Rediscovering the "Unknown White Male" Imagine this happening to you: You're riding a train, past houses, buildings and bridges, in a city you don't recognize. You don't know who you are, and you have no ID. That's exactly what happened in July 2002 to a man who developed a rare form of amnesia. He is the subject of a new documentary, "Unknown White Male."4:45 p.m.
Rep. Martin Sabo to retire from Congress Martin Sabo is holding a press conference Saturday to announce he's not seeking re-election. The 5th District Democrat has been a member of Congress representing Minneapolis for 28 years.4:50 p.m.
Analyzing Sabo's decision University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs says Martin Sabo's decision to retire is "momentous," and the time of the announcement is "strange."4:53 p.m.
Johnson apologizes for gay marriage remarks Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says he
embellished when he said Supreme Court justices told him they
wouldn't overturn the state's marriage law, and he's sorry. The Republican Party wasted no time in producing a new ad that criticizes Johnson's actions.5:19 p.m.
Other states may follow South Dakota on abortion ban Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are working to copy South Dakota's ban on most abortions. Republican Governor Mike Rounds signed the ban into law earlier this month, making South Dakota the first state to outlaw abortion.5:23 p.m.
The only coffee shop in Staples, Minnesota attracts a lot of the town's teenagers. Some sip drinks and talk with friends, but others are running the place. The shop, called "Stompin' Grounds" is the brainchild of a group of local teens who wanted a place for their peers to hang out. The group received a grant from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota's girlsBEST program. The program has awarded over $1 million to girl-run projects around the state in the last 5 years. BEST is an acronym for "Building Economic Success Together."
Some members of the Stompin' Grounds crew will be in the Twin Cities this weekend for a meeting of girlsBEST grant recipients. 80 percent of the recipients are girls of color or are from low-income families. Stephen John talked with Women's Foundation of Minnesota President Lee Roper-Bakter, who says the very idea for the grant also came from girls.5:45 p.m.
Auto show features more fuel-efficient cars The 2006 Minneapolis and St. Paul International Auto Show wraps up March 22 at the Minneapolis Convention center. With average area gas prices hovering around two-fifty per gallon, Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John checked out how fuel-efficient vehicles are being received at the show.5:53 p.m.
Brauer on the media
Uncertainty is the byline at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other newspapers in the region owned by Knight Ridder, four days after the company announced it had agreed to a buyout by McClatchy company.
McClatchy publishes the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, and with the purchase of Knight Ridder, said it plans to sell the Pioneer Press.
Stephen John talked with David Brauer about the deal.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Weekend Marks Three Years of War in Iraq
This weekend marks the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. We hear moments from the beginning of the war: from March 17, 2003 when President Bush gave a Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to leave Iraq, through the first days of the conflict.
Columnists Look Back on Three Years of War
E.J. Dionne, a columnist for the Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times talk with Robert Siegel about the situation in Iraq three years after the U.S.-led invasion.
Family, Friends Remember N.Y. Soldier Killed in Iraq
Staff Sgt. Dwayne Lewis of New York was hit by insurgent gunfire and killed last month while on patrol with is Army unit. Lewis moved to New York from Granada when he was nine. His family says he was ready to risk his life for his adopted country. Kathleen Horan of member station WNYC reports.
Scattered New Orleans Election Raises Concerns
New Orleans politicians are deep into campaign mode for the April 22 citywide election. It's a strange campaign because half the potential voters are scattered around the country. The state has made some accommodations, setting up "satellite" polling stations in other Louisiana cities.
Serbs Feel Punished in Post-Yugoslavia World
Since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, Serbs feel they have no identity. There is no national anthem, and the passports still say Republic of Yugoslavia. After years of isolation, sanctions and international criticism, Serbs feel they are on the fringes of the world.
Monitors Skeptical Belarus Vote Will Be Fair
Belarus will hold presidential elections Sunday, and the current president, Alexander Lukashenko, is widely expected to win. The European Union and the United States accuse Lukashenko of crushing human rights, and warn of new punitive measures if the election is declared unfair.
Dominican Republic, Cuba in Baseball Semifinals
The semifinal pairings are set in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The Dominican Republic plays Cuba in the first game Saturday afternoon in San Diego. And Japan takes on South Korea on Saturday night. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis reports.
Kurdish Gathering Spirals into Violent Protest
For the past two decades, Kurds have traditionally gathered in Halabja, Iraq, in mid-March to mark a grim chapter in their history: the day when Saddam Hussein's government unleashed a poison-gas attack that killed more than 5,000 people. Thursday, that normally peaceful commemoration turned turbulent.