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  • 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

    BOOK: Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies Writer Brian Coleman documents the making-of stories behind three dozen classic rap albums in this fascinating read. Old-school records by Eric B. & Rakim (Paid in Full) and Public Enemy (I...

    by Michael Gallucci on July 4, 2007
  • The Culture of Company, Inc - Experimental rockers don't need no Six Sigma

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    The Culture of Company, Inc - Experimental rockers don't need no Six Sigma

    Company, Inc. Limited Liability self-released It's hard to know how much importance to place on a motto. My own is, "It's Cool--They're Laughing With You." The sentiment has served me well, but it's tailored specifically for me; mottos that clai...

    by Sarah Askari on July 4, 2007
  • Par's Download Blues - The ink-stained Benedict Arnold gets his comeuppance in court

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    Par's Download Blues - The ink-stained Benedict Arnold gets his comeuppance in court

    When Pi Press-turned-Strib publisher Par Ridder took the stand in Ramsey County District Court last Tuesday, one question loomed over the proceedings: Is he a thief, or just a schmuck? The hearing pitted the Pioneer Press against the Star Tribune ...

    by City Pages Staff on July 4, 2007
  • Sucked Dry - In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

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    Sucked Dry - In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

    Even the experts didn't anticipate the consequences of building an ethanol plant in Granite Falls. Typically, ethanol plants are built to run for upward of 20 years. "But the tests showed that the long-term viability of that aquifer system would n...

    by Conrad Wilson on July 4, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    This column should have run in the 6/06/07 issue, but was cut due to space issues. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The bad news: Charlie and Sharon Reed, a couple in Dallas, had their old VW convertible stolen. The good news: By the time police recove...

    by Rob Brezsny on July 4, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a 29-year-old married man. My wife and I are both active people (rock climbing, cycling, and kayaking) and our sex life is good. However, since high school I've been turned on by thick, big-butt, big-tit, ugly, trashy girls. In my 20s, I would s...

    by Dan Savage on July 4, 2007
  • When He Was Small

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    When He Was Small

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen (right), looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a sacked investment ba...

    by City Pages Staff on July 4, 2007
  • Inconvenient Youths - The city says it wants to stop drug dealers by closing convenience stores. But owners see an underhanded form of eminent domain..

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    Inconvenient Youths - The city says it wants to stop drug dealers by closing convenience stores. But owners see an underhanded form of eminent domain..

    Sitting on the front stoop of her home in north Minneapolis, Barb shares a mid-afternoon smoke with her friend, Latasha, and glares balefully across 26th Avenue at the boarded-up Big Stop convenience store. Where there was once a thriving trade--b...

    by Matt Snyders on July 4, 2007
  • Toys Are Us - 'Transformers' turns the blockbuster into one big blur

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    Toys Are Us - 'Transformers' turns the blockbuster into one big blur

    Transformers twiddles its big, fat, stupid robotic thumbs for the better part of two hours before jabbing them into your eye socket and finger-fucking your brain in the last 20 minutes. Yes! It's torture enough waiting for the iPhone and the second ...

    by Nathan Lee on July 4, 2007
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    cPod, Episode 9

    Click below to hear the cast: Download the mp3...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on November 30, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
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    AFSCME endorses Bonoff, Tinklenberg

    State Sen. Terri Bonoff and former transportation commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg have received the backing of AFSCME Council 5, one of the state's largest and most politically powerful labor unions. Bonoff is seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Rams...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 30, 2007 @ 11:07 am
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    House prospects bleak for GOP in 2008

    WaPo wonk Chris Cillizza once again analyzes which House seats are mostly likely to flip parties in next year's elections. Nine of the top ten endangered posts are currently held by Republicans. Not exactly a positive omen for the GOP heading into 20...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 30, 2007 @ 9:43 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/30

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Two new slideshows up from yesterday, one capturing the festivities at Hmong New Year and another which will become a recurring theme -- The Month in Photos, a review of images from some of our favorite stories...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 30, 2007 @ 8:24 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/29

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox (among other projects) is one of indie hip-hops most charismatic and influential figures. I reviewed his Tuesday show at Whiskey Junction, caught up with him in a quick interview and pr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 29, 2007 @ 8:30 am
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    Crime blotter: three wheelin'

    On November 10 at approximately 10:35 p.m. a Minneapolis cop pulled over Carly Jo Juetten in downtown Minneapolis. The reason? Her vehicle had no left front tire. Juetten informed the officer that she was unaware that her car had only three tires. Th...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 28, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE From the print issue, Matt Snyders' feature recounts the experience of living at the Mall of America for a full week. I don't mind saying that this is a hilarious read with a number of laugh-out-loud moments, a...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 28, 2007 @ 3:07 am
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    Copper blues

    Last Wednesday, Frederick Shaw was making his evening rounds in north Minneapolis, carrying a bent copper pipe with fittings and valves still attached, when he crossed paths with Sgt. Frank Holley of the Minneapolis PD, according to a criminal compla...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on November 27, 2007 @ 3:17 pm
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    Boy, Interrupted UPDATED

    Jeremy, the 88 pound man recently profiled by City Pages, has entered treatment involuntarily at Methodist Hospital. After receiving calls from Jeremy's family requesting a health and welfare check in the wake of the recent City Pages article, the C...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on November 27, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/27

    The print issue comes online this afternoon, and we have one or two more posts in the works today that are worth sticking around for as well. Until then: DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The chilling tale of Duy Ngo has reached its latest cha...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 26, 2007 @ 10:41 pm
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    Ngo mas

    In February, 2003 Ngo was shot by an unknown assailant while working undercover gang surveillance. MPD officer Charles Storlie, responding to the scene, then mistakenly shot Ngo multiple times with a sub-machine gun despite the fact that his fellow o...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 26, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
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