Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill into law that bans the sale of bottles and cups containing Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is suspected of being harmful. The law goes into effect Jan. 1. When can we just ban this chemical all together?
The pretty ridiculous plan to build a downtown St. Paul hockey rink and forgive a $32 million state loan for the Xcel Energy Center got the veto from Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He scolded the city for making the rink a higher priority than emergency services during a tough budget crunch.
Smoke free advocates were cheering about the growing number of rental housing buildings that are completely smoke free. While that sounds great, the number is pretty surprising: Only 2 percent is completely smoke free. That's about 280 multi-unit buildings in the state.
One of the major perks of working for the University of Minnesota is the free classes. That might be axed as the Board of Regents looks to trim the budget. More than 2,400 students who work more than 30 hours a week take advantage of the program, costing the U of M about $9 million a year.
Police have yet to identify the body of a man found in the Mississippi River Wednesday. They offered a new description, including details on his tattoos in hopes of making a positive identification. "A light-skinned male, age unknown, about 5 foot 11. He was wearing multiple layers of clothing. His tattoos include an eagle on his right shoulder, barbed wire with blood droplets on his right biceps, and a heart on his left forearm. Also, surgical hardware was in his right cheekbone."