Evelina Smirnitskaya


Man jumps off 10th Avenue Bridge to his death

A man jumped off the 10th Avenue Bridge to his death Thursday morning. At least three witnesses on the bridge said they saw the man sitting on the edge of the railing, push his body off the ledge and fall just before 9 a.m., according to the police documents. One witness said he walked past the man, who was pacing and “hesitating.” The witness turned back and saw the man sitting on the rail.

Interim dean named dean of Carlson School

Srilata Zaheer was named the 12th dean of the Carlson School of Management Thursday. She will begin work at her new post immediately, pending approval from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, expected at their meeting Friday.   Zaheer was appointed as Carlson's interim dean in June 2011, taking over after former dean Alison Davis-Blake left for the Ross School of Business. She has worked in various roles at the school since 1991.

Testimony: Bakdash must have had control of car

 Timothy Bakdash had to be in control of his car when he drove onto and down a sidewalk along narrow Fifth Street Southeast, according to witness testimony during his murder trial Thursday. Minneapolis police Sgt. Bradley Simonson said if Bakdash lost control of his car within the 175-foot stretch of sidewalk on which he struck four pedestrians early on April 15, there would be more physical evidence. University of Minnesota student Ben Van Handel, 23, was one of the pedestrians hit. He died shortly after the incident.

U student assaulted on Huron Boulevard

A University of Minnesota student was stabbed with a knife during an attempted robbery Wednesday night. Minneapolis police responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. The incident occurred near 611 Huron Blvd., according to the text alert sent out by the University police, warning students to "use caution." According to the police report, the student was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center with multiple stab wounds. Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty said the student's injuries were not life-threatening.

Group back in court with U over list of ‘unreliable’ websites

   A federal appeals court heard a case Tuesday against the University of Minnesota’s labeling of certain websites as unreliable for academic use. The Turkish Coalition of America filed the appeal after a federal judge dismissed its case against the University last spring.

Appeal for blacklisted site goes to hearing

A federal appeals court heard a case against the University of Minnesota’s right to label certain websites as unreliable for academic use Tuesday. The Turkish Coalition of America filed the appeal after a federal judge dismissed its case against the University last spring. In 2010, TCA sued the University for a list posted on the school’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies website which deemed certain websites academically unreliable because they promoted genocide denial. TCA’s website was on top of the list.

Prop 8 struck down; decision has no legal holds in Minn.

  A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that CaliforniaâÄôs controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, was unconstitutional. Although the case may wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court, it has no direct implications for Minnesota, where debate is heating up over similar legislation. In November, Minnesotans will vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state through two statutes.

University loses famed researcher to Texas Heart Institute

Doris Taylor, the researcher who rose to prominence by creating a functioning rat heart in a laboratory, is leaving the University of Minnesota. On March 1, Taylor will begin work at the Texas Heart Institute âÄî a nonprofit cardiology and heart surgery center in Houston. In 2008, Taylor and her team managed to coax a dead rat heart to function again by draining it of its cells and infusing the leftover âÄúscaffoldâÄù with cells from newborn rats. The heart beat for 40 days. She has since worked with collegues in Spain to recreate the process with the human heart.

After first month, Kaler talks funding and looks forward

The first day on the job, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler began to tackle a budget crisis amid a state shutdown. Last week he sat down with the Minnesota Daily to talk about his progress and thoughts after a month at the helm. He discussed his priorities for the University, greek life and state funding. The interview has been edited for clarity. Your first month as president just came to an end. How did it go?

In search of a new formula

A decade of debilitating cuts in state support has left the University of Minnesota to deal with late-1990s funding levels while paying for 21st century costs. With two dissenters, the Board of Regents approved a budget in June that gave the University the third-highest tuition among public Big Ten schools for incoming resident students. The regents called the situation “dismal.”