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Minnesota Native and Tallest Man in U.S. Seeks Shoes, Normalcy

May 4, 2012 in WDAZ

CANTON, Mass. (AP) Finding shoes for the nation’s tallest man takes more than a trip to the mall; more like a trip across the country.

Igor Vovkovinskiy flew to Massachusetts on Thursday from Minnesota so shoe engineers at Reebok could try to custom build shoes strong enough to support his massive frame.
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Feds award grant to overhaul health insurance markets to Minnesota, 9 other states

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Seven of them Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have either adopted a plan or are making substantial headway. But a recent Associated Press analysis found uneven progress among states setting up the new insurance exchanges, a linchpin of the law. In two states announced today Kentucky and Tennessee it’s not clear whether policymakers will follow through. In Arkansas, officials concede that Washington will have to take the lead. Continue Reading

‘How do I love thee?’: Digital access starts today to famed letters between poets-lovers Barrett, Browning

February 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

More than 570 love letters between 19th-century poet Elizabeth Barrett from her future husband, fellow poet Robert Browning have long fascinated scholars and poetry fans. Starting today, Valentine’s Day, their famous love letters are available online, where readers can see them just as they were written with creased paper, fading ink, quill pen cross-outs, and even the envelopes.

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Hackers group Anonymous claims takeover of law enforcement website attacks

February 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The hacking collective Anonymous is claiming credit for defacing the Boston Police Department’s website, part of a string of online attacks around the world being attributed to the group. And in Salt Lake City, police say hackers who attacked the department’s website on Tuesday gained access to sensitive data, including citizen complaints about drug crimes, including phone numbers, addresses and other personal information. Continue Reading

Romney’s jobs record turned against him by Republican rivals

January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney’s Republican rivals accused him today of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner’s biggest asset into a liability. Continue Reading

OBIT: Charles Waldo Bailey II, 82, ex-Minneapolis Tribune editor; author of ‘Seven Days in May’

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Charles Waldo Bailey II, former editor of the Minneapolis Tribune and co-author of the Cold War thriller “Seven Days in May,” has died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, his daughter said Thursday. He was 82.
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Police evict Occupy Boston protesters; 46 arrested

December 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Police officers swept through Dewey Square early today, tearing down tents at the Occupy Boston encampment and arresting dozens of protesters, bringing a peaceful end to the 10-week demonstration.
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VIDEO: Massachusetts high school loses state championship title after player celebrates winning touchdown

December 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A Massachusetts high school lost a state championship game because a player raised his arm in triumph as he ran for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown. The penalty for the gesture by Cathedral High School quarterback Matthew Owens in Saturday’s Division 4A Super Bowl left the losing team Tuesday waiting for an official report from the state association to determine whether the school could challenge the referee’s decision.
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New England fishing industry feels loss of Barney Frank’s retirement

December 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Carlos Rafael, who owns a fleet of boats that trawl New England waters for scallops and fish , offers a terse assessment of how Barney Frank’s coming retirement will hit local fishermen. “It’s a disaster,” he said. Continue Reading

5-pound hunk of metal crashes into Massachusetts warehouse

December 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The owners of a Plymouth, Mass., furniture warehouse want to know the origin of a chunk of metal that plunged through the roof. No one was hurt when the six-inch, cylindrical piece of metal weighing about five pounds came through the roof Wednesday or Thursday. The chunk punched a small hole in the warehouse roof over a storage closet and scattered ceiling-tile debris on the floor. Continue Reading