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University of Minnesota General Council Mark Rotenberg in his office Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Macnamura Alumni Center.

On the front line

May 2, 2013

His kids were staying in a different hotel room to avoid any distractions, and his wife had to persuade him to go to sleep — he’d defaulted to a law school lifestyle and stayed up into the...

Mulcahy takes a bow

December 14, 2012

Tim Mulcahy gave his final bow to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Thursday, when he presented the 2012 report on research. The vice president for research is leaving on a good note —...

Obama wins Minnesota

November 6, 2012

The Associated Press has called President Barack Obama as the winner of Minnesota's 10 electoral votes. With just under a quarter of state precincts reporting, Obama had 52.4 percent of the Minnesota vote...

U opera show to get airtime on TPT

October 26, 2012

By Marjorie Otto The University of Minnesota’s University Opera Theatre production of "Parables" will be shown on Twin Cities Public Television for the next two weekends. With the...

Omar guilty in Mpls. terror trial

October 22, 2012

A jury on Thursday convicted a Minneapolis man of helping local men, including two former University of Minnesota students who are now presumed dead, travel to Somalia to fight with terrorist group al-Shabab. Mahamud...

Government introduces final terror witness

October 16, 2012

After introducing its key witness Monday, the U.S. government has laid out over nine days almost its entire case against a Minneapolis man charged with helping other local men return to Somalia to join...

U student charged in hit-run

October 10, 2012

A University of Minnesota student was charged in connection to a June hit-and-run on Tuesday. Tyler Braunschweig, a 19-year-old design student from Appleton, Wis., is charged with criminal vehicular operation. Just...

Stage is set for terror trial arguments

October 3, 2012

A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in the trial for Minneapolis man Mahamud Said Omar, who’s charged with helping local men travel to Somalia to join terrorist group al-Shabab. The prosecution...

First Mpls. terror trial begins

October 2, 2012

The trial of a Minneapolis man charged with helping young men go to Somalia to fight with terrorist group al-Shabab began with jury selection Monday. Mahamud Said Omar’s trial is the public’s...

Washington Ave. bridge to close Aug. 20-26 to lay tracks

August 15, 2012

Washington Avenue Bridge will close for a week, starting Monday, for construction workers to lay Central Corridor light-rail tracks on it, Metropolitan Council spokeswoman Laura Baenen said. She said the...

A look at U officials’ finance disclosures

July 25, 2012

The scandals are few and far between — most notably Steve Sviggum in recent years — but when conflicts of interest arise for the University of Minnesota’s leaders and employees, it can...

Former University mortuary science student Amanda Tatro speaks to reporters after the ora arguments in her case against the University on Feb. 8, 2012 outside the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Student in Facebook posts case found dead

June 27, 2012

  Amanda Tatro, who fought the University of Minnesota over punishment it imposed on her over Facebook posts, was found dead Tuesday morning. Her death comes less than a week after she lost the high-profile...

Minn. high court rules in U’s favor in Tatro case

June 20, 2012

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the University of Minnesota didn’t violate the free speech rights of a student it disciplined over Facebook posts. Mortuary science student Amanda...

Wheelock named VP U Services

Wheelock named VP U Services

June 14, 2012

Pam Wheelock will be the new University of Minnesota vice president for University Services, the University announced Thursday. Wheelock was the interim CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota from...

Dayton, Rybak appoint stadium authority

June 14, 2012

Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on Thursday announced their appointments to the five-member board that will work with the Vikings to develop the new football stadium downtown. Dayton...

Wood named Crookston chancellor

May 21, 2012

Fred E. Wood, currently a chancellor at the University of California, has been named the next leader of the Univeristy of Minnesota's Crookston campus. Wood will begin as chancellor July 2, pending final...

Daily Digest: Dayton vetoes abortion bill, FTC ups the ante of Google case

April 27, 2012

Your Daily Digest for Friday, April 27: Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed one abortion bill Thursday, and will likely veto another coming through the House, the Star Tribune reported. On Thursday, he said “no”...

Attorney Jordan Kushner argues before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of his client, former University student Amanda Tatro, on Wednesday at the capitol.  Tatro sued the University over disciplinary actions the University took after she posted comments on Facebook the that administrators found threatening.

The University of Minnesota and the Supreme Court: too close for comfort?

April 10, 2012

When the University of Minnesota goes to the state’s highest court, less than half of the justices sit on the bench. There’s a lot of overlap between the University of Minnesota and the state...

State supreme court to re-hear Tatro case

March 8, 2012

The Amanda Tatro Facebook court case is getting another round at the Minnesota Supreme Court because a justice recused himself because of Univeristy of Minnesota ties. Associate Justice Paul Anderson wrote...

Marla Thao looks over notes during her Writing for Your Major class Feb. 16 at the Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis. Thao started college courses while serving a seven-year prison sentence for promotion of prostitution.

Books behind bars

February 27, 2012

Marla Thao has a binder of diplomas and a criminal record. There’s her associate of science degree, an office support certificate and her paralegal degree. She got them while serving seven years...

Daily Digest: Dayton backtracks, redistricting maps out tomorrow, courthouse security scrutinized

February 20, 2012

Your Daily Digest for Monday, February 20: Despite promising to show constituents how he spends his time, Gov. Mark Dayton won’t release his daily calendar, the AP reported. After making that promise...

Daily Digest: MN gets Times treatment, Sandusky to see grandkids, Mpls wants to monitor monuments

February 13, 2012

 Your Daily Digest for Monday, Feb. 13: The New York Times featured Minnesota in a Sunday story about how those critical of big government also take advantage of it. Ki Gulbranson of Chisago County...

Unemployment drops to 8.3 percent in January

February 5, 2012

By Jill Jensen January unemployment fell 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 percent, the lowest it's been in three years. Employment rose nationally by 243,000 jobs during the month, according to a White House...

Daily Digest: snow falls, college enrollment rises for Mpls. high school grads

January 20, 2012

Your Daily Digest for Friday, Jan. 20th: Snow hit the cities Friday. Minnesota roads saw 177 crashes between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m., the PiPress reported. They caused 22 injuries, though none was serious....

Daily Digest: Egypt votes, SEC/Citigroup deal blocked over secrecy, study on social media marketing released

November 28, 2011

Unexpectedly large lines formed in both rich and poor neighborhoods of Cairo Monday morning for the first Egyptian parliamentary vote since Hosni Mubarak's ouster earlier this year. The New York Times...

Students from Blaine High School examine a pig heart and lungs Thursday at the Experimental Surgical Services lab.  The heart was one station on a tour of the lab, where researchers test medical devices on animals.

U researcher counters activist groups over animal research

November 21, 2011

Dick Bianco has a panic button under his desk. As head of Experimental Surgical Services at the University of Minnesota, heâÄôs been the focus of animal rights activistsâÄô rage. Bianco...

Daily Digest: Italy austerity, Penn State presser, law loophole

November 11, 2011

  Your Daily Digest for Nov. 11, 2011 The Italian Senate today approved a set of austerity measures to do its part in tackling the European euro crisis as the entire continent is under pressure from...

Army creates “culture cards” for soldiers overseas

October 27, 2011

The U.S. Army is employing “culture cards” to help soldiers better assimilate with and understand Islamic culture where they serve. By understanding the local culture, soldiers can reduce friction...

Daily Digest: weather, Turkey, sports

October 24, 2011

By Evie Smirnitskaya Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic – the weather. Did you know today is the nicest day of the week? The Star Tribune did. See, now we broke the ice with small talk and...

Obama announces full withdrawal from Iraq by Dec. 31

October 21, 2011

President Obama announced today the withdrawal of the 39,000 remaining American troops in Iraq by year’s end. The announcement comes after Obama failed to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government...

Daily Digest: FCC deal, Norway royalty visit, Occupy update

October 17, 2011

By Evie Smirnitskaya Your Daily Digest for Monday, Oct. 17: Parents of media-savvy teens everywhere will have to do a little less nagging as wireless service providers and the Federal Communications Commission...

Daily Digest: eating disorder coverage, fatal 35W crash, Occupy Wall Street developments

October 14, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Friday, Oct. 14: The fight over if and how much insurance covers eating disorder residential care is heating up, the New York Times reported today. The federal government in 2008...

Daily Digest: Deadly protests in Egypt, UN report on Afghan torture, a royal visit

October 10, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Oct. 10: Egypt this weekend had its most violent protests since the February ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the New York Times reports. Christians, angry over an attack...

U heads for ‘patent cliff’

October 6, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs research community will be out of a big chunk of spending money as patents on a blockbuster HIV drug expire. The school has made more than $350 million off a drug...

Daily Digest: SCOTUS starts, protests at home and abroad

October 3, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Oct. 3: The Supreme Court’s October term opens today, and it’s gonna be a feisty one. The agenda “both reflects the nation’s political landscape and offers the potential...

Daily Digest: Obama unveils tax plan, small businesses call out Google, City Council tamps down car expenses

September 19, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Sept. 19: President Obama will unveil a plan this morning to cut $3 trillion in spending over the next decade, the New York Times reports. The Times calls this the administration’s...

Daily Digest: Ramp stabbing, bridge memorial, Sept. 11 coverage

September 12, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Sept. 12: A man was stabbed to death in downtown Minneapolis last night, the Strib reports. A reported fight left one dead and another wounded in the Ramp C parking lot on...

TOP: Rescue workers continue their efforts Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at the site of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

BOTTOM: Brian Wiedenmeier comforts Lucy Faurot during the Minnesota Student Association-sponsored candlelight vigil Sept. 13, 2001 on Northrop Mall. (MICHAEL STENERSON, DAILY FILE PHOTO)

September 11

September 12, 2011

On that Tuesday 10 years ago, campus life halted as students crowded screens to watch horrifying events unfold. Now a new generation mills through campus. For students now, the attacks have sat in the...

Charges against Diane Bakdash dropped

August 17, 2011

Prosecutors have dropped accomplice charges against the mother of the Dinkytown hit-and-run driver, the Strib reported today. Diane Bakdash,66, faced felony charges after a witness overheard her telling...

University of inefficiency?

August 10, 2011

Math professor William Messing thinks the University of Minnesota should tear down Morrill Hall and house the administration in a tent. There are too many administrators and theyâÄôre overpaid,...

Sex company funds Med School position

August 1, 2011

An erotic toy company's donation to a U Med School chair is raising eyebrows in cyberworld today, but the U's rep says the company, Adam & Eve, is only one of many donors to the position, MPR reports. The...

U prof leads campaign against device report

July 28, 2011

By reporter Sally Hunter: A University of Minnesota law professor has been leading a campaign challenging a report that could propose a harder approval process for a variety of medical devices, according...

City police and county sheriffs worked to pull the body out of the Mississippi River on Wednesday afternoon.

[Photo] Body pulled from Mississippi River near campus

July 27, 2011

City police and county sheriffs worked to pull the body out of the Mississippi River on Wednesday afternoon.

City police and county sheriffs worked to pull the body out of the Mississippi River on Wednesday afternoon.

Body pulled from Mississippi River near campus

July 27, 2011

Officials pulled a body out of the Mississippi River near the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday afternoon. A sheriff onsite said the victim appeared to have been dead for some time. The victim was...

New leaders at U, MnSCU could mean new collaboration

July 8, 2011

The coinciding of major power transitions at the U and MnSCU could be an opportunity for new collaboration in a time of disappearing state aid, MPR reports today. The U's new president, Eric Kaler, took...

State is shut down

July 1, 2011

Minnesota's state government shut down at midnight Thursday night because the DFL governor and his colleagues couldn't reach a budget deal with Republican legislators. The budget impasse grew from about...

“Chemical spill” determined to be bad smell

June 24, 2011

The "possible chemical spill" students heard about in a TXT-U alert Thursday night and Friday morning is actually an unidentified bad odor that's not danger, University spokeswoman Patty Mattern said today....

Riverside Plaza to welcome safety center

June 24, 2011

A safety center will open in August at the multi-colored Riverside Plaza apartment complex, considered the hub of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The center, one facet of a larger safety plan unveiled...

Weiner resigns

June 16, 2011

Embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, is stepping down as a belated result of his Twitter sexting scandal, the New York Times reported this morning. He officially announced his resignation at a Brooklyn...

IRS cracks down, revokes thousands of tax exemptions

June 15, 2011

Cheryl Reitan had a headache to deal with Friday. The Internal Revenue Service seemed to say the entire University of Minnesota-Duluth lost its tax-exempt status, meaning donations to the school were no...