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    Putting the "mass" in Mass Transit: Ridership on the rise in Twin Cities

    Thanks to high gas prices, the use of mass transit is on the rise nationwide, and the Twin Cities are no exception. Nationwide, use of public transportation is at its highest level in 50 years, according to a new report by the American Public Tra...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on June 3, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/3: Rolling with the new

    The phrase "Purple Reign of Terror" has got to be my favorite headline portion ever to appear on this site. It's right up there with when Entertainment Weekly referred to the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction as "War on A Rack." Another new occasi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 3, 2008 @ 8:58 am
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    Minnesota Republicans out Franken on lesbian jokes

    It's a topsy-turvy world. And if you go for those political flicks where nobody knows who their friend is, well then don't leave your seat to pee--this one's just getting good. At a press conference on Monday, Minnesota Rep. Laura Brod (R-New Prague...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on June 2, 2008 @ 11:56 pm
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    Don't Google me! North Oaks, MN joins Russia and Nato in forcing action from the internet behemoth

    The residents of North Oaks, MN have successfully lobbied to have Google Maps remove images of their homes from the recently launched Google Street View feature. Turns out the good people of North Oaks (there are 4,500 of them) own their own roads an...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on June 2, 2008 @ 12:03 pm
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    Strib Bankruptcy Watch: Avista asks for six month debt holiday

    In a sign of how dire the financial situation is at the Star Tribune, the struggling newspaper is asking its creditors for a six-month vacation from paying its debts, according to the New York Post. There's been a relative period of calm since wo...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on June 2, 2008 @ 11:18 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Minnesota governor slips from frontrunner to also-ran

    Will Governor Tim Pawlenty become our nation's next vice president? It's hard to keep track of all the many factors at play. Each week, the VP Pawlenty Meter (TM) provides an odds sheet to ensure you make your best bet. In just a matter of weeks,...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on June 2, 2008 @ 9:15 am
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    Follow the Story: Soldiers and PTSD

    Amid several new reports pointing to the heightened problem of soldier suicides and increased levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, an army official said Wednesday that suicides increased 13 perc...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on June 2, 2008 @ 9:07 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/2: Grand times, pregnant ladies

    Brilliant sunshine greeted Grand Old Day visitors, and the teeming throng saw many memorable images. James Tran brings 30 home to you in this slideshow. My favorites: the show-opening homage to Abbey Road (this time with dinosaurs!) this shot of th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 2, 2008 @ 6:54 am
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you know what an expansion joint is? No, it's not slang for a marijuana cigarette you smoke in hopes of enlarging your worldview. Rather, it's an architectural term referring to the flexible sections that are built into...

    by Rob Brezsny on January 2, 2008
  • Letters to the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Because the pope said so I'm not sure if your inaccurate depiction of Archbishop Nienstedt (Blotter, 12/12/07)--ridiculous Photoshop illustration aside--was intentional or due to ignorance, but I want to set the record straight (no pun intended)....

    on January 2, 2008
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm 19, female, bisexual, and have been with the same guy for a year and things are great. I came home for Christmas and he went to his parents' house, and I'll see him in a few weeks. For Christmas, my mom got me some typical "mom" gifts--socks and...

    by Dan Savage on January 2, 2008
  • DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Pause & Rewind Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.): It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-...

    by Jordan Harper on January 2, 2008
  • Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

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    Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

    When British author Doris Lessing accepted the Nobel Prize last month, she told a remarkable story about her travels to Zimbabwe and the thirst among poor Africans for knowledge. Her vivid and eloquent speech concluded with this passage: "Ask any ...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert By Eric Lorberer Satire was in trouble. An art form nearly as old as civilization itself, it had fallen on especially hard times of late. In the age of reality TV, the edifying gesture of the genre seemed all but dead. Fortunately, ...

    by Eric Lorberer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - William E. Jones

    William E. Jones By Dean Otto News of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest by an undercover police officer in a public-toilet sex sting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport exploded in the press in late August. Newscasters were befuddled as they repo...

    by Dean Otto on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody By Matthew Smith So what are we to make of the Diablo Cody media frenzy? In the last two months, she may have received more press than any screenwriter in movie history. From the New York Times to the L.A. Times, from NPR to Entertainme...

    by Matthew Smith on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Matt Sciple

    Matt Sciple By Leah Cooper In the messy and maddening collaboration that is live theater, where ego is the raw material and audacity the most recognized credential, directors must play the auteur just to get any attention. So the theaters are fille...

    by Leah Cooper on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Marjane Satrapi

    Marjane Satrapi By Michelle Orange Marjane Satrapi loves cigarettes and refuses to call herself a feminist. Those two things alone would get my attention on paper, as it were, even before what Satrapi actually is on paper--a gifted graphic novelist...

    by Michelle Orange on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Christine Boyka Kluge

    Christine Boyka Kluge By Ray Gonzalez In these days of short attention spans and popular literary texts appearing quick and flashy, the prose poem has come into its own. Absent of stanzas and line breaks, and sounding very poetic, the prose poem is...

    by Ray Gonzalez on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Sheletta Brundidge

    Sheletta Brundidge By Jerry Freeman It was winter three years ago when some of us at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper found ourselves gruesomely down in the dumps and wondering why. Suddenly the obvious dawned on us--too much bad news! We...

    by Jerry Freeman on January 2, 2008
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