People & Places

  • The slow forgetting of a space disaster
    America wasn't familiar with losing astronauts when Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee burned to death in their Apollo capsule on the launch pad during a 1967 test of their Saturn 1B rocket. We'd never lost an astronaut before. For each of the 47 years since, Betty Grissom has led those who remember the tragedy.March 14, 2014
  • No gay vets in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade
    The organizers of the parade are refusing to allow any gay groups to march. For two weeks, the city's politicians have tried to broker a deal between the Allied War Veterans Council, the parade sponsors, and MassEquality to allow gay veterans to march in the parade. But the Council said the only way they could is if there was no reference to their sexual orientation.March 14, 2014
  • Home repair experts offer spring fix-up advice
    Our regular home repair experts join us to answer your questions on repairing the damage of winter and getting your home ready for the warmer months.The Daily Circuit, March 13, 2014
  • Judge rules women can keep fathers out of delivery room
    The ruling involves a couple who got engaged after the woman became pregnant but later broke up. The man sued for the right to be present at the birth of his child. The judge cited the patient's right to privacy and a pregnant woman's right to control her body.March 13, 2014
  • When weather turns foul, so do moods online
    Researchers analyzed millions of Facebook posts over the course of three years to gauge how moods traveled across social networks. "We were literally trying to answer the question: If it rains on your friend in Los Angeles, does it make you a little less happy in New York?" says James Fowler, the lead researcher.March 13, 2014
  • Hiawatha Ave. reopened after gas leak
    Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis was closed this evening after a natural gas leak. Employees at ADM Milling on Hiawatha were evacuated.March 12, 2014
  • Lake Superior ice caves to close this weekend, or sooner
    The National Park Service said today it will close the Apostle Island Sea Caves at the end of the day Sunday -- or possibly sooner -- because of rapidly changing ice conditions.March 12, 2014
  • Europe makes a stink about American cheese
    As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.March 12, 2014
  • Watch this Wild homecoming for a soldier
    At Xcel Center on Tuesday night, Jamie Jenn of Crystal thought she was taking part in an intermission contest, guessing what player Erik Haula said was the biggest surprise in Minnesota. It turned out to be her husband, Nick, who's been stationed in Kuwait.March 12, 2014
  • Mahtomedi water main breaks; residents' taps dry
    About a dozen Mahtomedi residents will likely be without water for most of the day Tuesday after one of two water main breaks in the city remains broken.March 11, 2014
  • Vicious 22-pound pet cat traps Oregon couple
    Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the incident.March 11, 2014
  • How cities can keep rental housing safe
    More details are emerging about landlord Paul Bertelson, the owner of a house where five children died in a fire last month.The Daily Circuit, March 11, 2014
  • How bouncer Eric Wasson became a hero
    The Saint Paul police have honored Eric Wasson, the bouncer who stopped a man who walked into a bar with a gun last fall. Wasson, a former college football player, rushed the gunman and disarmed him without being shot, even though the gun went off twice.March 11, 2014
  • Island Station, St. Paul landmark, to be imploded Sunday
    The blast is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday. Authorities plan to close roads in the area and keep watchers at a distance.March 10, 2014
  • NewsCut visits the Twin Cities Auto Show
    "At Casa Collins, we survived the economic downtown, partly by stretching our cars beyond a decade," writes Bob Collins on News Cut. "Alas, I drive an American car and so it's rusting out, just as god and General Motors intended. So it's been a long time since we've been car shopping and the Auto Show, now at the Minneapolis Convention Center, provided a good opportunity to see what's out there."March 10, 2014

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