Social Issues

  • 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
  • Cigarette maker loses Supreme Court appeal
    The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Liggett Group LLC. They wanted the court to consider overturning a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.October 7, 2013
  • Light rail planners, neighbors to meet as confusion continues
    Southwest light rail planners will meet with residents of the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis Thursday to go over a contentious plan for the metro transit project.October 7, 2013
  • David Brooks on character, virtue and success
    David Brooks speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about "The Inverse Logic of Life." Brooks says the key to actual happiness and a life that matters is to balance the material life and the spiritual life. To have a rich inner life, humility is a central virtue.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, October 5, 2013
  • Police to review priest's hard drive for pornography
    Joe Ternus of Hugo says he reached out to St. Paul police today to tell them that he made a copy of a large part of the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer hard drive before he turned over the laptop to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ternus said he had forgotten he had made a copy of Shelley's hard drive until MPR News contacted him earlier this week.October 5, 2013
  • Walking back a pedestrian mall
    Many U.S. cities are converting urban cores into walkable oases. But in Frenso, Calif., city leaders want to lay down roadway on a six-block pedestrian mall once touted as a national model for pedestrian-friendly downtowns. Built during urban renewal in the 1960s, the Fulton Mall has lapsed into decay, its mostly empty 1920s-vintage office buildings attracting little revenue in this city of 500,000 in California's agricultural heartland.September 28, 2013

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