7/6: Morning Communique


In a potentially major breakthrough in the campaign against AIDS, French and South African researchers have apparently found that male circumcision reduces by about 70% the risk that men will contract HIV through intercourse with infected women.

Minnesota journalists and First Amendment advocates will hold a vigil at noon today at the U.S. Courthouse at 300 South 4th St. in Minneapolis in support of two reporters who may be sent to jail on Wednesday for refusing to disclose their confidential sources.


Photoblogging fun with a 20-something Minneapolitan at Digital Retrograde.


If you're a weekend warrior, or thinking about being Chewbacca for Halloween, check out these sweet Ghillie suits you can buy!

Live8 photos at Flickr


"In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might confess that both of them really don't need to, or at least may not need to work as much as they do... And for some parents, the purported need to provide things for their children simply provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home."

-- Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), from his new book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good


"Our crew in many respects are ambassadors of our brand, and we want their attire to be consistent with that."

-- McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman, on upgrading restaurant staff uniforms to make them hipper and more befitting the MTV generation. Would you like a peek at my thong with those fries?

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