In July, Rudolph Poppe brutally killed his 13-year-old Golden Retriever in his driveway with a sledgehammer as horrified onlookers, including a number of children, looked on.SEE ALSO: Katherine Kersten's bizarre plot to kill your dog: A moral history Poppe, a 71-year-old Savage resident, was sentenc ... More >>
Yesterday, MinnPost's Marlys Harris published a report on last Thursday's Minneapolis mayoral debate.But parts of her piece -- "Short answers, long agenda for the Great Minneapolis Mayoral Debates" -- read more like commentary than reporting. To take one example, at one point Harris writes that "you ... More >>
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
This week's feature chronicles the troubled history of TiZA, the controversial charter school blasted by conservative critics as the "Minnesota madrassa." TiZA began humbly, serving poor Somali immigrants in Inver Grove Heights. It grew into a media darling, and Congressman Keith Ellison enrolled h ... More >>
TiZA's 500-some students are moving on to other schools.Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, the controversial charter school that ran afoul of the Minnesota Education Department and a new state law, is closing its doors permanently.TiZA's board voted Tuesday not to appeal the Education Department's decision ... More >>
Families of children attending Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy want to join the legal fight raging between the school and the ACLU.
The U's College of Education is trying to help soon-to-be teachers deal with the complexities of race, class, culture, and gender dynamics.
Seriously Joel, is this the "thoughtful approach to news" donors are paying for?
The congresswoman is asked questions but never challenged on her answers.
Hoping to recapture the Gannets' live-stream birthing fame? Look here for some fresh ideas.
Star Tribune editors have been notably silent about the disappearance of long-time columnist Nick Coleman from their news pages. Does anyone actually know what's going on?
Coleman said his newsroom goodbyes Friday, but will officially leave the paper's roster March 13 after more than 3,500 columns and 26 years of writing in the Twin Cities.
If you tried to apply for a spot, you are out of luck. The Star Tribune picked their two new Metro section columnists internally.
It's a sad day for local journalism as 23 buyouts in the Star Tribune newsroom are announced.
I kinda think the Grammys are like Katherine Kersten -- as objectionable as they are, giving them any attention (including negative) will only encourage their existence. But sometimes I just like sharing in our common cultural experiences. So I watched the Gramcast -- and caught Prince, the Time, an ... More >>
U of M sex club students defend themselves from conservative scorn
Local Catholics protest John Nienstedt article declaring gayness a "grave evil"
Keith Ellison, the DFL's endorsee for Congress in the Fifth District, has spent the summer countering attacks from Republicans—and Democrats. What made him everyone's favorite target?
Katha Pollitt a closet Star Tribune reader? You'd never know it reading the Newspaper of the Twin Cities, but there's a simmering debate over newspapers' seeming inability to come up with female opinion columnists. This tiresome debate has waged the two decades I've been in journalism, for a variet ... More >>
Seven Minnesota authors pen poison Valentines to the place we call home
Wilson and Plame get ready to sue the Bush Administration, Charize Theron brings Aeon Flux to life, Morley Safer dresses to kill, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
Today's Los Angeles Times carries a frightening analysis of the future of daily newspapers, "Black and White and Read by Fewer." The story is pegged to the announcement of mass layoffs at prestigious dailies around the country and to the release of data showing exactly how precipitous newspapers' ci ... More >>
A collision with Christ's spokeswomen in the Annunciation parking lot
Who needs a disaster plan when you've got a free-market economy!? The Center for the American Experiment, the conservative Minnesota think tank that spawned Strib columnist Katherine Kersten and Powerline's Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker, among others, has an archived piece on global warming th ... More >>
We do so hate to stick up for Sid Hartman Regular civilians probably don't realize the climate of fear hanging over American daily newspaper newsrooms lately. Once upon a time, in the pre-Jayson Blair era, reporters were expected to work damn hard to avoid making mistakes, and when they made them ... More >>
It's time the republican think tank center of the American experiment lost its tax-exempt status
Kitchen Militia moms storm the stage, AIDS activists howl in the wings, born-again virgins recite their vows, and the fight over sex education in school turns into the hottest ticket in town