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  • A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

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    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

    Developer Michael Krause has long dreamed of a wood-fueled power plant at the edge of Minneapolis's East Phillips neighborhood, and he has no shortage of supporters. The City Council unanimously endorsed his Midtown Eco Energy facility three times. ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

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    Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

    On August 27, roughly 15 shop owners and entrepreneurs from northeast Minneapolis convened with state and city officials to tell them just how bad business has been since the collapse of the 35W bridge. "It's not that we're down 10 percent or 15 ...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 5, 2007
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    Savage Love

    My friends and I were debating a troubling incident over drinks and figured you would be the best person to ask: What should you do when, while looking for a toilet, you accidentally walk into the bedroom of someone you know, but don't know well, an...

    by Dan Savage on September 5, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few years ago, the Cambodian government decided that the country's karaoke bars had become hotbeds of vice. To suppress their evil influence, the prime minister called out the army's bulldozers and demolished them. Keep ...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 5, 2007
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    Monkey's Uncle - Darwin denier misses link between free speech and common sense

    PZ Myers, a biologist and associate professor at University of Minnesota-Morris, has never been one to mince words, especially when it comes to creationists, intelligent design theorists, and natural selection skeptics. Case in point: Myers's rev...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • War Torn - As a young radical,  Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War.  Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may  swallow his political career.

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    War Torn - As a young radical, Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War. Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may swallow his political career.

    On a recent Tuesday, more than 50 people gather on the shores of Bryant Lake in Eden Prairie. They tote placards reading, "Bush Lied, Iraqis Died," and "Support the Bridges, End the War." A massive red-and-white banner reads "Dump Norm!" Rick Hans...

    by Paul Demko on September 5, 2007
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    St. Paul welcomes Bam Bam the monkey

    St. Paul's animal control office took custody of Bam Bam from a resident earlier this month. The monkey stands accused of biting a human being. Bill Stephenson, head of the city's animal control office, says he can't comment on the primate's fate bec...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 17, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
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    New Ads!

    Senate hopefuls "Big Al" Franken and Mike "Super Lawyer of the Year" Ciresi both have a pair of new TV ads. Here they be: Synopsis: Al's gonna get us healthcare. Also, he's from Saint Louis Park. Synopsis: Al's from Saint Louis Park, and ...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on January 17, 2008 @ 11:33 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/17

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE After Ward Rubrecht's feature hit the site yesterday (and the streets today), I'm pleased to report that several real life superheroes have shown up in the comments of our expanded web content post. Check out t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 17, 2008 @ 6:08 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/16

    With a robust amount of new stories, photos and blog entries around the site, I'm just going to get to the link round-up. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE This week's feature on real life superheroes comes with an entire ensemble of photogra...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 16, 2008 @ 6:47 am
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    Real Life Superheroes: Expanded Web Content

    Ward Rubrecht's cover story on real life superheroes -- "Reals," for short -- is a look into the lives of costumed do-gooders here in Minnesota, across the country and across the pond. You know we have a photo slideshow so you can see some of the peo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 15, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    NTSB: Gusset plate caused 35W bridge collapse

    The New York Times is reporting that faulty design is to blame for the collapse of the 35W bridge. Somewhere, Carol Molnau is doing cartwheels.The finding would seem to exonerate Molnau and MnDOT from blame for the August 1 disaster that killed 13. K...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 15, 2008 @ 12:47 pm
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    Running away from Bush

    Norm Coleman voted with the White House 64 percent of the time last year--the lowest level of political fealty since he took office, according to a new analysis by Congressional Quarterly. In fact the senator's loyalty to the White House has steadi...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 15, 2008 @ 11:22 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/15

    This week's print feature comes online later this afternoon, and I don't know what I'm more excited for: to go live with the expanded web content we have, or to see the cover for the print edition. In the meantime, check out our coverage of music, la...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 14, 2008 @ 8:57 pm
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    Labor negotiations open for grocery workers

    Contract talks for roughly 5,000 grocery workers in the east metro area will begin tomorrow morning. The bargaining unit includes employees at stores such as Rainbow, Cub, Lunds and Byerlys. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789's current thre...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on January 14, 2008 @ 4:48 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/14

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The theme for my weekend: Lunacy. First, I did the Polar Bear Plunge as part of local law enforcement's benefit for Special Olympics. The post has video, and if you've ever wanted to see frozen Ghostbusters, he...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 14, 2008 @ 6:19 am
  • DVDish: They Killed the Dog

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    DVDish: They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken...

    by City Pages Staff on August 29, 2007
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    Glad Pastures - The Rural Pop and Android Fuzz of They the Down Low

    They the Down Low Americana Bauxdivine Pastoral Records What if you dragged all your friends out to the sticks for a barn raising, only to find that you just couldn't bring yourself to junk up the scenery with so permanent a structure? On Amer...

    by Sarah Askari on August 29, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here's how you can tell if you have a bad psychotherapist or counselor," says my friend Laura. "She or he buys into all your BS, never questions your delusions, and builds your self-esteem even if that makes you into an a*...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 29, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I'm a high school girl with big problems. All my life I've worn boy clothes and had male friends, mainly because I'm into "male" things like video games and geek stuff. As high school approached, Mother Nature flipped me off with DD breasts and hips...

    by Dan Savage on August 29, 2007
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