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  • Viewmaster

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    Viewmaster

    Going straight? A prison commissary TV is deposited in the trash, northeast Minneapolis.

    by on May 23, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm an early-20s gay guy turned on by hypnosis. During my adolescent explorations of the internet, I found a site with stories about "mind control," usually involving the seduction of straight men. I was hooked. I'm not beating myself up for being a...

    by Dan Savage on May 23, 2007
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    Defensive Zone

    Let me begin by saying that it's good to know my previous pleas for reader responses have not gone unheeded. I asked for feedback, and you came through like disgruntled champions. On Sunday, I returned home to find my voicemail flooded with calls fro...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 19, 2007 @ 2:19 pm
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    Pioneer Press workers reach new labor pact

    Editorial employees at the Pioneer Press have tentatively agreed on a new four-year labor contract with MediaNews. The deal, which impacts 340 workers, was reached late last night following three days of intensive talks. The union's previous contract...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 18, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
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    cPod, Episode 3

    This week's cPod finds us talking to Paul Demko about Muslims at the Mall of America, to Sarah Askari about power-pop band Sick of Sarah, and to Jeff Severns Guntzel about the disturbing lack of sex crimes investigators in the Minneapolis Police Depa...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on October 18, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
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    More jive on the Critical Mass "rioters"

    Say what you will about Critical Mass, the monthly gala/protest in which upwards of 300 cyclists ride through city streets and spread the gospel of eco-friendly transportation and cyclists' right to the road. They're a controversial lot, as demonstra...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 18, 2007 @ 12:58 pm
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    Al Franken feeds crystal meth to his pet ferret!

    I received an interesting fundraising solicitation from Sen. Norman Coleman this morning. It primarily focuses on challenger Al Franken: You see, Franken is trying to clean up his act. Reinvent himself. He's cut down on the profanity. Instead of ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 18, 2007 @ 10:59 am
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    St. Paul City Council debates available online

    The St. Paul Neighborhood Network is taping debates for all seven city council races. The discussions are being show on public-access TV, but can also be watched via the group's web site. So far Ward 6 (featuring Dan Bostrom and Pakou Hang) and Ward ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 17, 2007 @ 3:29 pm
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    The Disappearing Sex Crimes Unit

    In Minneapolis, with rapes on the rise, the Sex Crimes Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department has been cut from 10 investigators to 4--and their rape related arrests have tanked (see this week's cover story). The Chief of Police says he has a fini...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 17, 2007 @ 1:47 pm
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    Judge orders investigation of assets in WCAL case

    A while back, we reported on fallout from the sale of WCAL, St. Olaf College's longtime classical music station, which MPR bought and turned into The Current. As we left things, Judge Wolf in Rice County was looking into whether St. Olaf was wrong ...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 17, 2007 @ 1:08 pm
  • More Shriek Than Shrek

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    More Shriek Than Shrek

    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line) Guillermo Del Toro has made a career of mixing slam-bang special effects (Hellboy, Blade II) with creepy atmospheres (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone). But with Pan's Labyrinth, he's used his entire palette for what will li...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm having a problem. Twice when my girlfriend has given me oral sex, I've come in her mouth and then a little urine came out. She's understandably mad. The first time it happened was in the morning when I had wood, so I thought it was just me being...

    by Dan Savage on May 16, 2007
  • The Ballad of the Muscle Shark - From floor finisher to World Champion: Sean Sherk grapples his way to the top of the UFC

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    The Ballad of the Muscle Shark - From floor finisher to World Champion: Sean Sherk grapples his way to the top of the UFC

    He works silently by himself, shadowboxing in front of a mirror. Jab, jab, overhand right. Jab, jab, uppercut left. Jab, jab, right kick. The punches are compact and powerful, just like his body. Even at half speed, it's clear he can cause serious m...

    by Paul Demko on May 16, 2007
  • Paper Cuts - A once proud newspaper makes grim concessions to economic realities

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    Paper Cuts - A once proud newspaper makes grim concessions to economic realities

    Last week at the Strib brought to mind that old expression from the Vietnam War: "We had to burn the village to save it." First came "Black Monday," during which the paper announced it would cut 145 jobs--7 percent of its workforce--including 50 p...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
  • Second Life - Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted

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    Second Life - Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted

    Andrew Benon is a Daryl Hall man. "John Oates was just this weird little guy with a mustache, singing backup," laughs the lean, angular Benon. It's the day after his CD-release party for Rock and Roll Moves, the thirtysomething web designer's first ...

    by Sarah Askari on May 16, 2007
  • Steal This House - Minnesota was the first state to ban equity stripping. So why is it still happening?

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    Steal This House - Minnesota was the first state to ban equity stripping. So why is it still happening?

    Jeff and Donna Rundgren were the perfect marks. A grizzled, 40-year-old high school dropout, Jeff struggles with reading. Donna, 45, has soft features and a tendency to trust strangers. In 2002, Jeff was injured in a car accident, missed six months ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on May 16, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "The Only Three Questions That Count" is the title of a book by Ken Fisher. I'm stealing it to use as the theme of your horoscope. So your next assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to craft three essential qu...

    by Rob Brezsny on May 16, 2007
  • Meet Minnesota's Other World Champion - Nick "The Goat" Thompson owns Bodog's 170-pound title

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    Meet Minnesota's Other World Champion - Nick "The Goat" Thompson owns Bodog's 170-pound title

    When Nick Thompson began studying mixed martial arts fighting four years ago, his nickname was "The Fainting Goat." It wasn't meant to be flattering. The moniker referred to a neurological disorder that afflicts some goats, causing them to suddenl...

    by Paul Demko on May 16, 2007
  • 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

    DVD: Screaming Masterpiece This documentary about Iceland's fertile music scene loads up on live clips by Bjrk and Sigur Rs--the two artists you should know. But there are plenty of other cool, spacey, and just plain weird groups. Fascinating cli...

    by Michael Gallucci on May 16, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of May 16 - May 22

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of May 16 - May 22

    THURSDAY 5.17. Califone 400 Bar On their fourth studio album, Roots & Crowns, Chicago's Califone achieve Americana nirvana. The album's mix of loops, treatments, and chugging folk-blues lines is deftly layered. The sound still retains the uneasy...

    by City Pages Staff on May 16, 2007
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