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From the Austin Monitor: City of Austin documents show that employees in the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department have made numerous complaints involving inappropriate behavior, a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation over the past five years. Many of those complaints revolve around Steve Ritchie, director of construction and development, and former Director Betsy Spencer’s alleged favoritism toward Ritchie.

Today's Morning Edition is from the song "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel.

It was No. 1 in the U.S. 30 years ago.

The song was propelled up the charts in part because of its influential video, which featured claymation and stop-motion video. It won nine MTV Video Music Awards, and is the most played music video in the history of the channel. "Sledgehammer" is Gabriel's only No. 1 hit in the U.S.

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Today's Morning Edition is from the song "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel.

It was No. 1 in the U.S. 30 years ago.

In so many ways, 1968 was a great year for middle-class Americans' wallets — and terrible for politics.

On the one hand, gasoline was cheap and unemployment was low. Real estate values were rising, helping average homeowners build wealth. Good times!

Still, many people were not feeling good — at all. In 1968, the tumultuous presidential-election year brought strident clashes at political events, third-party disruptions, calls for "law and order," racial discord and worries about foreign enemies.

Sound familiar?

The Summer Olympics kick off next week in Brazil. Many athletes are already on their way to Rio, and that includes several from Minnesota.

Twenty-year-old Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills has been training in California leading up to the games. She'll be competing in track cycling, a sport she's only picked up in the past couple of years.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Catlin.

The Summer Olympics kick off next week in Brazil. Many athletes are already on their way to Rio, and that includes several from Minnesota.

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Reverend Jesse Jackson has urged the Democratic Party to unite behind presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in spite of his long association with former candidate Bernie Sanders.

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Jackson congratulated Sanders for "energizing" the election with "ideas and hope," but pledged his support for Clinton. Jackson had until this week refused to endorse any candidate, but was widely thought to be more sympathetic to Vermont Sen. Sanders.

In 1988, Sanders endorsed Jackson's own campaign for the presidency. 

The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a new long-term contract.

General Manager Rick Spielman says the deal will keep Zimmer on the job for a "long time" though the terms were not disclosed.

The signing comes as the team's training camp starts in Mankato with the first practices happening Friday.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the new deal with Zimmer and the upcoming NFL season.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a new long-term contract.

Minnesota Democrats head home Friday from their national convention with plenty of questions about how presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will affect down-ballot contests in November.

There are no statewide races in Minnesota this year. But feelings about Clinton, as well as Republican nominee Donald Trump, could influence voter turnout and the results of some congressional and legislative races.

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A Twin Cities priest's summer trip with John Nienstedt was about to get excruciatingly uncomfortable.

The priest had joined the then-bishop of New Ulm, Minn., on a visit to Nienstedt's second home, not far from Lake Huron in Michigan. It was July 2004. At the time, the 37-year-old man considered Nienstedt, 20 years his senior, a close platonic friend.

One night, after the two men attended a private event near Detroit, the priest offered to drive the roughly 60 miles home. Nienstedt had drunk too much, he figured.

The town of Crawley, about 30 miles south of London, has been inhabited since Roman times. It grew substantially after World War II, absorbing people from bombed-out parts of the capital. There's a 13th century church and an old stagecoach inn that dates to 1615. The latest census figures show most of the roughly 100,000 people registered as living in Crawley are white and British-born.

But a stroll around town reveals a different picture.

San Diego's police chief says an officer was shot and killed and another was injured after they made a traffic stop late Thursday. A suspect is in custody.

Both officers were assigned to an elite anti-gang unit, police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said at a late-night news conference. She described the incident in San Diego's Southcrest neighborhood, in the southern part of the beach-side city:

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This week, a man named Eric Aniva from Malawi was arrested after the BBC broadcast the 27-minute radio report " 'Stealing Innocence' in Malawi," which featured Aniva bragging about being paid to sleep with more than 100 young girls and women, some as young as 12 years old.

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