1. Why are there no lesbian bars in the Twin Cities?: While there are several bars in the Twin Cities aimed at gay men, there hasn't been a lesbian-specific bar in Minneapolis in the past decade-plus. Read more.
  2. The Minnesota State Fair is crowds and chaos by design. Try navigating it with a disability: Accessibility improvements have helped make the fair more welcoming for people with disabilities, but challenges remain. Read more.
  3. Labor Day weekend could be the hottest in years: The mercury on Sunday and Monday could touch 100 degrees in September in the Twin Cities for only the second time ever. Read more.
  4. Minnesota company took on spice giant McCormick. Eight years later, it finally lost: Nearly a decade ago, a Minnesota company took on the biggest name in the spice aisle when Watkins Inc. accused McCormick & Co. of false advertising for under-filling its black pepper tins. Read more.
  5. Police arrest man they say drove off and dragged Minneapolis police officer trying to arrest him: A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning and remains jailed pending charges in connection with the dragging incident Saturday in the 3600 block of E. 42nd Street, the same block where the man lives. Read more.

Eras Tour, the movie: Miss out on getting tickets to Taylor Swift this year? Good news! She is bringing her history-making Eras Tour to a theater near you. The trailer dropped this morning. Watch here.

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Theater artists break down the best time to see a play: Opening night? Closing night? Previews? It all depends on the energy you are looking for, writes Chris Hewitt. Read more.


Who's No. 1? Our Metro Top 10 has a familiar name at the top: There's a reason defending 6A football champion Maple Grove isn't at the top of our initial rankings — overtaken by one of the area's traditional powers that's looking to regain its dominance. Read more.

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The Dungeons & Dragons Players of Death Row: For a group of men in a Texas prison, the fantasy game became a lifeline — to their imaginations and to one another, writes Keri Blakinger for the New York Times magazine. Read more.


Aug. 31, 1967: A jet fighter plane crashed and caught fire on the median strip between the east and westbound lanes of Hwy. 494 near MSP. Despite rush hour traffic on the freeway, no one was injured. (Photo: William Seaman/Star Tribune)