Social Issues

  • Documents show restrictions on University of St. Thomas priest were ignored
    Internal archdiocesan documents obtained by MPR News raise questions about what the University of St. Thomas knew about sexual abuse allegations against a professor in 2006.October 18, 2013
  • NewsCut: Adrian Peterson and fatherhood
    Adrian Peterson addressed the media Thursday about the death of his son, apparently at the hands of the boy's mother's boyfriend. The innuendo in some media -- CJ's column in the Star Tribune yesterday comes to mind -- has been fierce, suggesting that Peterson has been a phony for a few tweets that suggested he cared about the boy's death, what with never having met the child and all.October 18, 2013
  • Photographer turns lens on men who catcall
    Social media was abuzz this week with photographer Hannah Price's portraits of men who catcalled her on the street.October 18, 2013
  • Ex-UK leader: Governments key in hunger fight
    The discussion Thursday at the World Food Prize symposium about hunger and poverty in developing nations turned largely from the controversies of global warming and genetically modified crops and focused on governments and their role in solving social ills.October 17, 2013
  • 'Gleaners' collect unharvested produce to help feed hungry
    Fruits of the City is part of a growing effort in Minnesota to collect excess crops that would otherwise rot in the fields or wind up in a compost bin. Increasingly, food banks pick up surplus vegetables at farmers markets and local gardeners donate their extra tomatoes or green beans.October 17, 2013
  • A Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' for female scientists
    Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. A Brown University biology professor and an alumna hope to help chip away at the problem with a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon," one of many that's been held in recent years to help increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.October 16, 2013
  • Shutdown looms over energy assistance program
    If Congress fails to pass a budget bill after the first of the year, some who depend on the heating subsidies may have trouble finding the funds to pay utilities.October 16, 2013
  • LA cracking down on pot dispensaries after new law
    Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are closing after voters approved significant restrictions on pot shops.October 13, 2013
  • Dead loved ones' voices fall victim to technology
    Technology has given families a way to hear their loved ones' voices long after they've died, providing them some solace during the grieving process. But like they and so many others have suddenly learned, the voices aren't saved forever. Many people have discovered the voices unwittingly erased as part of a routine service upgrade to voice mail services.October 12, 2013
  • Protection services sought for stowaway boy
    The Hennepin County Attorney's office says county child protection investigators are looking into the matter, and the attorney's office has filed a petition to start juvenile court proceedings.October 11, 2013
  • New Vikings stadium may give leverage to opponents of 'Redskins' name and logo
    Native American groups and supporters say the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium offers a chance to put new pressure on the NFL to rethink the Washington Redskins name and logo. Opponents, however, aren't appealing directly to the NFL, the Vikings or the Redskins.October 10, 2013
  • As temporary food stamp boost ends, anxiety mounts across US
    Food stamps -- actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.October 10, 2013
  • Food truck pioneer battles food deserts with high cuisine
    Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ truck was an almost instant hit, and since launching, his business has grown all kinds of directions. In a recent talk, Choi challenged the chefs in the audience to reach out to the people who can't afford their food.October 8, 2013
  • Many teens admit to coercing others into sex
    Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame.October 8, 2013
  • Church whistleblower pressed superiors to take action on problem priests
    In the past two weeks an MPR News investigation has reported extensively on the handling of clergy sex abuse by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. A key source in those stories is a former high ranking church official who says she pushed for the church to change its ways and then resigned when it didn't. Jennifer Haselberger has now become a central figure in this unfolding story.October 8, 2013

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