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  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 11 - July 17

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 11 - July 17

    THURSDAY 7.12 Radio Birdman Triple Rock Social Club Formed in 1974, Australia's Radio Birdman put on their own shows in a Detroit-influenced underground that spawned dozens of great, tough Aussie bands during the waxing of disco and glam. Taking...

    by City Pages Staff on July 11, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Among the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people who live along the coast of Australia's Northern Territory, the word for "fat" is nalu-ngiliny. It doesn't merely refer to the greasy stuff that grows naturally under the skin of animal...

    by Rob Brezsny on July 11, 2007
  • Roky's Picture Show

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    Roky's Picture Show

    You're Gonna Miss Me (Palm) A hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival two years ago, Keven McAlester's doc about the Papa of Psychedelia, Roky Erickson, at long last gets its proper release. But time has done McAlester a tremendous favor: Had ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007
  • Jay and Silent Boob - Local pornographer claims his tale inspired Kevin Smith's latest

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    Jay and Silent Boob - Local pornographer claims his tale inspired Kevin Smith's latest

    Kevin Smith's latest film is to be called Zach and Miri Make a Porno. The script is apparently about a pair of thirtysomething slackers who, inspired by their upcoming 15-year high school reunion, decide to make a porn film. It's slated to begin fil...

    by City Pages Staff on July 11, 2007
  • Did the Creator of the Backstreet Boys Take a St. Paul Bank for $28 mil? - American Bank joins two North Dakota banks in suing to recover money loaned to boy-band magnate Lou Pearlman

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    Did the Creator of the Backstreet Boys Take a St. Paul Bank for $28 mil? - American Bank joins two North Dakota banks in suing to recover money loaned to boy-band magnate Lou Pearlman

    Two weeks ago, the man who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync was indicted by a federal grand jury in Orlando, Florida, on three counts of bank fraud, and one count each of mail and wire fraud. Boy-band magnate Lou Pearlman was completing a tri...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on July 11, 2007
  • Devil's Advocate - What would a lawyer do to clear his client of child sex abuse charges?

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    Devil's Advocate - What would a lawyer do to clear his client of child sex abuse charges?

    Day was dawning on December 23, 2005, and the wooded reservation land surrounding Lower Red Lake was wintry and still. In a small house just a few feet from the lake's rocky southern shore, 19-year-old Daniel Jourdain, worn out from a day spent coun...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on July 11, 2007
  • Article

    Disgraced Healthcare Tycoon Pays Up

    All told, former UnitedHealth execs have returned more than $900 million in ill-gotten gains to the company's coffers in the backdating scandal. Given that UnitedHealth is the proud taker of pre-tax dollars from the paychecks here at humble old Cit...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on December 7, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Can't get Ridder him

    Par Ridder refuses to go away. The turncoat publisher has filed an appeal seeking to overturn a judge's order barring him from working for the Star Tribune until next September. As reported by the Associated Press, the appeal was filed earlier this...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 7, 2007 @ 11:25 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/7

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Tonight marks the opening of a retrospective show for poster artist Amy Jo Hendrickson, and we have a slideshow of our favorites from her. Coming to the Guthrie next week as an opener for Aimee Mann is the ec...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 7, 2007 @ 7:15 am
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    cPod, Episode 10

    We reach double digits here at cPod, and this week Jeff Severns Guntzel talks to us about (kind of) feeling like a rock star while spending time with The Hold Steady. We also chat with Jonathan Kaminsky about a group of Liberian women who've compla...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on December 6, 2007 @ 6:32 pm
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    We read her so you don't have to

    But what's this? Just a few pages deeper into the metro section? A story about former St. Thomas instructor Ashley Sovereign, who filed a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights charging that she'd been discriminated against for her v...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 6, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    Coleman, Paulose and Susan Kimberly

    Eric Black has again pushed the story of recently resigned and previously embattled Rachel Paulose a bit further. His hard-won interview with Sen. Norm Coleman about his role in "the rise and fall" of Paulose is a good read. But that's not what I'm h...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on December 6, 2007 @ 9:23 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/6

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Jonathan Kaminsky has a tale of regret, a snowbank and keen police instincts . It's fitting that it's on The Blotter, since it's straight off the crime blotter. Matt Snyders points us toward a NYT story on Al...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 6, 2007 @ 7:30 am
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    Good Cop, Bad Cop

    At about five o'clock on Sunday morning, as a Hennepin County sheriff's deputy pulled up to his Brooklyn Park home, he saw that all the lights in the house were on and that a strange car was parked at an angle and stuck in a snow bank in his driveway...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on December 5, 2007 @ 5:48 pm
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    Al Franken profiled in today's NY Times

    Today's New York Times features a rather laudatory profile of Al Franken. The article echoes a theme that has become all to familiar to Minnesota voters: the notion that the former satirist's senatorial bid is "serious." As in "no joke." "Sincere" ev...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on December 5, 2007 @ 12:34 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/5

    On the cover this week: Jeff Severns Guntzel's profile of The Hold Steady. Besides the piece itself, we have a host of web-only content, including a photo gallery with concert shots by Daniel Corrigan and tour photos from guitarist Tad Kubler; an aud...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 5, 2007 @ 6:28 am
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    The Dark Side

    John Radsan, former assistant general counsel to the CIA, discusses Iran The timing for John Radsan's lunchtime talk at Solera today was more than a bit awkward. The speech, sponsored by the conservative thinktank the Center of the American Exper...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 4, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
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    Hold Steady: Expanded Web Content

    Jeff Severns Guntzel offers the proverbial window into the life of The Hold Steady in this week's feature. Online, we're offering a different look at the band through photos, sounds, interactive media and expanded text. Start with the photo gallery...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 4, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/4

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE On the Blotter, star of print, stage and screen Matt Snyders has gone to the land of Rupert Murdoch, appearing on Fox News. The last minute of the video is the strongest, as Snyders makes a sagacious statement ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 4, 2007 @ 6:07 am
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    Who's the only Republican worth cheating with?

    This Rudy Giuliani parody ad is genius: (Cribbed from The Plank.)

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 3, 2007 @ 6:17 pm
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