December is crunch time at City Hall, when the Minneapolis City Council puts the finishing touches on a budget for the next year. For 2005, most department managers had expected a third consecutive lean year, but the Minneapolis Police Department's financial situation has been especially vexing. Since June, when Chief William McManus laid out a bleak five-year budget proposal that would reduce the number of cops on the force to 40-year lows, city leaders and neighborhood activists had been wringing their hands over how to... More >>>