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The Minnesota Daily

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Como area business robbed; owner considers closing

Published May 10, 2002

After being robbed at gunpoint, a Como area business owner might close her store, she said. An unidentified suspect wielding a weapon that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol robbed Captain's Lunchbox...

Stereo equipment stolen from vehicles parked in Wildcat Lot

Published May 8, 2002

University police officers spent part of their Friday afternoon contacting some students parked in the Wildcat Lot at 420 25th Ave. S.E. to tell them their vehicles had been burglarized. An unknown suspect...

Males face ‘scarier world’ of sexual assault silence

Published May 7, 2002

A 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore said he was sexually assaulted March 22 while on a date in Minneapolis. He joins an estimated one in seven men sexually assaulted in their lifetimes,...

Police cite 52 for Spring Jam underage alcohol consumption

Published May 1, 2002

Despite unseasonable snow, local law enforcement agencies targeted underage consumption of alcohol and driving while under the influence during last weekend's Spring Jam festivities. According to police...

Family offers reward in mortuary student’s death

Published May 1, 2002

Nearly three months after the shooting deaths of two men in a Hudson, Wis., funeral home, their tearful families announced a $100,000 reward Tuesday for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest. James...

Activist Hampton speaks on black leadership issues

Published April 30, 2002

An activist imprisoned a decade ago spoke to nearly 25 community members and University students Monday night at Blegen Hall about the importance of engaging people in the black power movement. Fred Hampton...

Daily files complaint over police actions in post-hockey riots

Published April 24, 2002

The Minnesota Daily filed a complaint Tuesday with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs Division. The complaint claimed officers infringed on Daily journalists' First Amendment rights during...

Textbooks stolen from frat house, sold to U bookstore

Published April 24, 2002

As the spring semester winds down, many students look forward to selling back textbooks for extra cash. Two University students won't get that chance, because their textbooks were stolen last week from...

E-mail scam reaches U faculty, students

Published April 23, 2002

Every day, students and faculty on campus are deluged with unsolicited e-mails. Most of them are more annoying than harmful. But one popular scam, which has been draining bank accounts for more than 20...

Former student admits to stealing from U, other felonies

Published April 18, 2002

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a former University student and employee Monday with nine felony counts for using more than $16,000 of University funds for personal expenses and using her...

Men turn violent after student denies them beer

Published April 17, 2002

A University student was forced to defend herself after she refused to give beer to two men walking by her house April 13. Kirsten Collins, a women's studies senior, and three friends were at her apartment...

Conduct code sparks debate in riot’s aftermath

Published April 15, 2002

Over the next few weeks, University officials will grapple with how and when the student conduct code should be enforced. Last Monday, student life director Robert Jones said students arrested during the...

Groups provide way out for prostitutes

Published April 11, 2002

Jill Leighton ran away from a home of physical and sexual abuse when she was 14 years old. She quickly became desperate for food and shelter while living on the streets of Ohio. One day a man approached...

Police, Daily discuss media treatment

Published April 11, 2002

The Minnesota Daily's editor in chief met with high-ranking city officials Wednesday to discuss his allegations that police used unreasonable force against Daily staff covering the Sunday morning riot...

Drugs, theft, fighting mar early spring for U community

Published April 10, 2002

University police responded to a fight in progress Friday involving eight men on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast, according to the police report. Police detained seven of...

Police innovate to close prostitute ‘revolving door’

Published April 10, 2002

One Minneapolis woman has been arrested for prostitution 29 times and for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution 36 more. She is a case study in why police officers, attorneys and prostitution...

Minneapolis police continue riot investigation

Published April 10, 2002

The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office charged three University students and one Minneapolis man for their alleged involvement in the Dinkytown melee following the Gophers' national hockey championship...

Local groups battle prostitution

Published April 9, 2002

Nearly 10 years ago, Linda Kolkind found a murdered prostitute on the street by her home in Powderhorn Park. The prostitute was 40 years old and college educated. But she was unable to escape prostitution...

In the U’s shadow: Prostitutes trapped by drugs, pimps

Published April 8, 2002

Minneapolis police Officer Matt Wente circled the blocks near Lake Street and Chicago Avenue South in mid-January searching for a prostitute at 10 a.m. Few women were out; temperatures had dipped below...

U police department warns students of increase in bicycle thefts

Published April 3, 2002

Unknown suspects stole four bicycles Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the University's East Bank campus. In one incident, a person saw the theft occurring near Moos Tower and reported it to University...

Housing groups, Rybak strive for equal access, affordability in market

Published April 2, 2002

Pledging to ensure equal access to Minneapolis dwellings, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak declared April Fair Housing Month in a kickoff celebration at City Hall on Monday. Rybak and housing agency representatives...

Both Harvard Market stores robbed during same evening

Published April 2, 2002

Harvard Market and Harvard Market East were robbed Thursday evening in a half-hour span, the stores' owner said. The stores are located two blocks from each other on Washington Avenue Southeast. Harvard...

Youth activist leads discussion at U

Published March 29, 2002

Scott Beale, a 26-year-old former White House official, led nearly 30 University students Thursday evening in a millennial-age political discussion. "Scott is basically an expert on not only issues that...

Man charged with sexually assaulting woman at nightclub

Published March 27, 2002

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a 29-year-old man March 19 with fifth-degree sexual assault and terroristic threats. According to the criminal complaint: Derick Lee Gallagher sexually assaulted...

U emergency response plan nearly finished

Published March 25, 2002

More than six months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the University's emergency management plan is nearly revised, and plans for updated security have been finalized. University officials began meeting the...

U offers students, staff free anti-virus software

Published March 14, 2002

College students will take anything that's free. That is what Academic and Distributed Computing Services was counting on when it purchased approximately $75,000 worth of Norton AntiVirus licenses for...

Two men steal own cars from Cedar Towing

Published March 13, 2002

Two men stole their own cars the first weekend in March from the Cedar Towing lot located on the 3200 block of Como Avenue Southeast. A man whose 1999 BMW was towed from the Grandmarc at Seven Corners...

Wellstone wife speaks on fighting human trafficking

Published March 8, 2002

Each year, thousands of women are illegally smuggled into the United States and imprisoned in brothels and slave labor. That's what Sheila Wellstone, wife of Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., told approximately...

Keys stolen from UDS Comstock office

Published March 6, 2002

A University Dining Services employee reported a possible employee-related theft Feb. 27 from an office in the Comstock Hall dining area at 210 Delaware St. S.E. The theft occurred between 3:30 p.m. Feb....

Senators not invited to Bush address

Published March 5, 2002

When President George W. Bush visited Monday, he was warmly received by most local officials. But two of Minnesota's heaviest hitters were nowhere to be found at Bush's Eden Prairie High School appearance...

O’Connells request public’s assistance

Published March 4, 2002

HUDSON, Wis. - Over lumps in their throats, members of the O'Connell family spoke Friday for the first time since University alumnus Daniel O'Connell's Feb. 5 death. O'Connell, 38, and James Ellison, a...

Hennepin County judge Amundson charged with theft

Published February 27, 2002

Hennepin County appeals court Judge Ronald Amundson was charged Tuesday with five felony counts of theft for allegedly stealing money from the trust fund of a mentally disabled woman. As trustee of the...

‘Asset to community’ Wally Caryl dies after 35 years of U service

Published February 22, 2002

The man responsible for keeping nearly 14,000 fans safe at Gophers men's basketball games died Monday. Wally Caryl, 79, director of the University Emergency Management Department and a 35-year University...

Repeat offender charged in sexual assault near campus

Published February 22, 2002

Minneapolis police charged a 34-year-old man Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman jogging in the St. Anthony Main area Feb. 18. Dennis Lee Whitley Jr. was charged with fourth-degree...

Thefts reported at Chi Psi, Delta Tau Delta fraternity houses

Published February 20, 2002

Two University fraternities reported burglaries to Minneapolis police this month. The Chi Psi fraternity, also known as "the lodge," located on the 1500 block of University Avenue Southeast, reported a...

Man charged with assault in Moos Tower stabbing

Published February 13, 2002

A 46-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree assault Friday after allegedly stabbing another man Feb. 6 in front of Moos Tower. According to the criminal complaint: University police Sgt....

Family, friends mourn Ellison at student’s funeral

Published February 12, 2002

Hundreds gathered Monday in Barron, Wis., to celebrate the life of James Ellison, a University mortuary science senior shot and killed Feb. 5 Family and friends spilled out of the Barron Area Community...

Police: Nothing missing from funeral home

Published February 8, 2002

Investigators found nothing missing from the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis., where two men were found shot and killed Tuesday. Police led employees through the building in search of clues...

Mortuary science students, family mourn loss of friend

Published February 7, 2002

Most of the University's 48 mortuary science students gathered Wednesday to grieve the death of classmate James Ellison, who was killed Tuesday. Ellison, a 22-year-old mortuary science senior, and Daniel...

U Student Shot, Killed in Hudson

Published February 6, 2002

HUDSON, Wis. - A University Medical School student was the victim of an apparent homicide late Tuesday at O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis. James D. Ellison, a 21-year-old senior in the mortuary...

Police investigate burglary, Wilson Library bomb threat

Published February 6, 2002

A 34-year-old St. Paul man was arrested Jan. 26 for burglarizing the apartment of two University students. Farris Ivan Turner allegedly broke into an apartment on University Avenue Southeast at approximately...

Man arrested at Wilson with 15 passports, faces deportation

Published January 30, 2002

University police arrested a man carrying 15 allegedly stolen passports at Wilson Library on Jan. 21. Gideon Osei Boadu, 28, allegedly removed the picture from at least one of the passports and replaced...

Arson fire damages St. Paul campus labs

Published January 29, 2002

A weekend blaze in the Crops Research Building on the St. Paul campus was caused by arson, University police confirmed Monday. The fire broke out at approximately 3:40 a.m. Saturday. It began in a construction...

U senior robbed, beaten Monday after leaving campus

Published January 24, 2002

Five men robbed a University student crossing the 10th Avenue bridge Monday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Justin Erickson, a senior finance major, who is also the Daily's business manager, was walking from...

Man arrested after violent incident at cafe

Published January 23, 2002

Minneapolis police arrested Robert Leon Commodore, 33, after he allegedly threatened to kill employees of the Purple Onion Café and broke one of the Dinkytown café's windows Thursday. Police...

Jury acquits Gophers Watson, Toussaint in sexual assault trial

Published January 22, 2002

For the first time during their weeklong trial, the stoic facades of two University football players charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault crumbled when the jury acquitted the men of all...

U student has run-in with woman in road rage incident on Como

Published December 12, 2001

An unknown suspect jumped on the hood of a University student's car Dec. 4 after the student prevented the woman from cutting in front of her. Rachel Lee Mann-Orosz, 20, said she was waiting to turn left...

Jury selection begins in Watson, Toussaint sexual assault trial

Published December 10, 2001

Two University football players charged with an on-campus sexual assault will stand trial beginning Monday at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Steven Watson and Mackenzy Toussaint are both charged with...

Students’ apartment repeatedly broken into by unknown perpetrator

Published December 5, 2001

An unknown man broke into three University students' lower-level apartment on the 1000 block of 12th Avenue S.E., the first of three break-ins in one week. "We're not aware if it's just because we are...

University police target thefts near Como student cooperative

Published December 3, 2001

Despite a 10 percent decrease in theft in the 2nd Precinct, a string of motor vehicle break-ins hit the Como neighborhood last week. "Unfortunately there is not a lot folks can do," said Lt. Steve Kincaid...

Man reports $1,300 missing from idle checking account

Published November 28, 2001

A Minneapolis man filed a police report last week after an unknown individual withdrew approximately $1,300 within the last two months from his US Bank checking account. Mark Watson stopped using the account...

Ventura presents terrorism initiatives

Published November 26, 2001

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura unveiled his set of anti-terrorism initiatives Wednesday to help guide lawmakers in the next legislative session. The initiatives propose to limit terrorists' access to money,...

U employee allegedly harasses co-worker; no arrest made

Published November 21, 2001

A University Buildings and Grounds worker notified police Monday that another University employee has been harassing him. On Oct. 17, an unidentified man intentionally bumped into Michael Gojjam and made...

U hosts food bioterrorism videoconference

Published November 15, 2001

As President George W. Bush encouraged the nation to not panic but remain vigilant Nov. 8, University and state officials discussed ways to prevent bioterrorism in the food industry. The University Center...

SCSU student media win repeal of nickname ban

Published November 14, 2001

St. Cloud State University media won a small victory last week when SCSU Student Government rescinded a decision to restrict their use of American Indian nicknames and logos in publications and broadcasts. However,...

U researcher mutates genes for cancer cure

Published November 13, 2001

Organisms took millions of years to evolve into their current form, but one University researcher looks to speed up the evolutionary process. Assistant biochemistry professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert's...

Discount retailers change look of fashion industry

Published November 9, 2001

When Teri Agins grew up in the 1960s, fashion magazines flaunted the new, up-and-coming styles. Now, Parisian runways mean little to a nation whose tailors are Target and Wal-Mart. Today's shoppers frequent...

SCSU bans American Indian team names from student media

Published November 8, 2001

One student was suspended from work and litigation is pending after St. Cloud State University decided to crack down on the use of American Indian nicknames or logos in their publications or broadcasts. A...

Researchers find biodiversity key to global ecology

Published November 8, 2001

University researchers think they've proven why biodiversity is so important to global ecosystems. Ecology professor David Tilman published his group's controversial findings in last week's edition of...

MSA Forum speaker Abdel resigns post

Published November 1, 2001

Minnesota Student Association Forum Speaker Matthew Abdel resigned Oct. 22 after clashing with the organization's leadership. Abdel said he resigned because of conflicts with MSA President Dan Kelly -...

Wetland concerns prompt chiller plant plan change

Published October 30, 2001

Concerns that a proposed St. Paul chiller plant would harm an adjacent wetland restoration project have been addressed by a new University proposal. The centralized chiller plant will still be constructed...

U agriculture policy changes to reflect students’ priorities

Published October 24, 2001

Agriculture no longer consists only of planting corn and raising livestock. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences wants to reflect those changes through new initiatives announced...

Regents approve St. Paul biotech precinct to enhance research

Published October 23, 2001

Groundbreaking began last week for the first building of what will become an entire section of biotechnology buildings on the St. Paul campus. The Board of Regents approved last week construction of the...

Homecoming bonfire, pepfest prep fans for game

Published October 22, 2001

Hundreds lined the red carpet to catch a glimpse of this year's Homecoming royalty and to cheer for the maroon and gold Friday on the St. Paul gymnasium field. The pepfest and bonfire concluded the weeklong...

U researchers boost winemaking’s popularity

Published October 19, 2001

Vincent Negret said he can still hardly believe he found a winemaking job in Minnesota. The political strife in his homeland of Colombia forced him to sell his family vineyard and pack his bags for the...

University releases software to assist in farm management

Published October 16, 2001

The University Center for Farm Financial Management is releasing three computer software programs this semester that aim to improve farm management and planning. More than one-half of farmers own computers,...

U professor receives agricultural economy award

Published October 11, 2001

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently awarded Richard Levins, University applied economics professor and extension agriculture economist, a two-year Food and Society Fellowship. "I see it as a great way...

U veterinary students learn to detect bioterrorism

Published October 11, 2001

It might not be a Tomahawk missile. But an anthrax-poisoned chicken can be a deadly weapon. That's why veterinary students need to learn how they can wage war on bioterrorism, University professors and...

U scientists publish global warming, prairie plant research

Published October 10, 2001

If annual temperatures around the globe continue to rise, one native Minnesota plant might not be able to adapt to the climate changes. University researchers concluded the evolution of the partridge pea...

Officials say state not in danger from terrorist attacks

Published October 9, 2001

While the United States continues to launch missile attacks on Afghanistan military camps, U.S. citizens brace themselves for another attack. And Minnesotans continue to wonder if their state could be...

U mortuary science program one of a kind in Midwest

Published October 5, 2001

Some University students work with sterile surgical tools under glaring lights - and the distinct smell of disinfectant. They don't practice their craft in an emergency room. Rather, these students can't...

University professor aids in counseling attack victims

Published October 4, 2001

A young man and his pregnant wife stood amid the chaos in the New York City service workers' union headquarters. After barely making it out of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, he is thankful he will...

POWs honored at Capitol vigil

Published September 24, 2001

Anthony Jurek will never forget the harrowing nightmare he suffered 50 years ago. He served his country in the Korean War. But he ended up enduring 30 months of confinement as a prisoner of war. "The Chinese...

Unique U graduate swine-study program celebrates 25 years

Published September 21, 2001

The word "oink" might not mean much to you. Maybe "epidemiology" doesn't either. But over the past 25 years, University faculty and students have combined hogs from the St. Paul campus and the study of...

Student-run SUPA sponsors educational events

Published September 20, 2001

Students eating at the St. Paul Student Center Terrace Cafe on Wednesday got a taste of more than just french fries and ice cream. They got lunchtime tunes from pianist Skott Freedman. "This right here...

Banks say customers remain calm despite market crash

Published September 18, 2001

Many stockholders watched in despair Monday as their investments plummeted. But local banks and investment firms didn't see a fleet of panicked customers rushing to withdraw their life savings. John Oakes,...

More professors require Internet access for classes

Published September 14, 2001

Either by creating their own Web page or utilizing the WebCT software supplied by the University, more and more professors require students to access the Internet on a regular basis. Junior biochemistry...

U political science profs speculate about next step

Published September 13, 2001

One day after the shocking East Coast terrorist attacks, the country is beginning to sort through the rubble and evidence to figure out what happened Tuesday morning. Once they figure out who is behind...

City Red Cross calls on public for blood donations

Published September 12, 2001

American Red Cross disaster relief volunteers Tuesday swarmed to the scenes of the terrorist attacks and provided assistance to victims and their families. The Minneapolis Red Cross packed 1,000 units...

Gas price rumors drive many to filling stations

Published September 12, 2001

University students and metro residents waited in lines Tuesday night to fill up their gas tanks at area filling stations after they heard rumors of rising gas prices. The rumors remain unfounded speculation...

Students divided on state sales

Published September 11, 2001

Sales tax rebates have come and gone. But many students would rather have seen the $791.3 million surplus invested in education and other social programs. "I guess I was glad to get a check in the mail,...

Graduates find fewer job options as economy slows

Published September 6, 2001

Ahmed Siddiqui faced a tighter job market when he graduated last May from the Carlson School of Management than his classmates encountered the previous spring. Nationally, employers expect to hire 19.7...

U appoints members to state-mandated excellence committee

Published September 5, 2001

The University appointed four representatives last week to the Commission on the University of Minnesota Excellence - a state-mandated committee designed to evaluate the University and ensure accountability. The...

University scientist William Nord killed in biking accident

Published August 20, 2001

William Nord, a scientist at the Soil Testing Laboratory on the St. Paul campus, died Aug. 13 while biking to work. A car struck him as he crossed Highway 280 on Broadway Avenue. He was 45. The State Patrol...

Computer viruses not a major problem for University network

Published August 10, 2001

The widespread computer virus infestation this summer has had little effect on the University's computer network. During the summer there are 15,000 to 20,000 computers on the University's network, and...