Daily Digest: Hersch’s comments at U, NDSU cancels class and more

Lisa Zehner

Welcome back, welcome back. And with the weather, what a welcoming it has been. Don’t stress. Not too many weeks left in the school year now.

*Came across a blog post in The Beat, a blog on thenation.com, where John Nichols talks about allegations made by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersch, while speaking at the University of Minnesota earlier this month:

"Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving… It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. . . Congress has no oversight of it."

*North Dakota State University canceled classes so that students could volunteer to help with sandbagging. You probably already saw the AP story on our site, but here is a KSTP video of Fargo preparing for floods:


*A University of Minnesota researcher is studying collaboration and leadership between players in EverQuest II, an online role-playing game, Richard Chin of the Pioneer Press reports. The researcher, Jaideep Srivastava, said the research of looking at three years worth of play data, has potential to move social science research forward. The researcher is collaborating with others from Northwestern University, U of Illinois and USC. The research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army and is a multi-million dollar project.

*Numbers from a study done by the State Health Access Data Center at the University showed that 1 in 5 adult Nevada workers have no health insurance, according to a story by KTVN Reno news. Here are some stats for the state of Minnesota.