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Snow and wind causes closures

Airport flights, mail delivery, bus services and other events were cancelled Saturday in the wake of a blizzard that swept across the metro area.

Most of the metro area got 14 inches to 18 inches of snow with Shakopee recording the highest amount at 21.5 inches, while wind gusted reached up to 60 mph.

According to the Pioneer Press the snowfall was not as bad as the record-breaking Halloween blizzard in 1991, in which 28.4 inches covered the ground.

Many retail stores decided to close early as some opted not to open at all. Metro Transit stopped running their 220 buses after about 158 were immobilized by the snow. Around 300 flights were cancelled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and about halfway through the day it was too dangerous to deliver mail.

Most roadways will be plowed by Monday, but icy roads are forecasted for Monday and Tuesday as snow melted from a sunny Sunday turns to ice, the Star Tribune reported.

The University of Minnesota hires new football coach

Jerry Kill, formerly of Northern Illinois, was hired to be the University of Minnesota's new football coach Sunday night.

Kill, 49, who has never had a loosing record with his four previous coaching positions at smaller schools, has agreed to a five-year contract.

According to the Star Tribune, his salary was not released, but is a significant upgrade from his earnings at Northern Illinois.

Kill went 10-3 this season with Northern Illinois before loosing the Mid-American Conferance game to Miami of Ohio on Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Pope relaxes on use of condoms

Condom use is acceptable in some circumstances, Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview from a book set for release next week.

Before this remark, the Pope and the Vatican opposed the use of condoms under any circumstances because they are not a natural form of contraception.

Benedict surprised the Catholic community by saying condoms can be used to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, at least for prostitutes, slightly relaxing on the long-running opposition of their use.

According to the BBC last year in Cameroon the Pope said, to much criticism, condoms may make the HIV/AIDS infection worse.

The interview was done by a German journalist Peter Seewald earlier in the summer for a book due out Tuesday that covers the Pope and the church, the LA Times reported.

Amanda Knox faces slander trial

Amanda Knox, the 23-year-old American student convicted of killing her British roommates last year, faces slander charges in a new trial, her lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, said.

In an indictment hearing in Perugia, Italy a judge decided Knox will go on trial on charges of slander against Italian police.

The case is based on Knox's claim that police beat her over the head during questioning. Knox's parents are also facing charging for repeating the allegations, CNN reported.

According to the BBC Knox's trial will begin in May 2011, and an appeal against her murder conviction is set to begin in a few weeks.

"Miracle on Ice" gold medal sold

An authentic 1980 Olympic "Miracle on Ice" gold medal was sold Saturday for nearly $311, 000.

The gold medal, belonging to Marks Wells, a center on the United States Olympic hockey team in 1980, was bought by a private collector from the west for $316,700. The medal was cosigned to Heritage Auctions of Dallas.

Wells, who was 21-years-old when the gold was draped around his neck, sold it after struggling with genetic disease that attacked his spinal cord, Yahoo Sports reported.

The medal sold for nearly three times the amount of it's pre-sale estimate, Heritage said.

According to Forbes, 16 collectors bid on the item by phone and internet before going to a rancher from the western U.S.

Former state trooper dies in crash

A former state trooper was killed Friday evening when he hit a tree in a single vehicle accident, authorities said.

Timothy J. Murphy, 52, was not wearing his seatbelt when he lost control of his pickup truck in Cass County.

According to the Star Tribune the accident happened just after 8 p.m. near Longville along Hwy. 84.

Murphy spent time as a accident reconstructionist in his 26 years in the patrol before retiring in 2008, the Pioneer Press reported.

Refs may be punished for using pink whistles

High school football referees in Washington may be banned from a few games after using pink whistles for breast cancer awareness at this week's games.

The referees, who are apart of the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association, decided to give one of their game pay checks to the Susan G. Koman Foundation and play with pink whistles last week, possibly costing them state playoff games.

According to, the pink whistles go against the dress code, which calls for only black whistles to be used.

Todd Stordahl, chair of the Washington Official's Association, said it would send the wrong message to student athletes to not punish the referees, the NY Daily News reported. "They chose not to ask for permission," Stordahl said.

Chile miners raised to surface

Sixteen out of the 33 miners trapped in a Chile mine half a mile underground were rescued Wednesday.

About half of the miners stuck underground for 2 months were pulled to the surface as rescue efforts continue to go as planned. The rest of the workers are said to be rescued by Thursday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, the miners were met by family members, before having their health checked at a triage center.

Chile President Sebastian Pinera thanked the technical experts for making the rescue possible with the 'Phoenix', the capsule that pulled each miner to the surfaces, the BBC reported.

Wild loose season opener

The Minnesota Wild lost to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday in Helsinki, Finland.

The Wild had a solid start in the first period scoring one, but let three goals in in the second to put them behind for the rest of the game, the Star Tribune reports.

"There were some areas in our game that were just disappointing," coach Todd Richards said. The start resembles last season when the Wild had trouble putting three full periods of hockey together.

According to the Pioneer Press, Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with about three minutes left in the game, but still left the them one goal short of a tie. The Wild lost 4-3.

Suicide case being reviewed

The case of a Rutgers University student jumping off the George Washington Bridge last week is being reviewed by the New Jersey's attorney general's office.

The body of freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, was found Thursday in the Hudson River after he jumped off of the George Washington Bridge, authorities said. Clementi committed suicide after his roommate broadcast him having an intimate relationship with another man on the internet.

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and Ravi's friend, Molly Wei, who set up a webcam and streamed the video live, were charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, the LA Times reported.

The Middlesex County prosecutor, Bruce J. Kaplan, said his office was considering whether to press hate-crime charges or not, based on Clementi's alleged sexual orientation.

According to the New York Times, New Jersey has one of the toughest state laws on hate crimes. The crime doesn't even have to be violent.

No additional charges have been made and a court date has not been set.

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