A critique of the 35W bridge design Tom Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, has some good things to say about the design of the new 35W bridge. He also says the bridge will be the beginning of a new approach to infrastructure across the nation.7:24 a.m.
The quest for the perfect bagel A bagel may be just breakfast bread for most Minnesotans. But for some transplants, a truly great bagel is something to be prized. Local food bloggers complain that they've given up on the Great Minnesota Bagel Search, tired of what one writer called the "tire-sized things" bagel chains put out. A new Minneapolis cafe featuring homemade bagels might offer them new hope.7:53 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Poll: Republican Voters Cool to Free Trade
A new poll shows that a sizable majority of Republicans believe free trade is bad for the U.S. economy. By reputation, the GOP is the party of open commerce across borders. But lately, Republicans more closely mirror Democrats on the issue — a shift that could put GOP presidential hopefuls on the spot.
Thompson to Make Debut at GOP Debate
Republican presidential candidates are preparing for today's debate, which — with the participation of former Sen. Fred Thompson — will bring all nine candidates together in one forum. The event begins at 4 p.m. ET in Dearborn, Mich.
Supreme Court Weighs Third Parties' Fraud Liability
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a "do-or-die" case for investors trying to recover losses in fraudulent cases. At issue is whether third parties, like insurance and accounting companies, and banks, can be held liable for scheming with companies that deceive stockholders.
Map-Making Firms Rumored to Sell for Billions
Two map-making companies — one based in Belgium, the other in Chicago — produce the digital maps used by Internet sites like Mapquest.com. The same maps also are used in GPS navigation systems. The companies are the focus of billion-dollar buyout offers.
Three Groups Oppose Myanmar's Government
Opposition movements from Africa to Russia and beyond are making news about their struggle. Bridget Welsh of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University says the monks protesting in Myanmar are one of three opposition groups protesting there.
California Student Reflects on Myanmar
Commentator Hanna Ingber Win, who lived in Myanmar in 2003, is familiar with the ruling junta's tactics. She has been watching the military crackdown from her computer, wondering whether she would have the courage to defy the regime and smuggle news to the outside world.
Sprint CEO Leaves as Bad News Arrives
Sprint, the third-largest cell phone company in the United States is under pressure from investors and customers. The company ousted Chairman and CEO Gary Forsee. The news comes as Sprint announces that it expects a loss this quarter, and subscribers continue to defect to other networks.
Random Tax Audits Return to the IRS
The Internal Revenue Service began selecting thousands of taxpayers for audits this month — even though the IRS has no reason to think they have underpaid their taxes. It's part of the IRS' National Research Program.
Recent Reports Suggest a Recession Is Likely
David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the possibility of a recession. Though he concedes that it is difficult to predict when a recession will hit, he has little doubt that the U.S. economy will suffer one soon enough.
'Newsday' Pulitzers Pilfered and Sold on eBay
Three gold Pulitzer Prize medals won by Newsday, the New York newspaper, have been sold by an auction house for more than $15,000. The newspaper's staffers thought the awards were safely locked away. But the paper received a tip that the public service awards were listed on eBay.