John LaDue, the Waseca high school student who allegedly planned to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Columbine massacre with a homicidal rampage of his own, will have a hard time using an insanity defense if his case makes it to trial, Twin Cities lawyer, legal expert, and media personality R ... More >>
Hollywood still obsessed with school shooting 13 years later
Phoenix deputy's tale of being shot by drug smugglers doesn't add up
How They Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
A masterful work on a shoestring budget
Perfect newspaper cliche ruined by an overabundance of guns and religious extremism In the trade, we call it burying the lede (as in, the lead concept, development or image in a story), and it happens a lot despite the fact that most student reporters hear the term before they get out of Journalism ... More >>
Gus Van Sant shuffles past his subject's greatest hits
'Last Days' wanders the woods of grunge
The Real Red Lake
Red Lake to white media: stay out When the news broke about the school shooting at the Red Lake High School on Monday, journalists wasted little time swarming the remote reservation. No surprise there. The mass media finds nothing juicier than a school rampage, and this one promised the highest b ... More >>
Red Lake shooting coverage, day 3 In the Strib: Shooter's psyche: Jeff Weise was just sooo Columbine; 168 words about the investigation and 1185 words of obligatory reaction quotes; severely wounded survivors cling to life in Fargo hospital. In the Pi-Press: Chronology and overview of the shootings ... More >>
10 dead, 12 injured in northern Minnesota rez town; complete text of shooter's retrievable posts at Nazi chatboard [posted at 8:36 a.m., updated at 11:45 a.m., 12:40 p.m.] About the shooter: Jeff Weise, reportedly a sophomore at Red Lake High, was the grandson of a tribal police officer named Daryl ... More >>
Hughes kisses the devil, Wainwright flirts with activism, and Houston makes out all right
It was no secret that Jason Molacek heard voices telling him to murder. Cops, counselors, his parents--they all knew. So why didn't anyone stop him before he shot his mom to death?
Four critics pick 40 or so favorites--and fail to agree on a single one
Jack Black touches kids' souls, Martina McBride touches a nerve, and Kobe Bryant touches the ladies
'Elephant' takes on the full weight of tragedy
Nonfiction writes the prescription in Toronto
Rancorous "Anti-Americanism" reigns at the 56th Cannes Film Festival
Mudvayne sip wine, contemplate nature, embrace the umlaut
Catherine Millet remembers yesterday's orgies; Dennis Cooper brutalizes today's teens
The same old auteurs, profound political films, and baffling Brits
An open zine collects the manifestoes of street poets, single dads, and itinerant academicians
First Amendment falls on hard times at South High
It's a cruel world--really it is--in Todd Solondz's 'Storytelling'
What's a death-metal mogul to do when the world becomes as macabre as his music?
Critics choose not to see a darkness in Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst
Two former lovers and six Minnesota writers unite in a serial short story
Sugar & Spice loses its local flavor at a film-board screening
A new Fox documentary series captures a true class portrait of a suburban high school
In a 29-film series, Oak Street Cinema puts Hollywood's most complicated decade, the Seventies, onscreen
Eminem learns to sharpen his battle rhymes, but not to choose his battles
1999 brought a cinematic bounty to the art house and the multiplex alike
Does Rage stir the revolution--or provide the soundtrack for the next white riot?
The threat is out there, and local high schools are cracking down
Teaching Minnesota's student prisoners reveals the power of the pen
Budget brawls and bulldog farts. Shock jocks and Satan's Cheerleaders. Jesse Ventura stars in the season's political blockbuster, but First Flack John Wodele directs the show.
Kitchen Militia moms storm the stage, AIDS activists howl in the wings, born-again virgins recite their vows, and the fight over sex education in school turns into the hottest ticket in town
Goths at the mall, poets at Penumbra, and Christians on the dance floor