Opinion

Riding the Green Line: Why shared public space matters

I board the Green Line, traveling east from downtown Minneapolis. It’s my first time taking the new line mid-day on a weekday, and I’m riding it just a few stops. It seems quiet.

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OPINION | Who killed Mike Brown? What to do?

Mike Brown is dead. The Ferguson police took their time in giving up the killer, Darren Wilson. But we know the name of his accomplice. So we know who and what killed Mike Brown. It was the political, economic, social system called capitalism.

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SE 21st Ave: A Rob Kirby comic

I’m Rob Kirby, a Minneapolis cartoonist. I occasionally draw installments for a series of comics called “Time Forgot,” which pays tribute to old and/or forgotten places and artifacts in the city that interest me. The latest episode is “SE 21st Ave,” a mini-tribute to a cool little block in the SE Como area that I took a real shine to.

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U of M study finds MnPASS shockwaves work well

Apparently, there's something MnDOT calls  “shockwaves” that occur when motorists approach the looney-laned, multi-messaged, maniacal sign montages found in conjunction with the MnPASS lanes on 35W and 394.  According to a so-called “study” by some Highway Department scam at the the University of Minnesota called the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, the “shockwaves” “work well.”

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OPINION | National spotlight exposes culture of racism, harassment and brutality

"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve." – President Barack Obama

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#TeamG.Rice a hip-hop performing hit at Mill City Nights, in Minneapolis

(Photo by Trevor Slattery) G. Rice (left) accompanied by his music producer MOsh (right) performing live at Mill City NIghts, in Minneapolis.

Hip-hop artist G. Rice and his music producer MOsh made their debut in Minneapolis at Mill City Nights, where they had fans raving about their performance.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Taking on my local co-op over Eden Foods

I don’t consider myself much of a political or activist person. I’m used to listening more than speaking. I write about what other people are doing to make the world a better place rather than taking initiatives on my own. So lately I’ve found myself in a strange, unfamiliar place taking on a cause. It has to do with my local co-op and their decision to continue to carry Eden Foods, the Hobby Lobby of Soy products. After the Hobby Lobby Supreme court victory, allowing them to be exempted from providing health care for four types of birth control, Eden Foods revived their own case, which would allow them to be exempted from covering any type of birth control whatsoever.

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Maddie Ulanow: Minnesota’s Gaza protests require less vitriol, more perspective

In the past two weeks, the Twin Cities have been rocked by protests both for and against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Though St.

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