Lecture hall turns to stage for Med students
For the seventh year in a row, the University of Minnesota Medical School has staged an unusual lecture during Black History Month. Instead of professors and physicians, eight professional actors come into the lecture hall to re-enact one of the most infamous medical experiments ever -- the Tuskegee syphilis study.4:45 p.m.
Higher gas tax not playing well in Anoka An unscientific survey in a district represented by a Republican who voted for the veto override finds drivers upset about the prospect of paying higher gas taxes.5:52 p.m.
Economic Double-Hit: High Prices, Low Confidence
Another batch of negative economic reports Tuesday: One showed inflation sharply higher; another found consumers in a glum mood; and a third reported housing prices continuing to fall. Nevertheless, the stock market ended the day up.
Clinton, Obama and NAFTA: A Non-Issue?
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have traded barbs over who has been more forceful in opposing NAFTA. A talk with experts reveals that the fight might be irrelevant, since NAFTA has had a miniscule impact on the U.S. economy compared with other factors.
Democrats Face Off in Crucial Debate for Clinton
Hillary Clinton has lost 11 contests in a row, and even her husband has said the New York senator's candidacy could be over if she loses in Texas and Ohio. That makes Tuesday night's debate between Clinton and Barack Obama more important than ever.
FCC Promotes Diversity; Its Methods May Be Dated
Federal Communications Commission members are encouraging more diverse content on the airwaves, minority ownership of commercial broadcast outlets and requirements for locally oriented programming. But with the Internet and niche communications, are the first and the last of those three ideas outmoded concepts?
Senate Vote Focuses on Iraq War Funding
The Senate took a test vote Tuesday afternoon on whether to bring up a bill to end funding for the war in Iraq within four months. It was expected to fail, but most Republicans decided to vote for it and proceed to a debate on the bill. The idea was to try to force Democrats into an uncomfortable corner.
Embattled Pentagon Legal Chief to Step Down
The top lawyer at the Pentagon is leaving his job. William J. Haynes was also nominated by President Bush to be a federal appeals judge, but his appointment was never confirmed by the Senate. Opponents, including a group of retired military officers, said his policies led to the abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Long Island Shooting Case Highlights Racial Divide
In this week's New Yorker, staff writer Calvin Trillin writes about the trial of John White, a black man from Long Island convicted of manslaughter for killing a white teenager who came to his home and threatened his son in the summer of 2006.
Loving the Surreal: Two Reality TV Pioneers
Chris Abrego and Mark Cronin oversee a vast reality television empire. Their production company, 51 Minds, is sometimes responsible for 75 percent of the programming on the VH1 cable network. Nate DiMeo profiles the two producers who represent the state of the art of reality television.
Update: Music Auction on eBay
Melissa Block has an update to an update of a story we told you about last week. Paul Mawhinney, owner of 3 million records and CDs, sold his unique and massive collection through an eBay auction for more than $3 million — or so we thought.
Aunty Keawe: One Tradition Ends, Another May Begin
Hawaiian songstress "Aunty" Genoa Leilani Keawe, an icon of traditional music in the islands, died Monday at her home on Oahu. Keawe had been a mainstay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. This week, her granddaughter will replace her on stage and try to keep her traditional Hawaiian music alive.