Irish poet Sean Lysaght receives O'Shaughnessy Award Poet Sean Lysaght is in St. Paul to receive the 11th O'Shaughnessy Award for poetry. The award is given each year by the Center for Irish Studies at the University of Saint Thomas. It recognizes contributions to the art by an Irish poet.4:45 p.m.
Pachanga Society brings a new sound to polka country This weekend, a group called the Stearns County Pachanga Society will offer St. Cloud a unique musical experience that's homegrown, but it doesn't sound like it. The society blends Latin music with a heavy dose of audience participation.4:54 p.m.
Non-compete clause at heart of Ridder lawsuit The St. Paul Pioneer Press contends its former publisher, Par Ridder, violated a non-compete clause in his contract when he took a similar job at the rival Star Tribune newspaper. But the contract itself is nowhere to be found.5:24 p.m.
What we can learn from studying soil You've probably used the phrase "old as dirt" before, but researchers have found out that some rare soils are indeed old -- up to four million years old. A soil scientist who grew up on the Great Plains says studying how soils have changed over the years can help determine the future of the environment.5:54 p.m.
Documents Show Justice Ranking U.S. Attorneys
The Justice Department sent Congress a new batch of documents about the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. The documents show Justice Department and White House staffers planning the firings and trying to control the subsequent fallout, along with a chart that mixes political and legal criteria.
White House Supports Wolfowitz Amid Scandal
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz faces demands for his resignation over a promotion he helped to arrange for Shaha Riza, a bank employee whom he has dated. The bank's board of directors is considering what action to take.
Richardson: N. Korea Will Allow U.N. Inspections
North Korea has agreed to allow U.N. nuclear inspectors to verify that the country is shutting down a nuclear reactor, according to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who led an American delegation on a White House-approved four-day trip to North Korea this week.
Week in Politics, from Gonzales to McCain
Melissa Block talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post, and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the week in politics. Their topics include: Alberto Gonzales and the U.S. attorneys controversy, Sen. John McCain and other presidential hopefuls, and the Iraq war.
Lawyers, Activists Protest Removal of Pakistan Judge
Thousands of lawyers and political activists demonstrated on the streets of Pakistan's capital Islamabad today over the suspension of the country's chief justice of the Supreme Court. They called for the country's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf to re-instate the judge and restore democracy to Pakistan.
Al-Qaida Claims Deadly Bombings in Algeria
Suicide bombings Wednesday in Algeria left at least 33 people dead. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for what were the first known suicide bombings in the North African country. The attacks came on the heels of a foiled suicide attack in nearby Morocco.
Camus, Re-Translated: 'Exile and the Kingdom'
In 1957, French-Algerian writer Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and his short story collection Exile and the Kingdom was first published in French. The first English translations of the stories were not well received by critics. Fifty years later, Carol Cosman has newly translated the book.
That Was Cinerama: A Critic Waxes Nostalgic
With the summer movie season just weeks away, we'll be hearing plenty about new digital this and computer-generated that. Bob Mondello thinks that's the perfect reason to indulge in a little nostalgia for Cinerama, one of the grandest Hollywood spectacles of old.
U.S. Will Not Take Over Iraqi Parliament Security
The U.S. military will not take over security of the Iraqi parliament building in the wake of Thursday's deadly suicide bombing. The building is located inside Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone. Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, said Friday that the Iraqis should continue to provide security for the building.
Simulated City Preps Marines for Reality of Iraq
Before going to Iraq, Marines visit Wadi al-Sahara, a fictional Iraqi town where Iraqi role players re-create many of the same situations found in Iraqi cities. This training exercise is designed to help Marines work with Iraqis and avoid conflict.