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  • Woodbury transplant survivor accused of murder plot

    08/13/2008 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 33 replies · 216+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | August 13, 2008 | Michelle Knoll & Nicole Muehlhausen
    A Woodbury teenager who won the support of an entire community after surviving a heart transplant is now accused of plotting a murder. Woodbury Police said 19-year-old Andrew Busskohl picked his victim at random and carefully planned how to kill him. "Someone tried to murder me. They were one step away from murdering me," said Jim Fratto. Fratto said he was asleep last Wednesday when he heard his patio window being smashed in around 1:30 a.m. Investigators said the window was the first step in a detailed plan to kill Fratto. "What I heard the plan was, break the window,...
  • China Hit By Earthquake

    05/12/2008 12:27:28 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 1,548 replies · 23,966+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Updated:08:00, Monday May 12, 2008 | Sky News
    An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale has hit China's Sichuan province. The tremor was felt across the entire region - shaking buildings in the capital, Beijing, as well as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. US Geological Survey said the quake struck 57 miles north-west of the city of Chengdu at 2.29pm local time (6.28am GMT). Some 10 million people live in Chengdu.
  • FDA: Contaminated blood thinner recalled

    03/21/2008 8:12:45 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 6 replies · 239+ views
    5eyewitness news ^ | 03/21/2008 10:05:14 PM | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials have identified a contaminant in batches of the blood thinner heparin associated with 19 deaths and are trying to determine how the chemical got into the drug. The lots of heparin, whose key ingredient was imported from China, were recalled Feb. 28, and Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday that no new deaths have been reported since that time. Dr. Janet Woodcock, head of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the contaminant is oversulfated chondroitin sulfate, a chemical that does not occur naturally. Chondroitin sulfate is a natural compound that...
  • Abigail Taylor has died

    03/21/2008 9:55:13 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 19 replies · 1,427+ views
    5Eyewitness News ^ | Friday, March 21, 2008 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Abigail Taylor, the 6-year-old girl whose injury in a swimming pool led to federal legislation to make pools safer, died Thursday evening, her family's attorney said. Bob Bennett, an attorney for the Taylor family, said Abigail's parents were with her when she died at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "The world's less better off without Abigail Taylor," Bennett said. Kara Haworth, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, confirmed that Abigail had died. She said she could not comment further. She said Abigail's doctors were not available on Friday. Abigail, of Edina, was injured June 29...
  • Sen. Coleman endorses McCain's presidential bid

    02/03/2008 6:00:45 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 50 replies · 115+ views
    5Eyewitness News ^ | 02/03/2008 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has endorsed John McCain for president. The announcement came from McCain's campaign Sunday, two days before caucuses are held in Minnesota and more than 20 other states. Coleman had supported former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani before Giuliani dropped out of the race. In a news release, Coleman calls McCain "an effective leader who is the best person to lead the fight against radical Islamic extremism." Coleman joins Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty in endorsing McCain, who holds a strong lead in Minnesota over his rivals. A Minnesota Public Radio and Humphrey Institute poll...
  • A fit place to sweat

    07/30/2007 1:04:46 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 26 replies · 505+ views ^ | 07/29/2007 | BY MARICELLA MIRANDA
    A fit place to sweat Somali women coping with a far less active lifestyle in the U.S. now have a fitness class that honors Muslim beliefs. BY MARICELLA MIRANDA Pioneer Press Article Last Updated: 07/29/2007 11:57:41 PM CDT Saido Yusuf slams wooden drumsticks down on a blue aerobics ball: "Boom. Boom." She clashes the sticks together: "Snap." She repeats the steps faster and faster. It brings a smile to her face - and sweat to her brow. It's the 25-year-old's second time working out in a fitness gym. Until now, Yusuf couldn't find a workout class that gave her the...
  • Shooting investigation leads police onto possible terror plot

    07/17/2007 10:21:17 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 12 replies · 714+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | 07/17/2007 | Charlie Triemert, Web Producer
    A search warrant filed in Hennepin County connects a shooting investigation to a possible terror plot. According to court documents, four Somali teenage males were riding in a cab on June 24 the same night a man was shot in the chest around 9:00 p.m. Video surveillance at the Glendale Housing Projects captured the cab fleeing near the scene of the shooting. Police were able to identify the taxicab and located the vehicle at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport four days later. Inside the cab, police found a handwritten note describing acts of terrorism and bombings. Police questioned an 18-year-old relative...
  • Twin Cities / Female worker's suit can proceed (illegal)

    06/07/2007 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 69 replies · 1,179+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 06/06/2007 11:06:32 PM CDT | SHANNON PRATHER
    A female worker's immigration status doesn't bar her from a filing a sexual harassment lawsuit, a federal judge in Minneapolis has ruled. Maria Torres, a cook at the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, accused her boss of making sexually suggestive remarks, touching her and showing up unannounced at her house. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Torres filed a harassment and retaliation lawsuit, alleging Perkins started investigating her immigration status only after she complained. Attorneys for Perkins tried to have the case dismissed, arguing her suspected status as an undocumented worker barred her and the...
  • Klobuchar bill would establish greenhouse gas registry

    05/15/2007 8:36:31 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 24 replies · 403+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 05/14/2007 06 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who made the environment a key issue in her Senate campaign last year, proposed a national registry of greenhouse gas emissions Monday as part of an attempt to help reduce such emissions. Klobuchar's legislation, which she dubbed a "carbon counter," would help track greenhouse gases as a prelude to legislative efforts to limit emissions through a cap-and-trade or other approach. A cap-and-trade system sets limits on carbon emissions and makes companies pay for producing greenhouse gases. "If you don't know what you are looking at and can't measure it, you can't fix it," said Klobuchar, D-Minn....
  • Survivor of crash tells her story

    04/16/2005 10:56:43 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 9 replies · 1,096+ views
    ST. PAUL - A bruised 17-year-old Victoria McConnell of Longmont Colo., was in the car the night that Anne Ford Nelson crashed her car into a tree and killed herself and Victoria's younger brother. Thursday, she told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS her story. The high school senior and her brother, 13-year-old RC McConnell, were in the back seat of Nelson's car. Their mother, Mary, was in the front passenger seat when her former St. Ben's college classmate, Nelson, lost control and crashed on Mississippi Blvd. and Hartford Aves. in St. Paul. "We we're going really, really fast and I looked at...
  • Baby thrown down steps in Red Wing (03/29/2005)

    03/29/2005 8:28:48 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 33 replies · 920+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | Updated: 03/29/2005 07:05:19 PM | AP
    RED WING, Minn. (AP) - A 2-year-old was injured early Tuesday when an agitated man tossed the child down a flight of stairs at police officers who were responding to a 911 call. The child was in critical condition Tuesday. Timothy Lee Staten, 25, was arrested and is being held in the Goodhue County Jail. He is facing charges of Assault and resisting arrest. Police said they were called to the man's address about 12:20 a.m. by a 911 caller who said a man was at the residence causing problems. When police arrived, a hysterical woman told them the man...
  • Hopkins man charged with DWI on tarmac

    03/18/2005 8:36:42 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 6 replies · 272+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | March 18, 2005
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - When police arrested the man the signs of drunkeness were common - his breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and his balance was off - but the charge was unusual, driving drunk on the tarmac of the international airport. According to criminal charges filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, airport police arrested Ronald O. Ogembo, 35 of Hopkins, on Tuesday at the Minneapolis St. Paul-International Airport. Ogembo drove a service van for airline catering company LSG Sky Chefs, a unit of the German airline Lufthansa. He acknowledged driving the van at work Tuesday and...
  • Safety seats could be required for kids to age 9

    03/18/2005 5:55:28 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 135 replies · 1,671+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | March 15,2005 | Conrad Defiebre
    Special automobile seat restraints for most children until they're 9 years old would be the law of the land in Minnesota under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate. Safety advocates say that ordinary car seat belts can severely injure small children in a crash because they don't fit them. Ruptured intestines, spinal cord damage, and head and neck injuries can result from lap belts designed for adult hips that ride across children's abdomens. "It's called seat-belt syndrome," said Julie Philbrook, a Hennepin County Medical Center nurse and an expert on child passenger safety who earlier this session testified...
  • Fake cop stops, searches St. Paul woman

    03/16/2005 8:40:00 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 9 replies · 761+ views ^ | : 03/16/2005 10:15:07 AM | 5 Eyewitness News
    ST. PAUL - A Twin Cities woman's strange traffic stop has alerted authorities to a man masquerading as a cop in Superior, Wis. Aleece Rikkola, of St. Paul, says she was pulled over Saturday night. She saw what looked like a typical, undercover cop car, painted white with various mirrors and antennas. She said the man conducted himself in such a professional manner, she had no reason to believe he was a phony. Rikkola says he told her he received a call from his station saying to be on the lookout for a black Ford Tempo, like hers. He said...

    03/11/2005 6:26:00 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 42 replies · 1,416+ views
    Michelle ^ | March 10, 2005 06:23 PM | By Michelle Malkin
    For years the UAW Solidarity House in Detroit has let Marine reservists park in its lot while the reservists undergo weekend training. Now, however, reports that UAW has begun placing some restrictions on reservists' parking privileges: Marines at nearby Marine Corps Reserve Center say on Tuesday morning, the director of security at the UAW told them that while they support the troops, Marines driving foreign vehicles or sporting a President George Bush bumper sticker were no longer welcome to park there. U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge told Action News, "We received a phone call from the UAW, who...
  • Bird flu health alert issued for Minnesota and Wisconsin

    03/05/2005 8:47:21 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 15 replies · 498+ views
    AP ^ | Updated: 03/04/2005 09:21:13 PM
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Health officials are putting eleven states on the lookout for boneless chicken feet -- an Asian delicacy the government says was illegally smuggled into the country. The government banned imports of birds and poultry products from Asia last year because of bird flu. Officials are visiting hundreds of Asian restaurants and markets in Ohio today to explain the health risks. Chicken feet have already been seized at stores in Cleveland and Columbus. The Agriculture Department says a Connecticut-based importer, Food King, distributed chicken feet to 68 stores in eleven states. The company has cooperated with a voluntary...
  • No Butter for Bubba, the 22-Pound Lobster

    03/02/2005 9:30:46 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 42 replies · 1,514+ views
    AP ^ | Wed Mar 2, 8:37 AM ET | MIKE CRISSEY
    PITTSBURGH - He could be older than Warner Bros. studio, General Motors and the Boy Scouts. He could have survived two world wars and Prohibition. He could have been dinner. AP Photo He's Bubba, a 22-pound leviathan of a lobster pulled from the waters off Nantucket, Mass., and shipped to a Pittsburgh fish market. "It is overwhelming," owner Bob Wholey said. "If you see it, you will never forget it. Customers are just in awe." On Tuesday, Wholey gave the lobster to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which will send him to an aquarium at a Ripley's Believe It...
  • Northwest pilots report lasers on approach to Detroit airport

    02/25/2005 7:15:49 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 24 replies · 702+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | Updated: 02/25/2005 07:34:27 AM | AP
    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Two Northwest Airlines pilots said laser lights were shone into their cockpits as they were about to land their planes at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, authorities said. A flight from Orlando, Fla., landed safely at 7:20 p.m. EST Thursday, followed at 8 p.m. by a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, FBI Special Agent Terry Booth told The Detroit News. The pilots told air traffic controllers that green laser light came from an area along Interstate 94 just east of the airport. Airport security reported the incidents to the Transportation Security Administration, which in turn notified the FBI....
  • Pawlenty blasts new flavored cigarettes

    02/10/2005 9:58:40 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 27 replies · 522+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | Feb 10, 2005
    ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing Minnesota ban cigarettes infused with lime, vanilla, berry and other candy flavors. Pawlenty accuses the tobacco industry of marketing the specialty products to teens. He says tobacco companies are marketing sweetened and candy flavored cigarettes as a way to attract new smokers. The governor said he's proposing the ban after spotting an ad for the new cigarettes in a magazine geared toward teenagers. "The disgusting practice that big tobacco has undertaken to market candy-flavored and sweetened cigarettes to America's youth, this is a practice that is very troubling and it needs to...
  • Shooting outside pool hall kills two

    02/04/2005 6:40:26 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 26 replies · 581+ views
    5 Eyewitness News ^ | Feb 4, 2005
    COLUMBIA HEIGHTS - Two people are dead and four others injured in a shooting that took place outside a billiards hall. Gunfire broke out in front of Jimmy's Pro Billiards on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights at around 10 p.m. Police said it began when a group went into the pool hall and started a fight. That fight eventually moved outside, where witnesses said at least three men pulled out guns and started firing. Authorities said the groups involved in the fight were members of Hmong and Tibetan gangs. The four injured people are all hospitalized. At least one of...
  • Tuberculosis halts Hmong immigration

    01/29/2005 8:14:18 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 6 replies · 1,030+ views
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | Jan 29,2005
    ST. PAUL - The wave of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota and the rest of the country is at a standstill today after the discovery of a handful of tuberculosis (TB) cases. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health have confirmed that a 19-year-old in Minnesota has TB, and they suspect that four children may also have the highly contagious disease. Federal health officials said there is a cluster of TB cases at the Hmong refugee camps at Wat Tham Krabok in Thailand, where many refugees are coming from. Those are the same camps 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS visited last March. An...
  • Francisco Serrano freed from jail

    01/22/2005 10:33:54 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 12 replies · 326+ views
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | Jan 22.2005
    BLOOMINGTON - The homeless man who was arrested after hiding in Apple Valley High School for days is now out of jail, thanks to support from many in the community. Francisco Serrano, 21, walked out of federal immigration offices with his attorney here Friday after an initial meeting for a possible violation of immigration law. "Finally I'm out of jail," Serrano, a Mexican citizen, said. "It's good." Tim Counts, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, declined to discuss specifics of Serrano's case. Counts said it likely will be weeks before the case goes to an immigration judge. Serrano smiled...
  • Two Arrests in 1970 murder of a St. Paul police officer

    01/15/2005 11:36:41 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 9 replies · 1,188+ views
    KSTP News ^ | Jan 15, 2005
    ST. PAUL--Investigators say the 35-year-old unsolved murder of a St. Paul police officer is now solved. Officer Jim Sackett was ambushed while he and his partner responded to a call about a woman having a baby. Sources involved in this exhaustive investigation tell 5 Eyewitness News St. Paul Police and the FBI have two suspects in custody. 53-year-old Larry Clark and 54-year-old Ron Reed were arrested Friday night. They have been the prime suspects in this case since 1970. Both men were indicted by a grand jury this week in St. Paul. Clark was arrested in Minneapolis. Ron Reed was...
  • Christmas Watch 2004 (Makin' a list)

    12/08/2004 10:02:57 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 46 replies · 1,026+ views
    Dec 8, 2004 | Lijahsbubbe
    A list of advertisers who have removed the word 'Christmas' from their TV ads. So far I've noted Target and Sears. Please add to the list.
  • OLD PAINTING A STROKE OF LUCK (worth at least one mil)

    12/05/2004 11:14:11 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 50 replies · 1,941+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Sun, Dec. 05, 2004 | MARY BAUER
    Fans of "The Antiques Roadshow" know the fantasy. A dusty artifact in an attic turns out to be collectible and valuable. Everyone goes home satisfied that the stock they place in a family treasure is justified. Two Twin Cities siblings are living the dream, having recently learned that an 1860s painting that long hung over their parents' fireplace in Eau Claire, Wis., is worth between $1 million and $1.5 million — possibly more. "It's really an awesome thing," said Bob Culver of White Bear Township about the painting by Albert Bierstadt. "This art world is something none of us is...
  • They want a smoking ban, no ifs, ands or butts (Blue State Alert)

    12/01/2004 5:50:37 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 57 replies · 858+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Mon, Nov. 29, 2004 | BY MEGAN BOLDT
    Elisa Thorson remembers going to pick up her younger sister at a park in St. Paul Park last summer. She saw a group of teenagers smoking and hanging out. Thorson's sister turned to her and asked, "Is that what you're supposed to do when your older?" Thorson doesn't want that scene to play out in Maplewood. The junior at North High School in North St. Paul is joining with seniors Kayla Helkamp and Carolyn Wiger and asking city officials to ban smoking in parks and other outdoor city facilities. The three teenagers will present a petition and their findings to...
  • Mexican Consulate To Open In St. Paul (Blue State Alert)

    11/30/2004 4:46:15 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 113 replies · 1,366+ views ^ | Nov 30, 2004 6:27 pm US/Central | St. Paul (AP)
    St. Paul (AP) When Mexican President Vicente Fox visited the Twin Cities five months ago, he promised to open a consulate here to make it easier for local Latinos to obtain proper identification cards. That promise is coming to fruition. On Tuesday, Mayor Randy Kelly, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and other dignitaries announced a consulate's office would open on the city's East Side, in the new headquarters for Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio, or CLUES. The consulate will be the 46th to open in the United States. Coleman said the consulate demonstrates the great efforts that Minnesota and the Mexican...
  • Multiple Shooting in Wisconsin

    11/21/2004 4:04:56 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 34 replies · 3,252+ views
    Updated: 11/21/2004 06:00:59 PM Rice Lake, WI -- Five people are dead and three injured in a shooting incident that apparently began over a hunting dispute in western Wisconsin. The confrontation began around noon, when authorities said a man in hunting gear was told to leave some wooded land by the property owners. The man left, but returned with an automatic rifle and started firing. Sawyer County was in a virtual lockdown as authorities searched for the gunman. One suspect was eventually taken into custody around 5:20 p.m. The suspect's name has not been released. Officials at Lakeview Medical Center...
  • WWKS? What will Kerry say in his speech?

    11/03/2004 9:32:29 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 63 replies · 913+ views
    Victory Day | Lijahsbubbe
    There. I did it. My first vanity.
  • Kerry Bumperstickers

    Vote Kerry - The Sears Tower Is An Eyesore Anyway Vietnam War Hero - But For Which Side? Whatever you believe, I do, too - Kerry '04 John Kerry - Saying Whatever It Takes To Get Your Vote John Kerry Won't Just Take A Stand On The Tough Issues - He'll Take Two Or Three Of Them John Kerry: Betraying America Since 1971 John Kerry: Al Gore Without The Charisma John Kerry: Pretending To Fight Against Special Interests Since Very Recently John Kerry: When you absolutely, positively HAVE to lose the war on terrorism overnight! Waffles And Ketchup Anyone? Don't...
  • Bear Ransacks Kitchen as Paralyzed Man Lies in Bed

    09/30/2004 6:02:29 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 8 replies · 118+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 30,2004
    DENVER (Reuters) - It's a tale of man against nature. A paralyzed man in Aspen, Colorado lay helplessly in bed for two hours while a black bear known as "Fat Albert" went through his kitchen breaking dishes and looking for a tasty snack. "I had four pounds (2kg) of chocolate from a ski trip. He ate it all -- it's war," Tom Isaac said, recounting with a sense of humor how the 500-pound (230-kg) bear made himself at home at his house on Sept. 20. "I could hear things breaking for two hours," he said of the bear's "visit" to...
  • Motorcyclist cited for going 205 MPH (going faster than state patrol plane)

    09/21/2004 9:43:55 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 427 replies · 16,164+ views
    Wabasha AP ^ | 9/21/04 | AP
    WABASHA (AP) - With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a Stillwater motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph. On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61. When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be...
  • James Carville calls Iraq war "idiotic".

    09/08/2004 8:33:18 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 75 replies · 1,566+ views
    Heard a clip of Carville on the Laura Ingram show where Carville calls the war "idiotic". (thinks he is smarter than American soldiers) Obviously Carville considers soldiers to be idiotic automatons who have no ability to think for themselves, since so many injured soldiers express their desire to win this war and to stay and fight. Like Kerry, he is arrogant, and condescendingly telling us he knows better than all of the military and the soldiers fighting this war on terror. Just like the Kerry campaign, he has no respect for the military and will insult the military and lie...
  • Man arrested with suicide note on flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International

    07/14/2004 12:04:06 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 18 replies · 712+ views
    5EyewitnessNews ^ | Updated: 07/14/2004 01:30:11 AM
    The war on terrorism is again at Minnesota's front door. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has discovered federal authorities arrested a man who they suspect has terrorism ties. Federal sources tell us the man was arrested last Wednesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Sources here in the Twin Cities and in Washington D.C. say that he arrived on a flight and was taken into federal custody. Along the way, customs agents found disturbing items in his possession. The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirms to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Ali Mohamed Almosaleh is in federal custody here in the Twin Cities....
  • Net fans jolted by man's blog hoax

    06/28/2004 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 42 replies · 721+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 28,2004 | BY MICHAEL BAZELEY
    A Woodbury resident admits popular Web diary called 'Plain Layne' was all a sham San Jose Mercury News For more than three years, a twenty-something Minnesota woman named Layne Johnson lured thousands of people to her Web site every day with a poignant and brutally honest diary of her life. She was witty, sexually adventurous and intimate with her readers, sharing photos of her travels and exchanging private e-mails and instant messages with fans. She posted messages to other people's Web logs and created personal profiles at social networking sites. Many readers felt deeply connected to her. Then, three weeks...
  • Lebanese National Charged in Terror Investigation

    06/25/2004 10:43:10 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 3 replies · 410+ views
    KARE 11 News ^ | June 25, 2004
    A federal judge in New York has ordered a Lebanese national transferred to Minneapolis to face two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. The U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis says Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi is charged with lying about his role in sending radio and communications equipment to Pakistan and elsewhere. He's also accused of lying about his role in helping another person illegally obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. That person was later convicted in Jordan in a bombing plot. The charges revealed Friday deal only with accusations of lying — not with the underlying crimes Elzahabi allegedly lied...
  • Al-Qaida Claims U.S. Slaying and Hostage

    06/13/2004 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 4 replies · 187+ views
    AP ^ | June 13, 2004 | DONNA ABU-NASR
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (June 13) - Authorities searched Sunday for an American apparently abducted by al-Qaida-linked militants who claimed responsibility for gunning down another American in the Saudi capital, the third killing of a Westerner in a week. The kidnapping, the first of a Westerner in the kingdom, appeared to be a new tactic in a campaign of violence in the kingdom believed to be aimed at sabotaging the vital Saudi oil sector. A statement purporting to be from al-Qaida threatened to treat the abducted American as U.S. troops treated Iraqi prisoners - a reference to sexual and other abuses...
  • Man's Body Found in Saudi Arabia

    06/13/2004 8:58:36 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 2 replies · 110+ views
    Mideast AP ^ | June 13,2004
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The body of a man, possibly a Westerner, was found Sunday near the National Guard headquarters, Saudi security officials said. The man's nationality could not be confirmed, and it was not immediately known if he was an American that al-Qaida claimed to have kidnapped in a statement issued Saturday. That statement, signed by "Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," said the captive would be treated as U.S. troops treated prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison — a reference to sexual and other abuses at the Iraqi prison. It also said al-Qaida would release a videotape...
  • Real vampire slaying a messy job

    04/04/2004 11:40:44 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 87 replies · 355+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | April 4, 2004 | BY MATTHEW SCHOFIELD
    Romania wants to end the rural custom of re-killing the dead. BY MATTHEW SCHOFIELD Knight Ridder Foreign Service MAROTINU DE SUS, Romania Before Toma Petre's relatives pulled his body from the grave, ripped out his heart, burned it to ashes, mixed it with water and drank it, he hadn't been in the news much. That's often the way here with vampires. Quiet lives, active deaths. Villagers here aren't up in arms about the undead — they're pretty common — but they are outraged that the police are involved in a simple vampire slaying. After all, vampire slaying is an accepted,...
  • Met Council considers grants to social agencies for transportation costs

    03/12/2004 4:33:22 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | March 12, 2004 | JACK SULLIVAN
    The Metropolitan Council is drafting plans to give grants totaling $100,000 a week to social service and nonprofit agencies to help people left stranded by the Twin Cities bus strike. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the move Friday. The grants will help agencies pay for clients trips to the doctor, work and other essential needs, Pawlenty s office announced. The Met Council oversees Metro Transit and is appointed by the governor. It has estimated it will save $220,000 in operating expenses for each weekday that buses are not running during the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 strike, now in its ninth...
  • Al-Qaida associate held in Minneapolis jail

    12/10/2003 9:22:43 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 5 replies · 176+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | Dec, 10, 2003 | Greg Gordon and Howie Padilla
    Authorities in Minneapolis on Tuesday arrested and jailed a man suspected of associating with the Al-Qaida terrorist network and having knowledge of some of the activities of Zacarias Moussaoui, a law enforcement official said. The official said the detainee has confirmed some of investigators' suspicions about Moussaoui, who was arrested while learning to fly a Boeing 747 jet at an Eagan flight school two years ago and now is the subject of the only U.S. prosecution related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The jailed man, whose name was withheld, has described Moussaoui's activities at an Al-Qaida training camp in...
  • Police: Six children missing in Minneapolis

    12/09/2003 9:50:43 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 75+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Dec 9, 2003 | Lisa Donovan
    Minneapolis police are investigating the disappearance of six children, including two 13-year-olds who apparently were babysitting four younger kids, ages 5, 3, 2 and 1. Details about their disappearance will be released later this morning.
  • STATEWIDE: Public school students assigned ID numbers

    12/08/2003 3:42:22 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 41 replies · 486+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2003 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. — The state plans to assign every public school student in Wisconsin an identification number to better track dropout rates, student transfers, academic performance and other information mandated by federal law. Administrators say it will help fill in data gaps as students move between districts, but some students argue the government just wants to snoop. "It is an invasion of privacy," said Skyler Shegonee, a 16-year-old junior at Madison East High School. "They might have gone a little too far. When you move away, it should be a new start. Say you have a bad history at this...
  • A new kind of family

    12/05/2003 6:48:13 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 6 replies · 66+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Dec 5, 2003 | BY JIM RAGSDALE
    Anne Phibbs is aware that some churchgoing folks might have moral qualms about her domestic arrangements. She doesn't like it, but she and her four-parent, two-child family can live with that. What Phibbs can't abide is extending that private moral judgment to the public realm and denying her the chance to marry her lifelong partner, Deb Leavitt. Phibbs "co-parents" two children with Leavitt, as well as the children's father and his gay partner. The collision of religious belief with the complexities of modern family life in the Phibbs-Leavitt household is at the root of a dispute over how far the...
  • Christmas, as an economic driver, expresses American values

    12/02/2003 8:55:07 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 4 replies · 67+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 30, 2003 | BRINTON AHLIN
    Snowflakes have begun accumulating on the frosty ground. Wind chill indexes have begun appearing in the weather forecast. Stores have begun restoring Christmas wreaths to their doors. Winter has arrived, and with it, the holiday shopping season. Without fail, critics will soon begin decrying the commercialization of the Christmas holiday, as they do every year. It's time to step back and take a look at what Christmas has become in America, however, and to realize that it is much grander and broader than a single religious holiday. While Christmas itself is a religious holiday devoted to a single religion, the...
  • Police expand search for Minnesota student

    11/24/2003 7:50:29 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 10 replies · 62+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 24, 2003 | Associated Press
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. Planes searched the fields east of here for a University of North Dakota student from Minnesota who disappeared after a weekend cell phone call to her boyfriend was abruptly cut off. Dru Sjodin, 22, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., was last seen late Saturday afternoon, as she was leaving a lingerie store in the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks where she worked. At UND, a sign hanging from one of the sorority houses urged, "Pray for Dru." A prayer vigil was scheduled Monday night, and officials said counseling would be offered to students. Sjodin's mother, Linda Walker,...
  • Americans can — and do — choose compassion over complacency (BARF ALERT)

    11/23/2003 9:26:36 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 11 replies · 98+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 23, 2003 | SEBASTIAN LUPAK
    In America, I nearly became a communist. That should sound surprising from someone coming from a post-communist country, who spent the first 17 years of his life under the dreadful regime and hated it. So why? I perceive countries as I do people. What I value in a person is who he or she is and not what he or she possesses. I might envy you for your wealth, but I will not regard you highly based solely on your income. Similarly, I will not think a given country is the greatest because its citizens enjoy the greatest purchasing power....
  • Shamed to Death

    11/17/2003 7:43:32 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 35 replies · 163+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 16, 2003 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON Knight Ridder News Service
    'Honor crimes' against Palestinian women and girls appear to be increasing, but the issue gets little attention against a backdrop of poverty and war. ABU QASH, West Bank Rofayda Qaoud — raped by her brothers and impregnated — refused to commit suicide, her mother recalls, even after she bought the unwed teenager a razor with which to slit her wrists. So Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud says she did what she believes any good Palestinian parent would to restore her family's honor. Armed with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, Qaoud entered her sleeping daughter's room on Jan. 27. "Tonight...
  • MINNEAPOLIS: Maryland ex-chief is reportedly up for top police post (Moose Alert)

    11/16/2003 2:21:24 PM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 31 replies · 160+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 16, 2003 | Associated Press
    Former Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles Moose, who often spoke for the law enforcement community during the investigation of last year's Washington-area sniper attacks, has applied to be the next police chief in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported Saturday. The Minneapolis-based newspaper said unidentified sources confirmed Moose was one of 26 applicants. Moose's wife, Sandy, told the Associated Press from her Maryland home Saturday the family had no comment and said her husband was unavailable. A spokeswoman for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told the AP he is prohibited by law from disclosing the names of applicants until finalists are...
  • 'Zorba the Greek': Jews are 'root of evil'

    11/13/2003 6:22:11 AM PST · by Lijahsbubbe · 21 replies · 271+ views
    World Net ^ | Nov. 13, 2003 | World Net Daily
    Composer's remarks virtually unnoticed despite TV coverage Flanked by Greek government leaders, composer Mikis Theodorakis of "Zorba the Greek" fame issued a scathing denunciation of Jews at a reception covered extensively by the national media. "Today, we can say that these little people are the root of evil," said Theodorakis, 78, according to Agence France-Presse. Despite the media attention given to the event – a Nov. 4 reception for publication of his autobiography – the anti-Semitic remarks were repeated only in a small right-wing newspaper. Greek Jewish leaders have criticized government leaders for not reacting. Theodorakis "repeated in the 21st...