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Archdiocese didn't report priest's pornography, says former church official. Also, Laird, top deputy of archdiocese, resigns

Friday, October 4, 2013

  • Archdiocese didn't report priest's pornography, says former church official
    Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis leaders confiscated pornography -- some of which portrayed children -- from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's old laptop. But they didn't report it until a church official found it and went to police herself.
  • Laird, top deputy of archdiocese, resigns
    "I am hopeful my decision to step aside at this time, along with the formation of a new task force can help repair the trust of many, especially the victims of abuse," the Rev. Peter Laird said in a prepared statement. He will continue to serve in a variety of roles within the archdiocese.
  • After Totino-Grace fires openly gay teacher, parents differ on policy
    The Catholic high school's action has sparked discussion. There's no consistent policy for how Catholic schools and colleges treat openly gay teachers or staff in relationships.
  • Ex-teacher Seibel to be sentenced in Shattuck-St. Mary's sex charges
    Lynn Seibel pleaded guilty to seven counts in July, more than a year after police began investigating alleged sexual contact with students at Shattuck-St. Mary's school.
  • Vikings, Minnesota seal stadium deal; seat license fee averages $2,500
    The $975 million project will be paid for jointly: $348 million will come from state taxpayers, $150 million from hospitality taxes in Minneapolis and $477 million from the Vikings.
  • Video: How Vikings stardium seat licenses work
    Three out of four fans will have to buy a license in the new 65,000 seat stadium, at an average cost of $2,500. The licenses are one-time fees that give buyers ownership of the seat. They're also commodities that can be traded or sold.
  • Minnesota Wild starts season as Lynx enter WNBA Finals
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about those stories with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
  • Lynx success has turned team into profitable venture
    It took a decade for the Minnesota Lynx to become a profitable operation. "This has just been a wonderful opportunity now that we have the team and are also profitable," says owner Glen Taylor.
  • Rodriguez sues MLB and Selig, citing 'witch hunt'
    The suit claims Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball have tried to smear Rodriguez' reputation to "gloss over" Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball.
  • Vanska to conduct three farewell concerts this weekend
    Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of Minnesota Orchestra< this week, will conduct musicians when they perform two shows this weekend.
  • MNsure not releasing enrollment numbers yet
    MNsure isn't releasing enrollment numbers yet. The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan.
  • Obama cancels Asia trip to deal with shutdown
    In a statement late Thursday, the White House blamed Republicans, saying the "completely avoidable" government shutdown was hurting the president's efforts to promote trade and U.S. influence in emerging world markets.
  • Shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor
    WIC serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children, providing what advocates say is vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.
  • Why handful of hard-liners has hold on Boehner
    To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them. It's an uneasy one at best.
  • For tea party, shutdown is worth the pain
    The hard-line stance of refusing to support any deal that would reopen the government without delaying, defunding or destroying the Affordable Care Act, pleases many conservatives who are willing to trade the temporary
  • CDC: Shutdown strains illness tracking
    The federal government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits. With the shutdown, a portion of the team of people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been sent home.
  • Police shoot, kill driver outside Capitol after chase
    Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
  • Mom: Woman killed in DC chase was depressed
    The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House said her daughter suffered from post-partum depression.
  • How Snowden's email provider tried to foil the FBI
    Right before Edward Snowden told the world it was he who had leaked information about some of the government's most secret surveillance programs, the FBI was hot on his trail. One of the places they looked was Lavabit, the company that hosted Snowden's email account.
  • Your digital trail: Data fuels political and legal agendas
    If you are one of those people who say, "I've done nothing wrong; I've got nothing to hide," do you have any reason to worry that someone might try to use your digital records against you? "The answer, one reasearcher says, is that there has never before been as much data so easily available about us.
  • Twitter hopes to raise $1B in IPO
    Twitter has unsealed the documents for its planned initial public offering of stock and says it hopes to raise up to $1 billion in one of the year's most eagerly awaited stock market debuts.
  • Union Depot performance recalls the 'Orphan Trains'
    St. Paul's Union Depot will host a multi-media performance about the history of the orphan trains. Thousands of orphans rode on trains from the east coast to find homes in the towns and farms of the Midwest.
  • The 'Big Bang' in a childhood brain
    Brain scientists say in the first five years of life there is an explosion in your brain that stays with you all your life. The co-directors of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington told a 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival audience we're in the midst of a revolution in our understanding of development of the early brain.
  • A grass-roots rally to protect South Carolina's massive 'Angel Oak'
    The storied over 400-year-old tree near Charleston, with an expansive canopy and massive, gnarled branches that sweep the ground, attracts thousand of visitors each year. Local conservationists are rushing to raise enough money to buy the land around the centuries-old live oak to protect it from development.
  • NPR's Peter Sagal to run Twin Cities Marathon Sunday
    This will be Sagal's 11th marathon and his first in the Twin Cities. He said he's hoping to finish in under three and a half hours.

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