Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel through scenic corridor All but one of the regional leaders present supported the plan, which also would leave freight trains alongside the tunnels. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the lone "no" vote, pledged to continue to press the railroads to relocate freight traffic out of the Kenilworth Corridor, a scenic area that includes bicycle trails.5:19 p.m.
For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them.5:35 p.m.
GOP Shutdown Strategy Gives House A Twilight Zone Feel
Amid the shutdown, House Republicans have adopted a piecemeal strategy, voting to reopen small parts of the government. That's put politicians in surprising positions — with Democrats voting against their favorite programs and Republicans cheering for fully funding programs they usually argue need a trim.
Paul Ryan Pens Op-Ed, And New Path Forward
As Congress looks for a way out of the current crisis, many Republicans are hoping for a big budget initiative to make worthwhile the pain of a government shut down and threatened debt default. Toward that end, House Budget Committee chairman and former GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan floated a plan in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. He makes the case for President Obama to negotiate with House Republicans on a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Ryan focused on the need to reform the tax code and make cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare, and cited a history of debt ceiling compromises between Republicans and Democrats.
Taking The Political Pulse Of The Country Through Local Papers
For a view of the partial government shutdown across the country, Melissa Block talks to Felice Belman, opinion editor of the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H.; Patrick Malone, political reporter for The Coloadoan based in Fort Collins, Colo.; and Brian Pearson, managing editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas.
Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas?
It won't be easy, but state Sen. Wendy Davis is trying to become the first Democrat to win a statewide contest in Texas since 1994. She's facing a well-funded Republican opponent in Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
In 'Dallas 1963,' A City Of Rage, Seized By 'Civic Hysteria'
Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis have written a portrait of the city that saw John F. Kennedy's death firsthand. In those years, they say, Dallas was a roiling stew of superpatriotism and Communist paranoia — and, above all, distrust of the president.
A Coming Of Age Story For The (Ice) Ages
The novel Shaman, by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson is a coming of age novel set in the ice age. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it is the latest to take up the question of what it was like to live 30,000 years ago on the cusp of change from Neanderthal to Cro-Magnon dominance of the human world.