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    Savage Love

    A close friend of ours is a gay male in his 40s. About seven years ago, our friend met and briefly dated a not-too-bright, conniving guy about 10 years younger. Our friend threw himself into this relationship with his new "trophy husband" and did ev...

    by Dan Savage on September 12, 2007
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    Huge Turnout at Minnesota Caucuses

    Apparently, my experiences seeing a high turnout at the caucus I attended were part of a statewide trend. According to this Star Tribune article, turnout may be at record levels this year: Traffic jams outside caucus places, lines winding down th...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 5, 2008 @ 9:30 pm
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    God: 1, Guns: 0

    Today Rochelle Olson wrote an article for the Strib covering a decision by the state Court of Appeals that will allow churches to ban guns on their premises (something, unless I'm mistaken, they could already do). But the article goes on to say: A ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 5, 2008 @ 1:51 pm
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    Local boy's heroic decision makes NBC Nightly News (again)

    Around Thanksgiving last year, we reported that NBC Nightly News had picked up the amazing story by local affiliate KARE-11 of Nick Nelson, a nine-year-old who asked doctors to amputate his leg. Born with a rare genetic condition, Nelson couldn't ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 5, 2008 @ 11:59 am
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    Steve Perry joins Minnesota Monitor

    The Daily Mole goes on hiatus Former CP editor Steve Perry announced today that, as rumored, he'll be joining Minnesota Monitor as the site's editorial director. This means that his fledgling, incisive news-gossip site The Daily Mole will cease oper...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 5, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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    Consider the economy in bad shape? It's worse than you think

    The national economic news can be summarized in a word: Gulp. Worse, as Dane Smith notes this morning, Minnesota's economy is actually under-performing compared to the national standard. Smith -- like the three authors of another op-ed in today's St...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 5, 2008 @ 9:15 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/5

    Tonight is Super (Duper) Tuesday, the closest to a national primary we're likely to come. The shape of the presidential race could largely be determined by tonight's events, and we'll be liveblogging at Elephants in the Room from various locales arou...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 5, 2008 @ 4:52 am
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    The Slumlord and the Internet

    Last week, we brought you the story of Spiros Zorbalas, whom we dubbed "The Slumlord of South Minneapolis." So, the story has been met with a fair amount of feedback, much of which will be included in the coming edition's letters to the editor. (And ...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 4, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
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    Cohen backs Franken for senate seat

    "Al Franken has the right voice, compassion, demonstrated commitment to progressive values, energy and the most resources, and he will work tirelessly to ensure we defeat Norman Coleman this November. Al Franken has the right message to bring back jo...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 4, 2008 @ 12:39 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/4

    We're into that month where we re-align ourselves into harmony with the planets. Well, not "ourselves," so much as "our calendar." It's a leap year. Viva the extra day, I suppose. If not for the leap year, we never would have had the plot to Pirates ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 4, 2008 @ 5:11 am
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    Franken beating Ciresi, Coleman in new poll

    Via DailyKos, Al Franken beats both his Democratic competition and the Republican incumbent in CSRA's new poll for Minnesota Public Radio: Democratic Primary (MoE 4.5%) Franken 42 Ciresi 18 General Election Matchups Coleman (R) 40 Franken (...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 1, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
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    The Real Brock Lesnar UPDATED W/FIGHT VIDEO

    Watching Brock Lesnar engage in no-contact sparring is like watching a polar bear perform an interpretive dance. At the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brooklyn Center, his hulking, six-foot-three, 265-pound frame contorts and contracts as he...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on February 1, 2008 @ 7:23 pm
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    Star Tribune shopping downtown land

    In one of the least surprising developments in recent media history, Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte announced in a memo today that the company is seeking to sell its land holdings in downtown Minneapolis. The Strib's parent company, Avista Capita...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 1, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
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    Loot Hog

    A local story of virtual theft in a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, for the non-geeks) from the PiPress today: For video gamer Geoff Luurs, 20, the looting of his player account in Final Fantasy XI was unimaginable. Luurs, f...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on February 1, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/1

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Fine Line was packed Wednesday night for the Editors, Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV. Tony Nelson has images from throughout the evening. Is John McCain too old to be president? asks Kevin Hoffman. There's one...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 1, 2008 @ 5:27 am
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    Quick! Make More Babies!

    Fair denizens of Minneapolis (and foul ones, too), the gauntlet has been thrown down. Raleigh, North Carolina has outpaced us in population. Fortunately, this places us in 50th, a nice round number. But what's the significance of this statistic? Well...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/31

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE No one supports binge drinking, except of course me. But Rep. Morrie Lanning and the Strib trying to curb drink specials in bars adds to some already arcane and goofy liquor laws. Paul Demko dug into this issu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 31, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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    As beers go by

    Coming from Japan back to the United States, one of the oddest adjustments has been the liquor laws. Thinking a beer might go nicely with baked yams and boiled asparagus, I asked the helpful Kowalski's clerk where I might find the beer. He pleasantly...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 30, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
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    Minnesota ranks high in black murder victims

    The Violence Policy Center just released a report on what it is calling a "national crisis" of black homicide victims. FBI statistics for 2005 were studied and Minnesota tied New Jersey for 16th largest rate of black murder victims per capita. The r...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 30, 2008 @ 9:38 am
  • A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

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    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

    Developer Michael Krause has long dreamed of a wood-fueled power plant at the edge of Minneapolis's East Phillips neighborhood, and he has no shortage of supporters. The City Council unanimously endorsed his Midtown Eco Energy facility three times. ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
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