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MN NEWSPAPER GETS A BODY SHOT FOR STORY ON MN HOOP TEAM

          MN Gov. Jesse Ventura criticized the St. Paul Pioneer
     Press yesterday for running a story on alleged academic
     fraud by players of the Univ. of MN men's basketball team,
     according to Tim Klobuchar of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
     Ventura: "I would like to say [it] just showed me another
     example of Pioneer Press sensational journalism. ... I think
     it's despicable in the fact that they would release a story
     like this apparently that has been going on for what, a
     year? ... And they felt the need to release this story the
     day before the NCAA tournament.  It couldn't have waited
     till after?" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/11).  The Pioneer
     Press reported Wednesday that Jan Gangelhoff, a former
     office manager for the university's academic counseling
     unit, "allegedly wrote papers and did take-home exams" for
     at least 20 players.  University officials announced this
     morning four of the players will not play in today's NCAA
     first-round game (Mult., 3/11).  Pioneer Press Editor Walker
     Lundy said the timing of the story was unrelated to the NCAA
     tournament, and he dismissed Ventura's criticism: "This is
     the governor who, on his first day as governor, went to the
     [Univ. of Minnesota] campus and spoke to a large crowd of
     students and said, 'Win if you can, lose if you must, but
     always cheat'" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/11).

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