April 20, 2008

Bill to allow Sunday liquor sales

A bill introduced last month by Re. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, seeks to legalize Sunday liquor sales, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Currently, Minnesota is one of 15 states that prohibit selling liquor on Sunday, according to the Alcohol Policy Information System.

According to Kahn, the bill is about “getting the government out of controlling things that get done on Sunday.?

While some students favor the bill, Kahn said some liquor store owners believe being open on Sundays would not greatly increase their sales.

Steve Wilk, general manager of Surdyk’s, said Sundays would not pay off.
“We wouldn't get that much traffic and it would probably be one of the slowest days of our week,? he said. He continued to say that the long-term benefits would not be seen.

The bill will not be passed this session due to budget priorities.

April 13, 2008

Yahoo weighing options

Yahoo board members met Friday to discuss Microsoft’s takeover bid, reported the New York Times.

No formal decision has been made yet, Yahoo officials said. Yahoo will continue to meet and discuss possible merger deals with Microsoft and AOL owner Time Warner.

While Time Warner is in communication with Yahoo, popular public opinion is that Microsoft will be the winner.

“If you want the final chapter, Microsoft buys Yahoo,? Bob Davis, a venture capitalist and former chief executive of the Internet portal Lycos, said.

April 6, 2008

Legendary film actor dies

Film star Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 Oscar for best actor for the movie "Ben-Hur," died Saturday, reported the Star Tribune. He was 84.

Heston died in his home in Beverly Hills, family spokesman Bill Powers said. Powers declinded to comment on the cause of death.

In 2002, Heston announced that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

March 28, 2008

Girl fell from apartment window

A 5-year-old girl fell from a second story apartment window in St. Paul Friday, reported

St. Paul police said the child pushed the screen out of the apartment window and fell two stories. The child was brought to Children's Hospital where doctors treated her for a broken femur and facial lacerations.

March 15, 2008

Eight “Potter? films

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the series written by J.K. Rowling, will be made into two films, reported

Producers said that the first of the two films is scheduled to release in November 2010. Part two will follow in May 2011.

Producer David Heyman told the Times that the decision was born out of purely creative reasons. He said that unlike every other book, elements of the seventh book could not be removed.

March 9, 2008

Frisky French

A new study found that French men and women are engaging in more varied and frequent sex than ever before, reported the Times.

However, the study’s most significant finding is perhaps that French women are more sexually inclined now than they reportedly were since the last national sex survey in 1992. They are quite literally playing sexual catch-up with their male counterparts.

According to the new 600-page "Study of Sexuality in France," commissioned by France's National Research Agency on AIDS, the number of sexual partners and the diversity of sexual activity have significantly increased in France within the last decade.

Now, only 3.5 percent of women aged 18-35 years say that they abstain from sexual activities. French women are also engaging in sex from a younger age than previously reported. The study reports that the average age of first sexual intercourse is 17.6 years for French women, down from around 20 years among women in 1996.

The number of sexual partners has also increased within the last decade for French women. French women between the ages of 30 and 49 report an average of 5.1 partners in their lives, compared to the average in 1992 (4) and 1970 (1.5).

The study suggests possible reasons for the increase in sexual activity. One is an increased accessibility to sexual content while the other reason may be due to a greater ease in finding/connecting with like-minded partners.

February 27, 2008

And the Oscar goes to...

The Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men? took home several awards including best picture at Sunday’s Oscars, reported

The Coens also received the awards for best director and best adapted screenplay. Javier Bardem, the actor who played killer Anton Chigurh in “No Country,? won best supporting actor, as well.

Other winners include Tilda Swinton (“La Vie en Rose?), Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood?) and Marion Cotillard (“Michael Clayton?) who won best actress, actor and supporting actress respectively.

February 24, 2008

Castro’s brother named next president

Raul Castro was named Cuba’s new president Sunday, reported the New York Times.

While the announcement of Castro’s presidency officially ended his brother Fidel’s 49-year reign, it washed away hopes of a new, younger, different government that might have taken power.

Castro made it clear that no radical changes would occur during his presidency and said he would consult with Fidel on every “important? decision. He also said the time had not come to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders.

Even though Fidel remains the head of the Communist party and will still be very present in the new Cuban administration, Raul Castro’s presidency marked the first time since 1959 that the government has been in the hands of a new leader.

Even though the National Assembly said the power of Cuba’s old guard will continue, Castro hinted at a few changes he would like to make. Two proposals include putting more power in the hands of provincial governments and reforming the bureaucracy in Havana.

February 17, 2008

Drive-by shooting on Interstate 35W

Two lanes on northbound Interstate 35W were shut down Sunday after a drive-by shooting, reported the Star Tribune.

The shooting, which happened at about 3 p.m. according to WCCO, left at least one person injured, Minneapolis police said.

As of yet, no arrests have been made.

February 10, 2008

Winter Wonderland?

Winter is back with a vengeance, according to the Star Tribune. Strong winds and sub-zero temperatures have made the simple act of going outside a dangerous venture.

Saturday saw temperatures near the negative 20 mark in Lakeville, Crystal, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis while St. Paul was reporting negative 11 degrees.

With temperatures this low, frost bite can occur in less than 10 minutes which is why the weather service recommends highway travelers pack a winter survival kit as well as extra clothing. Driving conditions also worsen when low temperatures are coupled with blowing snow.

Whiteout conditions have caused many car accidents this past week. A 15-car pileup on Interstate 90 near Minnesota 16 occurred on Saturday and the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Fergus Falls from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Other roads that were closed for a time include U.S. Highway 2, State Highway 75, and Highways 4, 19, 71 and 212.

Dangerous windchills are expected to last throughout the day in south central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, the weather service reported.

February 2, 2008

University student sparks YouTube competition

A University of Minnesota architecture student sparked a YouTube fan competition in which the winner will get to open for Wyclef Jean on his current tour, reported the Minnesota Daily.

For about a month, senior Dan Sederstrom has been posting videos of himself performing acoustic covers on the Web site. On Jan. 16, Sederstrom received an e-mail from Kathy Baker, senior director of digital marketing for Columbia Records, inviting him to choose a tour date in which he would open for Wyclef.

“Right away when I heard the message, I was really skeptical,? Sederstrom said.

However, after verifying the email address, Sederstrom realized the offer was real.

“After that, it was kind of like a sole realization of ‘This is real,’ and I was kind of freaking out,? Sederstrom said. “I didn't know what to do. I was hopping up and down; my roommates were throwing me up in the air.?

According to Baker, Wyclef requested the implementation of the competition. She also said that this is the first time she has ever worked on such a promotion.

On Feb. 15 Sederstrom will perform with Wyclef at the University of San Francisco.