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Amy Dawson: "I love to sue insurance companies..."

(Photo by Tommy Johnson)

That line, Ladies and Gentlemen, was from the opening remarks of candidate Amy Dawson at a judicial candidate forum last Friday (October 24th) in south Minneapolis. And it was followed up with, as best I can recollect, “…and I’ll probably have to recuse myself from some cases if I’m elected.”

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Ahmed Tharwat: The Hijab... my family and me

Hijab, the traditional Islamic head cover, has triggered lots of discussion and debate in the west for years, The west has been paying so much attention to Muslim women’s dress than Muslim women’s

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Anti-police brutality protestors march on MPD Fourth Precinct

“Indict, convict, send them killer cops to jail; the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

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Laopocalypse Now: Fear, poetry, and the end of the world

This Wednesday, October 22nd will be the 170th anniversary of "The End of the World," as predicted by the adherents of Millerism in the 1830s. William Miller had predicted the Second Coming of Christ on October 22nd, 1844, That day came and went, and left a good number of people disillusioned. Some returned to their old congregations, others became Quakers or Shakers. In more recent years, the late Harold Camping predicted October 21st, 2011 was going to be the day to end all days.

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Saint Paul Healthy Transportation for All convening to empower citizens, build relationships for transportation equity

On October 25, residents and grassroots community leaders from across Saint Paul will come together with elected representatives and transportation officials to begin plotting the path to a healthi

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Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 

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Immanuel Jones: From volunteering to entrepreneurship

(Photo by Gino Terrell)

Immanuel Jones, 21, a junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, says he’s trying to become a successful entrepreneur with the goal of giving back to the community.

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Phillips community sweeps up the neighborhood

(Video by John Akre) Phillips neighborhood community members picking up garbage for the Phillips Clean Sweep on Oct. 11. Video below.

The four Phillips Neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Phillips East, West, Midtown and Ventura Village, collaborated once again onr the annual Phillips Clean Sweep on October 11. Neighbors grabbed garbage bags and picker-uppers to pick up trash on the streets and others joined city garbage crews to pick up large items in the alleys.

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