The latest on Syria, more on the impact of the sequester, a new offer to orchestra musicians, and Fair animals get their glam on
Friday, August 30, 2013
Kerry says U.S. cannot remain silent on Syria Secretary of State John Kerry said today the U.S. knows that Syria used chemical weapons and the U.S. action on Syria will not involve boots on the ground and will not be open-ended.
U of M, Mayo feeling federal budget cuts Seven months since automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts took effect, two of Minnesota's best-known research institutions are already feeling squeezed.
Suicide numbers up for working age Minnesotans Suicides in the state hit an all time high in 2011 as 684 people took their own lives. Most occurred among working age adults between 25 and 64 years old, Minnesota Department of Health data released this morning show.
State Fair University: The history and future of glass The Minnesota State Fair is a great place for experts to show off what they know in front of a group of people they wouldn't normally spend time with. We've been seeking out those experts this week. We found some more just outside Heritage Square at what is dubbed the "hottest spot at the fair."
Climatologist says late-season heat wave unusual MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat this week that affected attendance at the Minnesota State Fair, some Minneapolis public school students who didn't have access to air conditioning in class, and others this week. He also forecasts some relief from the heat soon.
Butch Thompson, a Minnesota jazz classic for the ages Butch Thompson's childhood fascination with cowboy tunes gave way to New Orleans-style jazz after his father took him to a Louis Armstrong concert at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. In the decades after came performances, played and heard, that shaped a life in music.
Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel winner, has died The Northern Ireland-born Heaney was widely considered Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Yeats. Over a half-century career he wrote 13 collections of poetry, two plays, four prose works on the process of poetry, and many other works.
Photos: Minnesota Vikings beat Tennessee Titans Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday night after injuring his neck in a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.
Gophers dispatch UNLV 51-23 Minnesota's Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday.
Antibiotic use on the farm: Are we flying blind? There's a heated debate over the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Critics say farmers overuse these drugs; farmers say they don't. It's hard to resolve the argument, in part because no one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics.
People without air conditioning look for cool spaces High temperatures and humidity this week have forced some schools to close, and kept visitors away from the State Fair. For many Minnesotans, it's been a week to stay home and take refuge in air conditioning.
First Surly brewery blueprints released The Minneapolis Planning Commission takes its first look today at the floor plan for Surly Brewing's 48,000 square foot building near the U of M Transitway, west of 280 and north of University.
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