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  • Seven Minneapolis teens charged with assaulting homeless men in in Wichita, Kan.

    08/03/2015 7:45:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 8-3-15 | Jim Paulsen
    Seven young males from a Minneapolis basketball Amateur Athletic Union program were arrested and charged with misdemeanors in Wichita, Kan., after assaulting at least three homeless people in downtown Wichita over the weekend, police said. The young males, ages 12 to 18, were in Wichita to play in the Mid America Youth Basketball championships. They were staying in a downtown hotel and were walking the streets when the assaults occurred on Sunday night. The young males play for Urban Stars Athletics, an arm of Urban Ventures, a nonprofit organization that assists inner-city families in poverty. The assaults started with “people...
  • Mayor Hodges meets the pope: 'I can see why he inspires people'

    07/23/2015 5:15:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-22-15 | Erin Golden and Paul Walsh ,
    Hodges and other leaders at the Vatican for a two-day global climate conference. After a day spent hearing Pope Francis and mayors from across the world speak at the Vatican on climate change and human trafficking, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she’s been inspired to focus more on the links between sustainability and poverty. “I really, profoundly understand in a new way that environmental justice is not just a sidebar to climate change action,” she said in a phone call from the Vatican on Tuesday. “And that it’s not just a sidebar to social justice work.” Hodges was one of...
  • Minnesota authorities reportedly nab 12-year-old wanted in Nebraska killing

    07/10/2015 6:16:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    fox ^ | 7-8-15 | fox
    Authorities in Minnesota reportedly arrested a 12-year-old boy early Wednesday in connection with a deadly drug-related ambush last month in a park in Omaha, Neb. The boy, along with two other boys — Jamar Milton, 17, and Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15 — allegedly planned to rob two men they lured to Miller Park on June 29 on the premise they wanted to do a marijuana deal, a Douglas County prosecutor told the Omaha World-Herald. Milton and Primes-Willis were arrested Monday, Fox 6 reported. Both teens were being held without bail and charged as adults with first-degree murder. Jamar Milton and the...
  • 'Miracle on Ice' hockey doctor mugged at wife's graveside

    04/21/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-21-15 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 94-year-old physician who served as team doctor for five U.S. men's Olympic hockey squads has suffered serious injuries in an attack while visiting his wife's grave. KMSP-TV reported that George Nagobads was mugged Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Lake Cemetery and left bleeding from the head. A witness says Nagobads managed to get back in his car and drive away. The unidentified witness says he saw a young man looking through a wallet near the mausoleum before fleeing. Nagobads was the University of Minnesota men's hockey team physician for 34 years until his retirement in 1992....
  • Audit scolds Community Action of Minneapolis for misspending hundreds of thousands of dollars

    09/22/2014 5:04:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9-20-14 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Leaders of a Minneapolis nonprofit that serves low-income residents used taxpayer money to pay for a celebrity cruise and trips to Palm Beach and the Bahamas, according to a recently completed state audit. Along with the trips, the audit by the state Department of Human Services found that the nonprofit’s leaders spent public money on bonuses, golf, spa treatments, furniture, alcohol and even a personal car loan. The audit concluded that the organization’s longtime chief executive, Bill Davis, misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2011 to 2013. “It was deeply concerning how the dollars are being used,” Chuck Johnson,...
  • At least THREE young Minnesota women have traveled to Syria to aid ISIS jihadis

    09/11/2014 5:57:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 9/11/14 | Martin Gould In St. Paul, Minnesota For Mailonline
    At least three young Minnesota women are now believed to have traveled to Syria to give aid to the ISIS terror group responsible for the brutal beheadings of American journalists, MailOnline has learned. The trio left some three weeks ago, Omar Jamal, a leader of the Somali community in the state capital, St. Paul, tells MailOnline. They said they intended to become nurses tending to fighters injured in ISIS' violent surge in Syria and Iraq. The news comes as 19-year-old suburban Denver woman Shannon Conley who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty to trying to help...
  • Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

    09/04/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    City Pages ^ | 9-2-14 | Jesse Marx
    It begins well enough. A trail of admirers follow Franken as he tours Bryant Avenue, listening to the activists he meets. Behind an ice cream truck, he shakes hands with a disabled vet and, after a lengthy chat, asks an aide to take down the old soldier's contact information. "North Minneapolis is very important," Franken tells us. "We unfortunately have, as a metropolitan area, some of the greatest disparities in terms of everything -- education, employment, and health care. All of this stuff is connected." He expounds on the same point on stage, noting the need to fund early childhood...
  • Billboard Calls Out Minneapolis Public Schools

    07/01/2014 8:02:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Better Ed ^ | 7-1-14 | Devin Foley
    Minneapolis, MN – Better Ed — a 501(c)(3) education reform group in Minnesota — has put up another billboard message across from the Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters. The message draws attention to the district’s high per-pupil spending and low graduation rate. It reads: “MINNEAPOLIS SPENDS $21,000 PER STUDENT. BARELY HALF GRADUATE. NOT COOL.” Better Ed’s previous billboard message (which had been up since December 2013) also highlighted the district’s poor graduation rate, which was 54% for 2013. Indeed, Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the lowest graduation rates among all urban school districts in the country—a fact pointed out...
  • Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

    05/20/2014 8:08:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | 5-20-14 | ap
    TLANTA – Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl by NFL owners. The owners rewarded the Vikings for arranging to build a new stadium on the site of the old Metrodome by choosing Minneapolis over New Orleans and Indianapolis. The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo. Minneapolis' new $1 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.
  • ACLU sues Minneapolis over ordinance limiting events at All-Star game

    05/10/2014 7:32:53 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-14 | Amy Forliti
    Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis sued the city Thursday, saying an ordinance that limits events around the time of Major League Baseball's All-Star game in July is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, claims the city ordinance gives MLB the authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the July 15 All-Star game at Target Field. Organizers of the One Day in July Street Festival, which will commemorate the 80th anniversary of a deadly Teamsters strike in 1934, say MLB shouldn't have control over...
  • St. Louis Park man gets $125,000 after fight with off-duty Mpls. cop

    01/03/2014 11:45:02 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-3-14 | MATT MCKINNEY
    A jury has awarded $125,000 to a St. Louis Park man who alleged in a federal lawsuit that an off-duty Minneapolis police officer challenged him to a fight at a bar, then knocked him out, leaving him with a concussion. Jeremy Axel, an IT salesman, spent the night at Hennepin County Medical Center after his encounter Nov. 4, 2011, with officer Michael Griffin. The jury dismissed two other claims Axel brought against Griffin and another officer in the case. Griffin, a seven-year veteran of the force, was awarded the Medal of Valor last year for being among the first officers...
  • Nine-year-old boy sneaks on flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas

    10/07/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Rooters/yahoo ^ | 10-7-13 | Noreen O'Donnell
    Oct 6 (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy passed through security at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and flew on a Delta Air Lines plane to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said on Sunday. It was not immediately clear why the child sneaked onto the flight on Thursday, but his action raised questions about airport and airline security.
  • Civil rights: Should the police track and store your whereabouts?

    05/17/2013 5:36:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 5-17-13 | gocra
    Minneapolis Police (as well as many other departments) use automated license plate readers to log millions of times, dates, and locations of cars every month. They know where you were, and they keep this data as long as they want. A proposed law, House File 474 (and Senate companion SF385), would force police departments to immediately delete data on non-suspect cars (like yours). This bill is scheduled for a vote Friday (today)in the House. If you think that the police shouldn't track the every move of innocent citizens, ask your state senator representative to support HF474/SF385.
  • Minneapolis: R.T. Rybak won't seek fourth term as mayor

    12/28/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-28-12 | Brian Bakst
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he won't seek a fourth term as leader of Minnesota's largest city, creating the first open race for the office in two decades. Rybak's announcement came less than a year before voters in the city of almost 400,000 will choose a new mayor. Several potential candidates had been waiting on Rybak to make a decision before declaring whether they would run, and the field is likely to be large. The decision also should ramp up speculation about Rybak's next political move. The 57-year-old Democrat has been mentioned as a possible addition to President Barack...
  • Council approves Harteau as new police chief (MPLS)

    11/30/2012 7:14:43 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | eric roper
    The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve Janeé Harteau as the city's next police chief. Harteau, who previously served as assistant chief, takes over the reins from Tim Dolan, who left the force earlier this month. Harteau is the city's first female police chief, as well as the first openly gay officer in that position
  • 911 Calls Go Unanswered During Minneapolis Shooting

    10/10/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    valley news live ^ | 10-10-12 | valley news
    Emergency communications officials say some of the 911 calls made during a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company went unanswered. Communications director Heather Hunt says as many as six people who made 911 calls hung up when no one answered. It's one of the reasons why the city will set up a recorded message to play if 911 callers don't get an answer within 10 seconds. The recording will tell the callers to hang on until an operator is available. The Star Tribune says 16 calls related to the shooting at Accent Signage System were answered. And police responded...
  • Victims of Metro Gang Strike Force awarded $840,000

    07/24/2012 10:08:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    star tribune ^ | 7-23-12 | RANDY FURST
    More than $840,000 was awarded Monday to 96 victims of illegal searches, seizures and use of excessive force by the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, including a dozen juveniles who were targeted by a Brooklyn Park police officer. The scandal-ridden gang unit, shut down by the Department of Public Safety three years ago this month, broke through people's doors without justification, seized property without authorization and injured people who were not suspects, according to reports by Mark Gehan, a St. Paul attorney appointed as special master in the case.
  • ACLU: Occupy MN has right to unrestricted use of public property — and free electricity, too

    11/22/2011 7:26:40 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 22,2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued Hennepin County on Monday on behalf of OccupyMPLS, the protest group camping out on the Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in defiance of county rules. The ACLU suit contends that those rules, which forbid tents and electricity, and “certain unwritten procedures enforced by the county” violate the demonstrators’ free speech rights. … The suit asks that new rules restricting the use of chalk, electricity and tents be declared unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction against the rules, and they want the county to provide electricity for the protesters. It...
  • Minneapolis school study could lead to pay freezes, concessions

    10/28/2011 4:40:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-28-11 | corey mitchell
    The same study used to justify $270,000 in retroactive raises to Minneapolis Public Schools administrators could be used by the district to cut the compensation of its unionized staff. District leaders say the report, which found that hundreds of employees are paid above-market rates, will be used in contract talks as the district seeks pay and benefit freezes and other concessions from union-represented staffers. The study, compiled by Public Sector Personnel Consultants, found that 30 percent of union-represented employees, excluding teachers, are paid above a maximum proposed salary plan, costing the district more than $6 million per year. "Unions just...
  • Melee breaks out after teen dance party

    09/12/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies
    star tribune ^ | 9-12-11 | NICOLE NORFLEET
    Three people were arrested Saturday night when a melee that a police spokesman described as a "mini-riot" broke out in downtown Minneapolis after a teen dance party. Dozens of police officers from Minneapolis, the State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to a chaotic scene after the Big Bash 2 party, which was held in an exhibition hall next to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1300 Nicollet Mall. At about 10 p.m., police responded to a report that hotel security employees were fighting with event-goers, said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. Shortly after that, partygoers began moving north on...