The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles. For this, we can c ... More >>
Yesterday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced it won't prosecute Kirill Bartashevitch, a 53-year-old St. Paul man who was hit with two felony terroristic threats charges for allegedly pointing an AK-47 at his daughter and threatening his wife during an argument about the girl's grades.We ... More >>
Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, faces two felony counts of terroristic threats after pointing an AK-47 at his daughter. He was allegedly upset because she was getting two B's in school instead of straight A's.SEE ALSO: Pine County Sheriff's refusal to enforce new gun regulations has at least one legislati ... More >>
Antiwar activists gathered last Friday to protest a new $3.9 million drone facility under construction at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.SEE ALSO:-- Grand Forks police to begin regularly using drones this spring-- Attorney may challenge use of Predator drone during NoDak arrestThough drones are increas ... More >>
Facebook.Police and organizers offer starkly different stories of how the chaos began.On its Facebook page, creators of the "Big Bash" event promised a crazy time. By all accounts: mission accomplished. But that's probably the only way in which the 16 party went as planned. Held at the Radi ... More >>
Timothy Carson: All the shit hit the fan at once.Timothy Carson, the Minneapolis Police SWAT team member who carved a swath of violent robberies through Hennepin and Dakota counties last year, will serve 122 months in prison. Carson is already serving an eight-year federal sentence in Texas ... More >>
Tim Walz speaks out in favor of repealing DADT.The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Gay folk are one step closer to being able to serve their country in the military openly. Minnesota Democrats Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Jim Oberstar and Tim ... More >>
Al Franken on the Senate floorSen. Al Franken has done seven USO tours to military bases in war zones since 1999. For almost as long, he's been mocking the military's anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell policy from the stage, getting big laughs from the troops. But he almost broke into tears on th ... More >>
Michele Bachmann flubs military history... againCongresswoman Michele Bachmann is giving supporters a mouthful this summer and somehow mega-popular Irish band U2 have become entangled in her "facts". She has been caught on tape confusing the rockers with attack submarines while invoki ... More >>
I was introduced to Muja Messiah when I saw him open for GZA's "Liquid Swords" tour some years ago (two? three?). Expecting so much out of Gary and getting so much from Muja was a complete letdown and lucky surprise in equal turns. Muja's wry and lithe stage presence, crux, and flow haven't y ... More >>
Last weekend, Toby Keith opened his eighth I Love This Bar & Grill at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. The measurements are impressive: the 14,700 square-foot restaurant has a capacity of 850, and 38 HDTV monitors for viewing sporting events. There's live music (Tues-Sun) and dancing- ... More >>
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
Minnesota's former governor says Congress ought to spread the pain at home in order to fight two wars abroad.
U.S. Special Forces killed a man Monday in Somalia suspected of being a link between al-Qaida in Pakistan and the militia targeted for recruiting Minnesota Somalis to return to fight.
The flooded waters are still dominating the areas along the Red River and a second crest of 38 to 39 feet is likely next weekend.
Minneapolis police officers arrested 17 people for trespassing yesterday afternoon at a labor rally in downtown Minneapolis. The protest was held to support security guards locked in a contract dispute with five companies that are hired to safeguard office buildings.
PSP players, tonight you game in hell
Minnesota Senator feeling the pressure of his previous pro war stance on Iraq.
Pluto remains a planet, QB Carson Palmer gets Achilles' tendon from drunk driving victim, poems and songs about sewers, Chris Elliott spoofs Shatner's Rocketman, a goat is crowned King of Ireland, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
The words are lurid, fragrant, irresistible. You see them in a headline or in a lede and you find yourself stuck to the page, scouring the story for more. Kneecapping. Pig valves. Ecoterrorist. Put them in the right order and these words have the resonance of a tone poem.
The Associated Press reports that impending Minnesota National Guard deployments in the Middle East could have an unlikely consequence: diminished police presence in Fargo, North Dakota. The town is expected to lose some 10 officers in the coming months--or nearly 10 percent of its entire squad. The ... More >>
Today's WashPost poll says that only 22 percent of the public agrees with Dick Cheney's now-infamous suggestion that we've finally got the Iraqis almost where we want them. ("I think the level of activity that we see today, from a military standpoint, I think will clearly decline. I think they're ... More >>
Only a slim majority supports voluntary enlistment of a loved one From Editor & Publisher: With military recruitment shortfalls reaching a near-crisis, a new Gallup poll suggests further troubles, as far fewer American adults express support for their children enlisting. Gallup also has found that ... More >>
BETTER ROADS AND CHEAPER RITALIN In the Strib: Pawlenty announces plan to import European as well as Canadian pharmaceuticals; state to proceed with quarter-billion-dollar 35W/Crosstown 62 highway reconstruction project in '06; assault charges dropped against naked Minneapolis man who had his unit c ... More >>
Doing the Baghdad boogie with traveling band Jack Knife & the Sharps
Reliable Malaysian favorite establishes new Hiawatha outpost, with Ethiopian accent
Monday's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Confinement of Sex Offenders Leaves Questions Unanswered, Including the Fate of Minnesota's Sexual Psychopath Laws.