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The Gadfly

Ed Raymond

The Cacophonous Cauldron Of Common Core

The whole Common Core mess reminds me of the three witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” tossing strange ingredients into a boiling cauldron to place charms on a man who kills to become King of Scotland

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City Beat

John Ramos

Parklets and islands and headaches, oh my

On January 13, 2015, HDAC Director Lisa Luokkala told the Duluth planning commission that the project was intended to create “a more welcoming, inviting and healthy environment, particularly in our downtown, which is kind of known for its concrete

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The Lowdown

Jim Hightower

Cannabis: America’s Common Sense Crop

Even Congress is beginning to climb aboard the cannabis common sense bandwagon. Tucked in the 2014 Farm Bill was an amendment allowing universities, colleges, and state agriculture departments to grow research plots of industrial hemp

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Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman

The Other Charlies

In the wake of the violence, people from around the world expressed solidarity with the victims, and with the people of France. Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression

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Beer Society

Jim Lundstrom

Get Frambozened!

Frambozen is from the fine folks at New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. They pair a malty brown ale base with juice from Pacific Northwest raspberries

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Natural Connections

Emily Stone

The Magic of Yellowstone

Since at least 1872, Lone Star Geyser has been erupting approximately every three hours. It begins with a heat source – shallow magma chambers left over from one of the largest volcanic eruptions known to have occurred in the world.

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