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The Star-Tribune article about the proposed so-called 'pole tax' is an advance story for a local meeting.

The reporter discovered the meeting topic through public record as the Minneapolis City Council is slated to meet on the issue next month.

The story's main source is Susan Segal, Minneapolis' city attorney who proposed the bill. Much of the story content is in reference to Segal's proposal idea on an increased tax for venues offering nude entertainment.

Another source is a local attorney Randall Tigue who often represents strip clubs. This gives readers a glimpse at the other side of the story.

The story also uses other council members as sources to express third party opinions.

Miller suffers concussion; out for season

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller suffered a concussion after a "gutless" hit by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic, CBS reports.

Miller came out of the goalie crease to play the puck, and by NHL rules was legal to be checked. However, Miller and his coach, Lindy Ruff, felt the hit was over the line, ESPN reports.

"I thought it was a major," Ruff said Saturday. "I thought if it was open season on goalies then let's get at it."

"(Lucic has) 50 pounds on me and he runs me like that? It's unbelievable," Miller said. "Everyone in this city sees him as a big tough solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless."

Two deer hunters dead after opening weekend

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A 72-year-old hunter died after falling from his deer stand Saturday in Bemidji, the Pioneer Press reports.

This is the second hunter to die during opening weekend of dear season.

The second was an 84-year-old from Maple Grove who died after his clothes lit on fire from attempting to light his propane heater in his stand, according to the Star Tribune.

Man turns himself in after hit-and-run kills bicyclist

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The man suspected of hitting a 61-year-old bicyclist with his pickup truck turned himself Saturday evening nine hours after the incident, the Pioneer Press reports.

The victim was taken to the hospital after the hit-and-run and later died of his injuries.

According to the Star Tribune, the suspect is a 27-year-old man from northeast Minneapolis and was booked into the Hennepin County jail Saturday evening. He has a history of driving, burglary, drug and trespassing offenses.

Paquiao defeats Marquez amidst controversy

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Manny Paquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision after an even 12-round fight at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, CNN reports. Controversy

According to the judges Paquiao won, but the crowd clearly wasn't about of this majority.

The Associated Press reports that post-decision the arena was filled with boos and some spectators even threw cans and bottles in protest.

The result was extremely close with Paquiao winning by only 6 points total. For perspective, the overall score was 345-339 in favor of Paquiao.

Along with the crowd, Marquez disagreed with the decision and left the ring early.

"This was the second robbery and this one was the worst," Marquez said. "We won with clearer punches."

Yemen security forces fired

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Yemen security forces fired upon protesters - killing 26 - organizing against current president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the LA Times reported Sunday.

The AP report sheds a different light on the story adding that 10 soldiers were killed in addition and described the conflict as a "battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters".

According to the initial report, protests began as peaceful, but members of the movement began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails towards heavily armored government buildings.

This incident is considered to be the bloodiest of a 9 month rebellion.

Mayo takes patent case to U.S. Supreme Court

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The Star Tribune reports that the Mayo Clinic is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a blood testing patent suit.

A California medical laboratory, named Prometheus, filed the injunction against Mayo claiming that Mayo's need blood test is a copy of their scientific idea.

The Wall Street Journal says that leading medical groups argue that no one institution should have exclusive rights to tests that can help the medical field as a whole for revenue based reasons.

Chinese giant pandas arrive in Edinburgh

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Similar to that of international superstars, two twin pandas named Tian Tian and Yang Chuang arrived in Scotland Sunday to cheering crowds and celebratory bag pipes, reports The Guardian.

The pandas landed in their personal Boeing 777 airliner, complete with a large panda decal on the side of the plan and a personal menu including bamboo, apples, carrots and specially prepared "panda cake."

The twin pandas names translate to Sweetie and Sunshine. Their arrival and plane can be seen here.

Around 4:15 am Thursday morning, Hennipin County Sheriff's infiltrated the Occupy Minneapolis camp ground and proceeded to remove 30 tents. At 9 a.m. two protesters were arrested by police, reports the Star Tribune.

The tent clearing was reportedly "gentle but forceful," unlike the arrests, which were vividly forceful.

According to the Pioneer Press the two men were both arrested for misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process, a gross misdemeanor.

The first man was resisted police and after a thorough struggle was carried to the back of a waiting squad car. Video of the long drawn out event here.

The second man was thrown to the ground by police after reaching towards a police officer from behind. As he was being handcuffed, the man told the Associated Press he was reaching for his jacket.

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