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    Nine-Year-Old Chooses to Amputate Own Leg

    NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams today picked up the amazing story--from local affiliate KARE-11--of Nick Nelson, a nine-year-old boy who requested that his leg be amputated.Nelson was born with a rare inherited condition called Popliteal Pterygi...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on November 20, 2007 @ 10:58 pm
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    Desmond Tutu: Expanded Web Content

    After Matt Snyders broke the story of the University of St. Thomas canceling an appearance by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a series of events was set in motion. There was an apology and a new arrangement with Metropolitan State University ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 20, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
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    Norwegian Consulate Leaving Stings

    The coming closure of the Norwegian consulate has caused consternation in Minneapolis, particularly among the sons and daughters of Norway. Today, the Grey Lady has a piece covering response from local residents of Norwegian descent. Quoting customer...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 20, 2007 @ 2:19 pm
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    We're movin' on up!

    Coleman, himself, has done nearly everything right -- raised millions of dollars, cut a moderate image in the Senate, and from early on understood he was in a tough race. But Minnesota returned to its progressive, anti-war roots in a big way in 2006,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on November 20, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/20

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE The Strib's Katherine Kersten -- strap in for this revelation, it's shocking -- writes a strident, poorly sourced and lazy column about the noose incident in a local college newsroom that shoehorns available fa...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 20, 2007 @ 8:15 am
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    Paulose: Timeline Ends

    We finally have an end to the "Timeline for a Timebomb" that Jeff Severns Guntzel posted in September. At the time, we didn't have an idea when or how the saga of Minnesota's embattled U.S. Attorney would end. Turns out it's a whimper, not a bang -- ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 20, 2007 @ 7:26 am
  • The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

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    The Strongest Men in the World - The competition popularized by Magnus Ver Magnusson is ready for its close-up

    Dave Ostlund dips his massive paw into pine tar and claps his sticky hands together like a giant playing patty-cake. The 6-foot 7-inch, 330-pound man grunts, his eyes taking on a feral quality, then he squats down to hoist a massive 400-pound boulde...

    by Kevin Hoffman on June 27, 2007
  • Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

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    Where the Ladies at? - The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

    You are not women in hip hop You are hip hop. --local poet Jamie Wynne When Crazy Amy moved to Minneapolis, she arrived on a Greyhound bus carrying everything she owned. She'd gotten her nickname as a teenager back in Milwaukee selling mushr...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on June 27, 2007
  • Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

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    Mercury Rising - Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop

    Mercurial Rage The Funeral Sessions Rage 01 The Roman god Mercury is well known for his benevolent oversight of bouquet delivery, but less so for his patronage of danceable synth-pop. That may soon change. A new EP by Minneapolis foursome Mercur...

    by Sarah Askari on June 27, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of July 4-July 10

    THURSDAY 7.05 Sage Francis First Avenue The really offensive thing about the emo tag (which comes from "emotional hardcore," and has been applied to everything from Atmosphere to websites) is its implication that the defining characteristic of a...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

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    Melt Banana whips the Entry into a frenzy

    Better Than: Caffeine at your workplace after a taxing all-nighter. To a packed house crackling with energy, noisy Japanese art-punks Melt Banana took the stage and tore into their set without introduction. Soon bodies were flailing and flying int...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on June 27, 2007
  • Crackers & Cheese

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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would've been a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily c...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

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    Here are the week's best releases from the pop culture universe

    DVD: Dragon Dynasty series Four films by kung-fu kings the Shaw Brothers make their disc debut: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (right), King Boxer, My Young Auntie, and One-Armed Swordsman. Everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to Quentin Tarantino was infl...

    by Michael Gallucci on June 27, 2007
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

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    It Ain't Easy Being Green - Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming

    Feeling guilty after watching An Inconvenient Truth? Xcel Energy has got a solution: Donate cash to help the company--which took in $9.8 billion last year--fulfill its legal obligations, er, build a sustainable future! In February, state lawmakers...

    by City Pages Staff on June 27, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Surreal hope" means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger whom you will eventually realize...

    by Rob Brezsny on June 27, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I would love your advice on how to deal with some news I got recently. At my most recent gyno visit, I found out I have two vaginas. I'd had a number of routine pelvic exams with my old doctor, but she never discovered it. During my first visit with...

    by Dan Savage on June 27, 2007
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    Kersten weighs in on noose brouhaha

    In case you're just tuning in, a while back we brought you the story of a noose-hanging in a local college newsroom. Last week, the Strib picked it up. And now, swinging at what might be the best pitch to hit she's had in years, Katherine Kersten h...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on November 19, 2007 @ 9:30 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/19

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE On Culture to Go, a new review and slideshow gallery from Sharon Jones' Friday performance at First Avenue are up. The review is by Geoff Cannon and the photos are by Daniel Corrigan. It's an especially cont...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 19, 2007 @ 7:00 am
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    cPod, Episode 7

    Download cPod as an .mp3 ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on November 16, 2007 @ 12:43 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 11/16

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE A bevy of blog posts in the last 24 hours or so await you on the site. Rhena Tantisunthorn alerts us to a volunteer opportunity. Better yet, it's an opportunity that may involve watching the Vikings' Bryant M...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on November 16, 2007 @ 8:55 am
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