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  • So It's Come to This - After running out of old ladies to fire, the Star Tribune begins clipping the mentally handicapped

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    So It's Come to This - After running out of old ladies to fire, the Star Tribune begins clipping the mentally handicapped

    Apparently, no one's job is safe at the Star Tribune. Having fired the old ladies who ran the switchboard, the suits have now decided to shit-can the mentally retarded. Since 1999, the Star Tribune has contracted with Lifeworks, a nonprofit group ...

    by City Pages Staff on July 25, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Writing in Poetry Flash, critic Rusty Morrison speculates that "the sublime can only be glimpsed by pressing through fear's boundary, beyond one's previous conceptions of the beautiful." That's a good theme for you to exp...

    by Rob Brezsny on July 25, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I'm a 31-year-old attractive single woman, and I recently went on Match.com and found a guy. Our emails and one phone conversation went well and he seemed kind and was okay-looking in his picture, so I met him for drinks. It was disappointing, to sa...

    by Dan Savage on July 25, 2007
  • Trials and Stribulations - Staffs gutted. Secrets stolen. A traitorous publisher forced to defend his actions in court. The future has never looked bleaker for the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

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    Trials and Stribulations - Staffs gutted. Secrets stolen. A traitorous publisher forced to defend his actions in court. The future has never looked bleaker for the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

    Taking the stand in Judge David Higgs's courtroom, Par Ridder couldn't have looked more like a rich boarding-school kid. The 38-year-old publishing scion was decked out in country-club navy blue with a haircut that was square in every sense of the w...

    by City Pages Staff on July 25, 2007
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    Will Ramstad Retire? Bonoff doesn't care

    Whether Rep. Jim Ramstad ultimately opts to retire or not, at least one of his DFL challengers intends to stay in the race. State Sen. Terri Bonoff's campaign just released this statement. "Regardless of what Jim Ramstad decides about his politica...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 20, 2007 @ 3:34 pm
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    This Atlas Rocks

    The two-page Rock Atlas spread from our print issue is now available on-line. Click the image below to see the full version, which highlights hot spots from local scene's past, present and future. The same places are entered into our interactive m...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 20, 2007 @ 11:25 am
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    Radio killed the Internet star

    I'm going to be on the radio this afternoon with Stephanie Hansen from 107.1, talking about what there is to do this weekend. If you've always wanted to hear what my voice sounds like and can't be bothered to download my one triumphant appearance on ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 20, 2007 @ 11:04 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/20

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Deuce-double-aught-seven has raced by like a greyhound on Adderall, and we find ourselves in a time of reflection. The first of our year-ending pieces are up (and more are on the way). We forge forward by looki...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 20, 2007 @ 6:52 am
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    Rumors/rumblings regarding Ramstad's retirement

    The blogosphere is swirling with rumors that 3rd District Rep. Jim Ramstad is seriously reconsidering his decision to retire. On Friday Eric Black and Joe Bodell reported that the 17-year Republican representative of the Twin Cities' west suburbs is ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on December 19, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/19

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Sarah Askari's year in music feature is the axis upon which this week's content spins. The two-page Rock Atlas spread from our print issue is a keeper, with great art, interesting design and a bevy of local mu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 19, 2007 @ 7:11 am
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    Dara Departing City Pages

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, the longtime restaurant critic of City Pages, will be leaving the paper in January to pursue other interests. Grumdahl, who has won numerous awards for her food criticism, wants to write books and boost her national profile,...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on December 18, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/18

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Wrapping up the aftermath of a big show-going weekend, we have a new photo slideshow from Wu-Tang Clan and review of Andrew Bird at the Cedar. But since those go along with material posted late Sunday night, le...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 18, 2007 @ 7:55 am
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    Al Franken is running for senate!

    And it's no joke! He wants to be taken seriously folks! The Washington Post weighs in today with the same tired angle that the New York Times trotted out earlier this month.

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on December 17, 2007 @ 10:51 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/17

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A huge music weekend, with indie darling Andrew Bird rolling in for three, count 'em, three shows, local hip-hop at the Doomtree Blowout, and the one and only Wu-Tang Clan (minus a few) kicking it at First Aven...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 17, 2007 @ 8:00 am
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    Herbal Calamity

    Earlier this week, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department vowed to continue their valiant struggle to rid the west metro area of an organic herb and called for citizens to help in the effort. "Law enforcement relies on the involvement of all secto...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on December 14, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 12/14

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The temperatures are dropping this weekend, and as they do so, my respect for those with the fortitude to bicycle commute every day is rising. Last month I went to one of The Hub's seminars on winter bike commu...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on December 14, 2007 @ 7:10 am
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 18 - July 24

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 18 - July 24

    WEDNESDAY 7.18 T-Hud (CD-release) First Avenue If we've learned nothing else since the Clinton administration, it's that, for the most part, basketball players with mic dreams should stick to the hardwood (and vice versa--just ask the Beastie Bo...

    by City Pages Staff on July 18, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here's how you damage the Aries soul, according to astrologer Steven Forrest: You bore it, you deprive it of adventure, and you starve it of chances to grow evermore courageous. I'm worried this could happen in the coming...

    by Rob Brezsny on July 18, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm 18 years old and my girlfriend and I have been engaging in sexual acts. She has no problem coming, but when it comes to sexual intercourse she can't orgasm. Is my penis not doing the job correctly? She says she feels good, but can't climax. Coul...

    by Dan Savage on July 18, 2007
  • Dragon Festival Scrapbook

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    Dragon Festival Scrapbook

    This past Saturday and Sunday, the Dragon Festival brought a large crowd to the sun-soaked shores of Lake Phalen. Music, dance, and martial arts from a rainbow of Asian cultures were featured, as well as traditional culinary delights and booths for...

    by Ward Rubrecht on July 18, 2007
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