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University president Bruininks had to cancel his speech on the state of the University of Minnesota due to a case of laryngitis the Pioneer Press reported.

The address was scheduled for this Thursday in the Coffman Memorial Theater on campus. It will not be rescheduled, the Star Tribune said.

Bruininks' speech was expected to discuss a revival and reform of higher education in Minnesota, instead he plans on posting his remarks on the university Web site the Star Tribune said.

Daniel Wolter, a university spokesman, said in the Tribune that there is no link between Bruininks' laryngitis and the recovery from his prostate cancer surgery.

A woman was shot through the windshield of her car while sitting in the parking lot of Rasmussen Woods Nature Area in Mankato Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

The man suspected to have fired the gun was arrested after a car chase fleeing the scene, the Tribune said.

Witnesses have told the police that they saw the man waving the gun. The suspect had fled when the police arrived to respond to reports of gun fire, the Pioneer Press said.

The man is said to be working with investigators, the Tribune reported, the police are calling this a homicide investigation.

Police have not released the names of the victim or the suspect and are investigating further, the Tribune said.

Analysis: Obituaries

The obituaries that I read in the Pioneer Press did follow the classic style to an extent. The leads followed the classic New York Times style: name, notable fact, when and where the person died. But the rest of the obituary did not follow the NYT style. In fact, many of the obituaries completely omitted the 'claim to fame' section.

Patricia Ann Tatum's obituary, for instance, mentioned details about her life like her undying faith but did not go into any further detail. The family was mentioned immediately after the lead.

The obituaries in the Pioneer Press differ a lot from resumes because they do not list credentials and accomplishments. The 'claims to fame' are much less business like than resumes. For instance, O. Guy Johnson M.D.'s "claim to fame" had to do with his love of traveling and wine.

Son sats fire to mother's house, kills 2-year-old nephew.

Khairi Amil, 27, set fire to his mother's house Thursday, causing a blaze that killed his 2-year-old nephew and injured his two brothers and two cousins, the Star Tribune reported.

Amil's brothers were playing video games with Amil's small nephew, Amir, when they realized the house was on fire. Both brothers went to opposite windows to escape thinking that the other had Amir. Amir,2, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Pioneer Press reported.

Amil was arrested Friday at Regions Hospital for suspicion of arson and homicide when he went to visit his injured family, the Star Tribune said..

Amil, whose mother has filed a protective order against him, has a history of violence, vandalism and ignoring court orders, the Star Tribune said.

Amil went over to his mother's house Thursday where he started fighting with his brothers.
When he walked out of the house he is suspected to have set fire to the porch. Fire investigators have found evidence of a fire accelerator, the Pioneer Press said.

President Obama, in a secret visit to Afghanistan meet with Afghan President Karazai to express his frustration with the Afghani president, as U.S. commitment to defeat the Taliban deepens, the New York Times said.

This trip to Afghanistan was the president's first trip as president, the Times said.

Obama wanted to speak with President Karazai about his dedication to addressing and correcting the corruption and drug-trafficking that is predominant in Afghanistan, the BBC said.

The president also used this opportunity to address U.S. soldiers in Bagram, an air base near Kabul, thanking them for their service to the Afghani people, the BBC said.

Encouraging soldiers to help Afghanistan forge peace, Obama reminded the troops of the decades of conflict Afghanistan has faced, according to the BBC.

U.S and Russia agree to nuclear arms treaty.

After months of delay President Obama and Russian President Medvedev have agreed to cut the amount of their nuclear weapons by almost a quarter, the New York Times said.

The treaty states that each country can have up to 1,550 warheads deployed, the BBC said. That is 30% less then what is currently allowed.

The treaty still needs to pass the U.S. Senate and the Russian Duma but it is meant to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty a white House Official said in the BBC.

The treaty, which will be Obama's most concrete political policy since taking office, is one step closer to fulfilling Obama's vision to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the Times said.

The treaty is set to be signed in Prague on April 8, one year after Obama's speech to eradicate nuclear weapons, the Times said.

St. Paul suspends police academy.

St. Paul police academy that was planned to start in April will be postponed to later in the year the Pioneer Press said.

The police force expected more officers to retired but due to the economy fewer officers retired then expected. The academy will be unnecessary in April, Chief John Harrington said in the Pioneer Press.

The choice comes three months after graduating an academy of 20 officers, 19 of which got laid off due to budget issues. Minneapolis was able to rehired 15 of them later using federal stimulus dollars the Star Tribune said.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a budget plan last month that would cut $250 million in financial aid to local governments, that resulted in cuts for the police academy, the Star Tribune said.

St. Paul police did received the most in grants of any other Minnesota department last summer and used it to hire 28 officers. The grant funds officers' salaries for three years, the Pioneer Press said.

"We have to keep our staffing at at least 610 to retain our federal funds," Titus said in the Star Tribune.

Robin Johnson, 48, was charged with four crimes after assaulting a man at a basketball game Saturday the Pioneer Press reported.

Johnson is charged of first-degrees and third-degree assault, along with interfering with a 911 call and disorderly conduct, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in the Star Tribune.

Johnson was hassling a basketball player who was shooting free throws when Jeff Shand, 50, a school coordinator, approached Johnson to tell him to stop the Pioneer Press said.

After the game Johnson approached Shand and started to harass him. When Shand tried to call the police Johnson knocked the phone out of his hand and sucker-punched him when he turned his head, the Star Tribune said.

Shand lost consciousness and had three cracked molars has a result of the punch. He was seen by an oral surgeon who had to remove fragments of the cracked teeth, the Pioneer Press reported.

Johnson's has a criminal history of violating an order for protection and giving police false information and in 1997 for fifth-degree assault and fifth-degree domestic assault the Pioneer Press reported.

Obama tackles new education reform.

President Obama called for an overhaul of former President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" law, the New York Times reported.

The proposals included eliminating divisive provisions,like encouraging instructors to teach based on tests, crowding out non-math and reading subjects, the Times said.

If the proposals pass through Congress, schools would eliminate the current pass-fail grading system, and would be held accountable not only for the students grades but also for their attendance and the learning climate of the school in general, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The proposals call for steep changes in the currently failing schools and rewards for top schools. The proposal also includes less federal interference in the tens of thousands of schools that are operating to standard, the Times said.

Obama aides describe the plan as "tight on goals, loose on means."
If passed the law would be set to achieve its goal by 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The shift in focus from health care to education shows that Obama is hoping to broaden the Administration's agenda before midterm elections, the Times said.

Though the proposal was configured by a bipartisan committee, it was created heated debate in Congress and with teachers and school administrators, the Wall Street Journal said.

"This appears to place 100% responsibility on teachers and administrators while giving them 0% authority to act," Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, said in the Journal.

Administration officials have laid out their proposals for the "No Child Left Behind" revisions in briefings this weekend, but did not release their proposals with fine print. Officials said they intended to leave the legislative language up to Congress, the Times said.

Bomb blasts kill many in south-eastern Afghanistan.

Bombs in the central city of Kandahar killed 27 people Saturday and injured 52 more, the New York Times said.

Kandahar is set in the heartland of Taliban forces. Of the multiple bombs that exploded, the heaviest bombings were near Kandahar's prison. The prison holds 400 Taliban warriors, the New York Times said.

The prison, that has already been attacked to release Taliban insurgents in 2008, was not breached Saturday but many of the surrounding buildings have been destroyed, the BBC reported.

In Kabul, BBC's Quentin Sommerville said Kandahar is the Taliban's "spiritual home."
U.S. officials have also hinted that Kandahar could become a target against Taliban forces, the BBC said.

"Precious," based off the book called "Push," claimed best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for Mo'Nique Reuters U.S. said.

Elsewhere the awards were dispersed among other movies like: "Up," for best animated movie. Christoph Waltz won supporting actor in "Inglourious Basterds" Reuters U.S. said.

Avatar and The Hurt Locker competed for best picture, with James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow vying for the director award, only for Hurt Locker to win "Best Film" and Kathryn Bigelow to win best director. Bigelow was the first women to ever win that award, the BBC reported.

Icelanders held a referendum Saturday to vote on the reimbursement plan set up to repay Britain and the Netherlands the 3.8 bn. euros they gave Iceland to bail-out their country, the BBC reported.

If Iceland votes "No" to the reimbursement plan, set up by Icesave, an online retail branch of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki, it could put billions of dollars of loans in the International Monetary Fund at risk, the BBC said.

The refusal of Iceland's president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, to sign into law the latest Icesave agreement, after months of bad-tempered negotiations with Britain and the Netherlands prompted the referendum, the New York Times said.

Mr. Grimsson's move, though unexpected, was widely popular to a people that feels bullied and ill treated by their lenders, the New York Times said.

Talks between Iceland, the UK, and the Netherlands ended without agreement Friday.

Provisional results from just 18,000 voters showed 98% voters said "No" to the referendum, the BBC reported.

The referendum is bring into question the reliability of the small country, whose economy and reputation is under criticism during this time, the New York Times reported.

Kallie Palmer, 6, was playing at a friends house when they climbed over a chain-linked fence that separated the yard from Interstate-35W The Star Tribune said.

It is understood that Palmer was not chasing anything, though investigators are still trying to figure out why she would run into the freeway, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said in the Pioneer Press.

Palmer's family lived within a few hundred miles of the highway, so she was not familiar with the traffic, Roeske said in the Star Tribune.

Palmer was hit by a 61-year-old man from Cold Springs Minn., in the southbound lanes near McAndrews Road at around 7:15 p.m.. Police do not think alcohol was involved, the Pioneer Press reported.

It is still unknown how many children where in the group, but the oldest was 11, said Roeske in the Pioneer Press.

House DFLers fail to override Pawlenty's bill veto.

In an emotional vote to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the state-run health care bill, the DFL fell four votes short of two-thirds majority the Pioneer Press reported.

The bill, that will expire GAMC April 1st, would temporarily restore health care to 30,000 of the poorest Minnesotans. Pawlenty cancelled the program's funding as a part of the $2.7 billion in cuts he made to balance Minnesota's budget the Pioneer Press reported.

Pawlenty plans to place the former recipients of the health care under MinnesotaCare, a state-run program with fewer benefits, the Pioneer Press said.

"I want people to understand what this bill does and doesn't do," Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka said in The Minnesota Daily. "This is not the salvation of the people. We can do better." Abeler said voted against the bill the first time, but today he said that he would vote to table the bill for more negotiations.

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