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April 26, 2009

Dinkytown Block Party Turned Riot

A Dinkytown block party got out of hand Saturday night, forcing police to rein in the riot according to the Star Tribune.
Six people were arrested as hundreds of unruly students started fires and tried to tip over cars.
Police used pepper spray and smoke grenades to disperse students on 7th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues SE in Dinkytown.
The party was part of the campus's Spring Jam activities.

April 19, 2009

Man Pretending to Fall Actually Does

A man pretending to fall off of a bridge in Bloomington actually did, according to the Star Tribune.
Early on Sunday morning, police got a call saying a man had fallen from the Highway 77 bridge 30 feet into the marshy area below.
The man, who had been drinking, reportedly told his friend to pull over so he could urinate off the bridge. Then, after pretending to fall, he actually did fall.
The man is now being treated for serious injuries.

April 12, 2009

Obama Causes Controversy at Norte Dame

Despite Obama's pro-choice beliefs which offend many catholics, the school has decided to stand by its tradition of having Presidents come and speak, the Star Tribune reported.
Student expressed outrage at an invitation extended by Notre Dame to President Obama to speak at the commencement ceremony in May.
Alumni's have reported "throwing away their sweatshirts", while others boycott attending commencement and recently accepted high school seniors are now questioning their decision, according to the Tribune.
But for all of the disgust, there is also a lot of excitement among students on campus. One conservative student said it was an honor.
Some conservative groups have already expressed the wish to protest, while liberal students have expressed fear it will make Notre Dame look narrow minded, citing that no one will want to attend Notre Dame if that is the image they portray.

April 5, 2009

Gunfire at Brady-Bundchen Wedding

Gunfire was reported at the second wedding of Gisele Bundchen to Tom Brady last night in Costa Rica, according to the Boston-Herald.
The couple, which also exchanged vows a month ago in L.A., got married for a second time last night surrounded by family and friends in Costa Rica.
Security guards in charge of keeping paparazzi away from the event fired shots at two photographers who fled with their film. According to the Herald, no one was hurt.
It was unclear if the newlyweds and their guests were even aware of the incident.

March 29, 2009

Social Network Site Breaks-Up Celebrity Couple

According to the Pioneer Press, the newly-popular social networking site Twitter, where users can post 140 character mini-messages,was responsible for the breakup of celebrity couple Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer.
According to the report, the perpetually single celeb couldn't handle her boyfriend's constant attention to the site and his 400,000 followers.
In other celebrity news, David Letterman announced his marriage last week and Matt Lauer was forced to take time off of the Today Show after he seperated his shoulder in a biking accident with a deer.

March 16, 2009

Gopher Basketball

The Minnesota Gophers Mens Basketball team will play the University of Texas next Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. The Gophers will play in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Eastern Division in Greensboro, North Carolina. Minnesota is the 10th seed while Texas is No. 7. The winner will take on either Duke or Binghamton in the second round, according to the Star Tribune. North Dakota State University, No. 14 in the Midwest division, was able to secure a bid to the National Tournament during its first year of Division 1 eligibility, the Star Tribune said.

March 8, 2009

Oprah Gives Advice

Oprah Winfrey felt the need to give Rihanna a bit of advice this week, the New York Daily News reported.
"He will hit you again," Oprah advised Rihanna from her show, referencing the alleged beating Rihanna received from her boyfriend Chris Brown last month.
A former Manhattan prosecutor who was a guest on the show had a worse warning, and said Chris Brown may kill Rihanna, comparing him to O.J. Simpson.
The advice comes after Rihanna's reconciliation with Brown, a choice that has sparked much debate and discussion.
Orpah announced she will do a show this coming week on domestic violence, dedicating it to the "Rihanna's of the world."

March 1, 2009

No More Facebook for Lent

The Pioneer Press reported Sunday on a woman who will have a hard 40 days, she gave up Facebook for Lent.
Lent, the Christian season that goes from Ash Wednesday until Easter, started last week and the woman told the Pioneer Press she has been having a hard time so far.
The article mentions many people are using Lent this year to disconnect from social networking. One college student told the Press she thought it would be interesting to step away from the site for a period of time.
People interviewed said that not only do they hope to connect with God more through their sacrifice, but also with other people...face to face again.

February 13, 2009

Plane Crashes in Buffalo

The Washington Post reported Friday a plane crash in Buffalo, New York.
The Continental commuter plane crash left no survivors, killing 50 people, the Post said.
In addition to the entire crew and all passengers, a resident of the home the plane crashed into also died. Two other residents received minor injuries.
The plane nose-dived into the home, the Post said. Firefighters continued to put out the fire the crash caused before investigators could try to determine what happened.
President Obama said Friday morning one of the deceased was Beverly Eckert, wife of Sean Rooney who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. She and others had met with Obama last week to discuss his plans on terrorism, the Post said.\
CBS News reports the plane that crashed was almost new, and had only been in use for one year.\
The model had a strong safety record, with no fatal crashes, CBS reported.

February 8, 2009

Minnesota Media Continues Downslide

David Brauer's reports of local Minneapolis media were not hopeful this week, with the Pioneer Press accepting unpaid furloughs and more stress at the Star Tribune here and here.
According to Brauer, the Pioneer Press voted this week to approve unpaid furloughs, the equivalent of 6 full-time jobs. Leaders of the Pioneer Press Guild said the decision was painful, but obvious.
Co-Chair of the Guild Gayle Grundtner told Brauer the Guild was committed to the future of the Pioness Press, despite the union unsuccesfully gaurenteeing wage freezes during the furlough period.
The Star Tribune also went through turmoil this week according to Brauer.
In a memo Brauer published written by publisher Chris Harte, more savings and budget cuts are coming.
The company's 401-K matching program has been stopped, and pension plans have been frozen. There will also be a 2009 pay-freeze, changes in vacation time, and manager incentives will be stopped said Brauer.
As of now, only non-union members will be affected by these changes, but the memo did say that negotiations with the unions would be taking place.

February 1, 2009

"It's the Economy Girlfriend"

This week, the New York Times reported on a new support group around time, the DABA girls.
These girls, who are "Dating a Banker Anonymous", have banded together in the hard economic times to support each other and talk about their banker boyfriends.
The girls, who are dating and married to bankers, blame the hard economy for their relationship problems. They get together once a week for drinks and to discuss their boyfriends and husbands problems.
In addition to the meetings, the original DABA girls Laney Crowell and Megan Petrus, have stared a blog that invites other women to join.
The New York Times talked with relationship experts and divorce lawyers, who told the Times that problems with bankers and financial-types during economic recessions do go up, citing blows to egos and financial stress as factors.
The DABA girls told the New York Times that they can judge their partner's moods by paying attention to the financial news of that day, and convey warnings to other DABA girls via color-coded warnings on their blog.
Despite the hardships of the economy weighing on thier relationships, the girls told the Times they are still attracted to their "FBFs" because of their attitude and confidence.