Minnesota

Autopsy: Asthma caused St.

Thomas student’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office says a University of St. Thomas student found dead in her dorm room last month died of respiratory distress.

An autopsy found that 19-year-old sophomore Katie Mullen of Andover, Minnesota, had asthma.

A roommate found Mullen unresponsive in her bed in Morrison Hall the morning of Oct. 19.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the medical examiner’s office concluded that Mullen died of natural causes. The chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office says the office did not receive a report of Mullen having a history of asthma.

Yale student from Minnesota among

latest US Rhodes scholars

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Yale senior from Minnesota is among the latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars.

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced that Riley Tillitt of Eden Prairie is among 32 men and women chosen from among a group of 880 applicants for studies beginning next fall at Oxford University in England.

Tillitt is double majoring at Yale in History, and Ethics, Politics and Economics. He is interested in reforming U.S. criminal justice and drug policies. He served as a member of the board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in Washington, D.C., and as the president of the Yale chapter.

Tillitt is among three Rhodes scholars from Yale in the latest group. At Oxford he plans to pursue post-graduate degrees in public policy and in criminology and criminal justice.

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