Man attacks Russian ballerinas for speaking Russian

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Man attacks Russian ballerinas for speaking Russian 
A Plymouth man is accused of assaulting members of the Russian National Ballet Theater at the Doubletree Guest Suites in downtown Minneapolis after he became upset they were speaking Russian and not English. The nerve! The 28-year-old man allegedly verbally and physically attacked two men and a ballerina from the troupe who were in town to perform "Sleeping Beauty" at Northrop Auditorium. The man allegedly threw punches, slapped people, and made racist and homophobic statements.

Body of Minneapolis woman killed in '74 exhumed 
The woman's family is hoping that DNA evidence could help solve the murder case. The The 25-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in Wisconsin while hitchhiking to Chicago 35 years ago. 

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's state cuts aren't faring well for one local arts high school. The Perpich Center for Arts Education will have to fight to stay alive and keep its credibility if Pawlenty's budget proposal succeeds. State funding for the Golden Valley school would be drastically cut, then eliminated. The school would be downscaled from a state agency to a charter school, saving the state $4.5 million a year. 

Whites in this state are better off compared with whites in the rest of the country in terms of income, unemployment, and poverty levels. But blacks in the state aren't winning too. The gap between whites and blacks in Minnesota in income and poverty rates is bigger than in any other part of the country and might be growing. 

A Money Creek, Minn. man was devastated when his rock star buffalo, 19-year-old Cody, died three years ago of kidney failure. Cody had a starring role in "Dances with Wolves". Now he's raising another buffalo that could be the next big animal star.