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Al-Shabab's fake Minnesota boarding pass; big private development comes with Green Line; Ortman's conservative bona fides questioned

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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  • Al-Shabab recruiting videoAl-Shabab recruiting video shows a fake Minnesota airline boarding pass
    Extremist group al-Shabaab released a video in English this week that calls for supporters to carry out a "lone-wolf mission" of terrorism or travel to Somalia to join the terrorist group. The video closes with a mock-up of an airplane boarding pass showing Minnesota as the point of origin and the slogan, "Next flight to Mogadishu the only one missing is you."
  • Metropolitan Council Member Harry MelanderDevelopers pump $2.5 billion into Green Line corridor
    Developers are pumping and estimated $2.5 billion in private and public money into the areas along the new Green Line light-rail system, the Metropolitan Council announced Wednesday.
  • Minneapolis City Council swearing inLearning curve steep for new Mpls. council members
    Since taking office, the freshmen members of the council have wasted no time in exercising their newfound power -- and they've occasionally gotten burned as they learned the ropes at City Hall.
  • New September 11th Memorial MuseumPhotos: The National September 11 Memorial Museum officially opens
    President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helping others that followed the attacks.
  • FCC gives initial OK to new Internet traffic rules
    New rules for how Internet traffic is governed were officially unveiled and approved for public comment following a 3-2 vote Thursday by members of the Federal Communications Commission.
  • The biggest blunder in Minn. sports history? David Ortiz
    Two homers last night. Two more the night before. That's numbers 439, 440, 441, and 442 for his career, which will end at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. If the Minnesota Twins' releasing David Ortiz on Dec. 16, 2002 isn't the biggest blunder in the history of Minnesota sports, what is?
  • State Sen. Julianne OrtmanConservative doubts trail Julianne Ortman in Senate run
    She's among a handful of candidates seeking the Republican Party's endorsement to run against Franken, a Democrat, in November's general election.
  • Two men charged in assault that injured 9-year-old girl
    Hennepin County prosecutors have charged two Minneapolis men with first-degree assault on a 9-year-old girl following an incident Sunday in which one of the men used bricks to smash its windows.
  • 'Challenging market' prompts Cloquet mill to shrink workforce
    Sappi Fine Paper will cut 27 positions from its Cloquet pulp mill as part of a 5 percent reduction in its North American workforce.
  • Downtown Rochester skywayHow the Mayo Clinic handles potential patients in clinical trials
    The Mayo Clinic reports that a woman with a type of blood cancer went into remission after being injected with a huge dose of a re-engineered measles vaccine. We spoke with a clinical trials referral coordinator at the clinic to learn how subjects are chosen to be part of rests for treatments like this.
  • Don't salmon! Learn the lingo of safe cycling
    While salmoning is a funny word, it's a dangerous action. In a bike lane, it can bring on an unwelcome game of chicken when a wrong-way cyclist heads toward cyclists going the proper way, and it creates a potential hazard for motorists. Learn about that and other cycling terms.
  • Improvisor and podcaster Aric McKeownArt Hounds: Mr. Little Jeans, Riddle Room, and West African
    This week, nordic electropop that's artfully accessible, a room from which you and eleven others will never escape unless you solve some puzzles, and learning about Guinean drumming and dance traditions. Want to be an Art Hound? Sign up!
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo in 'Fanny Pack'Learn to dance with Koo Koo Kanga Roo
    Today's music is from a song called "Fanny Pack" which is from an album released this week by the Minneapolis-based band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. The album entitled "Whoopty Whoop" is on Asian Man Records.

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