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    Murder, MySpace, Babysitters, Betrayal: The Best National True Crime Stories of 2007

    They are the modern versions of monster stories. True Crime writers seek out such tales every day, finding them in two sentence-long police blotter blurbs, law enforcement sources lamenting the one that got away, or victims looking for justice. They...

    @ The Blotter by Pamela Mitchell on January 8, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/8

    First, the declaration. Starting tonight, we're ratcheting up political coverage. It's a long run to the Republican National Convention, but the slide down bullshit hill has already begun, and events are picking up speed and stench alike. To keep t...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 8, 2008 @ 6:20 am
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    The mendacity of Katherine Kersten

    In today's column, the Strib's token right-wing columnist attempts to rehabilitate the tarnished image of ousted U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose.Anybody who has been following the story in Kersten's paper should know already why Paulose wasn't right for...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on January 7, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
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    Rays of Future Present: Solar in Southeast Como

    It's hard to pick the one best reason to transition away from fossil fuels -- minimizing climate change, forestalling environmental degradation, ameliorating the inevitable economic dislocations as oil starts to run out. Instead, we should start sele...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 7, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/7

    Back in the place to be after a week in the south, I'm at least one of the following: tanned, rested, ready. A good thing, too, since the next few weeks promise some big surprises. DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Jonathan Kaminsky alerts us...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 7, 2008 @ 7:23 am
  • Strip Tease - Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising

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    Strip Tease - Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising

    University of Minnesota fundraisers are suffering from a mild case of fiscal blue balls after a former strip club owner rescinded a $1 million verbal pledge toward the U of M's new football stadium. Robert Sabes, the erstwhile proprietor of Schiek...

    by City Pages Staff on August 1, 2007
  • Gaming the System - How a Minnesota magazine became the bible of generation Xbox

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    Gaming the System - How a Minnesota magazine became the bible of generation Xbox

    At first glance, Game Informer magazine's North Loop offices don't look much like the home of the nation's biggest videogame magazine. With glass and brushed-steel accents and tasteful, comfy furniture, it might be mistaken for a law firm or a graph...

    by Ward Rubrecht on August 1, 2007
  • Teenage Riot - For a new all-ages scene, rock & roll can't wait

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    Teenage Riot - For a new all-ages scene, rock & roll can't wait

    A skateboarder with long hair clacks down the sidewalk and veers into the street, losing his balance at the curb. He leaves the board behind him, meeting the pavement running, then turns to pick up his ball cap before retrieving the board from the e...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 1, 2007
  • Would you listen to Red Fox Grey Fox? - Would you rock them in a box?

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    Would you listen to Red Fox Grey Fox? - Would you rock them in a box?

    Red Fox Grey Fox From the Land of Bears, Ice, and Rock SayRah Records Before I actually listened to Red Fox Grey Fox, I checked out the band's picture on the internet: one, two, three, four members, all dudes. But after I slipped From the Land o...

    by Sarah Askari on August 1, 2007
  • Concert Highlights for the Week of August 1 - 7

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    Concert Highlights for the Week of August 1 - 7

    THURSDAY 8.02 Kings of Leon First Avenue According to rock biography legend, the Followill clan spent their youth traveling cross-country with their evangelist father, church-hopping America's heartland. While they may never shed their road-ramb...

    by City Pages Staff on August 1, 2007
  • The Fratellis play it cool at the Varsity

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    The Fratellis play it cool at the Varsity

    Better Than: listening to a drunken pub joining together to sing "Wonderwall." Although they've only got one album in the bag, Glasgow's the Fratellis sold out the Varsity Theater on the strength of their singles and the buzz of their success in the...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on August 1, 2007
  • 'Fuzz' Busters

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    'Fuzz' Busters

    Hot Fuzz (Universal) The second feature from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has been available on home video for decades: Hot Fuzz is, after all, a witty and wisecracking montage of clips from some hund...

    by City Pages Staff on August 1, 2007
  • Free Will Astrology

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    Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Would you like to shed your soul's baby fat without having to go on a diet? Do you want to supercharge your immune system, improve your memory for the events that really matter, and build the spiritual power of your sexua...

    by Rob Brezsny on August 1, 2007
  • Savage Love

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    Savage Love

    I'm an 18-year-old guy with an awesome kinky girlfriend. She likes getting tied up, blindfolded, spanked, and just about anything else we can think of. It's awesome. My question is this: We were watching some BDSM porn and they used these awesome co...

    by Dan Savage on August 1, 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: The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 4 Private dicks, dirty rats, and plenty of no-good dames are up to some bad, bad things in this five-disc set, which features 10 flicks from the '40s and '50s. Crime pics like Act of Violence, Crime Wave...

    by Michael Gallucci on August 1, 2007
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    Housing Crisis: Threepeat Story of the Year?

    For the second straight year, the mortgage crunch has been named national business story of the year. It's Time Magazine's second-biggest news story of 2007, period. How prescient does Beth Hawkins' City Pages cover story from 2005 look at this poi...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 6, 2008 @ 11:34 am
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    Racially Motivated Beat-Down on the Bus

    A black man and woman were arrested for being part of a group of seven that beat up an African man on a bus last week in Minneapolis. Their stated reason, according to a criminal complaint: he was African.According to Quantina Marie Washington's stat...

    @ The Blotter by Jonathan Kaminsky on January 4, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/4

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE I tubed a statistic pretty bad yesterday because, for all the research I've done into blood alcohol levels, the vast majority hasn't been rigorous numbers-based research. See why my face is redder than an alcoh...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 4, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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    Breakfast of Champions: 1/3

    DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE Ben Polk has a thoughtful post about the role of commerce in college athletics and how that applies to the Gophers. Plus, he corrects a previous misstatement: Courtney James hit his girlfriend with a phone book...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 3, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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    Desmond Tutu: A Case Study in Media

    Sharon Schmickle at MinnPost does a case study about how a story spreads through media, and the case in question is the Desmond Tutu story our Matt Snyders broke in these very pages. It's a big win for activists, to be sure. Cecilie Surasky, who is...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on January 2, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
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