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$787,000,000,000

February 18, 2009

With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus package meant to help pull the country out of a deepening recession. A combination of increased...

25 People to Blame…

February 15, 2009

Alan Greenspan, Henry Paulson, Bernie Madoff and, yes, George W. Bush all make TIME magazine's list of 25 people to blame for the economic mess. In the magazine's Feb. 23 issue, a group of experts lay...

MnSCU, faculty reach labor agreement

February 13, 2009

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) and more than 3,000 faculty members at the system's seven universities have reached a tentative agreement calling for no across-the-board salary...

Attention Commuters: Parts of I-35W to close tonight

February 13, 2009

MnDOT is closing portions of I-35W this weekend, so if you live in the south metro and you're taking your dirty laundry home to your mother tonight, plan accordingly. All lanes, north and south, of I-35W...

Minnesota’s Funny Senator

February 6, 2009

Minnesota might end up with a bona fide comedian in the U.S. Senate... but it sounds like we might have one there already. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was a speaker, and resident comedian, at the Washington Press...

Kahn wants Franken seated…right now

February 4, 2009

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, the DFLer who represents the University's district, has introduced legislation that would seat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate now, pending the end of the recount trial. If passed, the...

A Journalist’s Favorite Holiday

February 2, 2009

Monday is "National Buy a Newspaper Day!" Almost 20,000 people have joined the Facebook event encouraging its participants to purchase a good old-fashioned newspaper on Monday. Its creator, Chris...

Pawlenty’s State of the State previews budget recommendations

January 16, 2009

Higher education wasn't the centerpiece, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty touched on issues pertaining to the 'U' and the MnSCU system in his State of the State address at the Capitol on Thursday. Calling for a cap...

Play the Redistricting Game!

December 3, 2008

It might sound a bit boring, but redrawing Congressional and legislative districts is a vital task for state legislatures every 10 years. Maybe you've thought that you want to give it a shot? Well, here's...

Who got the vote? You decide!

November 20, 2008

Having a little bit of election fatigue? Need some fun to lighten up the mood in the current U.S. Senate Recount? Well, MPR has just the remedy. Play the "You be the judge"...

BACHMANN, PAULSEN WIN CONGRESSIONAL RACES

November 5, 2008

If Sen. Norm Coleman holds on against Al Franken, Minnesota Republicans will break even in Congressional representation, as Rep. Michele Bachmann has been reelected and Erik Paulsen has won the seat of...

Last minute campaigning comes to campus

November 4, 2008

Last week, when I saw the Al Franken bus outside Coffman, I didn't quite know whether Franken himself was on campus. But when I saw it this morning, I knew. Franken was joined by Mayors Chris Coleman of...

Surprise! It’s Al Franken.

October 28, 2008

Al Franken made an impromptu trip to Coffman Union today, where he greeted students for about half an hour, and talked to me. "I think students are really motivated in this election," Franken said as we...

Live from New York…

October 19, 2008

It's Sarah Palin! The GOP vice presidential nominee was on Saturday Night Live last night. Palin appeared in the show's opening, alongside SNL producer Lorne Michaels, actor Alec Baldwin, and of course...

Palin (Todd, that is) visits Minnesota

October 16, 2008

Todd Palin, husand of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was in Minnnesota on Thursday. "First Dude" Palin spent time in the Iron Range, stumping for Norm Coleman at an event in which Coleman...

Madia kicks off candidate forums

October 13, 2008

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District race is one of the most interesting and contested races in the country. Today, DFL candidate Ashwin Madia will be on campus, kicking off a series of forums at the...

McCain, Obama round two tonight

October 7, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama meet in Nashville tonight in the second presidential debate. Tom Brokaw will moderate, and questions will come from the audience. Tonight's debate may take on extra importance,...

New laptop theft tracking device debuts

July 30, 2008

The name Adeona once belonged only to the Roman goddess of safe returns. on the web To learn more and download the new program, go to http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/. Today, a new laptop recovery program...

Dinkydome rezoning passes city council

July 30, 2008

In a vote Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council granted a rezoning permit to Doran Development , opening the door for the company to pursue renovations of the Dinkydome and to build a housing development...

Ron Paul backs out of Williams Arena rally location

July 23, 2008

In a blog post Tuesday, former presidential candidate Ron Paul said he plans on being in the Target Center , not Williams Arena as originally planned, to introduce his Campaign for Liberty" in September. "After...

Making waves: proposed Mississippi River turbine stalled

July 2, 2008

The Crown Hydro project, a proposed hydropower turbine located at St. Anthony Falls in the Mississippi River, has been stalling for nearly a decade, and a 5-4 vote against the project last December by...

Medical devices center opens on campus

June 25, 2008

Tuesday marked the opening of the University's Medical Devices Center , a research facility meant for designing and testing new medical devices. Director Art Erdman said the center is a part of the Institute...

U Children’s Hospital ranked in top 20

June 4, 2008

The University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview, has been placed in the top 20 in two categories of national children's hospital rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report. According to...

Climate change petition pits scientists against each other

May 28, 2008

A group of protesting scientists hope to break into the global warming debate with a petition against the theory of human-driven global warming. The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a small independent...

Prof helps McCain health plan

April 30, 2008

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain released details about his health care plan Tuesday, and he received a little help from a University professor along the way. Finance professor Steve...

Profs sign textbook cost statement

April 16, 2008

One could set a clock by it - each new semester, students line up in Coffman Union, or on Oak Street or in Dinkytown to buy new textbooks. Despite the best deals students claim to find, the groans, sighs...

House votes to give University money for mesothelioma research

April 11, 2008

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to give $4.9 million to the University to study a rare but deadly form of cancer, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty has already threatened a veto. The...

Rainbow health initiative launches GLBT health week

April 8, 2008

This week marks the sixth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Rainbow Health Initiative, an organization seeking to improve the health of the GLBT community...

Robots overrun Williams Arena in high school competition

March 31, 2008

In its 80-plus years, Williams Arena is no stranger to competition. But this weekend, it played host to a different type of sport, and the arena's lights didn't reflect off the athletes' sweat, but instead...

MSA forum discusses budget, bylaws

March 26, 2008

Minnesota Student Association President Emma Olson said it wasn't the most exciting MSA forum of the year Tuesday, but it was one of the most important. MSA members tackled issues including the group's...

Study shows low national computer science enrollment

March 11, 2008

In the early 2000s, students were dropping out of school early to enter jobs in the technology field. Just a few years later, the Computing Research Association has found that the number of students declaring...

University Computer Services changing

March 5, 2008

University Computer Services has entered a restructuring phase that looks to outsource services to non-University vendors. Renee Rivers, who works in the Office of Information Technology, said the University's...

Researcher finds dog-human cancer link

March 4, 2008

By nature, best friends have many things in common - favorite movies, similar hobbies and common interests. But University researchers have recently found man's best friend may have something more substantial...

Male birth control pills discussed in forum

February 28, 2008

Male contraceptives could someday leave the condom aisle and enter the pharmacy. The University Pro-Choice Coalition held a forum Wednesday night discussing the future of male birth control pills. Caitlin...

Report shows high rates of data theft at University

February 21, 2008

For the second straight year, the University was named in a national report looking at incidents of digital information loss. The Feb. 11 report, called "Educational Security Incidents (ESI) Year in Review...

Too much beef: it’s what’s for dinner

January 29, 2008

University researchers have a beef with some American diets. A study released Jan. 22 found certain diets can lead to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, its author, Ph.D. student Pam Lutsey, said. "Metabolic...

University research recap

January 22, 2008

While University students spent winter break catching up on sleep and social lives, some University professors and researchers were busy changing the face of the scientific world. Of the study results...

Goldy struts his stuff in national mascot face-off

December 11, 2007

The Gophers football team didn't make it to a Bowl showdown this year - but Goldy Gopher did. The University's mascot has reached the finals in the Capital One Bowl National Mascot of the Year contest,...

22-month-old girl treated at U for rare disease

December 6, 2007

As the snow fell Saturday morning, 22-month-old Krystie Karl-Steiger lay on an examination table at the Phillips-Wagensteen building where, unannounced to her, her parents were anxiously awaiting the results...

New law increases price college campuses pay for birth control pills

December 4, 2007

Condoms might be free through the University, but the cost of some other contraceptives it offers is increasing. Because of a federal law enacted in January, drug companies won't be able to sell prescription...

Minn. nurses to lobby for staffing standards

November 29, 2007

Nurses typically focus on their patients' health, but during the next legislative session they'll focus, in part, on their own. The Minnesota Nurses Association announced Nov. 14 plans to lobby the Legislature...

Text messaging goes beyond emergencies

November 21, 2007

The University's new TXT-U service is only five days old, but has already joined the ranks of a growing number of text messaging uses. Besides sending normal text messages, new uses for cell phone texting...

Students, faculty interact with WebVista

November 19, 2007

Numbers from the Digital Media Center show WebVista, an online course management system, has an increasing number of users at the University. The nine-year-old system has 2,379 course pages and about 50,000...

Students try for 24-hour film stardom

November 16, 2007

While some people on campus use the night hours for homework, partying or - rarely - sleep, a few teams of University insomniacs recently used that time for filmmaking. On Oct. 13, these students found...

The few, the proud: the Wikipedia authors

November 13, 2007

While the more than 130,000 people in the Facebook group "If Wikipedia Says It, It Must Be True" praise the online encyclopedia, University researchers have been trying to evaluate who might be behind...

A look at one of Africa’s greatest threats

November 9, 2007

When psychology senior Jane Berezovsky traveled to Kenya in July, it was obvious to her that malaria is a major problem in African countries. "I lived in a rural area there and they had a lot of issues...

Boynton Health Service begins offering flu shots

November 7, 2007

It's that time of year - winds change, geese make their trips south and flu shot clinics begin shooting up in malls, grocery stores and on college campuses. Boynton Health Service is offering free, walk-in...

U students launch balloon to new heights

November 5, 2007

Students shivering in Saturday morning's mid-30-degree temperatures needed only to look up for something destined for even colder temperatures. University students participating in the Minnesota Space...

Many things to ponder for profs considering patents

October 31, 2007

Professor Jim Luby's rap sheet of U.S. plant patents is a fruit cocktail of numbers and letters. The patent for his Honeycrisp apple lies among his three strawberry breed patents - MNUS 248, MNUS 210 and...

Apple and Microsoft: The platform war

October 29, 2007

Computer manufacturing giant Apple Inc. released Leopard, the newest update of its popular operating system, Friday, reviving the debate between Microsoft and Apple users worldwide. Leopard, which follows...