Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking. (01/08/2013)
The hard-fought battle over same-sex marriage that dominated Minnesota politics last year is likely to continue during the legislative session that begins today. With the defeat of the marriage amendment and the Republican majorities that sponsored it, DFLers who favor marriage rights for same-sex couples see their opening. But opponents say the amendment's does not necessarily mean support for same-sex marriage. (01/08/2013)
Federal investigators used vacation photos to crack a child pornography case in Minnesota, which led to the arrest of an Illinois woman who's now serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison. (01/03/2013)
St. Paul's Planning Commission Friday signed off on a demolition plan for the site of the Ford plant. (12/28/2012)
Long before the Internet, Jam Line was a jarring cacophony of sounds and voices. Young teens met up with strangers. Parents were clueless about how their kids spent time behind closed doors. Most people lied about their ages. (12/26/2012)
In 2011, China banned Minnesota poultry due to an outbreak of avian flu in two flocks in Wright County. (12/24/2012)
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released numbers Friday reporting a record number of people deported from the U.S. in 2012. However, numbers dropped slightly for the region that includes Minnesota. (12/21/2012)
Minnesota Appeals Court rules that the state's attempt to pay personal care attendants who care for relatives 20 percent less than other PCAs is unconstitutional. (12/17/2012)
More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it's time to acknowledge the division it caused, so parishes can begin to heal. Catholic Bishops put significant financial and spiritual resources behind the amendment, alienating some parishioners. The biggest cost may be Catholics who walked away from the church and haven't returned. (12/14/2012)
Immigration reform is likely to be in the national spotlight early next year, as the Obama administration and Congress seek to fix a system that's widely viewed as broken. The people at the center of the debate -- some who have been living and working in the U.S. without legal permission for years -- are increasingly making their voices heard. One is a widely known former journalist who will be speaking in Minneapolis tonight. (12/12/2012)
Let's face it, with a snow dump like we just had, it's tough to keep our sidewalks properly cleared. (12/10/2012)
Advocates for children revealed their top legislative priority at an annual children and youth issues briefing Tuesday. (12/05/2012)
Minnesota teenagers and young adults have stronger employment numbers than most of their peers across the country, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks youth and work. (12/03/2012)
Minnesotans with Norwegian ancestry have a chance to compete on a Norwegian reality show, which is holding a casting call at the Mall of America on Saturday. (12/01/2012)
Minnesotans will get a close look at the top American figure skaters likely to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (11/28/2012)