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Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Gamblers, Restored

Hendrick Ter Brugghen’s painting The Gamblers recently returned to the MIA from a year-long stay at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where it underwent an extensive restoration.

Marshall perspective: 2008 session was good for the state

Unless you’re a rural city government leader or someone who adamantly wanted a hockey/soccer facility built quickly in Marshall, there’s a general consensus the results of the 2008 legislative session were good for the state. Read more… 

Child abuse is more prevalent than most understand

The last couple of months have provided frightening evidence that too many children and adolescents live in dangerous situations. Read more…  By Ted Thompson and Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea From Out of the Flames

An exhibition in Duluth shows the fascination of glass-blowers and potters with the manual aspect of their work and what the materials can do.FROM MNARTISTS.ORG

Protecting our youngest patients: More must be done

Last week, actor Dennis Quaid testified before the U.S. House Reform and Government Oversight Committee, recalling the harrowing, near-fatal events that unfolded after his newborn twins were mistakenly given a medication overdose.

Twin Cities Daily Planet: A Really Successful Charter School

Leaders of a charter school in Houston, Texas, with a 100 percent graduation rate visit Minneapolis and explain how they do it. Vickie Evans-Nash reports for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. FROM THE TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET

Superdelegates, soccer spur readers to comment

MinnPost commenters had lots to say about counting in recent days — adding up convention delegates, taxes, D.C. living expenses and electoral votes. Other popular topics ranged from genetically modified food to a soccer move. Here’s a sampling: 

Walker Art Center: Permanence Collection, Part 2: Kira Obolensky

Playwright Kira Obolensky talks about her  role in the collaborative endeavor Permanence Collection, an in-gallery play she co-wrote with Ed Bok Lee.  “We wrote the piece in its first draft as an exquisite corpse.”FROM THE WALKER ART CENTER

Target spectators to curb animal fighting in Minnesota

It has been a year since the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal broke, and the public has demonstrated both its disdain for animal fighters and its support for strong, anti-animal-fighting laws. But are legislators listening? Read more…

U of M Alumni Association: A Guest in Their World

Annie Griffiths Belt, a National Geographic Society photographer, recounts through stories and pictures three decades of traveling to nearly 100 countries, often with her two children in tow.FROM THE U OF M ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

The black experience in America …

I remember rushing home on Friday nights to see “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family” on ABC-TV, followed by “The Odd Couple” and “Love American Style.” This is the black experience in America. Read more…