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New diet-reduction surgery performed for first time in Minnesota

February 21, 2002

Kelli Hopkins has been battling her weight since childhood. Two days ago, at Fairview University Hospital, the 28-year old received a surgery that might help her do what diets and exercise couldn't. Sayeed...

Hispanic health care lacking

February 13, 2002

Hispanics, Minnesota's fastest growing minority population, receive less health care than any other ethnic group in Minnesota, according to a report released Tuesday by the University's School of Public...

U seeks state funds for lab security

February 11, 2002

The University is requesting $3.9 million, as part of a state anti-terrorism bill, to tighten security of toxic chemicals, biological agents and radioactive toxins located on campus. The Board of Regents...

Wife’s experience inspires U researcher’s MRI project

February 8, 2002

Ten years ago, University bio-physicist Michael Garwood's wife Lynne felt a lump in her breast. It turned out to be benign, but the worry and emotional strain the two went through got Garwood thinking...

U research might aid in treatment of hemophilia

February 7, 2002

University researchers have found a way to stimulate the production of a clotting agent in blood cells that might someday help hemophiliacs produce the protein they need but don't have. Hemophiliacs are...

U stem cell researchers closer to disease cures

February 1, 2002

The University's Stem Cell Institute has successfully turned bone marrow stem cells into blood vessels, a finding that could help treat cancer and other diseases, researchers said in a paper published...

Bon Appetit gets new owner, plans final concert

January 31, 2002

Thursday night, at the stroke of midnight, Bon Appetit, a Dinkytown music venue, will become merely a restaurant. Its owner closed the sale of the business this week, saying the decision was partially...

Med School error releases kidney donors’ names

January 25, 2002

Two recent breaches of confidential information at the University Medical School have reinforced concern among school officials regarding the security of clinical records. The most recent breach occurred...

Potential Bon Appetit buyer plans end to music, alcohol

January 24, 2002

If the possible sale of Bon Appetit goes through, the Dinkytown music venue and restaurant could take on a daytime atmosphere well into the night. A potential buyer who said he would end live music and...

Police search researcher’s office after colleague’s files copied

December 14, 2001

An investigation into the duplication of a University professor's stem cell research data led to the Dec. 6 seizure of a fellow researcher's hard drive and Zip disks by University police. University stem...

Yudof discusses proposed credit minimum, exceptions

December 7, 2001

University President Mark Yudof said Thursday his proposal requiring students to attend classes full-time would also include many exemptions for students with extenuating circumstances. Yudof told the...

Male immigrants interviewed by law enforcement

December 5, 2001

Local law enforcement officials under direction of the U.S. attorney's Office began interviewing more than 90 male immigrants in the Twin Cities area last week, authorities said. They are some of approximately...

Police suspect same man in Subway, Blimpie robberies

November 16, 2001

A man who claimed to have a gun in his jacket attempted to rob a restaurant on Washington Avenue S.E. Wednesday night, and police think the same suspect robbed a nearby restaurant in an identical fashion...

U student charged in rec center fight

November 14, 2001

A University senior was charged Thursday with third-degree assault after he allegedly punched another student in the mouth during a basketball game at the University rec center last May. According to the...

Police arrest man in Como area for alleged peeping

November 7, 2001

A University student said a man has been peeping into her house since this summer, sometimes pressing his face against a window. Police arrested the suspect Friday. "At first it seemed like just a peeping...

Student pleads guilty in UMD case

November 1, 2001

The former field captain of the University of Minnesota-Duluth men's rugby team pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing alcohol to minors at an April party attended by a freshman teammate who was found dead...

Man charged with assault after alleged shooting

October 31, 2001

A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault after allegedly shooting at two men early Sunday morning near Como and 18th avenues Southeast. Police arrested Yonrico Calloway less than...

Sophomore charged with third-degree sexual assault

October 24, 2001

A sophomore was charged with third-degree sexual assault Friday after he allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old woman at a prominent Sixth Street Southeast apartment complex Oct. 10. Jason Richard Klug was...

U police respond to anthrax calls, fears

October 19, 2001

University police have responded to at least nine reports of suspicious powders, envelopes or packages since Monday - 16 in all since Sept. 11. The Minneapolis bomb squad responded to suspicious packages...

U students report con schemes; one suspect arrested

October 17, 2001

University police said officers arrested a man Thursday who allegedly swindled a University freshman out of $400 and then drove him around Minneapolis demanding more money. Police said they've identified...

Community investigators put new face on U police department

October 15, 2001

Officer Josh Betts said his new assignment will help dispel the public's perception of police as bogeymen who only show up when something bad happens or to bust someone. Betts is a community investigator,...

Homeless often found in U buildings after hours, detective says

October 10, 2001

A researcher at the Mayo Memorial Building who worked on Saturday - an off day - found a man asleep at her desk. Dr. Catherine Bendel said the man, 35-year-old Jimmy James Hitchcock, stole and consumed...

Men allegedly attempt to kill homeless man

October 3, 2001

Two men who allegedly beat, robbed and burned a homeless man last week appeared in court Tuesday on charges of second-degree attempted murder, authorities said. Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center...

University professor suspects bomb in package, calls police

September 27, 2001

The Minneapolis police bomb squad was called to the Carlson School of Management on Sunday after a professor became suspicious of a package he received, said University police Sgt. Brad Herberg. Professor...

Student reports losing $200 to parking lot swindler

September 26, 2001

Janey Hsu, 18, was walking to her car near Middlebrook Hall two Saturdays ago when a man convinced her to give him $200 to retrieve his car from the Minneapolis impound lot. He promised to call her and...

Blacks account for fewer St. Paul police stops, data shows

September 21, 2001

The St. Paul Police Department doesn't pull over and search blacks at the same disproportionate rates it did months before, according to data presented to the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday. St. Paul...

Rape suspect Willis pleads innocent; trial date set for Jan. 3

September 19, 2001

Bruce Edward Willis, 48, who was charged in July with sexually assaulting two women - one in south Minneapolis and one near the University - pleaded innocent Thursday in Hennepin County District Court. According...

Weekend alcohol patrol issues underage citations

September 13, 2001

University police cited more than 75 people for alcohol-related violations between last Thursday and Monday, 55 of them for minor consumption of alcohol. Most of these tickets were written Thursday through...

U junior allegedly assaulted; grad chases stereo thief

September 12, 2001

A 19-year-old man was charged with third-degree assault Friday for hitting a University junior in the jaw at Delta Tau Delta fraternity on University Avenue. According to the criminal complaint, Michael...

State troopers, U police combine to curb alcohol violations

September 6, 2001

During the next two weekends, Thursday through Saturday, five extra state troopers and University police officers will seek alcohol-related infringements on campus as part of a program called Operation...

Independent candidate runs for mayor as ‘Old Skool’ party

August 8, 2001

Editor's note: This profile is part of The Minnesota Daily's continuing coverage of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. Ask Steven Houdek why he wants to be mayor of Minneapolis and he'll ask you, "Why not?" A...

Rybak accuses Stenglein of ‘push polling’ in mayoral race

August 8, 2001

DFL mayoral candidate R.T. Rybak accused independent candidate Mark Stenglein on Tuesday of having campaigners pose as pollsters, call voters and defame Rybak's candidacy. Laura Sether, Rybak's co-campaign...

Student renters battle housing crisis despite property tax cut

August 6, 2001

Along with a 13.8 percent tuition increase and one of the lowest rental-vacancy rates in the country, rent increases of more than 20 percent could take a toll on University students' pocketbooks. Spectrum...

Rendezview Video to close after repeated robberies

August 1, 2001

Rendezview Video on Como and 15th avenues will close its doors for good after being robbed Sunday at knifepoint for the fourth time in six months. "I promised myself that if something else happened, I...

Woman charged in scuffle with U music professors

July 27, 2001

The city attorney's office charged a woman with fifth degree misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct Tuesday after she allegedly attacked two professors at Ferguson Hall. Kaarina Khayya Mindaly, 43,...

Visiting fraternity brother arrested, released in rape investigation

July 20, 2001

Minneapolis police arrested a Creighton University chapter member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity July 14 for the alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman near the University campus. Charges have...

Rybak pledges action on campaign funding, housing

July 16, 2001

Editor's note: This is the fourth of The Minnesota Daily's profiles on each of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. Mayoral candidate R.T. Rybak, 45, paints himself as a political newcomer who knows how the...

U Sherlock Holmes exhibit draws fans from around world

July 9, 2001

Maybe it's his powers of deduction or the elegance of the Victorian era. Julie McKuras, a longtime Sherlockian, can't explain the appeal of Sherlock Holmes. McKuras volunteers at Anderson Library and helps...

Minneapolis police change search policy

June 29, 2001

Minneapolis police released their policy Thursday on opposing racial profiling in their ranks. Wednesday night, Minneapolis police officers received a letter from Chief Robert Olson explaining they are...

Teammates charged in UMD rugby liquor case

June 27, 2001

Three senior members of the University of Minnesota Duluth men's rugby team were charged Tuesday with furnishing alcohol to a minor at a party attended by a 19-year-old rugby player who was found dead...

Liquor store owner acquitted in Thielen case

June 20, 2001

Yibeltal Mebratu, the West Bank liquor store owner accused of selling alcohol to Jonathan Thielen and three other University students, was found not guilty of furnishing liquor to a minor Tuesday. The...

Classic hot rods highlight St. Anthony arts festival

June 18, 2001

Mark Anderson, 55, cruised around the cobblestone streets near St. Anthony Main on Saturday and Sunday in his custom golf cart equipped with a horn that whistles a cat call, an adjusted governor and purple...

Selling bodily fluids, property can be lucrative student option

June 6, 2001

With the expense of tuition, books, and the taxes of a student lifestyle, some students sell sperm, plasma, CDs and books when strapped for cash. At Cryogenic Laboratories in Roseville, men can sell sperm...

U cops offer advice to new students

June 6, 2001

Every week students, faculty and visitors report thefts of laptops, wallets, purses and bikes to the University police department. Capt. Steve Johnson said students can be so preoccupied with class and...

Pervo pleads guilty, sentenced in porn case

June 1, 2001

Richard Ivan Pervo, a former University professor, pleaded guilty Wednesday to posessing more than 4,200 images depicting children in sexual acts. He received eight years probation and one year in a state...

Longtime West Bank resident last of his kind

June 1, 2001

Few signs remain of the small community the University began replacing in the late 1950s and nearly wiped out in the 1970s to build its West Bank campus. Only a 70-year-old man and his house are left from...

Racial profiling report confirms St. Paul’s problem

May 25, 2001

St. Paul Police Chief William Finney said Thursday that data collected between Apr. 15, 2000, and Dec. 15, 2000, confirms his department has a problem with racial profiling. "We know there are issues of...

Students enjoy variety, intensity of May session

May 23, 2001

For the second year, more than 2,000 students are cramming an average of three credits into three-week May session courses. In a College of Continuing Education survey of students who took May session...