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In Cedar-Riverside protest, youth link terrorist recruitment to lack of resources

A group of Cedar-Riverside youth marched through their neighborhood’s streets late Tuesday afternoon to demonstrate against terrorism, the stereotyping of Muslims and what they said was a lack of community resources.

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THEATER REVIEW | BOOM! Theater's "Next Fall": When faith and sexuality collide

(Photo by Kim Pettengill) Adam (Josef Buchel) and Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) in BOOM! Theater's production of Next Fall

What if Adam (Josef Buchel) a gay man with no religious upbringing struck up a relationship with a younger gay man Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) who came from an evangelical Christian background? What if they moved in together? What if the young man kept putting off telling his parents Arlene and Butch (Julie Ann Nevill, H. William Kirsch) that he was gay, and that he was in a committed relationship for over three years? What if the young man was hit by a car, and his lover and those parents met for the first time at the hospital and were suddenly forced to deal with one another in an incredibly tense situation of crisis? Sounds like it could be a really compelling, moving play that explores the tension between religious faith and human sexuality, plus the evolving definition of family, right? Well, we got Next Fall, so it’s a start.

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One way to deal with a desire line

Soon enough it will be Winter. Again a landscape covered with white powdery snow will reveal where travelers want to go. The first figure is an aerial shot of the former environment around the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The second figure is in front of (behind) McNamara . Though there is a sidewalk just on the right of this image, pedestrians prefer the straight line path between the Scholars Walk and the diagonal path across Walnut from Beacon Street to the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Avenue. And why shouldn’t they? It’s cold outside. The extra few feet (extra few seconds) are not worth it, even for a cleared path.

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Oil train safety, passenger train timeliness get legislative hearing

An increase in the amount of oil train traffic traveling through Minnesota to serve the fracking operations in western North Dakota has had a ripple effect on the passenger rail operations of Amtrak.

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New storefronts and faces for University-area business districts

As the dust settles from years of light rail and luxury housing construction, business districts around the University of Minnesota are welcoming new tenants and, in some cases, new storefronts.

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Minneapolis to host global summit in 2015

A global sustainability group announced earlier this week that University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will co-chair a summit on environmental policy next year.

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Wednesday: SHUT IT DOWN: A night of hip hop, poetry and action to disrupt street harassment

Twin Cities people: hope you can make it to this show. We're raising money for a very good cause, signal-boosting people through an interactive sign-making/photo-booth kinda thing, and showcasing a hell of a lineup of artists. Facebook event page here.

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325-unit high-rise proposed for Central Avenue site

Two Central Avenue landmarks, the Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel at 200 Central Avenue SE and the St. Anthony Athletic Club just east of it, might be razed for highrise housing next year, if a Minneapolis-based developer’s plan goes through.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | I Am the Avalanche and Dads at Triple Rock Social Club

Photos by Nikki Rykhus

On Wednesday, September 17, I Am the Avalanche with Dads played at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.

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Students plan protest against NFL team for upcoming TCF Stadium game

(Photo by Jenni Konrad published under Creative Commons License)

While University of Minnesota administrators continue negotiating the use of the Washington Redskins nickname at TCF Bank Stadium, student groups at the school are joining forces to protest the NFL team’s name.

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