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Emme Martini practices silks for "Galaxium." Photo courtesy of Circus Juventas

The circus is in town! Well, technically, it never left.

Driving the news: St. Paul's Circus Juventas, the largest youth circus school in North America, is opening this year's summer show "Galaxium" on Friday.

Details: The story takes place in 2050 on "an alien planet at the edge of the known universe" with conspiracy theories, comedy and high-flying stunts.

  • The cast of 75 students trained year-round for the 16 shows, said program director Katy McEwen.

How it works: The school, started in 1994, hosts nearly 1,000 performing arts students at its 21,000-square-foot Big Top in Highland Park.

  • Anyone ages 2-22 can sign up for classes. The summer catalogue includes everything from "Handstands 1000" to "Trapeze." Tickets for the 3-hour showcase range from $30-$50.
  • Our thought bubble: It's a student performance, but considering a traveling Cirque du Soleil show starts at $60 for nosebleed seats, it's not a bad deal.
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Colleges crack down on unvaccinated students as campuses reopen

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Colleges and universities are welcoming students to campus against the backdrop of a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases largely driven by the Delta variant — posing questions about how best to reopen campuses safely.

Driving the news: Some schools are turning to disciplinary actions — through fees or, in one case, suspending internet access — as a way to promote strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. Others, however, are giving away prizes in an effort to incentivize students to get vaccinated.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a Sept. 13 press conference in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / Coffini/AFP via Getty Images

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres raised concerns in an interview with AP, published Monday, of another Cold War between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Guterres made the comments ahead of this week's UN General Assembly in New York. Guterres told AP the U.S.-U.K. deal to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia "is just one small piece of a more complex puzzle ... this completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States."

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Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI Denver official Charles Jones said at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

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