ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic is expanding its Gonda Building in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.
The clinic plans to add 11 floors to the 21-floor building, including an expansion of clinical space and a hotel.
Mayo’s chief administrative officer, Jeff Bolton, says the expansion will help the clinic “meet patient demands and needs.”
Minnesota Public Radio News reports four of the floors will be dedicated to new clinical space at a cost of $190 million to Mayo. Mayo intends to use the extra space to expand its cancer center and outpatient procedure center.
The seven-story hotel will be developed by Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group, which specializes in luxury properties.
The project is expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020, and be finished by the end of 2022.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warner Bros. Records is releasing new music by Prince.
“Piano & A Microphone 1983” is from a 35-year-old cassette Prince recorded of himself playing piano and singing at his home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It will be released Friday.
The tape sounds clean and is presented start to finish as Prince recorded it. Among the songs are “17 Days,” “Purple Rain,” Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” “International Lover” and “Strange Relationship.”
A highlight is Prince’s singing of the spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which plays over the end credits of Spike Lee’s movie “BlacKkKlansman.”
Album archivist Michael Howe loved the heavily bootlegged tape and found it in Prince’s vault. Howe says you can hear Prince “strapping the rocket engine on that would propel him to superstardom.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota professor has been convicted of falsifying the value of his retirement accounts in an attempt to cheat his ex-wife out of her share.
Fifty-seven-year-old Massoud Amin has been found guilty of attempted theft by swindle and aggravated forgery in Hennepin County District Court. Prosecutors say Amin attempted to reduce the value of the marital assets by forging financial statements in one retirement account and omitting information in a second account.
The Star Tribune reports Amin’s former wife could have lost nearly $354,000 in assets. Amin is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of the Technological Leadership Institute.
The university says it’s aware of the conviction and will be reviewing the matter.
(CBS News)– New research raises questions about aspirin therapy, where people take daily, low doses of the drug. Three reports in the New England Journal of Medicine found that among healthy senior citizens, the death rate for those taking daily aspirin was higher than for those who did not.
The study also found an increased risk of certain types of internal bleeding among those who take the drug, and no significant cardiac benefit for those without a history of heart trouble.
“It’s a very complicated picture, and, you know, one that is confusing,” Dr. David Agus told “CBS This Morning.”
“First of all, this is for prevention,” Agus said. “So people who have existing heart disease, no question they should continue their aspirin if their doctor told them to. There have been studies done showing that in people age 50, when you start an aspirin, there’s a clear benefit. The problem is, in this study was people ages 70 and older.”
Age is the key factor in whether or not someone should be regularly taking aspirin.
“In this study, 70 and older, no benefit at all and potentially some harm,” Agus said. “In age 50, there’s a clear benefit in people who have high risk for heart disease that’s greater than 10 percent chance, and there’s a benefit on cancer, particularly colon cancer, in that study. In age 60 and above, it’s really the decision of the doctor and the patient together.”
According to Agus, the big takeaway from the study is to not start taking aspirin in your 70s if you aren’t already on it.
“This is an important study and a well-done study and it means if you haven’t started in your fifth or sixth decade, don’t start at age 70 based on these data,” Agus said.
“100 percent. So clearly, during chest pain, take an aspirin,” Agus said. “After a heart event, that data are clear, is that you need to continue taking an aspirin no matter what age you are, if your doctor says it’s appropriate for your situation.”
Agus said aspirin recommendations are a confusing area since 20 to 30 years ago, when many aspirin studies were done, people smoked more, generally weighed less and took fewer medications to help with cholesterol.
“It’s very hard to say, do the old studies apply now or not?” Agus said. “It’s a confusing area and we’re going to get more data over the next several years and hopefully we’ll learn more. But the data are clear now. Age 50, have the discussion; 60, have the discussion; 70, don’t.”
Ultimately people should consult with their doctor about taking aspirin regularly.
“One-size-fits-all is really just not applicable here,” Agus said. “Aspirin’s still a powerful drug but the discussion with the doctor based on your age and risk factor needs to happen.”
(CBS Local) — Earlier this summer, reports surfaced that Pampers was removing ‘Sesame Street’ characters from its diapers because their product lacked equal appeal to both boys and girls. However, Proctor & Gamble says the lovable friends and monsters are here to stay.
“The story speculating on our decision to make graphic changes based on gender is inaccurate,” Proctor & Gamble spokesperson Laura Dressman told PEOPLE in a statement.
Dressman did confirm that the company put new graphics on its Swaddlers and Cruisers line of diapers. This comes after a woman from New York said she bought a pair of generic Pampers and was told by a company representative on the phone that parents with daughters complained the diapers were ‘too masculine.’
“As a proud partner of Sesame Street for over 15 years, we love featuring Sesame Street’s iconic characters on our Pampers Baby Dry diapers,” Grossman said in a statement. “The company has always included a range of Sesame’s characters — male and female (although we know from research that children love the characters equally). This includes Elmo, Zoe, Cookie, Rosita, Big Bid, and Oscar among others.”
(CNN) — China has fired back at the United States after President Donald Trump ramped up the trade war with his biggest wave of tariffs yet.
The Chinese government said Tuesday that it would impose tariffs on U.S. goods worth $60 billion following the Trump administration’s announcement that it was hitting $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with new tariffs.
The U.S. tariffs start at a rate of 10 percent, before rising to 25 percent at the end of the year. They come into effect on September 24, and will apply to thousands of Chinese products, ranging from food seasonings and baseball gloves to network routers and industrial machinery parts.
China’s new tariffs will be levied at rates of 5 percent or 10 percent, depending on the product, from the same date, China’s state council said.
The latest clash deepens the conflict between the world’s top two economies that is already hurting companies on both sides of the Pacific. The latest US move means roughly half of the products that China sells to the United States each year will be hit by American tariffs.
Beijing had previously threatened to impose tariffs of between 5 percent and 25 percent on U.S. products such as meat, coffee, furniture and auto parts — if the Trump administration went ahead with its plan to target $200 billion of Chinese goods.
China had already gone blow for blow with the United States on tariffs on more than $50 billion of each other’s goods this year.
Its decision to retaliate against the latest salvo from Trump raises the prospect of further escalation in the trade war. The White House warned Monday that it would respond to any retaliation from Beijing with yet more tariffs on roughly $267 billion of Chinese exports.
Uncertainty over trade talks
The two economic superpowers had been preparing to hold a new round of talks this month. It’s unclear whether those will now take place.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that Trump’s latest tariff salvo “has brought uncertainty” to the planned negotiations, but he stopped short of saying that Beijing was pulling out.
“The Chinese side has repeatedly emphasized that the only correct way to solve the trade dispute between China and the United States is through talk and consultation on the basis of equity, integrity and mutual respect,” spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing. “But what the U.S. side has done doesn’t show sincerity or goodwill.”
Ahead of Trump’s tariff announcement late Monday, top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the United States was still willing to continue its dialogue with China.
“We stand ready to negotiate with China anytime, if they are willing to engage in serious talks,” Kudlow said at the Economic Club of New York.
Several previous rounds of talks between the two sides have failed to make progress. Analysts are skeptical China will be willing or able to do enough to satisfy the Trump administration on some of its key concerns, including Chinese efforts to get hold of US technology and Beijing’s ambitious industrial policies.
“The principal objective of the tariffs is probably not to bring Beijing to the bargaining table,” Arthur Kroeber, a senior analyst at research firm Gavekal said in a note Tuesday. “Rather, it is to force US multinational companies to pull back their investments in China, so that the interdependence of the two rival economies is reduced.”
“Against this aim,” he added, “no possible offer by China can cause the tariffs to be lifted.”
— Serenitie Wang, Yong Xiong, Donna Borak, Katie Lobosco and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
You can see Phil Thompson’s “Billy & Elton – The Hits Tribute Concert” September 21st at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. October 24th at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka. November 15th at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. And January 26th at the St. Cecilia Theatre in Winona.
Some are musing that Prince would have never wanted this and that the owners of the estate are selling him out.
I am positive #Prince will never allow his music to be played over a commercial let alone a Capital One credit card one. At this point the “family” is simply just selling out for the money. #LetsGoCrazy#CapitolOne#emmys
Apparently “Let’s Go Crazy” is being used in a credit card advert for Capital One. I understand the need to make money, but it seems fairly obvious that #Prince wouldn’t have endorsed this. What are your thoughts, Purple Fam?
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nice Ride Minnesota doubled its Minneapolis fleet Tuesday, releasing 1,500 dockless bikes in and around downtown.
The bikes are app-activated and can be found at roughly 200 virtual parking hubs.
The iconic green docked bikes aren’t going anywhere any time soon, but Nice Ride released the dockless technology to try and compete with companies Bird and Lime, while staying out of the way of pedestrians.
Just like Lime and Bird, the dockless Nice Ride bikes cost $1 through the company’s app, which users also use to unlock the bike. Nice Ride can also charge users fees if they do not return the bike to a parking hub.
The hubs themselves are located on sidewalks and along sides of roads, and are just a tape and a sign, aiming to be more affordable than the existing docked system, and more portable.
The new system launches with just one week left in summer, due to the supply chain, according to Nice Ride. It is part of a three-year partnership, with 1,500 more bikes scheduled to arrive in 2019 and potentially more in 2020, depending on how the rollout fares.
Nice Ride typically stores its bikes indoors during the winter, starting around November.