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  • Honor Thy Father


    Honor Thy Father

    Thank you for your outstanding article on Father John Kaiser ("The Death of Father Kaiser," 10/24). Kudos for this outstanding example of journalism. You deserve a prize for this! I am very pleased that the truth has finally come out. Father Kaiser ...

    on November 14, 2007
  • White Out - Albino deer spotted; Local woman sees majestic creature, kills it


    White Out - Albino deer spotted; Local woman sees majestic creature, kills it

    During the hunting opener, Mary Rakotz of Avon shot an extremely rare albino deer. She felled the six-point buck in Mille Lacs County, and was immediately hailed in local media as "the lady who shot that thing that looks like a photo negative of a r...

    on November 14, 2007
  • Final Refuge - Karen immigrants describe their harrowing journeys from the brutality of Burma to sanctuary in St. Paul


    Final Refuge - Karen immigrants describe their harrowing journeys from the brutality of Burma to sanctuary in St. Paul

    "My family had a farm outside of our village in the jungle. The Burmese soldiers accused us of being spies [for the resistance]. They said that if we continued farming there, they would put us in the house on the farm, tie us up, and set the house o...

    by Rhena Tantisunthorn on November 14, 2007
  • Article

    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): I love it when you forget all your troubles and get lost in thoughts about your friends' problems. I love it when you place your entire focus on the heat steaming from your cup of coffee or on the sun reflecting on a puddl...

    by Rob Brezsny on November 14, 2007
  • Article

    Savage Love

    You neglect generic guy/girl/girl threesomes. My friends talk about these threesomes all the time, 'cause they're the "Holy Grail" of sex for us straight guys. Here are some of our questions: 1. What is up with threesomes? 2. How do I arrange ...

    by Dan Savage on November 14, 2007
  • Article

    Oberstar to NWA, Delta: Not so fast

    Rep. Jim Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, is threatening to "run out the clock" on the NWA-Delta merger until a new president is in office. From Politico: "We have no legal authority to block the merger, but we can contin...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on April 16, 2008 @ 11:06 am
  • Article

    Obama bin Laden

    Here's a video clip of MediaNews Group CEO William Dean Singleton's unfortunate verbal gaffe referenced in yesterday's post: (Cribbed from ASNE Reporter)

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 16, 2008 @ 10:37 am
  • Article

    Breakfast of Champions 4/16: Poo-tee-weet?

    Spoiler alert: the onomatopoeia in the headline to this post ends Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s novel Slaughterhouse-Five. It's the transliteration of a bird sound heard by Billy Pilgrim, the title character. If you didn't know, the book covers the firebombin...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 16, 2008 @ 8:30 am
  • Article

    Village Voice lampoons rightwing bloggers

    This week our sister paper, the Village Voice, published a hilarious guide to rightwing bloggers, and the list includes several notable Minnesotans. First up is James Lileks, the Strib's wunderkind-turned-scaremonger: JAMES LILEKS (The Bleat; lile...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 15, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
  • Article

    Water sports

    In 2001 the United States Supreme Court ruled that many non-navigable, "isolated" waters are not covered by pollution protections in the Clean Water Act. Five years later the country's top court considered the issue again. This time it split 4-1-4,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 15, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
  • Article

    Critical Mass Cyclist Found Not Guilty

    It took a jury all of 10 minutes to determine that the charges against Critical Mass cyclist Gus Ganley (assault on an officer, obstruction of legal process, and fleeing an officer) amounted to maggot-ridden pigshit: "not guilty" on all counts.During...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 15, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
  • Article

    Lean Dean wants to hunt down Obama bin Laden

    William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, apparently isn't too good with names. At the Associated Press's annual luncheon in Washington yesterday, Singleton asked Sen. Barack Obama if he was willing to commit more troops to Afghanistan given ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on April 15, 2008 @ 11:14 am
  • Article

    Breakfast of Champions 4/15: Bye, Demko

    It's tax day today, and yesterday was pretty taxing. We learned Paul Demko is moving on after eight years. We'll miss the political reporting that once got him called the Twin Cities' own Carl Kolchak, his writing and his presence in the office. T...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 15, 2008 @ 8:46 am
  • Article

    Anti-Scientology Protesters Take to the Street

    On a miserably frigid and wet day, a protest group calling itself Anonymous staged its third anti-Scientology demonstration in downtown Minneapolis in as many months. Saturday's protest saw about 50 demonstrators--more than a few decked in Guy Fawkes...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 14, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
  • Article

    Pothole of the day: Discipline and punish

    True genius is measured in both depth and breadth. The great works -- Melville's Moby Dick, Joyce's Ulysses, Flair-Steamboat from Clash of the Champions 6 -- impress not just with length, but the fullness and richness of experience. So it was with t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 14, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
  • Article

    Breakfast of Champions 4/14: Rappers, pirate and otherwise

    Yesterday I searched eMusic for a copy of Motorhead's song "Ace of Spades." If you have to ask why, you have likely never a) played poker or b) heard Motorhead. The quest was in vain. Rather than the chord-crunching, card-table-vibrating original, ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on April 13, 2008 @ 9:50 pm
  • Article

    C.J. scolded by editor after mocking conjoined twins in gossip column

    I don't mean to pile on. We've recently written several poisoned-penned posts about Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. Jonathan Kaminsky called her out for a host of sins before giving her a backhanded compliment for writing a nice piece on departi...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 13, 2008 @ 3:42 pm
  • Article

    Madia wins!

    After hours of votes and repeat votes and what many feared would be another democratic stalemate, Iraq war veteran and lawyer Ashwin Madia became the endorsed DFL candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Saturday evening. He will face conservativ...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on April 13, 2008 @ 1:17 am
  • Article

    VP Pawlenty Meter: McCain "made up his mind a year ago" to pick T-Paw

    When last we surveyed the crowded field of VP wannabes, the nomination seemed to be slipping away from T-Paw. After all, McCain was saying there were as many as 20 potential running mates on his mind, and Condi Rice was loudly squawking that she want...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on April 11, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
  • Article

    Alleged Public Masturbator Charged with Indecent Exposure

    U of M police charged a Minneapolis man yesterday with two counts of indecent exposure. In two separate occasions last week, a pair of U of M coeds claimed a middle-aged man sat next to them in the U's Walter Library and began masturbating. Police ...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on April 11, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
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