Newly revealed NSA program collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’
A new report from Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald says an National Security Agency program collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet.’
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‘Hot Cheetos’ kids cash in
After getting shut out of royalties in their breakout hit “Hot Cheetos and Takis” last year, Da Rich Kidzz (formerly Y.N. Rich Kids) are cashing in. At Kmart. Read more →
Pope Francis’ comments on gays were not groundbreaking
What is changing from the Vatican is tone, not catechism. Read more →
Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR, is a master essayist and storyteller. He’s telling a compelling story now on Twitter: the imminent death of his mother.
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Smartphones for toddlers? Data suggest gadgets as babysitters
Evidence suggests that for many young parents, smartphones and iPads are the new babysitters. Read more →
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that a guardian can authorize the disconnection of life-support systems without the intervention of the courts in Minnesota.
The court ruled in the case of Jeffers Tschumy, a 53 year old man with no family who suffered from diabetes, effect of a stroke and partial paralysis from a spinal infection. A profession guardian was appointed in 2009 and when Tschumy suffered irreversible brain damage in April 2012, his guardian directed Abbott Northwestern Hospital to remove life-prolonging treatment. Read more →
More than 22 percent of people living in Winona live below the federal poverty level. But exclude the number of college students in the college town and the number drops in half. The same is true for Mankato, another college town in the state. Read more →
5 x 8: Government a la carte?
Whatever happened to the sequester, the loudmouths at kids’ baseball games, a fortune in assisted living, should Reddit be held responsible for a smear, and what Northfield’s got that your town doesn’t. Read more →
Marching on, time buries good memories
The old Cottage Grove drive-in theater sign went up at the museum in Hastings this week where it will represent what Cottage Grove used to be before it worked hard to become everywhere else. It sits right next to the Porky’s drive-in building that used to be on University Avenue in Saint Paul. What’s at Read more →
Christina Clusiau says a lot of her friends were leaving northern Minnesota and heading to the oil fields of North Dakota when she came up with the idea of joining them. Her friends were mining oil. She was after stories. She’s a filmmaker and has released Black Rush Life. She found it’s more complicated than Read more →
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$500 waitress tip in Des Moines: Aaron’s last wish strikes again
As predicted, a restaurant server in Iowa is the latest recipient of a huge tip, offered by a man who’s traveling the country leaving big tips in honor of his dead brother. Read more →
Slate’s Matthew Yglesias love Minneapolis but takes a whack at people who don’t want Dinkytown to change. Read more →
5 x 8: Reinventing Rochester
What’s the future of a one-company town, what does it mean to be a progressive, wrapping North Minneapolis, feed the world by eating bugs, and why are they ruining Monopoly? Read more →
Why isn’t Al Franken funny anymore?
Sen. Al Franken can’t risk being funny. Read more →