Head of Psychiatry Department at U steps down in wake of drug-trial report

S. Charles Schulz, M.D.
S. Charles Schulz, M.D.

With no mention of the recent Legislative Auditor report, the head of the University of Minnesota’s Psychiatry Department since 1999, Dr. Charles Schulz, announced his resignation from the post on Thursday morning, the Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports. “Schulz brought prestige and a track record for amassing research grants and studying the origins of schizophrenia when he took over the department 15 years ago. He had previously been psychiatry chairman at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and chief of the schizophrenia research branch for the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. …He will remain on the faculty and continue his clinical work and research, which has focused on the use of imaging scans and medications to treat schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders.”

The ninth case of avian flu affecting Minnesota’s turkeys hit a big name: Jennie-O. The AP reports: “ A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said Wednesday. … Minnesota Board of Animal health spokeswoman Bethany Hahn said the Meeker County operation has 12 barns on the site. Just one barn was infected, and she said the USDA is working with the producer on what to do with the turkeys in the other barns.”

The Walker Art Center’s pop-art retrospective, “International Pop,” opens Saturday. In the New York Times, Randy Kennedy has a preview: “Art history moved with unprecedented speed in defining Pop — the great curator Henry Geldzahler said it towed ‘instant art history’ in its wake — and the narrative that unfolded in museums and books has been predominantly American, with a pioneering British adjunct. But a half-century into the movement’s existence, its map is being redrawn with a vengeance. An exhibition opening here at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, ‘International Pop,’ one of the museum’s most ambitious historical shows in years, makes the case not only that Pop was sprouting in countless homegrown versions around the world but also that the term itself has become too narrow to encompass the revolution in thinking it represented for a generation of artists.”

Have you checked your car’s brakes for rust lately? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning “millions of owners of older model vehicles in ‘Rust Belt’ states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning that stems from a long-running investigation of complaints about General Motors Co trucks and SUVs. The ‘Rust Belt’ includes about half of the 50 U.S. states. It is where salt is used to melt snow and ice on roads, which can increase the chance of corrosion on cars and trucks over time,” according to Reuters.

The St. Cloud VA is doing pretty well. That’s what the Associated Press found after examining VA records from every system in the country. The St. Cloud Times reports, “On April 2, the VA released February data showing there were more than 4.2 million completed appointments at VA facilities nationwide. Of those, 2.85 percent had been delayed at least 30 days — including 10,277 (0.02 percent) for more than 90 days. The St. Cloud VA fulfilled 27,697 appointments in February. Of those, 1.09 percent — 302 veterans (0.01 percent) — waited more than 30 days to see a caregiver. … Those percentages were well below VA medical centers in places like Fayetteville, Arkansas (8.79 percent of care delayed at least 31 days), Tuskegee, Alabama (6.87 percent) and Montgomery, Alabama (6.43 percent).”

In other news…

A Wisconsin man has been charged with trying to join the Islamic State, after returning from Turkey (he couldn’t make it into Syria, so he came home). [AP via Star Tribune]

The weather is getting better! [MPR’s Updraft]

More money for farmers creating larger buffer zones around waterways [Rochester Post Bulletin]

10 years, 10 security breaches at MSP [WCCO]

Reps. Kline and Nolan tour the troubled Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School at Leech Lake [Star Tribune]

Ely man charged with making terroristic threats against Obama, high school” [AP via MPR]

Forty-two dying trees to be cut down in Dinkytown [Minnesota Daily]

Mining claims a victim: the largest jack pine in Minnesota [Duluth News Tribune]

Ice causes traffic jam … on Lake Superior [NPR via MPR]

Notes from Mankato’s Magic: The Gathering scene [Mankato Free Press]

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