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WASHINGTON —  Sen.  Bernie Sanders  (I-Vt.)  lost the Democratic nomination and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the new leader of the Senate Democrats. But the Vermont senator’s vision and ideas will dominate the Democratic Party’s attempt to recover from  Hillary Clinton’s  ruinous White House run

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We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

18Nov

In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.” An animated professor-turned-senator from Minnesota, Paul’s willingness to be confrontational, and his refusal to back down from a fight he believed in, was central to his political and organizing strategy.

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As some in the country continue to come to grips with last week’s presidential election, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered sobering words Tuesday for those who may be wondering how to move forward under a future President Donald Trump . “I think that this is the time where every good person has an obligation both to continue being heard and to continue doing the right thing,” she said Tuesday during a conversation with talk radio host Bill Press , who introduced the topic of the election as the “800-pound gorilla in the room.” The president-elect didn’t come up by name during the hour-long exchange, held in front of an intimate audience at the Old Naval Hospital’s  Hill Center in Washington. But Trump was certainly on everyone’s mind, including Sotomayor, who declined to delve into presidential or transition politics but nonetheless engaged the subject gracefully, as if speaking to the whole nation.

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Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Stands Up For Them) In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “President-Elect” until he is sworn in, but the ceremony itself is just a formality

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A Zimbabwean court has thrown out charges against a local hunter accused of failing to stop the killing of the country’s most prized lion by an American dentist, his lawyer said on Friday. Walter Palmer, a lifelong big-game hunter from Minnesota, touched off a global controversy when he killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, with a bow and arrow outside Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe in July last year. While Zimbabwean authorities said Palmer had legal authority to hunt, they were stung by the international outcry and charged local hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who assisted Palmer, with failing to prevent an unlawful hunt

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Saluting our Sisters After Service

11Nov

By Paula Broadwell and Erika Cashin. On Veterans Day, our nation celebrates the less than 1% of our population who have served in the greatest military in the world. Of the 21.9 million veterans, 2.2 million are women.

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WASHINGTON ― With a renewed push in state elections ahead of the 2020 census, Democrats are competing to win at least 14 state legislative chambers on Tuesday.

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ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN PLANE ― On Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee visited a state she expected to win easily.

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WILMINGTON, N.C./MIAMI – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton traded barbs as they entered the last three days of campaigning in the U.S. presidential election with competing events on Saturday in Florida, a swing state that could prove decisive in Tuesday’s vote. Clinton and Trump are making their closing arguments to American voters, crisscrossing the United States in hopes of convincing last-minute undecided voters and rallying their bases to turn out enthusiastically on Election Day

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With luck the US presidential election results will be decisive on November 8. There will be a clear winner and no election disputes will emerge. Yet as the polls tighten nationally and in critical swing states there are possibilities of a contested election

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Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents  present at the continuing protests against the  Dakota Access Pipeline  (DAPL) in North Dakota.

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When two dogs lovers get hitched, it looks a little something like this: On Saturday, bride Kathryn Dombrowski, who volunteers at animal rescue Secondhand Hounds , married Brad Ziemer at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Instead of having their wedding party hold floral bouquets for the professional group photos, they asked them to hold pit bull rescue puppies to spread awareness for the “adopt don’t shop” movement ― much like a bridal party in Pennsylvania did last month.  Dombrowski told The Huffington Post that she and Ziemer managed to keep the 13 dogs a surprise from their parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer. “They all thought we were heading outside to take pictures and to their surprise and delight, there were pit bull puppies!” she said

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Police have dismissed a citation issued last week to a black man in Minnesota for allegedly walking in the middle of a street , and an investigation into the controversial incident has been launched, government officials said.

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The Monarch Migration in Peril!

16Oct

In partnership with The Monarch Butterfly Fund, Monarch Watch and other partners, The Nobelity Project is releasing my new short film on the Monarchs and how we can all help save the migration. Watch the film; read the story; do your part.

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Petros Papadakis, former USC college football captain and current analyst for Fox Sports, tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the lure of the game for young people. The two also debate whether politics belong on the field and in the locker room.

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I have to begin today with a rather large caveat: nothing in this article deals with what has happened since Friday. Polling always lags reality, meaning that the effect of the Billy Bush/Donald Trump tape and the second debate are not reflected in today’s data one tiny bit

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Early Voting: A Month to Go

10Oct

Another week of early voting has passed and at least 429,337 people have voted in the 2016 election. I say “at least” because I do not have information from all the states, and information from some states is a little out-of-date

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If most deaths are like losing a page or a chapter, Oscar Brand’s death Friday was like losing a book. The phrase “living encyclopedia” gets tossed around a little too loosely, but when it came to folk music in the broadest, richest, most satisfying scope, there’s no other way to describe Oscar Brand.

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I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance.

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As questions swirl over whether Donald Trump will willingly bow out as the Republican nomine e, or be forced out, pundits have labeled such an event as “unprecedented.” Yet there have been cases in American political history where a nominee has been forced to the sidelines, and a replacement has been named. It’s pretty rare in American presidential history, but there have been cases of nominees that didn’t make the final contest. The most famous one occurred in the 1872, when Horace Greeley died after the election, but before the Electoral College met

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PHILADELPHIA ― This was the best the Democratic Party could do. Democrats on Monday night fired nearly every progressive bullet they had in the chamber, hoping to kill what remains of the Bernie-or-bust movement that threatens to derail the party’s bid for the White House.

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How many miles would you travel to live the dream of running a winery? Anne (née Bousquet) and Labid Al Ameri met twenty years ago while studying in Minnesota. She came from France and ended up working as an economist in the paper packaging industry.

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In 1984 Bernie Goetz shot four black teenagers in the subway because, he concluded, they would rob him or worse. He left one man a paraplegic with permanent brain damage. The so-called “Subway Vigilante” eventually turned himself into police but not before receiving nation-wide support from segments of the public, including media outlets, who hailed him as a hero

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WASHINGTON ― In the course of one year as an elected official, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was pulled over seven times by law enforcement

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By Timothy M. Smith , University of Minnesota Another week in America, another week of sadness and hand-wringing prompted by gun violence. More…

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Are the Rich More Lonely?

04Jun

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas Can money buy happiness?

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An African gray parrot known for its very filthy mouth may be a key witness to the killing of his owner.

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Well, don’t this just beat all: The third season of FX’s Fargo may attack the very way of life on which the movie and the hit TV series have been based. Noah Hawley, the writer who did the near-impossible and turned Joel and Ethan Coen’s weirdly wonderful 1996 movie into two different yet equally compelling TV seasons, says that next time around, “There may be a threat to Minnesota Nice itself.” More…

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A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding creative work of their careers. Read Episode Sixteen: The Patient Will See You Now Or, start at the beginning: An Illness’s Introduction Find all episodes here

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If politics were, in fact, a game of beanbag, the South Carolina primary would be a bag of rusty nails. Alas, politics ain’t beanbag . And South Carolina is just the campaign equivalent of throwing rusty nails at your rivals. The first projectiles came on Thursday, as the remaining Republican presidential candidates descended on the Palmetto State to engage in some good ole-fashion dirt-slinging and innuendo

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) announced this week  that he wouldn’t seek another term in Congress partly because he wants to spend more time with his family.  Ribble vowed to serve no more than four terms after taking office in 2010, but a sad airport farewell contributed to his decision to quit after just three terms, Ribble told “So, That Happened,” the HuffPost Politics podcast.      Ribble said he took his three grandsons home to Sherwood, Wisconsin, for a few days after Christmas.  “We played out in the snow and did all the things that granddads and grandsons love to do,” he said.

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So,  that happened.  Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has a very compelling mission: She’ll hold fast against the GOP’s attempts to roll back the accomplishments of the Obama administration.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among the people lining up for a crack at federal and private funds aimed at stopping terror recruiting. Friday was the deadline for applicants to request roughly $400,000 in money being administered by a nonprofit entity as part of Minnesota’s efforts to stamp out violent extremism. The program is part of a three-city pilot project, which includes Boston and Los Angeles, launched more than a year ago by the Obama administration.

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America Does Not Have Enough Volunteers

01Feb

Unlike the 141 billionaires who have pledged to give away at least half of their wealth to charity through the “Giving Pledge,” an effort started by philanthropists Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, most of us don’t have the big extra dollars to help out our favorite charities. So the vast majority of Americans need to help by volunteering their services instead. According to the Corporation for National Community Service , 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer, which is 62.8 million volunteers

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Patient Advocates Hope Report will Help State Legislators “Make the Grade” in 2016   With the recent release of the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) report “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” state lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

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Whether you chose to gather your team on a weekly or monthly basis, make sure everybody walks away feeling recharged and with a game plan. Here’s how 12 entrepreneurs make run-of-the-mill staff meetings worthwhile. A.

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It’s a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road.

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12 Great Reasons to Study Abroad

16Ene

Insights into the advantages of studying abroad from the College Tourist Spring Team 1. Roslyn Kent – University of Calgary Studying abroad means that you can learn how to integrate yourself into a new city, environment and even culture

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TOP STORIES A STATE OF THE UNION FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE COUNTRY UNIFIED “President Barack Obama put the American people on notice Tuesday night that a dark future awaited American democracy if its citizens didn’t begin to come together rather than retreat into ethnic or religious corners.” Check out the top moments from the State of the Union, as well as the full text of Obama’s speech . Plus here’s how Obama , and the Republican Party , took aim at Donald Trump last night.

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RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note.

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Uh, What Even Is This Stephen Curry Shot?

12Nov

The Golden State Warriors, reigning world champions, are 9-0 and beating teams by an average of 17.6 points per game.

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Whenever I have my children’s full attention, meaning they are only performing two simultaneous tasks on their cell phones, I attempt to offer fatherly advice on subjects ranging from drugs to fashion choices to not spending money like a Kardashian. So far they seem to be listening, although I know the day is coming when one bursts through the front door and excitedly screams, “Dad, don’t you think this tattoo will be perfect for my job interview?” Recently my eldest and I were discussing her chosen college major, physical therapy, a vocation that I wholeheartedly support for it meets the criteria I laid out during one of my advisory sessions: Do not choose a career that can be replaced by a computer. Physical therapist has only a 2.1 percent chance of becoming automated in the next decade or two, if one is to believe “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization,” a 2013 study authored at the University of Oxford

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Is there a more quintessentially fall wedding photo than this?  ImageContent(562ac79be4b0443bb5641d46,562ab8171400001b013c90c2,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562ab8171400001b013c90c2.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)), Wes Eisenhauer ,) The beautiful shot was taken by Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based photographer Wes Eisenhauer following Alicia & Ryan Neururer’s wedding ceremony on October 17. He posted the photo on Imgur Thursday and it’s since racked up more than 2.5 million views. The newlyweds tied the knot at The Woods Chapel outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eisenhauer scouted the location on the way to the ceremony and convinced the couple that they needed to take some photos there — and it’s a good thing he did.  “I try to make wedding photography as interesting as possible.

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Danish Zoos: Serial Animal Killers

11Oct

The outrage over Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer’s slaughter of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe was well deserved.

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For many of us in the music scene here in Detroit, we knew hip-hop artist Ro Spit before by a few other names – DJ Phrikshun, Octane, or even his real name Roland Coit.

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Why Does Ebay Allow the Sale of Fur?

27Sep

I often sign animal rights petitions on www.change.org , and they recently emailed me a notice of a petition asking Ebay to ban the sale of furs. Click here to read . I was surprised to learn that Ebay did allow this, but confirmed it with search on their site for real fur which netted me over 82,000 listings today.

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TOP STORIES To get The Morning Email, HuffPost’s daily roundup of the news, in your inbox, sign up here. And listen to the news in under two minutes here. POPE FRANCIS SIGNALS FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, IMMIGRATION AND INEQUALITY “Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation’s capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have deeply divided Americans.” The pope canonized Junipero Serra as the newest Catholic saint, the first time any pope has done so on American soil.

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Though a few TV shows have already bowed, tonight’s pretty much the official kick-off of the 2015 – 2016 television season. That night when many of your old favorites (not to mention all of those about-to-debut sitcoms & dramas that network execs hope will soon become your new favorites) return to the air. And speaking of return to the air …

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When Unions Are Strong, Families Are Strong

20Sep

Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government , vilifying immigrants , denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are “women’s issues ,” privatizing education , and–wait for it– obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.

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  WASHINGTON —  Though Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in successive polls of Democratic voters in New Hampshire  and Iowa , his campaign faces significantly more difficult terrain outside those two states.  The problem for Sanders is a demographic one.

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A bill being considered  in the House that would restrict colleges from punishing students accused of sexual assault is meeting near-universal opposition from advocacy organizations who work with rape victims. The Safe Campus Act, originally sponsored by Republican Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Pete Sessions and Kay Granger of Texas, would prohibit colleges and universities from punishing a student accused of sexual assault and battery unless the reporting victim also goes to police with the complaint.  Twenty-five advocacy organizations working with sexual assault victims contacted by The Huffington Post in recent days said they are opposed to the bill

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The photobombing squirrel that started it all. Photo: Melissa Brandts. All photos used with permission of Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

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 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion sparked a global backlash emerged for an interview in which he disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he would be back at work within days. Walter Palmer, who has spent more than a month out of sight after becoming the target of protests and threats, intends to return to his suburban Minneapolis dental practice Tuesday.

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Instead of picnicking, Steelworkers in six states will spend this Labor Day picketing the gates of a dozen Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) specialty mills. These 2,200 Steelworkers are not on strike.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion fueled a global backlash emerged Sunday for an interview in which he disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he would be back at work within days.

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HomeAdvisor recently compiled a report of Google Trends data to get a feel for what’s trending in home improvement. In case you missed the article , here are some of the highlights: Home improvement spending hit $303 billion in 2014

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Another week has gone by, and Donald Trump remains the Republican frontrunner in the presidential nomination race. We’ve noticed that all the inside-the-Beltway pundits who so confidently predicted Trump’s imminent and inevitable downfall are now slowly starting to revisit their predictions.

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In my line of work, which is serving the public at a comprehensive community and technical college that provides post-secondary education to a very diverse group of men and women — representing every age, race and ethnicity — we are to be neutral and not endorse candidates, whether in local, state or national politics.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a Houston couple and their six children who were fatally shot in their home can’t understand why it took authorities four visits and repeated 911 calls before going inside, a family friend said Friday. Jesi Greening, a spokeswoman for the family, shared with reporters Facebook messages that one of the victims, Valerie Jackson, had sent to her mother in Minnesota saying she was being held at gunpoint

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I was at #NABJ40 and attended a “dance party” at Paisley Park on August 8th.

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While the Pro Football Hall of Fame did not allow Junior Seau’s family to deliver a speech on his behalf at Saturday’s ceremony, the topic of mental health issues and football did not go unaddressed. Many of the headlines leading up to the enshrinement ceremony at Canton, Ohio, surrounded Seau’s 2012 suicide and subsequent diagnosis of degenerative brain disease. Seau’s condition, doctors said, was likely due to the tremendous amount of hits he took to the head during a 20-year career in the NFL

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a homeless man killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row sued the city and police department Wednesday, contesting officers’ claim that the man reached for one of their guns and calling it “a classic case of abuse of power and deadly force.” The lawsuit filed by the family of Charly Keunang, a native of Cameroon, seeks $20 million and also names police Chief Charlie Beck and the three officers who fired the six bullets that hit Keunang, including two to the chest.

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Ever since the news of the senseless and illegal killing of the Cecil the Lion essentially broke the internet last week I have been struggling to collect my thoughts and make an attempt to make some sense of this story. It’s been difficult to wrap my brain around the circumstances surrounding a dude from Minneapolis who willingly paid $50,000 to a guy in Zimbabwe for the right and privilege to shoot and kill a protected (and named) lion with a bow and arrow. Now, for the sake of full disclosure, I do not hunt, so I cannot understand the motivation and desire to shoot and kill animals for sport.

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Americans really love animals. There is nothing that will make the heart of an American overflow with feelings of love like the sight of a puppy or a kitten. Animals have the power to transform people who are heartless towards other human beings into tolerant saints, and to change otherwise selfish, flighty people who can barely sustain a relationship for longer than a month into affectionate, generous caregivers.

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First there was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty , now there’s The Secret Life of Walter Palmer , that mild-mannered balding bespectacled Minnesota dentist, who is in reality a big game hunter and serial animal killer. It is being reported that Walter is nowhere to be found. He seems to have gone missing.

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The success of the NFL derives in part from its mastery of the electronic media as the league is able to blanket that world at all times and places.

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This week the nation was collectively stunned and saddened by the unexpected loss of Zimbabwe’s beloved lion  Cecil , who, at 13 years old, was shot and killed for sport by Minnesota-based dentist Dr. Walter Palmer.  It’s true, the way humans treat the wild creatures who too inhabit this earth is often ugly and heartless

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on a polarizing  term that featured major decisions  on marriage equality, health care and housing discrimination on Wednesday evening in a conversation with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel. Though the court’s term, which wrapped up exactly one month ago, has been widely described as a liberal one, she said she wouldn’t characterize the term (or herself) as “liberal.” To Ginsburg, consecutive terms that produce record dissatisfaction with the court have become par for the course, because she and her fellow justices tend to take up cases that have divided those below them.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.” Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship.    “It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,” the Patriots owner said

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More than 40,000 people have signed a White House petition  calling for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice for killing a beloved lion named Cecil. Legal experts say it could happen. First, the grisly and disturbing background: Palmer allegedly paid two Zimbabwean men $55,000  for what may have been the illegal killing of the famously black-maned animal.  “Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015.

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Most people think of the word “adventure” as a noun — a single experience that has a beginning, middle and end. But Chelsea Yamase often uses it as a verb, which says a lot about the 26-year-old and her motivation to squeeze every second of action, joy and appreciation out of life.  “Adventuring gives me this incredible fulfillment,” she recently told The Huffington Post from her home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. “It’s empowering for me to know that I can achieve things and accomplish things with my own two feet.” A photo posted by Chelsea Yamase (@chelseakauai) on Dec 14, 2014 at 8:50pm PST Yamase is something of an Instagram celebrity with over 76,000 followers. She works as a freelance graphic artist, but also gets calls from photographers, marketing companies and retailers who are inspired by her active lifestyle and want to work with someone who can sky dive, free dive, camp or hike with ease — things you can’t just hire a model or actress to do

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Raiders Legend Ken Stabler Dead At 69

10Jul

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday.

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A volunteer firefighter has been suspended for flying a Confederate flag from the back of a fire truck during a “Third of July” parade in Albert Lea, Minnesota, according to reports. Hartland, MN Volunteer Fire Dept major fail in Albert Lea Independence Day parade July 3. #ConfederateFlag #wrongside http://t.co/ajGtrvsKX1 — Dale Moerke (@demoerke) July 4, 2015 More…

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Planned Parenthood launched a pilot program for at-home STD testing in California this week.

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Well Fargo CEO John Stumpf told graduates of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota that in order to transition from knowledge to wisdom, they’ll need to make some mistakes. “I wish I’d been much more aggressive in sharing my mistakes and learning from other people’s mistakes along the way — you’re not going to get old enough to make all the mistakes yourself, learn from other’s mistakes,” Stumpf said

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Feeding 11 Billion People

04May

By Don Willlmott Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.

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A farmer in Leroy, Minnesota, is probably having a cow after some ballsy thieves stole $70,000 worth of bull semen. Here’s the gist: a frozen canister about the size of a milk jug was stolen from an unlocked barn belonging to Daniel Weness sometime last week

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