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    Iraq War veteran challenges Kline

    Former Watertown mayor Steve Sarvi, a veteran of the Iraq War, filed to run against Rep. John Kline today in Minnesota's Second Congressional District. Sarvi returned from a 16-month tour of duty with the National Guard in July. The 42-year-old fat...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    cPod, Episode 1

    Welcome to our humble debut episode of cPod - wherein we ask our reporters and editors to talk about the stories they've written for the current issue. Check back each week for a new update and for a bit of an inside listen to the voices behind your ...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on October 4, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
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    Court Hears Convicted City Councilmember's Appeal

    When last we heard from convicted City Councilmember Dean Zimmerman, he was making plans for prison ("I am hoping to be able to do some teaching while I am in"). Today, with Zimmerman already serving a 30-month sentence, his lawyers are appealing his...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on October 4, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
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    Tutu's "anti-Semitic" speech

    As we report in this week's issue, University of St. Thomas administrators derailed plans of hosting Archbishop Desmond Tutu next spring amidst concerns that his past criticisms of Israel veered into anti-Semitic territory. Critics point to one spee...

    @ The Blotter by Matt Snyders on October 4, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    Banning Desmond Tutu

    Matt Snyders' excellent piece detailing the University of St. Thomas' bewildering decision to rescind an invitation for Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu to speak on the campus was picked up by both daily newspapers today. While the Pi Press went the cl...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 4, 2007 @ 12:06 pm
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    Pawlenty more popular than ever(?!)

    The Strib released a poll today showing 59 percent of Minnesotans approve of Governor Tim Pawlenty. Which is to say that despite the bridge collapse, his double flip-flop on the gas tax increase, his slow response to the flooding in southeastern Mi...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on October 3, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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    No deal: labor dispute at Pioneer Press continues

    Negotiations between Pioneer Press newsroom employees and parent-company MediaNews Group on a new labor contract have made little progress. The union's five-year contract expired at the end of July. The Denver-based newspaper chain is seeking a slew ...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on October 2, 2007 @ 12:59 pm
  • Guys like Andy Friedman don't get grants

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    Guys like Andy Friedman don't get grants

    Like spurs on boots, or bacon in beans, Andy Friedman and Minneapolis just belong together. It all started a few years ago when Friedman quit his job at the New Yorker (he was an illustrator), packed his bags, and drove straight here to meet Spider ...

    by Chuck Terhark on May 2, 2007
  • Air brings the boys out to First Ave

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    Air brings the boys out to First Ave

    A horde of men turned out to see electronic rockers Air last night at First Avenue. There were random chicks sprinkled throughout the mainroom, but from staircase to staircase, the crowd consisted of dudes in ski caps and cargo shorts. Who would've ...

    by Mary O'Regan on May 2, 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

    CD: The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966) This three-disc box gathers 60 tracks by the bluegrass pioneers, including a couple of tunes that showed up on the massively popular O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack a few years b...

    by Michael Gallucci on May 2, 2007
  • Dope, Guns, and Newsprint - The spectacular, meth-fueled collapse of Shinders, a haven for local misfits

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    Dope, Guns, and Newsprint - The spectacular, meth-fueled collapse of Shinders, a haven for local misfits

    When Rob Ayotte was in the second grade, he walked into the Minnetonka Shinders and bought two comic books: GI Joe issues 26 and 27. "'Cause they had the origin of Snake-Eyes," he explains. In his family and his suburb, Ayotte was a square peg. H...

    by Beth Hawkins on May 2, 2007
  • Crisis in Suburbia

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    Crisis in Suburbia

    Little Children (New Line) In the eyes of Hollywood, our American suburbs are so filled with perversion and treachery that it seems the government ought to crack down on something. Until then, we can count on movies like Little Children to keep us...

    by City Pages Staff on May 2, 2007
  • Wave of Mutilation - A local lawyer fights to save babies from circumcision

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    Wave of Mutilation - A local lawyer fights to save babies from circumcision

    Since 1996, Zenas Baer has been waging a legal battle against circumcision. You can count the Hawley attorney among those not impressed by growing evidence that circumcision reduces the likelihood of HIV infection. "Why stop at the foreskin? If yo...

    by City Pages Staff on May 2, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm a 42-year-old straight guy, married 15 years, no kids. I love my wife, and I have remained faithful. Recently, I opened a Second Life (SL) account, and created an avatar/alter ego for myself. I created an SL account with a female avatar because,...

    by Dan Savage on May 2, 2007
  • Viewmaster - The hot seat

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    Viewmaster - The hot seat

    The hot seat

    by on May 2, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): To manufacture one penny, the U.S. Treasury spends 1.4 cents. To process petroleum for use in operating a car, the oil industry expends 20 percent more energy than the gasoline yields. These are the kinds of situations...

    by Rob Brezsny on May 2, 2007
  • The Fall of the House of Tucker - After his son committed murder, a retired St. Paul cop had to choose between blood and justice

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    The Fall of the House of Tucker - After his son committed murder, a retired St. Paul cop had to choose between blood and justice

    AT ABOUT THREE O'CLOCK on the morning of June 24, 2005, Clem Tucker Jr., a 33-year-old bar bouncer and former Marine, showed up at the St. Louis Park apartment of his pregnant fiance, Darla "Nikki" Hagen. Tucker was in trouble and he knew it. "Run ...

    by Mike Mosedale on May 2, 2007
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    Franson: Still a Dick

    Dick Franson, the longer-than-long-shot DFL candidate for Senator, is at it again, throwing around faxed press releases like Zeus frying the peasants with lightning bolts of wisdom. First he took his Senatorial race competition to task by demanding t...

    @ The Blotter by Ward Rubrecht on September 28, 2007 @ 7:19 pm
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    Strib hires City Pages gofer as Ombudsman

    MINNEAPOLIS -- City Pages is pleased to announce that Matt Snyders has been hired by the Star-Tribune to serve as the new Reader's Representative. Starting next week, Snyders, a 23-year-old City Pages fellow, will take calls and letters from conc...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on September 28, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
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    Strib cuts reader's rep position

    In a bold move to eliminate as many full-time positions as possible incubate a first-class health care reporting team, Strib editor Nancy Barnes announced today that Kate Parry, the paper's ombudsman for the last three years, will be taking over as h...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 27, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
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