MPR News Update for Dec. 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
This weekend, as the #BlackLivesMatter demonstration unfolded at the Mall of America, news of two New York police officers' deaths was beginning to spread. NewsCut explores the intersection of mental health and policing that lies somewhere near the heart of the conflict. (And, because it's Monday: Your forecast for the week.)
- Women accuse their landlords of sexual harrassment
Experts say the experiences described by Twin Cities women are common, especially among the poor.
- To Bruce Kramer, denying our death means we're missing out
Talking frankly about ALS and death, Kramer says, beats giving in to bitterness.
| Full series: Living with ALS
- Medical device tax opponents envision victory in spring
The medical device industry has spent more than $150 million to convince Congress to kill a tax on its devices, arguing it costs tens of thousands of jobs.
- #BlackLivesMatter protest fills Mall of America rotunda; 25 arrested
Protesters with their arms in the air, chanting, "Hands up! Don't shoot!" walked through the Mall of America Saturday afternoon, while others gathered in the building's rotunda amid stories-high silver Christmas trees, chanting "Black Lives Matter." | Photos: Protesters disrupt Mall of America
- Great Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list
The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states.
- Bradley Cooper and 'American Sniper' widow team up to tell SEAL's story
In his book, 'American Sniper,' Chris Kyle detailed his 150 plus kills of Iraqi insurgents during his time as a Navy SEAL. The book was on its way to being adapted into a film when Kyle was shot and killed by a troubled young veteran. The film, starring Bradley Cooper, comes out on Christmas Day. | Ventura sues HarperCollins over 'American Sniper'
- Flu in Minnesota: Children's Hospitals seeing record number of ER visits
Many Minnesota hospitals are getting slammed with sick people suffering from influenza and other viruses, and a second child under the age of 18 has died from influenza. | How to protect yourself and others
- Suspended Community Action CEO denies wrongdoing, plans comeback
"I believe that I will be vindicated," said Bill Davis, the suspended CEO of Community Action of Minneapolis. It's the first time Davis has spoken publicly since the state of Minnesota shuttered his nonprofit in September. | Earlier: Despite warnings, state kept cash flowing to controversial nonprofit
- For the holidays: Good wine that won't bust your budget
Tips on avoiding bad wine during this holiday season.
| How to make a festive cocktail | Make (and braid) Christmas bread like a pro
- For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas cheer is wrapped up in lefse
"It's probably one of the first foods I fell in love with," says Megan Walhood, who lives in Portland Ore., and has family roots in Norway.
- Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski
The Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia recognizes outstanding service to Polish culture.
| At 90, composer and conductor is not slowing down
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