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Jihad in Syria lures Somalis from Minnesota; 10 places to watch the World Cup; 9 ways to limit financial pain of divorce

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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  • Abdirahmaan MuhumedJihad in Syria lures Somalis from Minnesota
    Over the past few months, as many as 15 young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities have traveled to Syria to join radical groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime, according to the FBI.
  • 10 places to watch the World Cup in Minnesota
    Looking for a place to gather with your soccer tribe in Minnesota to take in some World Cup games? Here's is a list of venues to tale it all in. The list is heavy on sports bars, but also includes a couple of family-friendly venues.
  • Money9 ways to limit financial pain of divorce
    Personal finance consultant Ruth Hayden offered some suggestions on how to get through divorce while remaining as financially whole as possible. Here are nine tips from her appearance Thursday on The Daily Circuit.
  • ICEHenn. Co. bucks ICE on holding immigrants
    Immigrant rights advocates and civil libertarians hailed the decision as a way to help build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement -- and save taxpayer dollars.
  • Black flyBlack flies; Everywhere, looking for a meal (you)
    "They actually take a little chunk right out of your skin, and then they kind of lap up the blood that goes into the little hole they've made. And they put in a bunch of anticoagulants and ..." oh, ish.
  • Fly-covered loonEven the loons can't stand the black flies
    Flies have forced about 70 percent of nesting loons in an area of north-central Wisconsin to leave their eggs. That's more than twice the highest rate of abandonment in the past 22 years.
  • Light rail near Kolthoff HallAfter rocky start, Green Line overcomes community objections
    The opening-day festivities probably won't carry a trace of the acrimony that long bedeviled plans to send trains between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the end, opposition from residents, the University of Minnesota, and businesses proved no match for the largest public-works project in state history.
  • School lunch debate: What's at stake?
    GOP leaders, as well as the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service directors and several companies that supply school cafeterias, say the upcoming requirements are unworkable. They claim that kids don't want the healthy options and, as a result, too much food is being wasted. They also say that the cost of reducing sodium and other preservatives are placing an undue burden on schools.
  • ClockWhat time is it? This Walker 'Click' knows
    Summer visitors to the Walker Art Center won't need a watch or a cell phone to know the time. They'll just have to drop into the gallery where the Walker is screening a movie called "The Clock." For an entire day, viewers of the film will see in exquisite detail all the ways that timepieces turn up again and again on the silver screen.
  • Kevin LovveKevin Love and the D-I-V-O-R-C-E
    Our collective self esteem is going to take a hit this summer. We hate being rejected but Timberwolves star Kevin Love apparently is going to make sure his exit from Minnesota hurts good.
  • Billy GlazeProsecutors: Case against 1980s killer overwhelming despite new DNA tests
    The Innocence Project says new DNA evidence points to a different man. But in their filing, prosecutors say the evidence against Billy Glaze is overwhelming.
  • Olympiacos' Kostas ManolasThe Vikings make a play for pro soccer
    The NFL team announced details Wednesday of a professional soccer match between the Manchester City and Olympiacos football clubs. The Aug. 2 game is scheduled to be played in TCF Bank Stadium and will be part of a larger Guinness Cup series of 13 games across the United States this summer.
  • Abuse allegation surfaces at St. John's Prep
    A former member of a central Minnesota boys' choir says a St. John's Abbey priest, who went on to become headmaster of St. John's Prep school in Collegeville, abused him while on a trip to Europe more than two decades ago. The alleged victim's family say they decided to go public with their allegations after learning the priest is still in public ministry.
  • Rev. Thomas AdamsonPriest: Church never asked for victim list
    A former Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing children said in a deposition made public Wednesday that he was never asked by church officials to identify all the children he'd abused, even though some officials knew he'd abused young boys as early as 1964.
  • MNsureFederal health law helped Minnesota's uninsured rate drop 41 percent
    About 180,000 Minnesotans have gained health insurance as a result of the law, mainly through enrollments in government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

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