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Leaky pipes caused Milwaukee's poorest residents to disproportionately use water resources, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Reporters utilized mean and median and cross-referenced income levels across the city. The 10 single-family households which used the most water were all low-income homes and most or all of them had leaky pipes, according to city data.

The zip codes with the highest water usage were cross-referenced with those that track income levels, and were found to contain 15 of the lowest 20 income tracks.

Use of spreadsheets were necessary for producing this report.

Metrodome roof collapses

The Minnesota Vikings game was moved to a new time and location after the Metrodome roof imploded early Sunday morning, according to the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis was enveloped in blizzard conditions Saturday, and the weight from the snow on the Dome's roof caused punctures in the teflon and structural damage to support beams.

The Vikings will now "host" the Giants at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night.

The Dome has collapsed three times in the past, according to ESPN.

265 hours of watergate tapes released

The Nixon Library released 265 hours of Watergate tapes Thursday, according to CNN.

Most of the tapes have long been made public, but these White House recordings from Nixon's tenure in 1973 were only recently released.

Also released from the California library were 140,000 pages of documents, and 75 hours of recording. In addition to Watergate information, the tapes include discussions about a ceasefire in Vietnam, according to ABC News.

African Union suspends C'ote D'Ivoire

Amid controversy surrounding it's political spectrum, the Ivory Coast was suspended by the African Union, according to CNN.

The Union has suspended the country indefinitely until a democratically-elected president takes office, according to statement.

Recently, West African leaders asked incumbent president Laurent Gbago to concede power to Alassane Ouattara. Gbago refused even though he lost popular election, according to the Washington Post.

Twins send Hardy packing

The Twins set the stage for a plethora of roster moves Thursday by trading shortstop JJ Hardy, according to the Star Tribune.

Along with Hardy, the Twins sent infielder Brendan Harris and $500,000 to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson.

The move signifies that the Twins are comfortable with their negotiatons with Japanes infield Tsuyoshi Nishioki, according to Associated Content.

U granted record research money

The University of Minnesota is up to the eight highest spending university in the nation, according to the Star Tribune.

The increase is up two spots from 2005, and 2010 will see a 23 percent increase according to the National Science Foundation.

Vice President for research Tim Mulcahy said that the spending in this fiscal year is a new high-water mark for the university.

The grants may have come at a good time, because state and federal money are reportedly "drying up."

Kill named next Gophers coach

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has been named the next University of Minnesota head football coach, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Kill -- who will not coach Northern Illinois in its bowl game later this month, according to ESPN -- took over for interim head coach Jeff Horton, who went 2-3 in his five-game stint at the helm.

Kill has four previous head coaching jobs at the collegiate level, unlike Horton's predecessor, Tim Brewster, according to the Star Tribune. Kill's Huskies defeated the Gophers early on in the 2010 season, just one of the losses that lead to the eventual demise of Brewster.

Gopher Sports sent out an email to the student population announcing the move after Athletic Director Joel Maturi confirmed the report in a text message to the AP.

Kill's last name is also a verb, inspiring a grip of uninspiring headlines across the state.

The Star Tribune had a poll posted on their website Sunday, with over 50 percent of the 9,100 voters selecting, "Northern Illinois? You're Killing me."

No recount is expected at this time.

It is not known if a "most clever headline" award will be handed out anytime soon.

Canned chicken salad recalled

72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad was recalled due to the discovery of hard plastic inside some of the containers, according to CNN.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service released a statement Sunday saying the Suter Company recalled both the "Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit" and the "Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers."

The packages in question were assembled between Aug. 14 and Aug. 28, according to Chicago Breaking News.

Woman killed by shark near Egypt

A German woman was killed off the coast of Egypt on Sunday, triggering a shark hunt, according to CNN.

Three other snorkelers were injured, and two sharks have already been captured. The tourist beach where the attacks occurred has been closed until the final shark can be located.

The 70-year-old woman was a regular at the resort, and is just the latest in a string of shark attacks in the past few weeks, according to The Guardian.

Bloomingto to examine lake for invasive weeds

Bloomington will test Bush Lake for invasive weed species this spring, according to the Star Tribune.

The problem, which has affected Bloomington for 20years, will not be directly addressed this spring. The problem with the two invasive species -- Eurasian water milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed -- must be properly evaluated before it can be treated, according to civil engineers.

The Izaak Walton Group is lobbying to the state for a DNR grant that would help restore the lake's original water quality, according to Minnesota Lakes.

U to shut down over winter holidays

The University of Minnesota will be partially shutting down in an effort to trim spending over the holidays, according to the Star Tribune.

The primary motive is to cut payroll spending for employees nearly $28 million. The unpaid leave coupled with 1.15 percent paycut will constitute most of the target savings.

The campus buses, dining halls and library will all be locked down for the first time from Dec. 24- Jan. 2, according to the Star Tribune.

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