Coming soon: a school shooting
The normalization of school shootings has made it difficult for those fighting them to get their message to rise above the din of the daily news. One shooting last week in New Mexico barely registered a blip in the news cycle.
Five years ago Thursday, the nation’s shock reached its zenith on the subject when 20 children between 6 and 7 years old and six adults were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Read more →
The U.S. Geological Survey says sea ice is declining because of a warming planet. It has forced polar bears, which feed on seals, onto land where they are dying of starvation. Read more →
Texas family rediscovers their Santa in La Crosse
Amber Hennlich, of Allen, Texas, is pretty sure that this is the last Christmas that her 7-year-old son, Aluxton, buys into the whole Santa Claus thing. So she was pretty set on finding the Santa Claus that used to appear at a local mall in Dallas until 2015. On Saturday, she did.
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Caribou are disappearing from Lake Superior islands. Let nature run its course? Or intervene? Read more →
Keaton Jones called his mother to pick him up at school the other day. He was afraid to go to lunch where, he says, kids poured milk on him, threw bread at him, and put ham down his shirt. Read more →
Twin Cities’ couple celebrates birthday by pretending to be mugged
Katie Mager, 27, of Apple Valley, Minn., and Ryan Reiersgaard, 27, of Burnsville, Minn., had a ton of fun last week, claiming they were robbed and, as is often the case in these sorts of things, claiming the perpetrator was a person of color. Read more →
What’s on MPR News today? 12/11/17
Here’s today’s list of topics and guests on MPR News programming. Read more →
When Northwest Airlines ushered in a new era in treating alcoholics
Northwest Airlines has been relegated to the ash heap of history, but it made a bit of a proud return to the nation’s consciousness on Sunday when Norman Lyle Prouse told his story to CBS’ Sunday Morning. Read more →
In Calgary, nothing says love like a rock
You know humans have a bottomless supply of love and compassion when they stoop to help a rock.
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It’s a Taylor Swift world
A good rule of thumb for consumers is when you’re dealing with concert tickets, you’re probably getting ripped off. Just ask some fans of Taylor Swift, who think they got suckered into her Ticketmaster-run Verified Fan program. They can be forgiven; they believed what Swift was telling them. It’s no shock how a fan moved Read more →
It’s almost as if NPR’s standards & practices boss had Minnesota newswriters in mind when he issued his annual memo today on what not to say when telling stories about the weather. Read more →
Here’s the story behind today’s StoryCorps episode
Wayne Lo roamed the campus of Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, Mass., my home before moving to Minnesota. He thought he was getting commands from God to kill people. And so he shot them, killing one student and one professor, wounding several others, including a student from Minnesota. Read more →
Disrespect without accountability seems to be at the heart of a lawsuit the Young Conservatives Club of Edina High School has filed after some students refused to stand during taps at a Veteran’s Day observance at the school.
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What’s on MPR News today? 12/8/17
Here’s a list of topics and guests scheduled for today on MPR News programming. Read more →
This tweet, from Rochester Post Bulletin photojournalist Andrew Link, is the sort of thing that can bring a tear to an old-school news junkie. Read more →