Somalis stopped at MSP, betting on food supply, giving to feel good


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

An imam and a youth coordinator from a Minneapolis mosque weren't allowed to board a flight this weekend to Saudi Arabia. The residents had planned a pilgrimage, but their attorney says it's likely the two men were on a "no fly" list because of supposed connections to their mosque and the missing Somali men believed to have returned to their homeland for terrorism training.
Betting on our food supply 
The Star Tribune started a week-long series yesterday on the food crisis around the world. Today's story looks at the people who gamble on the food supply and make big money doing so. Check out yesterday's story about the the cost of palm oil, which is used in a vast majority of packaged items. 

Here is one person you can be jealous of. Matt Shuda, 17, will be attending Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball in January. Lucky kid. 

This is one of those "no-duh" studies, but a St. Cloud University researcher looked at "warm glow" giving, which makes the giver feel better about themselves. The problem with the study? It was done in a lab setting. Who wouldn't give their money when being watched by a researcher? 

Don't bother trying to be romantic and following through with the 12 Days of Christmas. It's a $86,609 pricetag, up 10 percent from last year. Yikes.