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Lester Bagley says Vikings are "obligated" to promote Redskins

Minnesota Vikings Executive Vice President Lester Bagley says the team is in a “difficult position”. There is pressure on the team and other NFL teams to not use the Washington Redskins name when promoting the game because the name is racist. Bagley says the Vikings are “obligated” to promote the Redskins, but is going to provide opportunities the week of the game for opponents of the name to be heard.

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THEATER REVIEW | Mu Performing Arts' "Middle Brother" not lost in translation

(Photo © 2014 Michal Daniel) Brothers from two different countries Hyung (Sherwin Resurreccion) and Billy (Eric Sharp) meet for the first time in Mu Performing Arts' production of Middle Brother.

There’s a powerful and very funny play tucked inside of everything that’s going on in Mu Performing Arts’ world premiere production of Eric Sharp’s new play Middle Brother. Right now it feels like the only thing standing in the way of the play reaching its full potential is a fictional Korean royal family, but we’ll save talk of them for later.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Somali singer Deeqa Bilan performs Wednesday at the Cedar

On Wednesday night, September 17, Deeqa Bilan will be performing an intermission set at the Cedar Cultural Center with world jazz ensemble Bob's Band, as part of their Global Roots Festival. (The headliners are Tunisian songwriter and singer Emel Mathlouthi and the Washington D.C.-based Faadel Band, who play Ethiojazz.) According to the Cedar's website, the Mogadishu native is "part of the new generation of female Somali singers in Minneapolis."

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TCE lawsuit inches on, Southeast Como organizes outreach

While Southeast Como neighborhood residents’ concerns about harmful vapors in their homes continue to linger, a lawsuit against General Mills is moving forward.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Somali singer-songwriter Mohamed Alta

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Iggers Digest is where I usually blog about food and restaurants, but I have decided that I want to expand my horizons, and occasionally take on other topics - like cool things I discover around the Twin Cities, or maybe even my musings about journalism ethics.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Buzzcocks get an eager crowd at the Varsity Theater

Photos by Todd Wardrope

The world of punk music has a particular problem with eating its own young. Whether it's compulsive self-destruction, glamorous nihilism or the power of raw instinctive passion, the history of punk music is full of artists who died well before they should have. Someone or other said that these artists spare the rest of us the disappointment of them getting bad or selling out. Their legacy and youthful energy is forever frozen in time. They may be dead, but they never got old. Yet, there are a few stalwarts that carried their careers on with integrity. Others have merely cashed in on the promises of their younger selves. When a band like the Buzzcocks, who created the very genre that so many others have taken as thir own, play a live show in 2014 these thoughts begin to buzz like guitar feedback.

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Bike count informs Minneapolis city planning

City of Minneapolis volunteer Dave Paulson tallies bicycle and pedestrian traffic on the West Bank on Sept. 9, 2014. Counting occurs annually to monitor safety, traffic and infrastructure. Photo by Elizabeth Brumley.

Standing on the corner of Cedar and Riverside avenues Tuesday afternoon, Jacob Knight stared intently at each passing bicyclist and pedestrian.

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Photo essay captures bizarre phenomena of college move-in week

(Photos by Wendy Schreier)

Last week photographer Wendy Schreier witnessed something many college students overlook entirely. Her latest photo essay captures the bizarre phenomena of move-in week.

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Light rail safety efforts rev up, officers may start ticketing to curb unlawful crossing

(Photo by Alex Tuthill-Preu) University police officer Jason Printz observes pedestrians crossing Washington Avenue Southeast on the East Bank on Sept. 2, 2014, assuring they abide by the walk signals.

As crowds of students crossed the Green Line light rail for the first time last week, University of Minnesota and city officials upped safety measures to prevent accidents this year.

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The 10 best Twin Cities dog friendly restaurants

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) David and Janice Bartko check out the menu at Fat Lorenzo's while Mitchell, an American cocker waits.

Minnesota joined the civilized world in 2008 by lifting the ban on dogs in restaurants. Since then, scores of restaurants and bars have opened their tables to Canine Americans and their people. Grab a leash and come hungry; we’ve gone through and picked out our favorite ten Twin Cities dog friendly restaurants.

But, hurry! There’s only a month left before most of these restaurants close their door to dogs until next spring. Carpus canus!

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