University of St. Thomas' bewildering decision to rescind an invitation for Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu to speak on the campus was picked up by both daily newspapers today. While the Pi Press went the cl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 12:06 pm
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    Pawlenty more popular than ever(?!)

    The Strib released a poll today showing 59 percent of Minnesotans approve of Governor Tim Pawlenty. Which is to say that despite the bridge collapse, his double flip-flop on the gas tax increase, his slow response to the flooding in southeastern Mi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 3, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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    No deal: labor dispute at Pioneer Press continues

    Negotiations between Pioneer Press newsroom employees and parent-company MediaNews Group on a new labor contract have made little progress. The union's five-year contract expired at the end of July. The Denver-based newspaper chain is seeking a slew ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 2, 2007 @ 12:59 pm
  • More Shriek Than Shrek

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    More Shriek Than Shrek

    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line) Guillermo Del Toro has made a career of mixing slam-bang special effects (Hellboy, Blade II) with creepy atmospheres (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone). But with Pan's Labyrinth, he's used his entire palette for what will li...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm having a problem. Twice when my girlfriend has given me oral sex, I've come in her mouth and then a little urine came out. She's understandably mad. The first time it happened was in the morning when I had wood, so I thought it was just me being...

    by Dan Savage on May 16, 2007
  • The Ballad of the Muscle Shark - From floor finisher to World Champion: Sean Sherk grapples his way to the top of the UFC

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    The Ballad of the Muscle Shark - From floor finisher to World Champion: Sean Sherk grapples his way to the top of the UFC

    He works silently by himself, shadowboxing in front of a mirror. Jab, jab, overhand right. Jab, jab, uppercut left. Jab, jab, right kick. The punches are compact and powerful, just like his body. Even at half speed, it's clear he can cause serious m...

    by Paul Demko on May 16, 2007
  • Paper Cuts - A once proud newspaper makes grim concessions to economic realities

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    Paper Cuts - A once proud newspaper makes grim concessions to economic realities

    Last week at the Strib brought to mind that old expression from the Vietnam War: "We had to burn the village to save it." First came "Black Monday," during which the paper announced it would cut 145 jobs--7 percent of its workforce--including 50 p...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
  • Second Life - Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted

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    Second Life - Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted

    Andrew Benon is a Daryl Hall man. "John Oates was just this weird little guy with a mustache, singing backup," laughs the lean, angular Benon. It's the day after his CD-release party for Rock and Roll Moves, the thirtysomething web designer's first ...

    by Sarah Askari on May 16, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of May 16 - May 22

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of May 16 - May 22

    THURSDAY 5.17. Califone 400 Bar On their fourth studio album, Roots & Crowns, Chicago's Califone achieve Americana nirvana. The album's mix of loops, treatments, and chugging folk-blues lines is deftly layered. The sound still retains the uneasy...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
  • Steal This House - Minnesota was the first state to ban equity stripping. So why is it still happening?

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    Steal This House - Minnesota was the first state to ban equity stripping. So why is it still happening?

    Jeff and Donna Rundgren were the perfect marks. A grizzled, 40-year-old high school dropout, Jeff struggles with reading. Donna, 45, has soft features and a tendency to trust strangers. In 2002, Jeff was injured in a car accident, missed six months ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on May 16, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "The Only Three Questions That Count" is the title of a book by Ken Fisher. I'm stealing it to use as the theme of your horoscope. So your next assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to craft three essential qu...

    by Rob Brezsny on May 16, 2007
  • Meet Minnesota's Other World Champion - Nick "The Goat" Thompson owns Bodog's 170-pound title

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    Meet Minnesota's Other World Champion - Nick "The Goat" Thompson owns Bodog's 170-pound title

    When Nick Thompson began studying mixed martial arts fighting four years ago, his nickname was "The Fainting Goat." It wasn't meant to be flattering. The moniker referred to a neurological disorder that afflicts some goats, causing them to suddenl...

    by Paul Demko on May 16, 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: Screaming Masterpiece This documentary about Iceland's fertile music scene loads up on live clips by Bjrk and Sigur Rs--the two artists you should know. But there are plenty of other cool, spacey, and just plain weird groups. Fascinating cli...

    by Michael Gallucci on May 16, 2007
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    Franson: Still a Dick

    Dick Franson, the longer-than-long-shot DFL candidate for Senator, is at it again, throwing around faxed press releases like Zeus frying the peasants with lightning bolts of wisdom. First he took his Senatorial race competition to task by demanding t...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on September 28, 2007 @ 7:19 pm
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