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Today's News: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Administration

Distinct brands for two U campuses
Two University of Minnesota campuses are strutting new slogans. Duluth: "Those who can, Duluth." Rochester: "Recoding the DNA of Learning."
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/local/184191631.html?refer=y

Business and Politics

Minnesota Extension consultant recommends tax advice
There are many good tax management strategies available for producers as they work on the year end farm tax planning. Jim Kurtz University of Minnesota Extension Farm Business Management Consultant says some of the best include income averaging and pre-paying for inputs, especially since many farm retailers are also offering pre-pay incentives.
WNAX-AM
To Listen: http://wnax.com/Minnesota-Extension-Consultant-Recommends-Tax-Advi/15077029

People and Lifestyle

Apocalypse how? Ways the world might end
We'll go out on a limb and predict that the world will not end Friday, Dec. 21, also known as the last date of the Maya Long Count Calendar. ...But that's not saying the world will never end. ... Which is why we consulted with some experts [including several from the U of M] to ask them about a variety of potential catastrophes being tossed about lately to help you decide which should keep you up at night, which will be extremely annoying and which will be apocalypse never.
Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/ci_22224088/end-world-mayan-apocalypse-handicapped?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com

It's not the end of the world as we know it. But admit it - you're a tiny bit worried.
According to Shmuel Lissek, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota who studies the psychophysiology and neurobiology of fear, evolution is to blame [for why humans still have fear over the very unlikely Mayan apocalypse].
Slate
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/12/19/end_of_the_world_2012_planet_x_the_mayan_apocalypse_on_dec_21_won_t_happen.html

Is Kwanzaa dead?
In an attempt to answer the question: Do most African-Americans even celebrate Kwanzaa these days? For answers, the author cites Keith Mayes' book Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Black Holiday. Mayes is a professor of African American studies at the University of Minnesota.
Time Out Chicago
http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/15937451/is-kwanzaa-dead

200th Anniversary: The cultural legacy of Grimms Fairy Tales
U of M Professor Emeritus and prominent fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes discusses what has made the Grimms Fairy Tales so popular through the last 220 years.
Der Spiegel
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/200th-anniversary-the-cultural-legacy-of-grimms-fairy-tales-a-874054.html

Commentary and Opinion

The N.R.A. Protection Racket
Richard W. Painter, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota, writes that Republicans must free themeselves from the N.R.A. protection racket in order to be part of the solution on gun control. Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007.
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/opinion/the-nra-protection-racket.html?_r=1&

Minnesota Extension consultant recommends tax advice
There are many good tax management strategies available for producers as they work on the year end farm tax planning. Jim Kurtz, University of Minnesota Extension Farm Business Management Consultant, says some of the best include income averaging and pre-paying for inputs, especially since many farm retailers are also offering pre-pay incentives.
WNAX-AM
To Listen: http://wnax.com/Minnesota-Extension-Consultant-Recommends-Tax-Advi/15077029

Avoid roof collapses from snow on agricultural buildings
University of Minnesota Extension agricultural engineers Larry Jacobson and Kevin Janni advise that even agricultural buildings with well-designed roofs cannot take excessive (greater than 4 to 6 ft.) amounts of snow.
Morris Sun Tribune
http://www.morrissuntribune.com/event/article/id/29465/

Updates and Events

Lead bullets' health risks may threaten gun range patrons, neighbors, warn medical experts
Lisa Brosseau of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a co-author on a report about levels of lead in bloodstream, discusses the issue of lead bullets.
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/lead-bullets-health-gun-ranges_n_2322655.html

Do eagles really snatch babies, like in the YouTube video? Not really, but they might steal your poodle.
A video of a golden eagle attempting to steal a small child captured the imagination of the Internet today. Julia Ponder of the U of M Raptor Center shared on eagles and the hoax video.
Slate
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/12/19/do_eagles_really_snatch_babies_like_in_the_youtube_video_not_really_but.html

News Releases and Multimedia

Holiday Pet Safety
Tips from Kristi Flynn, D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine, to keep your pets safe over the holidays.
HealthTalk
To Watch: http://www.health.umn.edu/healthtalk/2012/12/18/expert-advice-holiday-pet-safety/

Enjoying the holiday season, one cookie at a time.
Tips for avoiding unnecessary weight gain over the holidays from Mark Pereira, School of Public Health.
HealthTalk
To Watch: http://www.health.umn.edu/healthtalk/2012/12/19/enjoying-the-holiday-season-one-cookie-at-a-time/