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A supporter of the Republican presidential contender Ron Paul waves his portrait during a rally at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate.
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Ron Paul's Minnesota supporters didn't let a tropical storm stand in the way of a massive rally for their candidate in Tampa, Fla. A long, hot summer eased by air conditioning raises the question: Is cooling the house heating the planet? And, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze gets the go ahead for the next phase of his plan to buy back the company.

 Unfazed by Isaac
Minnesotans in Florida for the Republican National Convention are finding out what it's like to weather a tropical storm. Still, many didn't let the weather come between them and a big rally honoring Texas Rep. and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The focus on the battlegrounds
On the eve of their national party conventions, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a close race to amass the requisite 270 Electoral College votes for victory. And the contest is exactly where it was at the start of the long, volatile summer: focused on seven states that are up for grabs. (Minnesota isn't one of them.)

Voter ID foes march in Minneapolis
About 200 people marched through parts of South Minneapolis yesterday to voice opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a valid ID at the polls. Minneapolis Park Board President John Erwin says the amendment would disenfranchise some voters.

Schulze allowed to pursue Best Buy buyout
Best Buy Co. Inc. and its founder and former chairman Richard Schulze say they have an agreement that will allow Schulze to pursue his plan to try to buy the nation's largest consumer electronics chain.

John Walker Lindh fights for prayer rights
An American-born Taliban fighter  and devout Muslim imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge in a trial starting Monday that his religious freedom trumps prison security concerns. 

Is cooling the house heating up the planet?
A lot of us have been running our air conditioners non-stop this summer, which raises a question: How much does the energy we use for air conditioning contribute to global warming?

Stanley Crooks' legacy: A wealthy tribe
Stanley Crooks, the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, died on Saturday. He was 70 years old, and for the last 20 years led what has become one of the nation's wealthiest tribes -- a result of profits from the Mystic Lake Casino.

Rethinking middle school
The middle-school years are tough: It can be difficult socially, and one researcher says it's the crucial time to identify potential high school dropouts and try to reverse their course. Deborah Kasak, executive director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, joined The Daily Circuit Monday to discuss the challenges.

Students ride city buses now
As they head back to school Monday, thousands of Minneapolis high school students will ride on a MetroTransit bus or light rail train instead of the typical yellow school bus, as part of a district plan to help them get to class and after-school activities on time.

A little more time, please?
More than 100 kids graduated from St. Paul Public Schools this weekend at a summer commencement ceremony. The school district started summer graduations three years ago as a way to give students who needed a little more time another opportunity to go through commencement. 

Is circumcision preferable?
The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it, but the American Academy of Pediatrics has yet to actually endorse the procedure.