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Thirty-seven-year-old Quvandra Ballard lived in New Orleans her entire life. About seven years ago she settled into a house on Paris Avenue, located in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, with her kids and husband, 37-year-...

@ The Blotter on September 15, 2005 @ 11:36 am
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    Katrina: Bush boosts reconstruction boodlers, GOP squeezes bankrupts

    @ The Blotter by Steve Perry on September 15, 2005 @ 9:24 am
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    9/15: Morning Communique

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on September 15, 2005 @ 7:31 am
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    Survivor stories: From the roof, she could see everything

    Adele Bertucci, 53, has lived in New Orleans for the past 35 years. A longtime hospitality worker, she moved to the U.S. from Cuba when she was 11. On the night before Katrina hit, Bertucci, who is disabled by chronic health problems, took refuge in ...

    @ The Blotter by Mike Mosedale on September 14, 2005 @ 6:37 pm
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    NEWS ALERT: Al Checchi and Gary Wilson still solvent

    @ The Blotter by Beth Hawkins on September 14, 2005 @ 5:51 pm
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    Survivor stories: "We sailed over houses"

    For five days after the hurricane hit, Sidney Smith holed up in his two-story home in the Uptown neighborhood. Smith--a 51-year-old New Orleans native who runs a tour company called Haunted History Tours--says he decided to stay because, well, that's...

    @ The Blotter by Mike Mosedale on September 14, 2005 @ 5:44 pm
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    Yesterday's News

    @ The Blotter by Beth Hawkins on September 14, 2005 @ 2:58 pm
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    Bashing Boss Kelly

    St. Paul City Council member Jay Benanav, who lost to Randy Kelly by 403 votes in the 2001 mayoral election, just posted this note (which was initially sent to the Pioneer Press) to the St. Paul issue forum: To the editor, The results of the primary...

    @ The Blotter by Paul Demko on September 14, 2005 @ 12:33 pm
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    DFL diehards send Boss Kelly a message

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on September 14, 2005 @ 11:27 am
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    9/14: Morning Communique

    @ The Blotter by Corey Anderson on September 14, 2005 @ 7:40 am
  • The Incredible Vanishing Deficit - A new state law proves that figures don't lie, but liars figure

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    The Incredible Vanishing Deficit - A new state law proves that figures don't lie, but liars figure

    Education has been ravaged to the tune of hundreds of teacher layoffs. Traffic jams grow longer and uglier with each passing week. Tens of thousands of people have been tossed from the state's health care insurance rolls, even as "surpluses" paid i...

    by Britt Robson on December 15, 2004
  • More is Less - Why you should have bought the IDS Center

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    More is Less - Why you should have bought the IDS Center

    [Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article.] Last week, when the Minneapolis City Council held its annual Truth in Taxation hearing, there was little carping from the homeowners about their rising property tax bills...

    by Mike Mosedale on December 15, 2004
  • Afternoon Delight - Radio's 'Cosmic Slop' returns to earth. Are the '70s over?

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    Afternoon Delight - Radio's 'Cosmic Slop' returns to earth. Are the '70s over?

    Soaring oil prices. Climbing inflation and interest rates. A national humiliation in the Middle East. Is it possible that lazy newspapermen have been recycling headlines from the 1970s? And if the decade of our national malaise really is returning...

    by Cecile Cloutier on December 15, 2004
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    A Cold Biloxi - Will the Minnesota Legislature's slashing of childcare assistance for working families force more parents out of the workforce?

    Two years ago, Minnesota was the fourth-best state in the nation in terms of affordable childcare, well ahead of, say, Mississippi, which ranked 14th. Today Minnesota ranks a sorry 29th, a drop in the rankings accomplished wholly by the legislature...

    by Beth Hawkins on December 15, 2004
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    Gabby Goes Down - A prolific con man gets his day in court and 37 months in state prison

    Like all good scam artists, Gabriel Francois put off prison as long as possible. On two occasions last month the 42-year-old con man's sentencing date was postponed because he was purportedly hospitalized with medical problems. But on November 1...

    by Paul Demko on December 15, 2004
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