Gambling brother used mentally ill sister's funds


Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

Brother of mentally ill woman charged with gambling away her $288,000 
It only took three years for the brother of a 51-year-old mentally ill woman to gamble away all of her $288,000, according to charges. Both of the siblings received half of a large estate from an aunt and the sister became suspicious when she could no longer pay her rent. Her brother had lost his job and started to take from her account as he continued to gamble.

Minneapolis police started the wave, gave out fake tattoos at inauguration 
Rest assured the Minneapolis police took their jobs seriously, but that doesn't mean they didn't have a great time entertaining the parade crowd at Barack Obama's inauguration. The police got the crowd doing the wave and passed out temporary tattoos to kids. They were told not to look at Obama as they were instructed to watch for risks in the crowd as he walked by. 

Prosecutors say the 16-year-old who participated in the 2007 rampage against campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was the biggest threat. Six Ely residents terrorized campers on Basswood Lake with guns, fireworks and verbal threats of rape and torture. 

The Star Tribune has the story of one of Minnesota's salmonella victims. Shirley Mae Almer, 72, had survived lung cancer surgery and radiation therapy on a brain tumor. She died Dec. 21 after eating tainted peanut butter toast at her nursing home. 

Monday was the first day of the federal trial for one of the Texans accused of planning to bomb the Republican National Convention. The heart of the arguments: Was he an angry activist who derailed his plans or the victim who was convinced into plans by a government informant?