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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/29

    Tuesday is the feistiest of all days of the week. It all starts with the name. The name comes from the Old English term Tiwes dg, which refers to the Nordic god Tyr, deity of war. So it's fitting that the Republican candidates are scrapping with e...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 29, 2008 @ 5:40 am
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    Andrew Zimmern endorses City Pages food critics

    "City Pages announced who its new food critics will be, and it unveiled plans for expanded restaurant coverage both in the paper and online. Taking over Dara's chair covering the new and noteworthy openings is Rachel Hutton, formerly of Mn Mo, and Ja...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 28, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
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    New home sales in image form

    The dismal science is detail-laden, so it's easy to glaze over at talk of federal reserve policy and forget the impact it has on your life. That's why I'm a big fan of the graphical representation. Unsure of what a few percentage points one way or th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
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    Shark Attack!

    First a monkey assault. Now a shark attack. In a disturbing/awesome instance of shark-on-shark cannibalism, the Mall of America's Underwater Adventures was the scene of feral aggression Friday when a sand tiger shark named Jessie--which at nine feet...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on January 28, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE As always, a wrap-up of what you might have missed from Friday-Sunday can be found in Over the Weekend. Bored with words? Who isn't? Then turn to our four (count 'em) new slideshows from the weekend's events: ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 28, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Nelson-Pallmeyer wins senate straw poll

    U.S. Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer beat out his two Democratic rivals in a straw poll conducted this afternoon at TakeAction Minnesota's annual meeting. The University of St. Thomas professor and anti-war activist received 140 votes from a...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 27, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Slaughterhouse workers back union

    Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-82 margin. More than seven years ago, the predominantl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 26, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/25

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Welcome aboard Rachel Hutton and James Norton, our new additions to the cuisine team. They'll be supplemented by offerings from Bridgette Reinsmoen, our copy chief and contributor to our soon-to-be dedicated fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 25, 2008 @ 8:06 am
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    Announcing our new food section

    I'm proud to announce that City Pages has hired two new food critics and will soon launch an ambitious new dining section in print and online. Our lead columnist, Rachel Hutton, is a familiar voice to Twin Cities foodies. For the past six years, she...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am
  • Free Will Astology

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    Free Will Astology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Go against the flow. Buck the system. Push the river. Entertain the possibility that everything you know is at least half-wrong. Do you catch my drift, Aries? What I'm trying to tell you is, champion the underdog. Ignor...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 20, 2006
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    The Straight Dope

    On a recent visit to Chicago, I noticed that Lake Michigan, close to shore, looks more like the waters of the Caribbean (crystal clear, light aqua color). When I grew up in the city years ago the lake was just a bucket of sludge. I'm told the change...

    by Cecil Adams on September 20, 2006
  • The $34,000 Pyramid - What if the widow of Gen. Sonny Abacha really does want to share her family fortune with you?

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    The $34,000 Pyramid - What if the widow of Gen. Sonny Abacha really does want to share her family fortune with you?

    Gloria O'Rourke doesn't own a computer, but she's heard about the flood of get-rich-quick emails that fill inboxes. They come, day and night, by the dozens, hundreds, and thousands, from Lagos, Moscow, Amsterdam. They ask for pittances and they pro...

    by Jim Walsh on September 20, 2006
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'd love to hear you weigh in on the case of Jason Fortuny, the person who posted an ad on Craigslist posing as a woman looking for a dom male, and then posted all of the responses, including the pictures some men sent him. As a person who receives ...

    by Dan Savage on September 20, 2006
  • The Man at the Top - General Manager Terry Ryan talks about the fall and rise of the 2006 Twins

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    The Man at the Top - General Manager Terry Ryan talks about the fall and rise of the 2006 Twins

    As the Twins took the field last Wednesday to try to complete a series sweep against the West-leading Oakland A's, GM Terry Ryan sat in a packed press box surveying the field with raptor-sharp eyes. No, insisted the tall, prepossessing Ryan--the im...

    by Steve Perry on September 20, 2006
  • Ten Days That Shook the Dome - The greatest moments of the hometown team's season (so far)

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    Ten Days That Shook the Dome - The greatest moments of the hometown team's season (so far)

    10. THE RETURN OF RONDELL WHITE July 16 By the end of June, the Twins had seen enough. Rondell White's dimply cheeks and quick smile may have brightened the clubhouse, but his surgically reconstructed shoulder and .182 batting average were casti...

    by Chuck Terhark on September 20, 2006
  • A Fan's Notes - Ballpark fixture Thomas Hodne on a season for the ages

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    A Fan's Notes - Ballpark fixture Thomas Hodne on a season for the ages

    BY THOMAS HODNE, AS TOLD TO G.R. ANDERSON JR. I quit alcohol in 1975, and I took up baseball. Baseball is my addiction now. I was an architect, and I worked 150 percent--75 percent on architecture, 1 percent on human relations, and 74 percent on...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 20, 2006
  • The Organization Man - Twins Director of Scouting Mike Radcliff herds the bird dogs and keeps the information flowing

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    The Organization Man - Twins Director of Scouting Mike Radcliff herds the bird dogs and keeps the information flowing

    More than any other factor, the organizational culture of the Minnesota Twins is shaped by its reliance on scouting. Where most other major league baseball franchises budget for at least one high-priced free agent every year or two, the Twins overwh...

    by Britt Robson on September 20, 2006
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    John Kline's political slush fund

    Ken Silverstein has an intriguing Minnesota-related post over at Washington Babylon. The veteran muckraker delves into a fundraising organization known as the "Freedom & Security PAC" that was created in July. Silverstein discovered that the Minnes...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 24, 2008 @ 6:40 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/24

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Philosopher or Warrior is the second-best thing I've ever done with my life, and I can die happy now. In fact, I probably should, because it's all downhill from here. While I bide time, take the quiz and see if...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 24, 2008 @ 8:16 am
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    Name That Ape

    But let's get down to brass tacks: the baby's name is up for grabs. Interested parties can "vote" by donating money to the zoo, and on the 18th of February, the zoo will announce which name garnered the most donations. Unfortunately, the zoo has alre...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on January 23, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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