When it comes to climate change, our feelings do matter

If you’re anything like me, you’re seeing daily headlines about climate change and the catastrophic consequences. When you see another article about species extinction, or sea level rise, or increasingly severe storms, do you stop and click through, or do you wince and scroll quickly down the page in favor of cat videos or that new Marcel the Shell video?

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Questioning Sheriff Stanek's high travel expenses

Previously, I reported that Sheriff Stanek’s projected 2014 budget is $92 million, which is $43 million larger than Ramsey County’s projected 2014 budget of $49 million. Hennepin is way above every other urban county.

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The NFL and the sad lessons of Ray Rice

During [Thursday] evening’s “Thursday Night Football,” the NFL is unveiling the first of a series of public service announcements denouncing domestic violence and sexual assault. While the PSAs are a move in the right direction, they should be only the first down in the NFL’s game plan to address Ray Rice’s assault of his then-fiancée and other incidents in which NFL players have abused women.

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Hamline’s Take Back the Campus focuses on sexual violence and privilege

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Hamline's Provost Dr. Eric Jensen speaks to eventgoers at Hamline's Old Main Lawn on Oct. 21. When it comes to sexual assault at Hamline, he said, "Much work remains, but we're moving."

There’s a time to speak out and a time to shut up. That was the message being spread at Hamline University’s Take Back the Campus last week.

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OPINION | An ethics officer can help reform the Minneapolis Police Department

To Mayor Betsy Hodges,

Last month, I attended a forum at the Minneapolis Urban League about police-community relations. One of the panelists, longtime community leader and media presence Ron Edwards, pointedly mentioned that all of the debates about problems of police conduct were not so different from debates in the 1960s — we’ve had 50 years of a community looking for positive reform but getting very little.

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OPINION | Thoughts on race after "Let's Talk: Ferguson"

The following are some thoughts after attending “Let’s Talk: Ferguson” at Penumbra Theatre, Wednesday, September 10. Sarah Bellamy hosted panelists Dr. Matthew Johnson, Ricardo Levins Morales, and Dr. Soolin Pate. Artistic readings were given by Malik Curtis, Erin Washington, H. Adam Harris, and Gebreil Khadar.

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Anti-police brutality protestors march on MPD Fourth Precinct

“Indict, convict, send them killer cops to jail; the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

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#BringBackOurGirls — now?

Today’s news reports claim the Nigerian government and Boko Haram have reached a truce, and that the girls kidnapped six months ago will be returned. I want to believe. I want this to be true. And as much as I want to believe, I know that parents and families of 200+ girls want so immeasurably more for this to be true, for their girls to return.

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Bullies and building communities

It's October, so this is a good month to talk about the things and people that have scared us or tried to scare us over the years. Some of those fears were justified, and many were not. For those of us with roots in Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia who escaped the wars, this is an interesting question.

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