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After initial voting, Hodges' prospects wane

Around 50 people made up the group waiting on election results at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant on East Lake Street Tuesday, where incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged her initial prospects weren't promising. 


Students hit the polls as Election Day in Minneapolis ramps up

University of Minnesota student and faculty voters trickled into campus area polling places for the Minneapolis municipal elections Tuesday.  Polls opened at 7 a.m. for the 2017 municipal elections, where candidates are competing for Minneapolis mayor, city council and park board. Area residents gave a number of reasons for their votes throughout the day. Polls close at 8 p.m.


University employees authorize strike

Hundreds of University of Minnesota workers represented by the union Teamsters Local 320 voted Thursday to approve a possible strike over working conditions. The union represents workers in building and grounds maintenance, food service and custodial jobs, among others, who are asking for better wages and the ability to take longer vacations without the possibility of losing their jobs. The vote follows a September ruling by a Minnesota appellate court not to let University faculty, teaching specialists and lecturers form one bargaining unit in their push for unionization.


MPD responds to attempted robbery

The Minneapolis Police Department responded to a report of an attempted robbery Monday night. The incident occurred at 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of University and 13th Avenue, according to a timely warning sent by the University of Minnesota.


Study shows students confused, divided on First Amendment

Less than half of college students are aware that the First Amendment protects hate speech, and about a third of those believe hate speech shouldn't be protected, according to a new survey of students’ opinions on campus expression.


University grad works with Sen. Franken on sexual assault training

A Twin Cities area sexual assault advocate and a U.S. senator from Minnesota are working together on a bill to improve interactions between victims of sexual assault and the police. The bill, the product of a partnership between recent University of Minnesota graduate Abby Honold and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., would award grants to police departments that undergo trauma-informed training to share best practices for initial interviews of sex assault victims.


Kaler appoints new UMN Medical School dean

Jakub Tolar will be the next dean of the University Medical School, University President Eric Kaler announced Friday. Tolar, whose appointment is pending Board of Regents approval, will start in his new position on Monday, and will serve as interim vice president for the Health Sciences “while the University determines an ideal structure for the continued success of our health sciences,” Kaler said in an emailed statement to staff and faculty.


New University transgender health clinic aims to make care accessible

Boynton Health added the Transgender Health clinic as part of an effort to improve services for transgender members of the University of Minnesota community this summer. The effort started with a Boynton audit that examined health disparities and needs among LGBT patients, along with best practices to address them. Some University employees said the center — which offers services like hormone therapy and sexual health care — makes high-quality care more accessible to transgender people at the University.