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Don’t miss LOLA 2012

This Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, is the annual art crawl for the League of Longfellow Artists (LOLA). Over 115 artists will display their work at 69 sites throughout the Longfellow neighborhood. Whether you’re interested in painting, photography, pottery, jewelry—or any other medium—LOLA is your chance to see and buy quality local art.   


New report critical of HMO public health care contracting

The Greater Minnesota Health Care Coalition (GMHCC) has just released a white paper on HMO health care contracting entitled "Who Was Minding the Store?" The group will present its findings to the public during a Capitol press conference on August 23rd. GMHCC is a consumer advocacy organization that focuses on health care and other policy issues.


License Plate Recognition (LPR) document collection

In Minnesota, an increasing amount of attention has been paid to the use of license plate recognition (LPR) technology by municipal police agencies. LPR units are car-mounted recording devices that scan the license plates of passing vehicles. When used in urban areas, they often record thousands of such encounters per day.


E-DEMOCRACY | Pigs and public health

From: Marc Asch

Date: 8/21/2012 16:56 CDT


FOI correspondence

On August 13th, we mailed a variety of documents to government agencies:


FREE SPEECH ZONE | Anita Reyes Delivers "Community Lease" to Bank

After six weeks of public pressure and neighborhood efforts to keep her in her house, Anita Reyes is still facing eviction despite her ability to pay a readjusted mortgage.


Drone lawsuit – pre-trial conference

The pre-trial conference for Public Record Media v. U.S. Department of Justice was held on August 14, 2012 at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan presided. J.T. Haines appeared on behalf of Public Record Media. DOJ trial attorney Amy Powell appeared on behalf of the government. Both parties briefly discussed the state of the case.


E-DEMOCRACY | Thoughts on St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's budget proposal

From: Frederick Melo 

Date: Aug 13 17:01 CDT 

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's 2013 budget proposal includes: 

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