Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Jackie Cherryhomes Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist.5:50 p.m.
Fighting erosion along Minnesota's river bluffs When severe flooding this summer worsened erosion around many of the region's cold-water trout streams, environmentalists searched for ways to keep soil out of the water without breaking local government budgets. They decided to try walls of trees.5:55 p.m.
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E-Cigarettes: A Nearly $2bn Industry, A Regulatory Wild West
Electronic cigarettes are popping up in more and more stores around the country and consumers are "vaping" in bars and restaurants with gusto. Sales of the devices are expected to reach nearly $2 billion this year. Until now, the top tobacco companies have been out of the game, but both Altria, which owns Phillip Morris, and R.J. Reynolds are now launching their own brands. Back in 2009, the FDA warned that e-cigarettes could pose health risks. This month, the agency is expected to release a set of proposed regulations on the devices.
First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria
Syria used to have one of the highest rates of polio vaccinations in the region. But since the civil war began, rates have plummeted. Now the crippling virus has likely returned to the country, health officials say. Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children.
Why's eBay's Pierre Omidyar Bankrolling A Journalism Startup?
Glenn Greenwald's series of national security scoops throughout the summer for the NSA convinced him he wanted to do more reporting, and needed a place beyond the reach of the British authorities to do it. He has found a partner in Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay who has taken an interest in investigative journalism.
How Grambling State Football Went From Top Spots To Boycott
For 55 years, the legendary coach Eddie Robinson built Grambling State University's football program almost from nothing. Under Robinson's watch, the small school in northern Louisiana sent players to the NFL and broke the NCAA's record for wins. But Robinson is long gone and this year the Grambling State Tigers are winless. Last week, the team boycotted, forcing Grambling State to forfeit to Jackson State University. What's happened to Grambling? Melissa Block talks to Sports Illustrated senior writer George Dohrmann about the boycott.
Small Kentucky Town Makes High-Tech Glass Amid Bucolic Farmland
The small farming town of Harrodsburg, Ky., is the home of Willow Glass, thin and flexible, soon to find its way into the marketplace. It's made by Corning in the same plant that developed Gorilla Glass, the protective cover for Apple's iPhone and now used by more than 30 other makers of personal devices.
In Gritty Camden, N.J., Old-School Tactics And New Tech Cut Crime
A new crime-fighting strategy is showing early signs of hope in one New Jersey city. Camden has long been known as the home of intense poverty and crime. But since a new police force started walking the streets a few months ago, violent crime has dropped and many residents and officials say things are finally getting better.
Obama: ACA Is Not HealthCare.gov, Low-Cost Insurance Is
President Obama has said that buying health insurance on the federal exchange should be as easy as buying goods on Amazon. However, the experience so far has been anything but easy. In a Rose Garden address Monday, Obama expressed his frustration with the problems and aimed to remind folks that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website.