Country club Sopranos get kid-glove treatment for high crimes
SEE ALSO: St. Anthony council rejects Islamic center; "Islam is evil," says one opponentIn June, the St. Anthony City Council rejected the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center's request to open a multipurpose mosque on a 13,000 square-foot property zoned for light industrial use. Though council framed the rej ... More >>
Lori Saroya, executive director of Minnesota's Council on American-Islamic Relations, says her organization will ask the US Department of Justice to look into what went down at the St. Anthony City Council meeting last night.By a 4-1 vote, council rejected the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center's request to ... More >>
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
Last night, the Anoka-Hennepin school district settled the lawsuit brought against it by six students who say they were bullied for being gay. The settlement requires that the district implement a raft of anti-harassment policies, which will stay in place for five years. "Nothing like this has b ... More >>
Alarmists nationwide in denial
This north Minneapolis house was one of the properties featured in a 2006 fraud scam.Minnesota is either the second-best or second-worst place to hatch your mortgage fraud scam.The Mortgage Fraud Index came out yesterday morning and ranked Minnesota second-highest in the country for incidence of ... More >>
Justin Aaberg is one of four gay teen suicides in two years.The Department of Justice is investigating allegations of a hostile environment toward gay and lesbian students against the Anoka-Hennepin County school district.The DOJ, along with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, a ... More >>
Photo: benleto.Hennepin County also declined to file anymore charges last year.After years of controversy, the saga of Minnesota's scandal-riddled gang-combating task force is about to come to an anti-climactic finish. The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to level anymore federal char ... More >>
AvidorTom Petters: F-bomb city.Convicted Ponzi schemer Tom Petters, settling in for what amounts to a life sentence in a federal penitentiary for screwing investors out of billions of dollars, isn't guilty. No, he's a victim! He's misunderstood! He's selling a fucking dream, for cryin' out ... More >>
Out of order.David Lewis and Ramon Martinez are both apparently very passionate about the democratic process. So much that they weren't going to let a little thing like the law get in the way of making sure their voices were heard in the 2008 presidential election.
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum
Maybe time for a civics lesson?Michele Bachmann invoked the Charge of the Light Brigade, and epic British military failure, as a rallying cry for teabagger victory against health care reform. She flubbed the history of the Slaughter Solution. She got net neutrality exactly backwards. No ... More >>
Photo: DEA via WikipediaHere, chew on thisA 37-year-old Maryland man was arrested over the weekend at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after luggage inspectors discovered he was trying to smuggle about 80 pounds of khat that he later told interrogators was destined for the Somali community in Minneap ... More >>
The sixth district congresswoman accuses the president of telling the alleged 9/11 mastermind to plead not guilty.
Police suspect that another Minnesota woman has been killed by her romantic partner.
Administration lax on cleaning up AIG, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers
It only happens in Wisconsin.
What would a lawyer do to clear his client of child sex abuse charges?
People are still accusing Mary Kiffmeyer of election high jinks. But this time, they're after her job.
UK journalists boycott Yahoo, hackers shut down Sweden's national police web site, the Justice Department wants to see your browsing history, the Jackass guys are back, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
On Saturday, the Star Tribune posted a curious story about the uncertain future of its main rival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As noted in this space previously, speculation about the Pi Press is fully warranted, given the shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder.
Critics claim the MPD won't play nicely; Cops say it's a bad beat
There continues to be fallout from the removal two weeks ago of MPD Lt. Medaria Arradondo from the federal mediation talks.
CITY PAGES BLOGS We're proud to announce the return of Pizza Man to Streets of Pizza. THESE DAYS The state of Tennessee has begun an investigation in response to allegations of child abuse at Love in Action, a Memphis facility that advertises homosexual conversion therapy for adolescents, according ... More >>
Is Mary Kiffmeyer's crusade against the state's biggest counties political hackery?
Federal mediation of MPD-minority troubles concludes: Now what?
Federal mediation goes forward, critics say city stacked deck
Critics fear the MPD's latest spin on community mediation is all about window-dressing--and grooming snitches
The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties
Is Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson trying to stop federal mediation?
Minnesota's Male Immigrants Ready For A Broad Justice-department Sweep
From West Bank radical to White House insider, he's remained the most powerful man you've never heard of.
Laborers' union members, mostly low-paid black and Hispanic workers, financed their president's White House visits while the Justice Department quashed a mob investigation.
If there were any doubts that Reno is in a self-evident conflict of interest, the revelation that the White House was able to conceal the videotapes from her less-than-zealous Justice Department underlings should remove those doubts.
The feds are reportedly weighing a major drug offensive in Minneapolis.