The U.S. Senate may have 100 members, but only one, Al Franken, has really made his opinion known on the recent cable and telecommunications mergers, bashing the deals between giants like Comcast, Time Warner, and Sprint. While other senators may be holding back, Franken has repeatedly hammered the ... More >>
Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
Today, Comcast, the largest cable and high-speed internet service provider in Minnesota and the U.S., announced that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, for just over $45 billion.RELATED: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC mergerBut that news ... More >>
We've all been there. (Ahem, Comcast, ahem.)SEE ALSO: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC merger Steven Saari, a 28-year-old Duluth resident, pleaded guilty yesterday to a gross misdemeanor after he threatened to blow up a Charter Communications office in Duluth last summer. The reason? ... More >>
Before Game 1 of the Wild-Blackhawks series on Tuesday night, CSN TV reporter Susannah Collins flubbed and said, "The Blackhawks had a tremendous amount of sex this regular season." She meant to say "success" instead of "sex," of course, and video of the attractive sports reporter's gaffe quickly we ... More >>
As another baseball season begins, MLB faces an unstable future — and you're picking up the tab
City Council Member Gary Schiff wants the city to sever ties with Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board member Steve Minn.SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff challenges Bradlee Dean to debate over "Third World" south Mpls comments Minn, owner of Lupe Development -- a firm that in February was awarded a $2 mi ... More >>
Today marks the return of Emily White -- the 21-year-old NPR intern who got everyone riled up last June because she's too young to appreciate music ownership. She and I are actually very similar on paper. Both of us love music and the artists who create it deeply enough to delve into the murky water ... More >>
Related:Fancy Ray McCloney responds to Comcast's ad banDid SNL parody Fancy Ray?Leave it to fabulous comedy legend Fancy Ray McCloney to class up any situation. The USI Wireless pitchman and Augie's Cabaret spokesman makes a notable appearance in the new video from the Twin Cities hip-hop trio the A ... More >>
Favre is still retired, as of this moment. Check back in a few minutes.Brett Favre will probably not unretire again to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources close to the team. Favre's decision not to come back, or the Eagles' decision not to take him, would prevent the ultimate m ... More >>
Courtesy of The Felix CulpaSince the early 2000s, The Felix Culpa has steadily built a large grassroots following for their blend of post-hardcore, arty indie rock, melody, and dissonance. The Illinois/Wisconsin-based quartet recently signed with the West Coast-based indie label No Sleep Reco ... More >>
Another item to add to the ongoing list of why getting hooked on Oxy is a bad idea: It might lead you rob a Walgreens with a fake bomb threat and then attempt a getaway by hailing a taxi. At least, that's how Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd decided to kick off his leave of absence from th ... More >>
You can always count on Dawson to be herself
Matt DrudgeHere we are, two years into Al Franken's first term as a U.S. senator, and Matt Drudge is still making jokes about Franken's former career as a comedian. Or maybe the famously conservative news aggregator is irked that Franken, an unapologetic liberal, is dogging tech companies that h ... More >>
The next time you want to call Comcast and scream about your outrageous cable bill or beg for mercy while you figure out how to manage your sketchy internet connection, 450 more people will be ready to hear your desperate cries. Not only that, but they'll treat you with Minnesota Nice, beca ... More >>
Al Franken wants Apple, Google at privacy hearings.Sen. Al Franken is wading ever deeper into the controversy over whether smartphones are secretly tracking their user's locations. As chairman of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, he's calling on Apple and Google representati ... More >>
Behind the scenes of standardized testing
All aboard for St. Paul?Congress has 60 days to approve funding for its half of the $957 million cost of a light rail line linking Minneapolis to St. Paul. The clock was set in motion when the Federal Transit Administration sent the approved Full Funding Grant Agreement to Capitol Hill, the ... More >>
Al Franken loses the Comcast-NBC merger fight.The Comcast-NBC Universal merger got an official green light today from the Federal Communications Commission, paving the way on a 4-1 vote for another major consolidation in the telecom industry. It's a merger that Al Franken has battled from th ... More >>
Franken: Keep it neutral.The compromise net neutrality rules just adopted by the FCC would prohibit broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking user access to websites and applications. But the measure won't do the same thing for wireless companies, and Al Franken smells censor ... More >>
Just in time for the news that Northern Illinois' Jerry Kill is the new head football coach at the University of Minnesota, Comcast killed the Internet in Illinois and Minnesota. And in Michigan and Indiana, too. Update: The company's keeping quiet about exactly what happened, and why.
Give it to me.What do you do when a 6-feet 10-inch, 260-pound slab of human with a scruffy beard demands the coat off your back? You hand it over. Right now. But you'll feel OK about it, because the guy glaring at you is Kevin Love, and he wants to donate your threads to the Salvation Army.
Photo:Gideon TsangThe timing of a long-planned gun buy-back program couldn't have been betterThe homicide numbers in Minneapolis continue to climb, the mayor and the police say they're doing everything they can to curb the trend, and now comes this: A one-day program on Friday to get guns off ... More >>
Ironically, Comcast donated $5,000 to Franken's recount fund, helping to propel him into the Senate.
If you are a Comcast Internet subscriber who was screwed over when you tried to use a peer-to-peer application, you might have won a little Christmas miracle.
If you're a political nut who has spent an unfortunate amount of time following Minnesota's U.S. Senate race unfold, it would only be fitting to see it officially end today with Al Franken's swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Vice President Biden will administer the oath of office and Franken will be accompanied by former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
When little Susie wants to see when Hannah Montana would be on the Disney channel, she might stumble across an even better option for her afternoon viewing pleasure: Busty Virgins.
The drummer best known for playing with the 'Mats will be recognized during this year's induction ceremonies.
Café Maude is hotter than an oven on fire in the center of the sun—so good luck getting in there
Jerry Trooien has already spent millions promoting The Bridges, the $1.5 billion St. Paul riverfront development that city government keeps on spurning. No matter: He knows they'll come around someday.
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
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On next week's episode of America's Next Top Model, Michelle, the bisexual wrestler, fears she's made contact with a strain of flesh-eating bacteria. (No, not Janice Dickinson; actual flesh-eating bacteria.) Could this show get any hotter? It'll be tough to surpass the fainting incident in terms of ... More >>