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Osmo Vänskä is back as music director of Minnesota Orchestra

startribune.com — The Minnesota Orchestra board of directors on Thursday approved a 2-year contract for Osmo Vänskä to return as music director. He will start May 1. Sources reported that Vänskä was hired on a two-year contract to rebuild the orchestra. Vänskä held the post for 10 years before resigning last October during the longest labor dispute in the history of U.S.
@StarTribune: Breaking news: Osmo Vänskä returns as music director of Minnesota Orchestra strib.mn/1nswf8r”.
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RT @claudepeck: Breaking: MN Orchestra board brings back Osmo Vanska as music director on a 2-year contract. strib.mn/1nswf8r @mn_orchestra

Basketball star Dez Wells settles lawsuit against Xavier over false rape allegation

startribune.com — CINCINNATI - A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit against the Cincinnati school over its handling of the case.
@Dez32Wells and @XavierUniv reach settlement in his lawsuit over handling of rape allegation. Terms confidential: strib.mn/1gV7Fpd

Netflix tells Sen. Al Franken it opposes Comcast merger too

About time: The Replacements announce Sept. 13 gig at St. Paul's Midway Stadium

Macalester adjuncts file for union vote

startribune.com — Adjunct faculty at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to improve working conditions for the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St.
This just in: Joining nationwide movement, adjunct faculty members at Macalester take first step to form a union. strib.mn/1nstwfc

Teen intruders were shot a total of nine times in Little Falls, pathologist says

startribune.com — Byron Smith sat still, hands on lap, staring at a screen of autopsy photos shown to jurors on the fourth day of Smith's murder trial Thursday. Photos showed six gunshot wounds to Haile Kifer's body - the most immediately fatal went into her head from under her left ear, according to testimony from Kelly Mills of the Ramsey County medical examiners office.
Byron Smith shot 2 teen intruders a total of 9 times in Little Falls. @pamlouwagie is tweeting from Smith's trial. strib.mn/1jHbf73

New data shows, yet again, that North Dakota is booming

More smart stuff from Strib economics reporter @adambelz:. A look at how the N.D. boom keeps on booming. strib.mn/1jHhyrg

Bill taking aim at job gender gap advances

startribune.com — An ambitious measure to close the gender pay gap and provide better workplace protections for women could soon be on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature into law. The Women's Economic Security Act, a cluster of nine bills aimed at female workers, easily cleared the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday on a bipartisan 51-14 vote.

U of M pleased NFL, Vikings accommodated home schedule requests

U of M pleased NFL, Vikings accommodated home schedule requests strib.mn/1lKimOQ #Vikings #NFL

Matt Cooke makes statement regarding 7-game suspension

NFL Draft Profile: LB Anthony Barr

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Evolving Replacements are ever exciting

startribune.com — Imagining the Replacements performing sober is sort of like envisioning Mick Jagger playing without Keith Richards, Bo Diddley without his square guitar, James Brown without a cape. Fans sometimes can't accept their favorites out of the familiar context. Worry not about the newly sober Replacements, the Twin Cities' most acclaimed rock band.

Church leader's testimony in sex abuse case to be public today

startribune.com — The Twin Cities archdiocese's handling of clergy sex abuse cases will be highlighted again Thursday, when court-ordered testimony of its longtime arbiter of child sex abuse allegations is made public. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who has filed numerous lawsuits against the church, will release the video deposition of the Rev.
UPDATED: Abusive priests allowed to keep working, McDonough testifies strib.mn/1jGpLvX
Thanks to @walshpj again Deposition of church official who dealt with priest abuse gets contentious strib.mn/1jGpLvX

Restaurant review: Four stars for Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Robbinsdale

startribune.com — The boundlessly energetic staffers at Travail Kitchen and Amusements aren't just chefs, they're vaudevillians. Slapping a tired "dinner theater" label on their Tony Award-worthy variety show doesn't do it justice. At some point in the evening, the lights will dim and a recording of one of Bach's moody suites for unaccompanied cello will replace the sound system's regularly scheduled raucousness.

'Ice Out' for Lake Minnetonka is declared

startribune.com — "Ice Out" was declared Thursday morning for Lake Minnetonka, meaning the sprawling body of water in the west metro is fully navigational. The declaration, made jointly by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the nonprofit Freshwater Society, was issued at 7:30 a.m. and came after the Sheriff's Office had been on routine patrols monitoring ice thickness.
It's official: 'Ice out' for Lake Minnetonka is declared today. strib.mn/1nrv6xN (Photo from this winter) pic.twitter.com/G8dnlpB0Zv
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