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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Trouble on the homefront

    Last week, T-Paw was large and in charge, having been crowned a potential VP by the politically influential site, "The Fix," while McCain managed to weather the New York Times' poorly-sourced mistress allegations to emerge stronger (and more virile!)...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 29, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Minnesota's Abby and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins, make Newsweek

    I still remember the day I walked in on my wife staring raptly at the TV screen. I followed her gaze and was stunned to see a girl who appeared to have two heads. In fact, it was conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel, two of the most remarkable ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 28, 2008 @ 8:01 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/28

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE To go along with the Sia review from Tuesday, we have some excellent photos by Tony Nelson, including one nearly-naked shot. Of course, the nearly naked shot is of Sean Tillman. We give the people what they wan...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 28, 2008 @ 6:49 am
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    Snowfall expected

    Just received this press release: Blustery Cold Ahead of Clipper State College, Pa. -- February 27, 2008 -- AccuWeather.com reports an Alberta Clipper diving out of western Canada tonight will spread moderate snow across the northern Plains and ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 27, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
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    William F. Buckley is Dead

    When I die, this is pretty much how I want the AP to break the news: His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died Wednesday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. She says he had been ill with emphysema and was found dead by his cook. My assi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 27, 2008 @ 10:43 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/27

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Timberwolves fans, Jonathan Kaminsky has the definitive profile on Al Jefferson, the man traded for Kevin Garnett. If you don't normally view the accompanying photo galleries, I strongly suggest you check this ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 27, 2008 @ 6:44 am
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    Franchise 2.0: The More You Know

    We present to you Al Jefferson, You Tube Star. First, here's a primer on Al Jefferson's variety of offensive moves, from the ball fake to the head fake to the quick step toward the hoop to the soft jumper to the, well, you get the picture. The second...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on February 26, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
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    Handicapping the Strib's Pulitzer odds

    Editor & Publisher magazine has an article identifying likely Pulitzer contenders and, no surprise, it mentions the Strib's bridge collapse coverage as a possibility in the "breaking news" category: Another breaking news contender is the August ...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 26, 2008 @ 12:26 pm
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    Mortgage crisis: is help on the way?

    A Minneapolis program would offer homebuyers a $10,000 bonus toward buying houses in 18 foreclosure-heavy neighborhoods. With additional neighborhood assistance, this news could be worth $14,000 to 50 potential purchasers.It's not exactly free money,...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 26, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/26

    The big news in local media from yesterday: The Rake's print operation will cease, leaving rakemag.com to carry on online. It's always a shame to lose another media outlet and see the lives of talented people disrupted. This says a lot about the (n...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 26, 2008 @ 6:44 am
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    Savage Love

    Who the hell wears swim caps anymore? I haven't seen a swim cap in years. That question in your column last week from the swim-cap fetishist getting off on his visits to public pools was bullshit. I would think you, of all people, could see through ...

    by Dan Savage on September 26, 2007
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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your first assignment is to practice feeling that everywhere you go you are standing on holy ground. Capitalize that phrase in your imagination -- "I AM STANDING ON HOLY GROUND" -- as you move through the world. Your secon...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 26, 2007
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    Letters to the Editor

    Critical Mass-holes Having been accosted by Critical Mass myself on the day of the "big ride," Ifor one am happy to see that some of them were arrested ("Vicious Cycle," 9/12/2007). Even if they had "done nothing" at the time to provoke the arres...

    on September 26, 2007
  • Dome, Sweet Dome - On the Occasion of its 25th Anniversary, We Offer a Requiem for the Much-Maligned Metrodome

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    Dome, Sweet Dome - On the Occasion of its 25th Anniversary, We Offer a Requiem for the Much-Maligned Metrodome

    For all the clichs about love, the one that rings most true is that it's complicated. With that in mind, I must confess my deeply irrational affection for the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. You know the place: the Dome, the Hump, the Teflon Marsh...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 26, 2007
  • Boxed Out - Is Scott Ledoux the future of combat sports in Minnesota--or the end?

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    Boxed Out - Is Scott Ledoux the future of combat sports in Minnesota--or the end?

    All eyes were on B.J. "The Beast" Lacy. At the "Downtown Throwdown" at the Target Center two weeks ago, Lacy's mixed martial arts match went the distance, and it fell to the three judges at ringside to render a decision. At first, Lacy was dec...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on September 26, 2007
  • Have You Heard? - Venerable local recording studio Third Ear will close its doors at the end of the month

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    Have You Heard? - Venerable local recording studio Third Ear will close its doors at the end of the month

    Third Ear Recording Studio does not look like a business in its dying days. The Minneapolis studio, housed in a dilapidated warehouse just north of University Avenue, is cluttered with instruments, recording equipment, and other musical detritus. I...

    by Paul Demko on September 26, 2007
  • Par's Parting Shot - The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk

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    Par's Parting Shot - The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk

    The fates of 14 Star Tribune reporters who work for the newspaper's soon-to-be-defunct weekly suburban editions have been in limbo in recent weeks. Negotiations on their future jobs have been ongoing between Strib brass and representatives of the Mi...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 26, 2007
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Worst Moments

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    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Worst Moments

    Number 10: Tore up from the floor up When the Dome hosted the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 1989, officials were eager to make a good impression in the hopes of landing the Final Four within the next few years. Instead, it was a near disaste...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 26, 2007
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Best Moments

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    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 10 Best Moments

    Number 10: Prep Bowl comes to the Dome early The famous Halloween blizzard of 1991 shut down just about everything, and for a while, put the state high school football playoffs in jeopardy. But the Dome roof, miraculously, stayed inflated, and the ...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 26, 2007
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    Glory days

    William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, parent company of the Pioneer Press, spoke to a conference sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America over the weekend. Lean Dean had some typically blunt words about the future of the newspape...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 25, 2008 @ 3:57 pm
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