Ben Johnson

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Al Franken Grills Uber Over Privacy Policy

    Sen. Al Franken wants some answers from Uber after a BuzzFeed story quoted one of Uber's top executives suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company. Franken, the chair of a Senate subcommittee on privacy and technology, sent a letter to Uber's CEO yesterday aski ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Minneapolis Cracks Down on Pedicabs

    Any time there's an event in downtown Minneapolis, traffic turns into an impatient mess of cars, buses, taxis, light rail, semis, bikes, and pedestrians all jostling for position so they can blow through the next yellow light on the way to (or away from) the action. Now the city is trying to rein i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    AT&T is Screwing its Most Senior Employees Out of Sick Pay

    In August 2013 Deb Derke was getting ready to leave for a week-long vacation in Nashville when she heard her husband Kyle hit the ground with a loud thump. Kyle had suffered a heart attack, and shortly after he had a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body. Since then Derke, who has been em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Le Town Talk Diner Only Halfway Revives a Longfellow Institution

    We can likely all agree that letting the Town Talk Diner space on Lake Street remain empty for this long has been an act of local restaurant sacrilege. So while it's great that someone stepped forward to revive this kitschy spot and metaphorically accessorize it with a jaunty chapeau, it also means ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    A New Era For Blotter

    Next month brings big changes for Blotter, as Ben Johnson takes over as the City Pages' lead online news writer. Johnson comes to City Pages from the Downtown/Southwest Journal, where he covered everything and anything Minneapolis. Prior to that, he wrote features for the Star Tribune. While studyi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Check Out "World's Most Dangerous Port-A-Potty" at Vikings Stadium Site [PHOTO]

    When nature calls, you have to heed it -- even if you're hundreds of feet in the air on some precarious-looking scaffolding.That's the situation facing workers working at the site of the new Vikings stadium, as you can see at the top of this post in a photo shot by the Mill City Times' David Tinjum. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Le Town Talk Diner Opens Today in Longfellow

    When it closed in 2011, Town Talk Diner, largely considered to be the cradle of the Twin Cities craft cocktail movement, left fans and Longfellow residents grieving. Now the beloved diner gets a shot at winning back its fan base -- this time with a cozy brasserie atmosphere and affordable French sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Town Talk Diner is reopening with a Gallic accent

    It's ALIVE! The much loved and revered Town Talk Diner will be reincarnated in the coming months. In a major announcement yesterday, a new owner finally stepped up to the plate -- only this time, it's a French plate. The Town Talk Diner will be revitalized as a Frenchier incarnation called Le Town T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their forthcoming album. We've also got new clips from Ménage Quad, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Marz Lovejoy, and ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2005

    "She called senior military officers 'dude.'"

    Marla Ruzicka, 28, was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq on Saturday. With her tiny Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), she had done the unprecedented: helped secure U.S. compensation for Iraqi and Afghan civilian victims. "I decided not to take a position on the war, but to try to ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2001
  • Movies

    August 16, 2000

    The Lost World

    Steven Spielberg's debut, The Sugarland Express, captures a humanity from before the age of the blockbuster

  • Arts

    July 5, 2000

    No. 1 Record

    Gary Louris and the Jayhawks have soared with introspective songs and rich melodies. Now, with their upbeat new album, Smile, the band is determined to fly up the commercial charts.