Urban explorer drowns in Mississippi after being swept away by rainwater A 30-year-old urban explorer drowned Sunday morning when a rush of rainwater swept him into the Mississippi River from a storm drain. His companion was able to swim safely to shore. Ian William Talty of Woodbury was exploring a tunnel along the river bluff with Nicholas Breid when a thunderstorm hit. The men were swept into the river near the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge. A frantic effort by University of St. Thomas students, police and other witnesses wasn't enough to save Talty.
Talty was a recoginized urban explorer in the area who spent a lot of time photographing the city, particularly graffiti found in tunnels, along train tracks, and other hard-to-spot areas. His work can be seen on Tumblr and Flickr (via).
A Ramsey County District Judge granted the city a temporary injunction that prohibits members of the Sureño 13 gang from associated with each other or participating in gang activity during the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The alleged 10 members can't associate with other gang members, intimidate, or use gang signs. They also cannot wear gang clothing. This is only applied to a West Side safety zone from 4 p.m. May 1 to 6 a.m. May 3.
Roxana Saberi, the North Dakota journalist convicted and sentenced to eight years for espionage is currently on a hunger strike until she is freed, her parents said. They visited her Sunday, her 32nd birthday, and said she is "very weak" and is just drinking sweetened water to stay alive.
A 3-year-old girl was struck and killed Saturday morning when she slipped out of her mother's grip and ran out into the street to follow her father. The accident happened on Rose Avenue and some parents are wondering if drivers might be going too fast on the bust street often bustling with small children.
There haven't been any confirmed swine flu cases in the state, but officials expect to find them as the problem continues to spread in the United States. The flu has killed 103 people in Mexico, but has only caused mild symptoms in the states. They are urging people not to panic.