Sara Paretsky revisits 'Bleeding Kansas' After writing a string of hard-boiled detective novels featuring private eye V.I. Warshawski, author Sara Paretsky is returning to her roots. Her new novel, "Bleeding Kansas," is set in a small town on the prairie.4:45 p.m.
Schubert Club hires new director The St. Paul-based Schubert Club has named a new executive director, who will fill the position left vacant by the death last year of long-time director Bruce Carlson.4:55 p.m.
Alternative energy plans a boost to wildlife habitat Minnesota's natural resource managers say the growing demand for biofuels from the state's forests and prairies will have implications for wildlife habitat, water quality, and other ecological issues.5:24 p.m.
For Iraqi Refugees, Art May Be Avenue to New Life
The Iraqi refugee community in Damascus, Syria, is a haven for young artists: filmmakers, painters, dancers. For dancer Muhanad Rasheed, talent is one way out: An invitation to Europe is an opportunity to perform and, hopefully, find a new life.
Against the Odds, An Egyptian Alternative
The band Black Theama combines traditional Nubian rhythms with R&B, hip-hop, reggae and other African-influenced sounds. And with nearly no budget — and no CDs — the band has risen to fame in Egypt.
Issa Reinvents More Than Music Sales
The Canadian singer-songwriter's "self-determined pricing" strategy for selling her songs predates Radiohead's. But it's only one of the ways that Issa, once known as Jane Siberry, is adapting to the Internet era in music.
Iowa's Caucus Results Get N.H. Voters' Attention
Now that the presidential candidates are talking to New Hampshire voters, don't expect many references back to corn and Hawkeyes. Voters in the Granite State often insist that they don't care about what happened 1,200 miles to the west. But Thursday night's stunning caucus results have gotten New Hampshire's attention.
Can Obama, Huckabee Sustain Momentum?
Sen. Barack Obama and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stunned the political establishment Thursday night by placing first in the hotly contested Iowa caucuses. But can these political neophytes sustain their momentum through the next grueling month of primaries?
Candidates Channel a Prized Thoroughbred
The presidential election process is sometimes compared to a horse race. John Edwards and Mike Huckabee take the analogy a step further, comparing themselves to a certain celebrity thoroughbred: Seabiscuit.
Walruses Move Ashore as Arctic Ice Retreats
Scientists are painting a grim picture of how Pacific walruses were affected by the record ice loss in the Arctic last year. Wildlife managers are calling it a dramatic ecosystem change and trying to figure out what they can do to help the species adapt.
Subzero Life Goes On in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Think you've had a chilly week? While much of the nation has dealt with a real taste of winter, residents of Saranac Lake, N.Y., have been in the deep freeze. Below-zero temperatures are the norm there in winter. But the 33 below zero morning this week had even longtime residents donning their extra-thick long johns.
Obama, Huckabee Have Media Mastery in Common
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee succeeded in large measure because they mastered the media game. Each in his own way charmed the public through the news and entertainment media. That has implications for the rest of their campaign and their political fates.
Controversial Salt Lake City Mayor to Leave Office
One of the most liberal mayors in the country from one of the most conservative states in the nation has left office after eight years. People describe Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson as passionate, fiercely progressive and tenacious. But to others, he's overbearing, combative, even outrageous.