Animating ayahuasca: This is what a powerful trip feels like [VIDEO]

Fred Harper
Dennis McKenna is a professor at the University of Minnesota, and an ethnobotanist by trade. Much of his work has focused on one thing: ayahuasca, the psychedelic that is the subject of this week's cover story.

"My whole professional career turned out to be about ayahuasca," McKenna says. "There was nothing more interesting on my radar."

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Will Steger first appeared in City Pages in this 1985 cover story

City Pages cover by Emily Utne
Legendary explorer Will Steger is on the cover of the most recent City Pages, framed by blue skies and arcing beams of the atrium in a building we call the castle: the six-story, $5 million-plus structure Steger has been building on his Homestead near Ely for 25 years.

Steger's no stranger to covers. He's served as the cover model of National Geographic more than once, and been the subject of long features in national publications like the New York Times Magazine and Outside. But his first-ever cover -- the first major press he got at all -- was closer to home, here in City Pages.

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- Will Steger introduces himself as a designer in new MCAD exhibit

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CTUL's campaign for retail custodians like Leticia Zuniga

City Pages cover by Abbey Kleinert
When Leticia Zuniga was first allegedly sexually assaulted by her boss, she didn't know what to do or where to go for help.

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- Cub Foods settles lawsuit with cleaning workers

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How much crime has happened at the CC Club? [CHART]

cover photo by Tony Nelson
New owners took over the CC Club on May 1, and to mark the changing of the guard, we talked to CC regulars past and present for our most recent cover story. Along with their yarns about record-release parties and new Replacements singles in the juke, we also heard an earful on how, as Tom Arnold put it, the bar "was the one place you could get drug dealers to actually come."

Curious if the cops have ever had to bust the CC Club bathroom -- or break up bar fights, or throw out drunk punks -- we asked the Minneapolis Police Department for all the incident reports at 2600 Lyndale Ave. S., the bar's address. We got back all their digital files, which date to 1990.

Between the earliest computerized incident, November 18, 1990, and the most recent, March 24, 2013, police got 117 other calls about the bar. Here's how they broke down.

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- Cover: Here Comes a Regular: An Oral History of the CC Club
- An oral history of the CC Club jukebox
- Tom Arnold on the CC Club

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Sen. Jeff Hayden introduces spinal cord injury research bill

Photo: Tony Nelson, City Pages.
The $4 million would go toward curative spinal cord research in Minnesota.
Sen. Jeff Hayden introduced a bill at a capitol press conference this afternoon that would appropriate $4 million in state funds to be used for curative spinal cord research in Minnesota.

The subject of this week's cover story, the bill was inspired by the story of Gabe Rodreick, a 20-year-old from south Minneapolis who suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while body surfing in Costa Rica. The bill is named after Rodreick and Jack Jablonski, a Benilde-St. Maraget's student injured during a hockey game a year ago.

"I used to be a piano player," said Rodreick at the press conference. "To be able to play piano again would be a dream."

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Minneapolis murder map 2012

Nizzel George, 5, is among this year's homicide victims.

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    In this week's cover story, "The View From Down Here," we examine the controversial math behind Minneapolis's effort to curb youth violence.

    As the story notes, the first six months of 2012 showed a projected increase of youth-related violent crimes from 2011. If the second half of the year were to repeat the first, we would have a higher rate of juveniles arrested or suspected in violent crimes, and more juvenile victims, according to police data. We're also on track to have more young people (24 and under) fall victims to crimes involving guns.

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    San Francisco Dems want DOJ to investigate CeCe McDonald case

    CeCe McDonald pleaded guilty to a lesser charge earlier this month.
    Nearly three weeks since the end of the trial, San Francisco Democrats are entering the debate over Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman from Minneapolis who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

    The city's Democratic Party passed a resolution last week calling McDonald's treatment by the courts unfair, and asking the Department of Justice to investigate.

    McDonald, the subject of our May 9 cover story, "The Edge of Doubt," was originally charged with second-degree murder for stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz in the heart with a pair of scissors outside the Schooner Tavern last summer.

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    Legal Rights Center: Beyond CeCe McDonald

    Cover of a 1994 City Pages issue, which included a feature story on the Legal Rights Center.
    This past week's feature, "The Edge of Doubt," brought readers inside the walls of the Legal Rights Center, where attorneys for CeCe McDonald prepared her defense against charges of second-degree murder.

    A nonprofit that predates Hennepin County's modern public defense system, the Legal Rights Center is a story in itself.

    Longtime City Pages readers may recall former writer Jennifer Vogel's profile on the law office from June 1994, "The Best Lawyers Money Can't Buy."

    For those who don't, we dug it up. Back then, a young Keith Ellison ran the place. An excerpt from Vogel's story:

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    Michael Freeman talks prosecution of CeCe McDonald [VIDEO]

    Michael Freeman denies that race or gender played into his decision to prosecute CeCe McDonald.
    This week's cover story, "The Edge of Doubt," gives a behind-the-scenes look into the case of Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who was charged with murdering Dean Alvin Schmitz outside a south Minneapolis bar last summer.

    The case generated plenty of controversy. Supporters all over the world have protested McDonald's prosecution, alleging that she was the victim of a brutal attack outside the bar that night, and that her only crime was surviving.

    McDonald faced more than 25 years in prison for the crime, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter on the third day of trial, and will be sentenced to 41 months.

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    Katie Burgess talks CeCe McDonald case, judicial system [VIDEO]

    Katie Burgess alleges CeCe McDonald was treated unfairly by the court system.
    This week's feature, "The Edge of Doubt," examines the controversial trial of Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman accused of murdering Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern last summer.

    Since the charges were filed almost a year ago, advocates for McDonald have amassed all over the world. They say she was the victim of a brutal attack outside the bar that night, that she was lucky to survive, and should never have been charged with the crime.

    The weekend before the trial began, we sat down with Katie Burgess, executive director of the Trans Youth Support Group, to talk about why the case has made such an impact.

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