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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/12

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE From last night's show at the Cedar Cultural Center comes a review of Dean & Britta with a slideshow by James Tran coming later this morning. Some notes: Britta Phillips is perhaps best known as the singing voi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 12, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    20 Years Behind in Transportation Spending

    In two decades, Britney Spears has grown from a Mouseketeer to a pop diva and then slumped back into insanity. During that same 20 years, Minnesota's roads have fallen into disrepair, lengthening commutes and choking out economic opportunity, which i...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 11:21 am
  • A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

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    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack - Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

    Developer Michael Krause has long dreamed of a wood-fueled power plant at the edge of Minneapolis's East Phillips neighborhood, and he has no shortage of supporters. The City Council unanimously endorsed his Midtown Eco Energy facility three times. ...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

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    Economy in Freefall - Businesses around the 35W bridge site may not survive to see a new span

    On August 27, roughly 15 shop owners and entrepreneurs from northeast Minneapolis convened with state and city officials to tell them just how bad business has been since the collapse of the 35W bridge. "It's not that we're down 10 percent or 15 ...

    by G.R. Anderson Jr. on September 5, 2007
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    Savage Love

    My friends and I were debating a troubling incident over drinks and figured you would be the best person to ask: What should you do when, while looking for a toilet, you accidentally walk into the bedroom of someone you know, but don't know well, an...

    by Dan Savage on September 5, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few years ago, the Cambodian government decided that the country's karaoke bars had become hotbeds of vice. To suppress their evil influence, the prime minister called out the army's bulldozers and demolished them. Keep ...

    by Rob Brezsny on September 5, 2007
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    Monkey's Uncle - Darwin denier misses link between free speech and common sense

    PZ Myers, a biologist and associate professor at University of Minnesota-Morris, has never been one to mince words, especially when it comes to creationists, intelligent design theorists, and natural selection skeptics. Case in point: Myers's rev...

    by Jonathan Kaminsky on September 5, 2007
  • War Torn - As a young radical,  Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War.  Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may  swallow his political career.

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    War Torn - As a young radical, Norm Coleman protested the Vietnam War. Now his support for the Iraq quagmire may swallow his political career.

    On a recent Tuesday, more than 50 people gather on the shores of Bryant Lake in Eden Prairie. They tote placards reading, "Bush Lied, Iraqis Died," and "Support the Bridges, End the War." A massive red-and-white banner reads "Dump Norm!" Rick Hans...

    by Paul Demko on September 5, 2007
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    Star Tribune cuts 58 more jobs

    Publisher Chris Harte announced the terminations in a memo to employees this morning. Roughly three quarters of the cutbacks will come from the circulation department. The 58 positions amounts to three percent of the newspaper's total workforce. Hart...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 11, 2008 @ 10:51 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/11

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Today's Over the Weekend post contains capsule reviews of Bar Fly's Cityscene festival, where dozens of local bands played, some notes on the Vikings' northerly Arctic Blast weekend (of which there are photogr...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 11, 2008 @ 6:35 am
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    VP Pawlenty Meter

    The Star Tribune today revives speculation that Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be on the shortlist of candidates for Vice President. Because it's hard to keep track of all the factors at play in this complex calculation, we're creating the VP Pawlenty Meter...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 8, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
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    More layoffs at the Star Tribune

    The bloodletting continues at the state's largest daily newspaper. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the Star Tribune's photo department will be terminated. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos. They were in...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
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    We're movin' on up

    Sen. Norm Coleman has inched up to the number five spot on Chris Cillizza's top-ten list of endangered senators. That's one spot higher than the previous ranking. The WaPo scribe heaps praise on challenger Al Franken: 5. Minnesota: Many months ago,...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 8, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/8

    These days I'm thinking a lot about the Panamanian Golden Frog. The Phil Hansen feature is partially to blame for this. A video at the bottom of this post explains why, but for now, check out what's fresh this Friday. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND ...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 8, 2008 @ 5:00 am
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    Just Like a Tragic Fairytale: Lunds and Byerly's Will Soon Close at the Stroke of Midnight

    As I was shopping last night at the Uptown Lunds, I noticed a sign on the door proclaiming the stores new hours. Beginning February 17, all Byerly's and Lunds will no longer be open 24-7. The new hours of operation will be 6:00 am to midnight.Lunds F...

    @ The Blotter by Jessica Armbruster on February 7, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Make your payments, lose your house

    Want to know all you need to know about the arcana of adjustable rate mortgages? Read the first few paragraphs of this article. Joe Ripplinger took out a $184,000 mortgage in 2006 and makes his payments every month. Now he owes $192,000. The 66-yea...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    Jumpers

    This week's cover story focuses on suicide and the fatal allure of St. Paul's High Bridge. I mention briefly that the Golden Gate Bridge is the country's most notorious suicide locale, attracting jumpers at a rate of roughly one every two weeks. Ta...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on February 7, 2008 @ 10:52 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/7

    There's a vibrant arts community in the Twin Cities, and online is the perfect place to step up our coverage of the scene. To that end, we've published the first in a series Web-only features about local artists. Rhena Tantisunthorn profiles Phil Han...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am
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    Local Obamagirl surprised by abundance of cute guys at caucus

    Alyssa and I got swept up in all the hubbub, and ventured to the Dem caucuses in Uptown last nite. These were some of my take-aways: 1. Record turnout = long lines. 2. Damn, there are a lot of hot guys here. 3. 'Lyssa, do you see all the hot guys he...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on February 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 2/6

    A feature containing an in-depth interview with a High Bridge jump survivor. A news story about a kinky sex club at U of M. New stats about how the Minnesota economy's worse off than you think. And about 20 liveblog posts from Super Tuesday. We're ch...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on February 6, 2008 @ 5:48 am
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