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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
  • Falling Down - The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

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    Falling Down - The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

    Chuck Hoffman was just seconds from plunging into the water. The 60-year-old computer specialist from New Brighton had driven his green Subaru Forester over the bridge to solid ground as the 400-foot stretch of motorway collapsed behind him--splas...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 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: You're Gonna Miss Me Roky Erickson is pretty much the U.S. counterpart of former Pink Floyd member and LSD casualty Syd Barrett. This terrific documentary chronicles Erickson's story, which includes consuming tons of drugs back when he was in ...

    by Michael Gallucci on August 8, 2007
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    Savage Love

    I am a single guy... never good with women... not many girlfriends... I didn't have sex till I was 31... but all my life I've had this strange fetish... I love to be shampooed with lots of lather and suds, suds in my eyes, nose, and mouth. I have be...

    by Dan Savage on August 8, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "The face is the most erotic part of the body," says fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Try out that perspective for a while, Aries. Your assignment in the coming week is to enjoy getting excited by faces that captivate y...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 8, 2007
  • The Fringe Must Go On - This year's festival brings a welcome bit of insanity to an already insane world

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    The Fringe Must Go On - This year's festival brings a welcome bit of insanity to an already insane world

    First-year Minnesota Fringe Festival executive director Robin Gillette had just a few hours remaining before the lights were due to come up on the festival's initial night of shows. It was also little more than 18 hours removed from the I-35W bridg...

    by Quinton Skinner on August 8, 2007
  • Tinkerer, Tailor,  Ditherer, Sailor - Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)

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    Tinkerer, Tailor, Ditherer, Sailor - Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)

    Andrew Broder was a free-form tinkerer, a sound collagist who explored the limits of the turntablist/axman hybrid--and, as a secondary consequence, sometimes explored the limits of his listeners' tolerance for experimental head-scratchers. But thr...

    by Sarah Askari on August 8, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of August 8 - 14

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of August 8 - 14

    WEDNESDAY 8.08 Booker T. & the MGs Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Way back in the Pleistocene Era--aka the 1960s--if it was hip, it was groovy. And no band worked grooves better than Booker T. & the MGs, whose slithery melodies slid off the keyboar...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 2007
  • Elvis Is Everywhere

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    Elvis Is Everywhere

    Bubba Ho-tep Limited Edition (MGM) Intentional camp is difficult to do well. It's a contradiction that usually comes off cutesy and forced. The old Batman series pulled it off, and it's been B-movie god Bruce Campbell's livelihood. But in a long c...

    by City Pages Staff on August 8, 2007
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/11

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Turns out the most Tornado-tastic site in the state is in Minneapolis, and Jeff Severns Guntzel offers up some notes and videos related to the topic. Plus, check out the point to avoid on Google Maps. Severns...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 11, 2008 @ 5:14 am
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    Downright tornadic...

    Look, you and I both know why you turn (and turn again) to City Pages: the weather. Sure, others are more qualified, but they don't scare you the way we do. If you didn't see it in this week's paper, we announced the following...Both of the twin citi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 10, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Warm up your jaw...the immigration debate is heating up again in Minnesota

    Given all the talk of deporting babies born in the U.S. to parents who do not have the proper papers (you'll find it in Matt Snyders' latest piece and in our Elephants in the Room blog)--this seems like as good a place as any to pile a few more voice...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Severns Guntzel on January 10, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    Radio show this afternoon

    I'll usually place these in the Thursday morning Breakfast of Champions post, but here's a reminder that I'm on 107.1 FM weekly in the 2 p.m. hour talking about what to do over the weekend. You can listen live if you're so inclined.

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 10, 2008 @ 10:59 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/10

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Three new posts on Elephants in the Room reflect much of the new content for the day. To begin, though, check out Benjamin Polk's latest Timberwolves missive. Straight Outta St. Paul: Matt Snyders has a one-li...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 10, 2008 @ 4:48 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/9

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Lots. Some from the print issue, a bunch that's web-only. To coincide with Matt Snyders' on-site feature reporting from the Iowa caucuses, we decided to reinvent the Elephants in the Room blog. It's a spot fo...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 9, 2008 @ 6:32 am
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