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All content by Charley Bruce

Insiders ponder cost of underground transit

February 28, 2007

The Central Corridor light-rail transit line is about $130 million too expensive, and while planners say the tunnel planned to run beneath Washington Avenue Southeast is the biggest hunk, the University...

Market loses license

February 26, 2007

Selling a six-pack of beer usually doesn't cost the vendor. But after selling three to minor decoys last year, the Fourth Street Market will give up its off-sale beer license in a deal with the city. The...

Bill brings renewability

February 23, 2007

Gov. Tim Pawlenty stopped by the University on Thursday to make Minnesota a renewable energy leader. Pawlenty signed legislation setting higher renewable energy standards for Minnesota's energy suppliers...

Groups want station moved

February 21, 2007

With the proposed Central Corridor light-rail line in the planning stages, community groups and businesses in Cedar-Riverside want a stop moved closer to them than the University. Nearly every map of the...

Inexperienced, inattentive and young: New drivers cause many accidents

February 14, 2007

Young drivers are contributing more than their fair share of accidents in Minnesota and elsewhere. Bruce Simons-Morton, chief of the Prevention Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health, spoke...

County and city libraries discuss merger

February 9, 2007

The Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library systems are close to becoming one. The Committee on the Future of Libraries in Hennepin County delayed a recommendation to consolidate the two...

Former DNC chair McAuliffe stumps for book at Coffman

February 8, 2007

He remembers the name of the alligator he wrestled 27 years later: Jumper. By taking on the nine-footer in 1980, Terry McAuliffe raised $15,000 for President Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign. That's...

Marcy-Holmes dubbed eco-friendly neighborhood

February 7, 2007

The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood recently was nominated one of the top 10 eco-neighborhoods in America. In the January/February issue of Natural Home, Marcy-Holmes was named the No. 8 eco-neighborhood in...

City council against Iraq war

February 5, 2007

Minneapolis joined cities across America by formally announcing opposition to the war in Iraq. Nine members passed the resolution, authored by 10th Ward Councilman Ralph Remington, with four members abstaining...

Proposed bill would enforce seat belt use

February 2, 2007

Smoking pot and drinking while driving can get someone pulled over quickly, but now driving without a seatbelt could work the same way. A bill is moving through the legislature to make not wearing a seatbelt...

City to inspect U area housing

January 31, 2007

Housing inspections coming up in February could mean trouble for University renters. Minneapolis will begin a focused inspection February in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. Minneapolis Director...

Fines pile up with snow

January 24, 2007

Snow has begun to fall on the University, but students should know a flurry of fines could follow. The University area, with its dense population of on-street parking, is a hot spot for snow emergency...

City ok’s new shops

January 23, 2007

University video renters gave the Stadium Village Blockbuster Video two thumbs down last November - the business moved out due to low sales - but new acts will be premiering soon. Minneapolis' Zoning and...

Meeting analyzes future of plug-in hybrids

January 22, 2007

A round table discussion raised hopes of the state of Minnesota and the University joining forces to become a leader in plug-in hybrid automobile technology. The University's Center for Transportation...

Study recommends housing inspections

January 17, 2007

Minneapolis city departments are reviewing the first draft of a study assessing the impact the University has on surrounding neighborhoods. The city and the Board of Regents will present the "U of M Twin...

Coach exits leave lasting financial impact

January 16, 2007

Former University football coach Glen Mason and men's basketball coach Dan Monson are gone, but their multimillion dollar buyouts will be around for years. The athletics department will pay Mason and Monson...

U-DFLelects new leaders

December 12, 2006

The University DFL elected new leaders Monday evening, filling the spot left open by the outgoing president. Noah Seligman, a former Daily sports reporter, stepped down as president and Vice President...

Libraries seek funding

December 8, 2006

Southeast Community Library has been on death row, but a last minute pardon might save it. The Minneapolis Public Library Board's Finance Committee met Wednesday night at Northeast Community Library. It...

Surplus won’t help rent

December 6, 2006

Property tax relief could be on the way for Minnesotans, but students shouldn't anticipate lower rent as a result. The projected $2.17 billion surplus for the state's biennial budget could mean tax relief...

Youth violence: a health problem

November 30, 2006

Violent crime in Minneapolis is on the rise, and the age of the criminals has spurred city officials to action. The City Council recently passed a measure to form a Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee,...

The U, Minneapolis fight high emissions

November 27, 2006

Minneapolis and the University have literally cut tons of carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to fight global climate change. People identifying themselves with the University are leading the Minnesota...

Pasta bar given license to dance

November 21, 2006

The Loring Pasta Bar upgraded its liquor license, but the move was not a graceful tango at city hall. The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution Friday to upgrade the liquor license at the restaurant...

Police remove protesters from speech on Iraq

November 17, 2006

Police removed more than 20 protesters from a speech Maj. Gen. Michael J. Diamond gave Wednesday about the wars in the Middle East. Diamond, the deputy director of logistics from U.S. Central Command,...

Road changes pave the way for new stadium

November 15, 2006

Road realignment is the next step in the construction of the University's new TCF Bank Stadium and is due to begin this spring. The Minneapolis City Council approved roadway alterations last week that...

Student-voter turnout high at University polling places

November 9, 2006

Voters came to the polls on election night to have their voices heard. University students showed up to polling places in large numbers for different reasons, but not all polling places fared the same. Minnesota...

Political candidates often overlook minority issues, report says

November 1, 2006

A study released late October claims candidates for public office often overlook minority issues. The report, which evaluated the representation of minority issues on the Web sites of major political candidates,...

Governor

November 1, 2006

.Mike Hatch, DFL What are two or three of the most important issues to you in the election? Health care, cost of higher education, quality K-12 education and I guess No. 4 would be transportation. How,...

Southeast Library part of citywide closings

October 27, 2006

Students, employees and library patrons are reacting to news that the Southeast Community Library at Fourth Street Southeast and 13th Avenue Southeast will close in early January due to budget shortfalls. By...

Governor candidates vie for votes

October 25, 2006

Many University students are more concerned about their midterms and homework than researching political candidates. Although many students don't know which gubernatorial candidate they'll vote for on...

Dolan voted top cop

October 23, 2006

After treading troubled waters, Tim Dolan was promoted to Minneapolis police chief Friday. With less criticism than in previous discussions, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-1 to make the interim...

Dean rallies University students

October 20, 2006

While Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean rallied campus Democrats Thursday, more than a dozen Dean imitators tried to mimic his style. College Republicans held an "Outscream Dean" competition...

Candidates discuss Iraq war, Korea and economy

October 16, 2006

Democrats need six seats to take the majority in the U.S. Senate, and Minnesota's race is one of the hottest races in the country. Tim Russert of MSNBC's "Meet the Press" hosted a debate between U.S. Senatorial...

Police chief moving up the committee-position ladder

October 12, 2006

Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan is one step closer to getting the top-cop spot. With three votes of support, the city's five-member Executive Committee recommended Wednesday that Dolan become...

Minneapolis to institute environmentally friendly standards for city buildings

October 11, 2006

While leaves are turning red and yellow, Minneapolis is turning green. The Minneapolis City Council voted in July to adopt Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for all city buildings,...

Attorney general candidates square off

October 11, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio's Kerri Miller pointed Tuesday to a recent MPR/Pioneer Press poll that found nearly half of Minnesota voters don't know the names of the attorney general candidates. "Well, today...

U to get defense money from gov’t

October 6, 2006

Robots with video cameras, jumping capabilities and grappling hooks reeled in millions of dollars for the University in the recently passed federal defense bill. The 2007 defense appropriations bill would,...

Political leaders voice minority views at summit

October 4, 2006

Education, business development, immigration and health care were all discussed at a minority political summit Monday. The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs had a meeting for local minority community...

City council’s Japan trip to help life science research

October 2, 2006

Minneapolis City Council members traveled more than 6,000 miles last month to Japan to promote the city's medical and health industries. The council discussed ways to strengthen the city's growing life...

Gubernatorial candidates debate

September 28, 2006

More than 700 people attended Wednesday's gubernatorial debate at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University's West Bank, featuring the three major candidates for governor: DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch;...

Community libraries face uncertain future

September 25, 2006

As the public discusses the future of the Minneapolis Public Library system, many say cuts are undesirable but seem inevitable. Public support staved off a round of library closings in 2003. With more...

Ellison’s U past used against him by some

September 22, 2006

Seventeen years ago, Keith Ellison was a husband, a father and a University law student. Now he's running for Congress. His time at the University and controversial columns Ellison wrote while here have...

Possible chief draws critiques

September 20, 2006

Deciding on a new police chief won't be easy for Minneapolis City Council members. Mayor R.T. Rybak's nomination of interim Police Chief Tim Dolan to be the permanent Minneapolis Police chief has University-area...

Traveling preacher creates campus controversy

September 18, 2006

University students know him as Brother Jed, the traveling preacher who always seems to cause a stir on campus. His real name is George Edward Smock and his most recent visits to campus ended with students...

Primaries see low turnout on part of University students

September 13, 2006

The polls at Coffman Union were quiet Tuesday morning. From 10 a.m. to noon, fewer than 20 people cast ballots at the campus primary polling site. Political parties of all sorts court young voters, but...

New method up for vote

September 13, 2006

Minneapolis voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to use a new voting method in city elections: ranking candidates first to worst, rather than just their top choice. The City Council voted 12-1 Aug. 4 to bring...

Voting technology makes state debut in primaries

September 11, 2006

Minnesota voters will be able to use a new ballot-marking device geared toward making voting easier and more accurate in the state primaries Tuesday. The Help America Vote Act, which federal legislation...

Regents change alcohol ad policy

September 8, 2006

The new campus football stadium hasn't yet broken ground, but students already are wondering about grilling brats and drinking brews on site. Student representatives to the Board of Regents Luke Neuville...

Students Dumpster-dive for treasure

September 6, 2006

The sidewalks of campus residence halls and surrounding neighborhoods were lined with couches, futons and tons of cardboard this weekend. The last day of August and the first day of September are big moving...

Final chapter for local library?

September 6, 2006

For the second time since 2003, the Minneapolis Library Board is considering closing the Southeast Community Library to free up operating funds for other libraries. The library, which serves the University...

Minneapolis City Council votes to go wireless

September 6, 2006

Following in the footsteps of Philadelphia and San Francisco, the Minneapolis City Council passed a measure Sept. 1 to make a citywide wireless Internet network a reality. The council approved a deal for...