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Dave Mathisen dresses as a storm trooper to attend Wizard World's first Minneapolis Comic Con at the Convention Center on Saturday. Mathisen traveled from Fargo, ND to attend.

Comic Con fans invade convention center

May 6, 2014

After setting up dozens of booths at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday morning, Matt Thompson and Terry Bick sat back, had a beer and counted the number of Indiana Jones impersonators passing...

Sagas in Panels #10

April 28, 2014

Comic books have spawned a significant portion of our modern mythological tapestry. Spandex-clad super beings are our demigods, gritty vigilantes our folk heroes and nerdy creators and producers our priests...

U objects to patent reform

April 21, 2014

As Congress considers sweeping patent reform, research universities across the country are raising objections. The push for reform comes in response to the increased activities of “patent trolls,”...

Storify: Dinkytown Riot

April 13, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #9

April 9, 2014

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has broken April box office records, nearing the $100 million mark. Critics and fans alike have raved about the film, and with good reason. Aside from...

Biology society and environment sophomore Matthew Cohen, left, and fishers and wildlife junior Dan Dewey, right, study at the Veterans Transition Center in Johnston Hall on Friday, March 7, 2014. Both are veterans and go to the VTC to study and hang out with other student veterans.

Tracking millions

March 31, 2014

University of Minnesota student Zac Bair enlisted in the U.S. Army to help pay for college. After three deployments in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment and his “fair share” of combat,...

Sagas in Panels #8: Happy Anniversary Batman!

March 30, 2014

Batman – the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, etc – celebrates his 75th anniversary today. All year long, Warner Bros. and DC will be celebrating in style, including art shows, the release...

Sagas in Panels #7

March 15, 2014

The comic book world’s television counterparts shared some big reveals these past few days. NBC’s “Constantine” has a lead in British actor Matt Ryan (gamers might know his voice...

Sagas in Panels #6

March 4, 2014

Let’s talk about the DC Animated Universe. While it’s extremely clear that Marvel rules the cinema box office with mega-hits like “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Avengers,”...

Sagas in Panels #5

February 27, 2014

Comparing digital comic subscriptions Confused about how, when and where to read comics? Uncertain of what titles to subscribe to? There are some digital solutions to deal with those conundrums and satiate...

Storify: Caucus gets take two at Coffman

February 20, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #4

February 19, 2014

The full version of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer premiered last night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and it’s since dropped online. After months of waiting, we’re...

Sagas in Panels #3

February 11, 2014

Superhero Super Bowl spots “Captain American: The Winter Soldier” continues Marvel Studios’ Phase Two development and will be released April 4. The lengthy Super Bowl ad spot is the longest...

Storify: Fight ends caucus at Cedar-Riverside

February 5, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #2

February 4, 2014

Comics to read before you die It’s no surprise Internet is full of comic book fans and has no shortage of opinions. Therefore, it’s expected many different lists of comic suggestions exist...

Sagas in Panels #1

January 26, 2014

Comic books and their many adaptations are a hot commodity right now and have been the last several years. Films like Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” trilogy (based on the company’s...

A Net Neutrality rundown

January 18, 2014

A U.S. appeals court struck down Net Neutrality rules governing online traffic Tuesday, raising concerns over the future of Internet access in the United States. The United States Court of Appeals for...

Daily Finals Issue Reactions

January 15, 2014

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Live Coverage: Minneapolis Election Day 2013

November 5, 2013

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Storify: Shots fired at Capitol

October 3, 2013

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Exploring Dinkytown

May 7, 2013

Read "A history of evolving" by Marion Renault to understand some of the ways Dinkytown has changed over the decades. This map is a work in progress to allow the interactive exploration of Dinkytown past...

Storify: Violence rocks Boston

April 19, 2013

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UPDATED: Several killed, 160 injured in Texas plant explosion

April 18, 2013

Note: a previous version of this blog post incorrectly reported the number of casualities from the explosion. Reports have been varied and conflicting, and the post has been updated to reflect that uncertainty...

Developments around the U

April 17, 2013

Luxury apartment developments have been springing up around the University with more being proposed. This map will track the locations, unit counts, unit price, projected completion dates and construction...

Comparing college resources

February 24, 2013

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Hackers release device information from a million Apple users

September 4, 2012

Hackers have released details from about a million Apple device users while alleging the FBI is tracking citizen data. Activist computer hackers from Antisec, a movement associated with the Anonymous...

@BarackObama does Reddit AMA

August 29, 2012

President Barack Obama has conducted a personal AMA (ask me anything) thread on Reddit. These threads are typically venues where the community can interview a celebrity or other person of interest, who...

Curiosity to attempt Mars landing

August 5, 2012

NASA's $2.5 billion mission to Mars culminates with the landing of its Curiosity rover early Monday morning. For seven tenuous minutes, the world will watch as Curiosity attempts to land safely on...

Daily Digest London: Brits without tickets celebrate, security roves, NBC criticism continues

July 29, 2012

On the second day of Olympic competition, China continues to lead medal rankings with 11 total, six of them gold. Team USA has risen to second place with eight, winning five of those medals in swimming...

Daily Digest London: The Games begin

July 28, 2012

Individual flames combined to form Stratford’s Olympic torch Friday evening, marking the end to director Danny Boyle’s open ceremonies and the athlete’s parade. Marry Poppins had slain...

Daily Digest London: Opening ceremonies imminent

July 27, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremonies will begin at 9:00 p.m. in London and 3:00 p.m. CST. Anticipation of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s £27 million opening ceremony has built...

Daily Digest London: Olympic torch approaches Stratford

July 26, 2012

The Olympic torch takes some of its final routes through London today on approach to Stratford and Friday evening's opening ceremonies. The flame will be relayed through more than 50 runners today....

Daily Digest London: The city transforms, LIBOR scandal rages

July 16, 2012

London transforms as classes wind down Nearly 11 days remain until the Olympic opening ceremonies in London with the torch making its rounds through England. In the meantime, summer study abroad programs...

Daily Digest London: Life as a Londoner

July 9, 2012

Glass eyes of CCTV cameras reflected rising sunlight in England’s dawning hours. Roars from a skidding motorcycle breached the seventh floor window as metro police sirens approached. Before the cellphone...

Daily Digest London: 24 days remain

July 3, 2012

About 24 days remain before the Olympic Games begin and many foreign students leave London. Arcadia University and similar programs are set to finish by July 27 and the opening ceremonies. Part of the...

Daily Digest London: The low-hanging fruit of UK first class grades

June 21, 2012

LONDON – Students from overseas enrolled in classes at United Kingdom schools have experienced slight differences in academic grading levels and policies than what is often found in the United States. Those...

Daily Digest London: Olympic black market ticket scandal rocks the games

June 19, 2012

LONDON - About 27 senior Olympic representatives from 57 countries are accused of trying to sell thousands of coveted event tickets on the black market for inflated prices, following a breaking investigating...

Daily Digest London: Touring the Olympic Park for credit

June 18, 2012

LONDON – Student studying abroad in England through various programs have the opportunity learn about the impact of the Olympic Games and tour its facilities for credit. The two month course hosted...

Daily Digest London: UK students seek education abroad

June 14, 2012

LONDON - As students from the United States study abroad in London over the summer, residents of the United Kingdom are looking to escape high British education fees by obtaining degrees in mainland Europe,...

Daily Digest London: City braces for influx of spectators

June 13, 2012

LONDON - As the Olympics rapidly approach, citizens of the United Kingdom are preparing for an influx of tourists and event spectators.  The UK Border Force has promised to increase the number of...

Daily Digest London: Olympic equestrian field construction races for finish line

June 12, 2012

LONDON - The roughly 23,000-seat venue for Olympic equestrian events is still under construction with only about 45 days remaining before the opening ceremonies. Crews working in the royal village...

Daily Digest London: Study abroad, football rivalries and torch relays

June 11, 2012

LONDON - This is the first installment in a series of posts from London reporting on the Great British Summer, which includes a royal jubilee, high-profile international soccer matches, major concerts...

Daily Digest: Secret Service scandal spreads, Obama’s possible CISPA veto, PBS shows see cuts

April 26, 2012

  The budding U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal has expanded to El Salvador, The Wall Street Journal reported. Agents on detail in the country in 2011 allegedly visited strip clubs and paid...

CISPA heads for House vote, draws fire

April 25, 2012

As the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act’s journey approaches a Friday House vote, opponents are aligning against the controversial legislation. Despite 44 privacy amendments proposed...

U invests in a ‘patent troll’

April 23, 2012

Research schools across the globe, including the University of Minnesota, are connected to a controversial patent firm some accuse of stifling innovation. While the University doesn’t sell its patents...

EU politicians signal rejection of ACTA

April 13, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement could be rejected by European Parliament following widespread protests and delayed ratification by many of the union’s members. The parliament’s rapporteur,...

Iran to replace its Internet

April 10, 2012

Iran has claimed the top spot on the Enemies of the Internet list released by Reporters Without Borders. One reason is the country’s plan to replace its Internet with a “clean” version,...

CISPA replaces SOPA

April 5, 2012

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a bill similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act that’s gaining traction in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 3532, similarly to SOPA, emphasizes...

Amateur octogenarian lands struggling plane in Wisconsin

April 3, 2012

An unidentified 80-year-old Wisconsin woman successfully landed a small plane after her pilot husband passed out and later died, USA Today reported. The woman was not a licensed pilot and said she knows...

Funeral director: no signs of struggle in Martin killing

March 30, 2012

A funeral director analyzing Trayvon Martin’s body said there were no signs of a violent struggle, NY Daily News reported. The director, Richard Kurtz, told CBS News there were no bruises, cuts...