Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9:40 a.m.
Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:
Duluth ace organizers reversed their ban on music players during the marathon, allowing all music lovers to rejoice. But don't think it's all good news. Some hardcore runners say iPods make runners unsafe and oblivious to their surroundings. Will Grandma's become mass chaos? We doubt it.
Man calls police to confess perfect crime
When a man killed his girlfriend after putting her in a "full nelson" sleeper hold, he hid the alleged murder by hanging her body in the garage. And it worked. The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled it a suicide. But the man's gulty conscience got the best of him months later and he called police to confess to the crime.
Anticipating cuts in state aid, Mayor Chris Coleman's staff warned the St. Paul City Council that big reductions in city services could be ahead. What could that mean? "Libraries and recreation centers are likely to close, bond sales have been put on hold and there will be fewer police officers and firefighters on St. Paul streets."
The Texas man accused of making Molotov cocktails to be used at the Republican National Convention defended himself Wednesday, claiming the informant led him to create the bombs. The man's story has changed multiple times since he was busted when he originally took full responsibility for his actions and never accused someone else of telling him to do it.
A legislative committee will hear a bill in North Dakota on Friday that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to class. Schools could always use more guns.