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GOP <= 4AM; McCain = Ole+1; Hong on Pipa

ScreenShot052 Northfield is specifically included in the bill relaxing the closing time of bars for the GOP convention in September, so sayeth the Pioneer Press:

A proposal for bars to remain open until 4 a.m. around the time of the convention passed unanimously through the House Commerce and Labor Committee today.

The action follows the failure of two previous proposals — including one by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, which was removed from a budget bill on Thursday.

MPR has the story of Andrew Foxwell, an Ole, who has decided to back McCain for President...

"I'm not going to assign any to medical marijuana and drug policy," Foxwell said as he went through the quiz again, recently. "Civil liberties and domestic security, I'll give a couple points to that."

Then you answer some questions about how you think those issues should be addressed.

"Privatizing social security through personal social security accounts? Yes. Great idea," Foxwell said. "Support or oppose an increase in troop levels in Iraq? I do strongly support that."

Gao Hong is highlighted by the Minnesota Women's Press for her accomplishments as a professional pipa player...

After 35 years playing her instrument, 31 of them as a professional-and bear in mind, she's only 43 years old-Gao encounters fewer people who can't distinguish between a legume and a 2,000-year-old Chinese musical instrument. The pipa, with a pear-shaped body and four silk strings that are plucked with both hands, is among the world's most difficult instruments to master.
Gao's mastery came at a high cost. The Cultural Revolution in China dismantled her family when she was 7 years old; this tragedy put her on the musical path she follows 35 years later.