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2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Trisha Collopy, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 3--Tou Saiko Lee isn't the kind of emcee who spits rhymes like nails, hunched over the mic like he's holding off an attack. No, he wants you to hear what he has to say. Onstage with his band, Post-Nomadic Syndrome, in June, he bounces on his heels, plays air drums with the mic, makes eye contact with the crowd. His lyrics, when he starts rapping over the guitar melody, loop and soar into the hazy blue sky behind the Minnesota...

2008-08-01 18:00:31

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 1--One of the two units at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant near Red Wing automatically shut down Thursday during routine testing and remains shut today, Xcel Energy said this morning. The shutdown of Unit 1 occurred at 8:17 a.m. Thursday and was reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is standard procedure. NRC staff members regularly stationed at the power plant are investigating the cause of the shutdown,...

2008-08-01 03:00:22

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 1--The actor who comes off best in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is the one who opted out: Rachel Weisz. Everyone else flounders in the incompetently directed third "Mummy" movie, and poor Maria Bello, who steps into Weisz's role as the adventure-loving wife of heroic Brendan Fraser, fares the worst. Director Rob Cohen allowed her to play her role at an energy level about 50 percent peppier than everyone else's, so she sounds...

2008-07-31 03:00:43

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 31--Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina is facing a federal age-discrimination complaint because it is firing 25 nurses -- and 23 of them are older veteran nurses. The firings eliminate the remaining licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, from the Edina hospital as it moves to a model using only registered nurses, or RNs. While many hospitals are going in this direction, the fired LPNs believe Fairview grew impatient because they weren't...

2008-07-29 12:01:24

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 29--A state investigation has cleared the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center of wrongdoing after a patient died from a fall, but leaders of the inpatient mental health facility have made changes to prevent future tragedies. Results of the state health investigation were publicly released Monday. An initial complaint suggested the treatment center failed to provide appropriate care to the patient in the hours between his Nov. 5...

2008-07-28 18:00:42

By Nancy Ngo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 27--Eating out doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of deals where you can dine out and spend the same or less than you might for a meal at home -- it's all about being at the right place at the right time. Here are some ways to eat out on the cheap, including where to get freebies on kids' meals, for your birthday and during happy hour. LOOK FOR KIDS-EAT-FREE DEALS: Here are some deals currently being offered around town:...

2008-07-27 03:00:29

By Maja Beckstrom, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 27--To save money on groceries, you clip coupons and buy what's on sale, right? Not exactly. Linda Larsen says simply planning your menus and avoiding waste can save hundreds of dollars a year. The Northfield author shares cost-saving tips and more than 300 low-budget recipes in her new "The Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook" (Adams, 2008) Publication couldn't be better timed. Food prices climbed 6 percent over the past...

2008-07-27 03:00:27

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 27--While Batman makes bank in what is looking like the biggest-earning year in movie history, some of the Twin Cities' savviest shoppers are learning the best movies in life are free. Or, at least, relatively cheap. Even better, sometimes they're accompanied by free music, too. District Del Sol sponsors free movies, accompanied by multicultural musical performances, every Thursday most of the summer, and two of the best are still to...

2008-07-27 03:00:25

By Chris Niskanen, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 27--Walleye artists, start your paintbrushes. The subject of Minnesota's newest wildlife stamp competition is also the state's fish, officially known as the walleye, but also affectionately known as Walter or Mr. Waldo. Yes, the yellow-flanked fish gets its own stamp this year, which will be sold on a voluntary basis to anyone who wants to contribute to the state's walleye-stocking program. If you choose to buy the walleye stamp,...

2008-07-27 03:00:21

By Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 27--It's no secret that the ease of downloading MP3s from the Internet has shaken the music industry to the core, and the business is still trying to figure out how it'll survive. But the labels, and artists, have come around to the idea that there is value in giving away some music for free or at reduced prices to lure folks away from illegal downloads. And there are still enough folks out there who love music and realize if they don't...