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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/24

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Philosopher or Warrior is the second-best thing I've ever done with my life, and I can die happy now. In fact, I probably should, because it's all downhill from here. While I bide time, take the quiz and see if...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 24, 2008 @ 8:16 am
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    Name That Ape

    But let's get down to brass tacks: the baby's name is up for grabs. Interested parties can "vote" by donating money to the zoo, and on the 18th of February, the zoo will announce which name garnered the most donations. Unfortunately, the zoo has alre...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on January 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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    Housing crunch: wide disparity among neighborhoods

    The Minneapolis Real Estate Blog has an interesting post about housing costs in the area and how the market has such a wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variance. A lot to process here, some of which is common knowledge (the crisis is deep, and affec...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/23

    This Christmas, I asked Santa to deliver certain gifts to the rest of the staff, including Ward Rubrecht. Let me just point out that Santa came through. I'm not sure if eleventy billion people will read Jeff Severns Guntzel's feature on photographe...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 23, 2008 @ 5:30 am
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    Reporter's Notebok: Alec Soth

    Alec Soth grew up a pathologically shy kid in Chanhassen. These days, he has a body of work that is a sort of documentary history of his encounters with strangers. Soth flipping through Perfect Strangers. Photo: Nick Vlcek)At his St. Paul studio, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 23, 2008 @ 12:53 am
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    Diablo Cody on David Letterman

    David Letterman plays an important role in the Diablo Cody mystique. Back when she was just a humble stripper/memoirist, Diablo made her now legendary first appearance on Letterman, where she was bequeathed with the first and only "Dave's Book Club" ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 23, 2008 @ 12:10 am
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    Star Tribune faces bleak financial future

    The last twelve months witnessed unprecedented turmoil at the Star Tribune. Apparently 2008 won't be any better for the state's largest daily newspaper. MinnPost's David Brauer has posted Strib publisher Chris Harte's grim memo detailing the company'...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 22, 2008 @ 8:49 pm
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    A local connection to Kenyan violence

    Speaking of true crime (see posts below), Minnesota Monitor has this amazing report about the death of Wesly Ngetich, two-time winner of the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. As the world becomes more interconnected, tragedy is always just six degrees of...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 22, 2008 @ 9:39 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/22

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE True crime has never been my thing, although it's very popular with readers nationwide. Whether that's the case with you or not, I'm betting you'll find this story riveting. Jeff Severns Guntzel gathers up a de...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 22, 2008 @ 5:08 am
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    Murder Mystery in Blue Earth

    The Fairmont Sentinel has published a riveting series about a Blue Earth cold case. It's the story of a Jane Doe, strangled and dumped in a ditch, her body found by a farmer after floating some distance in floodwaters. It was 1980. Eventually, after ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 21, 2008 @ 10:37 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/21

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE In observance of King's birthday, we have a post chronicling Five Songs About Martin Luther King and, in Over the Weekend, a live report from the MLK event at Babalu. Besides the Tru Ruts crew's performance at ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 21, 2008 @ 7:00 am
  • DVDish: They Killed the Dog

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    DVDish: They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken...

    by City Pages Staff on August 29, 2007
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    Glad Pastures - The Rural Pop and Android Fuzz of They the Down Low

    They the Down Low Americana Bauxdivine Pastoral Records What if you dragged all your friends out to the sticks for a barn raising, only to find that you just couldn't bring yourself to junk up the scenery with so permanent a structure? On Amer...

    by Sarah Askari on August 29, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here's how you can tell if you have a bad psychotherapist or counselor," says my friend Laura. "She or he buys into all your BS, never questions your delusions, and builds your self-esteem even if that makes you into an a*...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 29, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I'm a high school girl with big problems. All my life I've worn boy clothes and had male friends, mainly because I'm into "male" things like video games and geek stuff. As high school approached, Mother Nature flipped me off with DD breasts and hips...

    by Dan Savage on August 29, 2007
  • Culture Jamming - Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

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    Culture Jamming - Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

    CD -- Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970: This four-disc box celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love with more than 75 relics by bong-toking hippies. A few songs (like Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and the Y...

    by Michael Gallucci on August 29, 2007
  • Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

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    Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

    The next-gen consoles are sexy as hell, but it's not all bad being the reigning "last-gen" champ either. With over 100 million PlayStation 2 consoles sold, software companies can afford to be a little adventurous--after all, even if their game appea...

    by Gary Hodges on August 29, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

    WEDNESDAY 8.29 The Detroit Cobras Triple Rock Social Club The Detroit Cobras are the world's most original cover band. Instead of playing karaoke standards, the Michigan garage-rockers prefer to tackle obscure Motown tracks and underground R&B cu...

    by City Pages Staff on August 29, 2007
  • Wage War - On the eve of a new school year, a historic strike threatens to throw the U of M into chaos

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    Wage War - On the eve of a new school year, a historic strike threatens to throw the U of M into chaos

    Barring an unlikely last-minute deal, classes at the University of Minnesota will start next week with about 3,500 clerical, technical, and health-care workers poised to strike, throwing orientation, registration, and other back-to-school rituals in...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on August 29, 2007
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    A Fight To Be Heard - A rare disorder left him deaf, blind, and quadriplegic. Then the county took away his voice.

    It's a Thursday afternoon and Christopher Harmon is busy making the final preparations for a public reading of his debut screenplay, Sparkle, Serena! From his modest, well-lit apartment in Burnsville, the author/screenwriter/producer cracks wise o...

    by Matt Snyders on August 29, 2007
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