Dinkytown hit-and-run

Early Friday morning, 3 University of Minnesota students were hit by a driver going the wrong way Fifth street, the Minnesota Daily reports.
According to the Star Tribune, all 3 students that were hit were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and were either in critical or satisfactory condition.
"It's surreal ... until this happened it was an ordinary night," Joe Bailin, one of the victims, told the MN Daily.
According to the Minnesota Daily, the car came onto the sidewalk knocking the 3 victims over and continued down the sidewalk hitting another student, Benjamin Van Handel.
"We were just walking back to my house from the bar" with carryout pizza, Bailin told the Star Tribune. "We heard something that made us turn around, and it was coming at us pretty quickly. You don't really know what to do when a car is coming at you on a sidewalk."
Police are currently looking for a white Toyota Camry or Solara, the MN daily reports.

Pawlenty raises $160,000 in early phase of 2012 chase

Within the first 10 days of Tim Pawlenty's republican presidential nomination, he was able to raise over $160,000, the Star Tribune reports.
According to the Associated Press, Pawlenty's early fundraising was reported to federal regulators.
According to the Star Tribune, Pawlenty's team told donors to wait until April 1st before making donations.
Pawlenty spent $43,000 early in candidacy on consultants, travel, supplies, and office rent, the Associated Press reports.
Now, Pawlenty is left with $116,000 left for the rest of his candidacy.

Migrants in Libya desperate to flee

Migrant workers cluster around the harbor while battle lines flood through neighborhoods, the New York Times reports.
According to Reuters Africa, a ship has docked at the port of Misrata to take 8,300 stranded migrants.
"We have been here 56 days," Fahed Mohammed, 50, an agricultural laborer from Egypt said. "As you can see, we are just sitting in the road."
According to Reuters Africa, the ship is only capable of carrying 800 passengers at one time.
About 1,000 people have been killed in the Misrata siege, the New York Times reports.
"We want only to leave Libya," another man, Aman Abdul Latif said.

Underground Night Market

In San Francisco at midnight, smells waft through the air, music is blared, and bouncers abound, the New York Times reports.
According to the New York Times about 2,500 "foodies" participate in the underground night market to encourage and help young food vendors.
The underground night market began in 2010, through the company ForageSF and is attracting some of the most talented chefs in the area, Public Works reports.
"I want something savory and awesome," David McDonald, who estimates that he spends 40 percent of his income on dinners, told the New York Times. "I want food that will put me in a coma before I go to sleep."
Public Works explains that the market is more than just food because it holds live performances and is a social experience.
"When I was their age I was doing drugs and going to rock shows," Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer and author said. "That's not their culture," she continued. "Their culture is food -- incredible yummy-tasting food."

Increase of riders on Northstar Rail

Thursday, Metro Transit released information that there is an increase in ridership, that may be due to increased gas prices, the Star Tribune reports.
According to the St. Cloud Times in January, February, and March, riders rode the train more than 146,000 times.
Within the first 3 months of 2011, the 19.5 million rides represent a 2 percent increase from this same time a year ago, the Star Tribune reports.
According to the St. Cloud Times, Northstar began operating in 2009.
"We're off to a very encouraging start in 2011," Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb told the Star Tribune. "Rising gas prices have certainly played a role in encouraging new customers to give transit a try."

Obama plan to reduce U.S. budget deficit

Obama plans to lay out a plan later this week in hopes of creating a long-term deficit plan, CNN reports.
Sunday, Obama's senior advisor told the New York Times, that programs such as Medicare and education may take a hit, while the goal is to extract more from taxes of wealthy Americans.
According to CNN, this decision is a result of pressure from conservative parties.
"We've had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending,"Eric Cantor, leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, said on "Fox News Sunday," NY Times reports.
According to the NY Times, Obama's senior advisor indicated that Obama will try and end tax cuts to those with incomes over $250,000.

2 protestors killed in Tahrir Square protest

On Saturday in Cairo at Tahrir Square, Egypt's military forces shot and killed 2 protestors, the New York Times reports.
According to the Washington Post, military troops swarmed the square firing into the air and attacking protestors with electric batons as a 2 a.m. crowd gathered into the night after protestors set cars on fire.
However, according to the New York Times, military denied that anyone had been killed in the Saturday protest.
According to hospital sources, 2 people were reported killed, and 15 others injured by gunfire, the Washington Post reports.
"It was raining bullets," Houssam, 26, who wandered around the square looking for friends told the New York Times. "It was an enormous amount of shooting. I didn't know what was going on."

Saturday, Sidney Lumet, the 86-year-old director of classic movies such as "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "The Verdict" died in his Manhattan home the New York Times reports.
According to CNN, Lumet's daughter Jenny Lumet, told CNN that he died of lymphoma and was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
According to the New York Times, while Lumet never won an Oscar, he received more than 40 Academy Awards nominations.
Lumet is survived by his wife Mary Gimbel, his 2 daughters, stepdaughter, stepson, 9 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
"While the goal of all movies is to entertain," Lumet once wrote, "the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing."

Students at the U stop attempted suicide

Tuesday afternoon students rushed over to help a man climbing over the bridge on Washington Avenue in an attempted suicide, the Minnesota Daily reports.
"In that situation you want to say something really profound," Alex Rongstad, a student who wrestled the man off the bridge told the Student Free Press.
According to the Minnesota Daily, once the University police arrived, they transported the man into a squad car and to the hospital where he was put on a health and welfare hold.
University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner told the Student Free Press that there appears to be an increase in attempted suicides on campus.
"It's not something that is easy to track per se because they don't always work their way into a police report," Miner told the Minnesota Daily. "On the surface there appears to be more incidents."

STDs increase across Minnesota

Wednesday the Minnesota Department of Health released a report stating the state has reached a record high of sexually transmitted diseases in 2010, the Minnesota Daily reports.
According to MinnPost, some officials are concerned the rates of STDs are going to continue to rise, as the areas that could prevent STD's are being targeted in budget cuts.
Last year the state reported 17, 760 cases of STDs, compared to 16,912 in 2009, the Minnesota Daily reports.
According to the Minnesota Daily, 70% of the cases are composed of young adults ages 15 to 24.
"These figures expose absolutely inexcusable inequities in access to health-care services for the most vulnerable populations in our community," Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota told MinnPost. "Under the guise of balancing the budget, our elected officials are increasing the already heavy burden on low-income women and families."