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  • Study: Bike lanes don't cause severe congestion
    You've probably heard driver reaction when a piece of the street is set aside for a bike lane: It'll just make traffic worse. But it doesn't, according to FiveThirtyEight, which examines the 45 miles of bike lanes Minneapolis added in 2010 and 2011, specifically those segments of the road where a lane for cars was removed.April 11, 2014
  • Angry 'God' sues credit rating agency
    According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.April 11, 2014
  • 7 bike etiquette rules to avoid crashes and clashes
    Ethan Fawley, executive director of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, said he is hearing more concerns about bike etiquette as cycling continues to grow in popularity. Fawley, along with a few bicyclists on Twitter, suggested some ways to maintain safety (and harmony) as you take to the streets this spring.Here they are.April 11, 2014
  • Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech
    A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.April 10, 2014
  • Lake Minnetonka canoe is nearly 1,000 years old
    A dugout canoe discovered 80 years ago in Lake Minnetonka is hundreds of years older than previously thought and is one of the oldest of its kind ever found in Minnesota.April 10, 2014
  • Video: 'We win! Let's burn something'
    Your parents must be so proud, Iowa State students. In Ames early this morning a riot broke out during Veishea, which is billed as the annual "showcase for the university and alumni." One student was seriously hurt during the showcase.April 9, 2014
  • That massive ocean rescue operation for sick baby? It's free
    It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the Mexican coast. But the San Diego couple will not have to repay the federal government.April 8, 2014
  • City of Austin kills logo inspired by Spam
    It was a functional logo that would've worked well if a sardine plant also relocated to the city. But, alas, the rollout of the new logo was a dud and it lasted just three weeks before the Austin City Council voted down the idea, according to the Austin Daily Herald.April 8, 2014
  • Railroads lay out safety campaign after deaths rise in 2013
    At this time last year, the railroads were proudly calling 2012 their safest year ever as derailments and crossing accidents kept declining. But last year, the number of trespassing deaths rose by 47, or 11 percent, to 476, and the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly 8 percent to 250.April 8, 2014
  • Where's Ukraine? And does it matter?
    There are a couple of competing ways to look at the graphic on this post, from a survey asking people in the United States to indicate where Ukraine is. One is, "Wow, are people ever ignorant." The other is: "Wow, Americans got it right a lot of the time. For Americans."April 8, 2014
  • Tribal leaders gather to parse federal land settlement
    Hundreds of land managers from more than 70 American Indian tribes across the country are in the Twin Cities this week to discuss implementing a landmark settlement with the federal government.April 8, 2014
  • How the CIA tried to use 'Doctor Zhivago' against the USSR
    The CIA recognized the novel's "great propaganda value," according to a 1958 memo, and had the novel printed and disseminated. The agency called the book "a passive but piercing exposition of the effect of the Soviet system on the life of a sensitive intelligent citizen."April 8, 2014
  • Minnesota's 3,000-case immigration court backlog
    Nationwide, there are more than 350,000 cases in the immigration justice system.The Daily Circuit, April 7, 2014
  • A green approach to funerals, burials
    People are seeking ways to be friendlier to the earth, right to the end.The Daily Circuit, April 7, 2014
  • Firefighters face danger head on
    Many of us on a workday fret about when we can break for lunch or what the traffic will be. Men and women who are firefighters might be called upon to risk their lives. A couple of stories this week remind us of their commitment and their bond.April 5, 2014

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