Taco John's has proven that fast food can be tasteless in more ways than one. Tyler Brandt, an openly gay 16-year-old, was given a name tag reading "Gaytard" during his shift at a Yankton, South Dakota Taco John's franchise in June. His night manager instructed him to wear it for the rest of the ni ... More >>
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
This week, in a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies must obtain a warrant before searching cell phones.The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says that just because smartphones now allow people to carry vast quantities of their personal inf ... More >>
President Obama announced Monday that he plans to draft new rules barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity -- a standard of employment that has been on the Minnesota books for 21 years. Back in 1993, our state legislature added sexual or ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has discovered who the real bullies of our society are, and they are the gays.SEE ALSO: Bachmann calls for "tolerance" of haters who want to oppress gaysNever mind that they have been systematically marginalized, that they face hate crimes simply for being themselves, that they coul ... More >>
Seema Desai claims the Minneapolis department tasked with making sure employers treat workers fairly fails on that very score when it comes to its own employees.SEE ALSO: Facebook removes "I Hate the Pedal Pub" page after Pedal Pub's lawyer complains Desai, a 33-year-old former complaint investigati ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Rep. Ryan Winkler says he thought "Uncle Tom" meant "turncoat"Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, got himself in hot water for a racially insensitive tweet about today's U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional.SEE ALSO: DFL ... More >>
Former state representative and decorated war hero John Kriesel is known for being an outspoken gay rights advocate, but he's no liberal when it comes to national security.SEE ALSO: Bob Koss, MNGOP Senate staffer, calls John Kriesel a "piece of shit" -- and gets fired On Friday night, Kriesel got in ... More >>
The Atlantic magazine has included St. Paul minister Oliver White in its annual list of 21 "Brave Thinkers."The list spotlights prominent people who have risked their "reputations, fortunes and lives in pursuit of big ideas."White, who spoke out in favor of gay rights, appears in the November-issue ... More >>
Zeus Jones, a Lyn-Lake-based marketing and branding agency, has devised a unique way to show solidarity with the "For All" rights cause -- free "Vote No" wedding bands.SEE ALSO: Guerrilla Girls' "Vote No" billboard features Michele Bachmann [PHOTO]"It's about applying the skills we have to stuff we' ... More >>
Colin Schumacher and Shona Ramchandani, two recipients of Hamline's prestigious John Wesley Award, have requested the annulment of their honors after school administration decided to remain neutral on the Minnesota marriage amendment.SEE ALSO: Hamline professor Stephen Kellert calls on university ad ... More >>
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
Mug shot Ex-cop Jason Andersen wants his job back The cop who shot Fong Lee was found not guilty yesterday of violating a teenager's civil rights by kicking him in the head.Now Jason Andersen, who has been fired twice by the Minneapolis Police Department, after a domestic dispute allegation and t ... More >>
Keith Ellison wants to know why churches, but not mosques, are allowed near Ground Zero.Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, invoked the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's Koran when asked last night by Larry King whether he was being "insensitive" by supporting an Islam ... More >>
Target won't balance it's contribution to Tom Emmer's campaign for governor.Target Corp. feels really, really bad about upsetting GLBT folks by backing an anti-gay man for governor of Minnesota. But yesterday it officially said it has no intention of actually putting its money where its mouth ... More >>
James and Lois CannonA three judge panel has ruled that Minneapolis police officers discriminated against an African American judge and his wife in 2006 when they showed up to get their son's car out the impound lot. But the Minnesota Court of Appeals also found that the Minneapolis Commiss ... More >>
City of MinneapolisThe Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved R.T. Rybak's nomination of Velma Korbel for the city's new Civil Rights director this morning. Korbel is currently the Commissioner of the Minneapolis Minnesota Department of Human Rights. She is slated to start the new g ... More >>
Rybak nominated Velma Korbel to succeed current director Michael Jordan. No, not that Michael Jordan.
The Minnesota Education Department's investigation into the test scores and teaching licenses of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy was not racially motivated, the U.S. Education Department ruled this week.The Inver Groves Heights academy known as TiZA is a charter school whose student body is about 80 perc ... More >>
Michael Jordan is the only department head Rybak didn't nominate for reappointment.
The controversial and defunct unit is likened to the cast of characters in "Reno 911" on the magazine's November cover.
Bob Dylan's Malibu, Calif. neighbors sure aren't proud to call the Minnesota superstar their neighbor. You probably wouldn't brag either if his toilet stank was wafting into your home and making your family ill.
Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
It's Not Torture, but This Latest Mideast Thriller's As Conventional As They Come
Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate
H.J. Cummins' work/life column in today's Star Tribune is a short, sweet ode to fathers; it actually broke me up.
On Wednesday the St. Paul City Council approved paying out $115,000 to resident Patrick Fearing and his attorney to settle a civil rights case filed three years earlier.
In an age of shrinking budgets, the city of Minneapolis is spending more money than ever to settle lawsuits against the MPD
What happens when a reporter doesn't keep his word to an anonymous source?
City Pages runs letters to the editor--of the PiPress
Is Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson trying to stop federal mediation?
Longtime civil rights activist and agitator Ron Edwards talks about the city he loves and hates
The city plays politics with police/minority relations
Minnesota's senators were supposed to be the type to stand up for social programs, the environment, and civil liberties. So why are critics left and right accusing them of lying down on the job?
Kenneth White and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights take some more flak
The post-apartheid doc Long Night's Journey Into Day examines reconciliation as a form of activism
Sunny, optimistic songs from a talented fourth-generation musician
City officials call Minneapolis's numbers on minority contracting "an embarrassment." So what are they doing about it? Uh, well, gosh...
Brian Herron has battled racism, hatred, and self-doubt. But none of that prepared him for the Minneapolis city council.
Proponents say an amendment on the Minneapolis ballot will mean tougher civil-rights scrutiny for the cops. They may be in for a surprise.