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Contradicting the archbishop on abuse; lessons from an Arizona rain wrangler; heroin in the suburbs

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Contradicting Archbishop Nienstedt
    The Rev. Peter Laird described the flurry of decisions made in June 2012 when the chancery learned that the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer had been accused of sexually abusing a child. Laird said he kept Nienstedt informed of the situation. Nienstedt has said under oath that he did not talk to Laird.
  • Criminals on social media give themselves away
    Combing Facebook, Twitter and other sites is standard procedure now for police as they pursue cases. Some suspects make it easy when they post pictures of their law breaking or incriminate themselves with their online words -- or sometimes music.
  • The rain man
    Brad Lancaster, an expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors. And his work holds lessons for Minnesota.
  • Droning on about agriculture
    Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are collecting data about their fields with drones this year, hoping the information will make their farm operations more productive.
  • Applications for jobless aid near 7-year low
    The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. That's just above a seven-year low reached three weeks ago.
  • Peanuts, candy, popcorn -- and raffle tickets
    Pro sports teams are hawking more than beer and brats at games these days. They're also pushing raffle tickets that give lucky fans at the stadium a chance to win thousands and raise money for charities too. The Twins are taking a crack at the phenomenon.
  • Native American brothers near lacrosse history
    The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given out each year to the sport's best male and female players. If either of two brothers were to win it, he would be the first Native American to do so. The irony: Lacrosse was created by Native Americans.
  • Today's heroin addicts: young, white, suburban
    A survey of 9,000 patients at treatment centers around the country found that 90 percent of heroin users were white men and women. Most were relatively young - their average age was 23. And three-quarters said that they first started not with heroin but with abusing prescription opioids like OxyContin.
  • At Google, workforce mostly white, male
    "Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," Google Inc. senior vice president Laszlo Bock wrote in a blog.
  • Revisiting the divide on forced mental health treatment
    The attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara, is renewing focus on mental health and intervention programs in general -- and raising questions about whether enough is being done to prevent mass shootings and other violence.
  • Franken calls for VA chief Shinseki to resign
    Sen. Al Franken has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki to resign. Franken is among a small but growing number of Senate Democrats calling for Shinseki's ouster.
  • Warp speed for Reading Rainbow campaign
    The goal of raising $1 million by July 2 was reached within hours of the campaign's launch Wednesday on Kickstarter, according to the website. More than 23,000 donors had pledged $1.1 million by Wednesday evening.
  • Advisor: Target should drop most board members
    Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday targeted those Target board members who serve on the company's audit and corporate responsibility committee after a massive pre-Christmas data breach.
  • 5 teens charged with murder in Woodbury drug death
    Tara Fitzgerald, 17, died after she took the drugs purchased from a classmate at Woodbury High School, Washington County prosecutors said.
  • Are more oil trains headed for Minnesota?
    TransCanada, the company that wants to build the Keystone pipeline to move oil from the tar sands of Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, says it's now considering increased rail shipments in place of new pipeline capacity.

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