A Minnesota school district is putting weight behind the philosophy that substance abuse deserves treatment more than punishment.

Up until recently, the long-time policy for athletes in the Austin, Minn., schools was if a player is caught using chemicals, they’re benched for nine games or nine weeks, whichever is longer. A second offense carries a one-year suspension from the sport. A third infraction carries an additional year’s suspension. Read more

If you’ve worked in the cubicle farms of America long enough, you’re probably familiar with the typical memos that come out at firing and layoff time, dripping with passive aggressive, but nothing you can pin the writer down on.

That’s the way the news release went from the Minnesota Timberwolves late Friday announcing they’ve traded Ricky Rubio. Read more