The Minnesota Daily

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Jenkins receives posthumous degree; autopsy remains inconclusive

May 20, 2003

The University posthumously awarded Chris Jenkins a business degree Sunday, almost four months after authorities pulled his body from the Mississippi River upstream from the Minneapolis campus. Sara Jenkins...

Fourth felony is issued in riots

May 8, 2003

The Hennepin County attorney announced Tuesday a fourth person has been charged with a felony in the April 12 riot after the Gophers men's hockey NCAA championship. Nicholas Chlebeck, a 19-year-old Lake...

Counterfeit bill found in West Bank skyway store

May 8, 2003

An employee at the West Bank skyway store found a counterfeit $1 bill in the cash register and reported it to police Friday after contacting a bank. Staff at the Secret Service's Minneapolis field office...

Group files complaint against Minneapolis police

May 7, 2003

A complaint outlining allegations against Minneapolis police and asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate police practices was filed yesterday. The request asks for a federal investigation...

Cause of Chris Jenkins’ death is still a mystery

May 6, 2003

Though police recovered his body from the Mississippi River in February, Chris Jenkins' family still does not know how he died. "It's taking as long to get results as it did to find him, said Steve Jenkins,...

Minneapolis police crack down on fake IDs at campus bars

May 1, 2003

Minneapolis police cited seven people for possession of false or altered identification at The Library Bar & Grill the night of April 24. "(Police) have been working with area bars to crack down on...

Police issue citations over Spring Jam weekend for Operation NightCAP

April 29, 2003

Thirty-six officers roamed the streets of the University and its surrounding area over the weekend on the lookout for illegal alcohol activities and drunk drivers. During the weekend, police issued 21...

Two vehicles vandalized in green paint on Earth Day

April 24, 2003

A University student woke up Wednesday morning to find his Jeep Grand Cherokee had been spray-painted with a long, green stripe over the hood, ending with an "X" over his gas tank. Rick Wymer, a natural...

Attorney reviews case against 2 in Melrose bombing

April 22, 2003

The Hennepin County Attorney's office is reviewing a case against two individuals connected to five small bombs found in the Melrose Apartments on March 27, Minneapolis police said. "The county attorney...

U police file reports on Dinkytown riot crimes

April 17, 2003

University police filed reports on more than 40 crimes Saturday night, almost all from the post-game crowd that gathered in Dinkytown. Minneapolis police made 11 arrests during the riot, and both departments...

Student loses spleen, says rubber bullet was cause

April 17, 2003

A University student was released Wednesday evening from the hospital after an emergency operation to remove his spleen, which was bleeding internally, after he was allegedly shot with a rubber bullet...

U braces for hockey crowds after last year’s riot

April 11, 2003

Mariucci Arena will open its doors Saturday night to give Gophers hockey fans a place to watch the NCAA championship game and, if the team wins, celebrate together. "What we learned last year was people...

Rising temperatures bring increase in U bicycle thefts

April 10, 2003

University police took reports on three bikes stolen on and off campus Wednesday. University Police Capt. Steve Johnson said bike thefts spike in the spring. "If you're going to go shopping for apples,...

Unlicensed driver hits former U student

April 4, 2003

A man driving with a suspended license hit a former University student riding a bicycle March 28 at the intersection of Fulton Street and East River Road. An off-duty Minneapolis police officer stopped...

U legal service helps activated military students write wills

April 3, 2003

University Student Legal Services has been helping students activated for military service write wills. "In the wills we've seen, people have been instructed to get this in order," said Mark Karon, one...

Meningococcal meningitis claims student’s life

March 28, 2003

A University undergraduate student and sorority member diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis was pronounced dead midday Thursday. Kristin Marx, 20, a Carlson School of Management sophomore from Madison,...

Fire house adds decontamination units

March 26, 2003

The Minneapolis Fire Department station closest to campus will house an advanced hazardous material decontamination unit starting this week. Minneapolis and St. Paul are the first cities to purchase the...

Former U student beaten, mugged in Dinkytown

March 13, 2003

Two men approached a former University student early Saturday morning in front of 626 14th Ave. S.E. and struck him on the side of the head before knocking him down and mugging him. According to the police...

Carlson School to award Jenkins posthumous degree

March 13, 2003

The University's Carlson School of Management announced it will award Chris Jenkins his Bachelor of Science in business posthumously. It is the first time the Carlson School has awarded a posthumous degree...

Mounted patrol rides for last time

March 12, 2003

After one last patrol, several four-legged fixtures of the St. Paul police rode into the sunset Tuesday. Nineteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, the mounted patrol suited up for its last day patrolling...

U police investigate unrelated false bomb threats

March 6, 2003

University police responded to an anonymous bomb threat Thursday afternoon at Como Student Community Cooperative at 1024 27th Ave. S.E. It was the second bomb threat call in two weeks, University police...

Jenkins’ memory inspires tears and smiles for the mourners gathered at his funeral

March 5, 2003

Family and friends filled the Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie almost to capacity last night to remember and mourn University student Chris Jenkins at his funeral. Jenkins' body was found...

Student attacked near superblock, U-owned truck stolen and recovered

February 28, 2003

A University student was attacked early Saturday morning as he returned to Territorial Hall. The attacker was described as a skinny, black male with short hair wearing a light blue fleece jacket who approached...

Paralyzed U student settles lawsuit, differs with police in account of shooting

February 27, 2003

A 19-year-old University first-year student, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot twice by an Apple Valley police officer more than two years ago, has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for...

Woodbury man faces charges for fabricating evidence of U degrees

February 21, 2003

A Woodbury man faces felony forgery charges for allegedly claiming to possess University degrees he never earned. University police issued a summons Tuesday for Jason R. Severtson to appear in court for...

U police apprehend suspects in string of purse, wallet thefts

February 20, 2003

University police apprehended three female suspects Tuesday afternoon in connection with a string of purse and wallet thefts on campus. Police arrested one suspect on a felony theft warrant and another...

U.S. marshals arrest student loan debtors in Twin Cities

February 14, 2003

U.S. marshals began arresting federal student loan debtors in the Twin Cities area Thursday and planned to issue more warrants today. Named "Operation Anaconda Squeeze" by the U.S. Marshals Service, the...

Nigerian credit card scam hits U bookstores

February 7, 2003

Police are investigating a string of orders made over the Internet from University Bookstores with stolen credit card numbers. "We don't know yet how they've gotten the numbers," said Lt. Chuck Miner of...

200 remember double homicide in Hudson

February 6, 2003

Approximately 200 people gathered in Hudson, Wis., to recognize the one-year anniversary of a double homicide involving a University student. Family, friends and community members met at the O'Connell...

Police evidence room houses more than a few odds ‘n’ ends

February 5, 2003

Drugs, money, guns and light fixtures have one thing in common: They've done time in the University police evidence room. Behind three locked doors, a small room holds every piece of evidence in limbo...

$5,000 still missing following rare Northrop theft incident

January 30, 2003

Police are waiting for new information concerning a safe containing $5,000 that was stolen from a main-floor office in Northrop Auditorium earlier this month. A Lancer Catering employee noticed the safe...

Special Olympicsfund-raisers receiveawards, recognition

January 29, 2003

University police and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity received recognition Tuesday for their fund raising and volunteer service for Special Olympics Minnesota. Sigma Alpha Epsilon raised more than $16,000...

Police to meet, brainstorm on Jenkins, other missing men

January 27, 2003

Police from across Minnesota and Wisconsin will meet in Stearns County on Thursday to pool information on four missing persons cases involving young men. Chris Jenkins, a 21-year-old Carlson School of...

Undergrad research symposium showcases life sciences projects

May 2, 2002

Senior Joe Morrissey knows his beer. Morrissey compared the germination performance of Stander and Robust barleys as part of a research project highlighted at the 16th Annual Life Sciences Undergraduate...

Inspiration, new topics drive profs to write own textbooks

April 19, 2002

It is not uncommon for students sitting in class to look down and realize the author of the book they are reading is actually standing in front of them. Professors choose to use their own textbooks in...

Dayton addresses greenhouse gases, energy issues

April 4, 2002

Most students probably don't think their daily routines impact the spread of disease, rising ocean levels or climate temperatures. But the energy everyone uses during the course of the day contributes...

Jewish students mark Passover’s first night

March 28, 2002

University Jewish students unable to journey home Wednesday convened on campus to observe the first night of Passover. Freshman Marcia Orcholoski would ordinarily attend Seder - a traditional meal commemorating...

Six students streak across Northrop Mall

March 26, 2002

For some students, the first day of school after spring break means the end of public nudity. But six University students prolonged the debauchery for one more day by running naked through Northrop Mall...

Brown favors transit upgrades, stricter crime punishment

August 13, 2001

As an assistant manager and bartender at Tracey's Saloon in the Seward neighborhood, independent mayoral candidate Gregory A. Brown said he has seen firsthand how Minneapolis has neglected elderly and...