Can Minnesota afford to be an Olympic venue?
The 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy may seem like a distant memory, but if one legislator has her way, our attention here in Minnesota may be focused on the 2020 games. Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, wants form a panel that would prepare a bid for the Summer Games in 2020.5:23 p.m.
Lessons from Red Lake The counselors who responded to the tragic events one year ago at Red Lake came away with renewed commitment to fighting the problems many youth face on Indian reservations in the upper Midwest and Plains. A psychologist talks about what he learned in the wake of the school shooting.5:45 p.m.
Dog Handler in Abu Ghraib Photo Found Guilty
Sgt. Michael J. Smith is found guilty on six of 13 counts of abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Smith was the dog-handler in a photo of a black dog lunging for an orange-clad prisoner. Palm Beach Post reporter Susan Spencer Wendel talks with Melissa Block about the guilty verdict.
Basra Crippled by Control of Islamist Extremists
Once a thriving river port, the southern Iraqi city of Basra fell on hard times during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war and years of U.N. sanctions. Three years after the U.S. invasion, the city is still mired in poverty, and daily life in this once cosmopolitian city is being transformed by the growing power of conservative Islamist parties.
Arkansas Isn't Wild About Panther Proposal
Endangered Florida panthers are being crowded out of their habitat in Florida. Some suggest bringing the panthers to the Ozarks, where they once lived. But Arkansas wildlife officials aren't crazy about the idea, saying the panthers would be a threat.
When it Comes to Publicity, Authors Have No Shame
Commentator Andrei Codrescu muses on the appeal by friends to 'plug' their new books. He says there was a time when such a plea would have seemed uncivil. Now, the world has changed and publicity wins over decorum.
India Confronts Gender-Selective Abortion
The medical journal The Lancet, reports that there have been 10 million "missing female births" in India in the past 20 years. By "missing," that means females who were aborted. Activists are trying to stop the practice, which is as prevalent in wealthy areas as it is in poor areas.
Study Finds Link Between Mother, Child Depression
Children whose mothers are depressed are themselves at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorder, or other mental-health problems during childhood. New research shows that treating the depression of mothers can significantly alleviate children's depression.
Public-Interest Groups File Suit over Budget Bill
Several public-interest groups represented by Public Citizen are filing suit in federal court, charging that the budget bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last month is invalid because it did not pass the House and Senate in identical form.
Queen of the Scream: Vocal Coach Melissa Cross
An instructional DVD/CD set called The Zen of Screaming targets a very specific clientele: singers who literally scream for a living. Voice coach Melissa Cross talks to Robert Siegel about a method she has developed to help vocalists belt out their lyrics -- without ruining their voices.
Bush Tackles Questions About War, Wiretaps
President Bush holds a news conference during which he defends the war, acknowledges that U.S. troops will likely be in Iraq throughout his presidency, and, in a question about Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold's motion to censure him, practically dares Democrats to run on the wiretap issue in 2006.
Expert Considers Consequence of Leaving Iraq
Zbigniew Brzezinski, professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, thinks that Iraq is not yet in a civil war. But he wonders whether the consequences of civil war would be worse than staying the course. He talks with Robert Siegel about why he favors pulling troops out by the end of the year.