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    Local Obamagirl surprised by abundance of cute guys at caucus

    Alyssa and I got swept up in all the hubbub, and ventured to the Dem caucuses in Uptown last nite. These were some of my take-aways: 1. Record turnout = long lines. 2. Damn, there are a lot of hot guys here. 3. 'Lyssa, do you see all the hot guys he...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/6

    A feature containing an in-depth interview with a High Bridge jump survivor. A news story about a kinky sex club at U of M. New stats about how the Minnesota economy's worse off than you think. And about 20 liveblog posts from Super Tuesday. We're ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 6, 2008 @ 5:48 am
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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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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, mamihlapinatapai is a word meaning "gazing into each other's eyes, each hoping that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start." If I...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 19, 2007
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    Homo Neurotic - Katherine Kersten unleashes gay panic in the Strib

    If we learned nothing else last week, we at least discovered that Katherine Kersten is most definitely not a closeted lesbian. In her latest mind-bending screed to appear in the Strib ("As Iowa Shows, a Marriage Law Isn't Enough"), conservative a...

    by Matt Snyders on September 19, 2007
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    Letters to the Editor

    At War with Himself It is difficult for many, including me, to understand how Norm Coleman was transformed from an activist against one insane war--Vietnam--to being an avid supporter of another insane war--Iraq ("War Torn," 9/5/07). That transfo...

    on September 19, 2007
  • Sabri's Second Act - After 19 months in federal prison, controversial developer Basim Sabri is once again raising a ruckus


    Sabri's Second Act - After 19 months in federal prison, controversial developer Basim Sabri is once again raising a ruckus

    Jonathan Bates is having a rough first day on the job. The newly hired public relations man for Sabri Properties faces a hostile crowd of 50-plus residents in the basement of the Minneapolis First Seventh Day Adventist Church on a weeknight in Augus...

    by Paul Demko on September 19, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I have a swim-cap fetish. I don't know why; it's not like I saw my grandmother bathing with a shower cap on or anything like that. My GGG girlfriend is willing to wear a swim cap during sex, and I think that's wonderful, but it goes beyond that. I g...

    by Dan Savage on September 19, 2007
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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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