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2008-06-18 09:00:46

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 18--Starting this fall, Northwest Airlines will get even smaller than previously announced, with plans to reduce its capacity by as much as 9.5 percent. Just how many job cuts that translates into hasn't been determined. The reductions in seating capacity will be accomplished by parking 47 planes and reducing the frequency of flights. None of the airline's domestic stations are set to shut down because of the reductions. Today's...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

By Molly Millett, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 18--When his kids started squabbling, Skip Crust knew what to do. He took photos. (He's a daddy blogger.) 'I think that post, about my kids fighting and the wrestling match that ensued, shows how my take might be different from a mommy blogger,' says Crust, an Andover father of two. 'I had gotten fed up with the bickering and I wanted them to sort it out themselves, so I stood there like any good dad and took pictures. I posted...

2008-06-18 09:00:17

By Gita Sitaramiah, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 18--Consumer electronics giant Best Buy reported a 7 percent decline in first-quarter profit Tuesday, though the Richfield-based retailer did better than analysts had expected, spurred by strong sales of higher-ticket flat-panel TVs, video gaming consoles, notebook computers and GPS devices. David Heupel, a Thrivent Financial analyst in Minneapolis, said the company's 3.7 percent quarterly same-store sales rise is reflective of many...

2008-06-17 18:00:39

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 17--Xcel Energy today will unveil one of the first of thousands of soy oil electrical transformers it plans to install in Minnesota this year as part of a plan to switch to agriculturally based resources in all its new transformers. Minneapolis-based Xcel is using soy oil transformers to replace 13,000 petroleum-based mineral oil transformers in the utility's eight-state territory this year. Minnesota will get...

2008-06-17 09:01:11

By Dave Orrick, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 17--ST. PAUL -- The cost of medical help just went up $3 to $5 for poor people who drive to a pair of clinics in St. Paul -- but don't blame the health care industry. Doctors and social justice advocates on Monday blamed the parking lot owner. That was the first day Central Medical West LLC, an entity tied to commercial real estate firm the Wirth Cos., instituted a pay-or-be-towed policy at a parking lot that serves two health...

2008-06-17 09:01:02

By Dennis Lien, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 17--U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks you should be paying $2 a gallon for gasoline again. Standing outside a Woodbury gas station Monday morning, Bachmann, R-Minn., said Congress could make that happen -- if it passes a half-dozen bills aimed at reducing gas prices and opening up the nation's known petroleum and natural gas reserves. "The question is one of supply and demand, and we want to increase...

2008-06-17 09:00:24

By Nick Ferraro, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 17--The Big Ten Network and Comcast are on the verge of a partnership, the Chicago Tribune reports in today's edition. Sources told the newspaper that a deal is close to getting done and could be unveiled this week. "For all intents and purposes, it's done," a source close to the negotiations told the Chicago Tribune Sunday. In the eight-state Big Ten area, the number of homes that can access the network will double from 6.5...

2008-06-16 09:01:16

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 16--All Crystal Nelson remembers is collapsing when she reached under a desk at her office in Olivia, Minn., to wipe up a spill. She later tried to convince her boss she just needed a nap, but her eyes and slurred speech suggested something else. Within an hour, Nelson, 56, was loaded from Renville County Hospital into a helicopter that would speed 90 miles east to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. All signs pointed to a...

2008-06-16 09:00:00

By Paul Tosto, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 16--Risen Christ looked like a typical urban Catholic school when Helen Dahlman took over in 2000. Students were a roughly even mix of black and white, and nearly all were English speakers. The Latino population was so small "we didn't even count it." Today, fewer than one in 10 are white at the South Minneapolis school. Nearly half are Latino. Some are African refugees with little formal schooling. Many don't speak English at home. Most...

2008-06-15 15:00:00

By Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 15--It's taking the biggest budget cut of any school in the St. Paul district -- $1.75 million. It is projected to lose nearly 200 students. And it will be operating with 16 fewer staff positions -- including no librarian, making it the only high school in the district without one. On the other hand, Arlington High School will enter next fall with its year-old BioSmart program at full strength, banking on the career-focused bioscience...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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