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  • Racial identity policies are ruining Edina's fabled schools

    10/10/2017 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10/9/2017
    Instead of striving for academic excellence, jackboot methods are being used to force students to think "correctly" on social issues.  For years, the Edina Public Schools (EPS) have been one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Minnesota public education. Parents who moved to the affluent Twin Cities suburb gladly paid a hefty premium for a house, because it meant their kids could attend the district’s top-notch schools. But today, test scores are sinking in Edina’s fabled schools. One in five Edina High School students can’t read at grade level and one in three can’t do grade-level math. These...
  • Topless soccer fan gives 7-year-old an eyeful and refuses to put her shirt back on, police say

    09/28/2017 2:31:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 106 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 28, 2017 | BY LISA GUTIERREZ
    A 23-year-old topless woman had to be hauled out of a Minnesota United soccer game over the weekend after she allegedly gave a 7-year-old fan quite an eyeful before his mom covered his eyes. Rose M. Picklo, was charged Monday with indecent exposure in front of a child, a gross misdemeanor. Fans reported Picklo exposing “her bare breasts in a section full of people,” according to the criminal complaint. University police threatened to arrest Picklo several times, but she ignored them while holding a beer in one hand and a cellphone in the other. She told the Star-Tribune she was...
  • Ellison calls Roy Moore "completely unfit" to serve in the U.S. Senate

    09/27/2017 6:31:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 73 replies ^ | 9/27/17 | Rochelle Olson
    The Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who just knocked off an incumbent urged Congress not to seat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in 2006 because he is Muslim. In a phone interview Wednesday, Ellison called Roy Moore "completely unfit," a liar and theocrat who puts the Bible above the U.S. Constitution. Ellison, a Democrat from the Minneapolis-centered Fifth District, was the first Muslim elected to Congress. At the time, Moore publicly argued in writing that Ellison should not be seated because of his beliefs. Ellison took the oath of office in January 2007 using a Qur'an once owned by Thomas...
  • Minneapolis: Black Parents Flee to Charter Schools

    09/25/2017 7:18:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Minneapolis public school system is experiencing a massive student exodus and guess where they’re going. "About 70 percent of the kids leaving the district are headed to charter schools," Beena Raghavendran and Mary Jo Webster report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Many of these independent public schools have established themselves in north Minneapolis, catering to black parents concerned about academic achievement, discipline and safety in the district schools." "Harvest Network has three schools and plans to grow. It aims to educate 3,800 of the kids on the North Side by 2025. That would cut MPS’ North Side enrollment by...
  • FBI stumped! What's motive of Muslim's 'Allahu Akbar' mall stabbing?

    09/22/2017 12:07:53 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 09/21/2017 | Leo Hohmann
    Democrats seize on horrific attack to draw sympathy for refugees! One year after a Muslim refugee from Somalia carried out a bloody knife attack on a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the FBI says it still can’t figure out the young man’s motive for the attack. Dahir Adan, 20, drove to the Crossroads Center mall on the evening of Sept. 19 and began to plunge two kitchen knives into shoppers after asking several of them if they were Muslim. Those who said “no” were brutally slashed and stabbed, two of them critically. It would have been much worse if...
  • Judge Rejects Couple's Argument for Refusing Gay Customers

    09/21/2017 5:24:04 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 84 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | AP
    A federal judge has dismissed a Minnesota couple's lawsuit challenging a state law for the right to refuse to shoot wedding videos for same-sex couples. Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis dismissed Carl and Angel Larsen's case Wednesday. The St. Cloud couple, who own a videography company, Telescope Media Group, sued over a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act that bars discrimination by businesses.
  • Jacobs Engineering wins 10-year PA traffic management contract

    09/20/2017 11:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 27, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a 10-year, multimillion dollar contract to design an active traffic management (ATM) system for Interstate 76 through Philadelphia, according to Traffic Technology Today. Jacobs' services for the Schuylkill Expressway will include preliminary and system engineering, design, analysis of alternatives, right-of-way acquisition and construction consultancy.The final ATM system could include occasional use of the shoulder, connected vehicle technology, variable speed limit signage and traffic jam detection and alerts. PennDOT could also implement features like ramp metering, junction control, dynamic lane assignments, and multimodal strategies in tandem with shoulder use....
  • Young, undocumented and full of dreams: 4 stories

    09/20/2017 9:04:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | September 20, 2017 | by Doualy Xaykaothao
    In Minnesota, more than 6,200 individuals have been granted DACA status. A similar number might have qualified for the program but never applied. And some, like 29-year-old Alejandra Cruz, were never eligible. She was 20 when she entered the United States, and DACA covers only those who arrived before reaching age 16. The vulnerability that DACA recipients are feeling is familiar territory to her, though she insists she is not afraid. "This country depends on the immigrant community," she said. "And this country needs to recognize that." She doesn't usually volunteer that she's undocumented and not enrolled in DACA, but...
  • Stunning testimony: Voting machines can be hacked without a trace of evidence

    09/12/2017 7:53:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-12-17 | Steven Dinan
    The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission Tuesday. The testimony marked a departure for the commission, which was formed to look into fraud and barriers to voting, but which heard that a potentially greater threat to confidence in American elections is the chance for enemy actors to meddle. “There’s no perfect security; there’s only degrees of insecurity,” said Ronald Rivest, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....
  • Mark Dayton Vetos state legislature. Upheld by state supreme court.

    09/10/2017 1:41:56 PM PDT · by cableguymn · 10 replies
    The Minneapolis Star and tribune ^ | 9/8/2017 | Star and Tribune
    this is the excerpt.. The Minnesota Supreme Court said Friday that it was within Gov. Mark Dayton’s authority to veto funding for the state Legislature, ordering the DFL governor and Republican legislative leaders to work with a mediator to finally resolve their long-simmering constitutional dispute.
  • Will Minnesota Finally Go Red?

    09/09/2017 4:10:50 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 14, 2017 | Barry Casselman
    Minneapolis When Donald Trump stopped off in Minnesota the Sunday before the election, it raised eyebrows. No Republican had won the state since Richard Nixon in 1972. But two days later, the outcome was in doubt until late in the night. Hillary Clinton’s 1.5 point margin over Trump was the narrowest victory for her party there since Walter Mondale barely won his home state over Ronald Reagan in 1984.
  • Students Protest ROCORI H.S. Policy Against Vehicular Flag Displays

    09/07/2017 5:36:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An agreement is set between ROCORI administrators and students over the school’s controversial policy that would prevent them from displaying flags in the parking lot. The policy was revealed to students this week as they returned to class for the new school year, and came after a handful of students displayed Confederate flags on their cars in the school parking lot. “We wouldn’t care if they didn’t allow Confederate flags,” ROCORI senior Chase Klein said. “That would be fine with us, so long as we can still fly the American flag.”
  • In backlash against school officials, Minn. high school students protest with American flag display

    09/07/2017 12:58:20 PM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 29 replies
    St. Cloud Times via Fargo Forum ^ | 9/07/17 | Matt Perkins
    COLD SPRING, Minn. — There was drama on the first two days of school in the Rocori school district. On Tuesday, students at Rocori High School — about 20 miles southwest of St. Cloud — were greeted by a new policy prohibiting flags and banners from being displayed on vehicles in the school parking lot. The controversial rule was bucked by students Wednesday, Sept. 7, with numerous American flags defiantly hanging from trucks that lined the lot. By the afternoon, students and school officials had come to an agreement that allows for the respectful display of the American flag. Julie...
  • Kidnapped Minnesota teen girl swims across lake to flee abductors

    09/07/2017 12:25:15 PM PDT · by topher · 59 replies ^ | 7-Sept-2017 | FoxNews
    Published September 07, 2017 Fox News Now Playing Teen girl swims across lake to escape 'nightmare' kidnapping A Minnesota teen who was kidnapped for almost a month swam across a lake Tuesday to escape her abductors, officials said. The teenager, from Alexandria, Minn., made it safely across the lake before running onto a property where she received help, CBS Minnesota reported. Authorities said the young girl was kidnapped on Aug. 8 by Thomas Barker, 32, who urged the teen to get into his car and drove her to a residence in Carlos. Barker, his roommate and another friend physically and...
  • Al Franken will use Senate blue-slip tradition to block Trump judiciary nominee

    09/05/2017 4:46:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 5, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday that he will use an arcane Senate tradition to try to derail one of President Trump’s appeals court nominees, marking an escalation in what has become a nasty fight over the shape of the federal judiciary. Mr. Franken said he won’t return his “blue slip” for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Under Senate tradition, the chamber won’t proceed on a judicial nominee unless both home-state senators return their blue slips, signifying acquiescence in the pick. Left with little power to filibuster, the blue...
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Muslim killer-cop’s story falls apart: Justine Damond’s neighbors heard no loud noises

    09/03/2017 1:29:24 PM PDT · by joma89 · 42 replies ^ | July 20, 2017 | Pamala Geller
    Mohamed Noor said he was “startled” by a loud noise. He sounds little a little girl (and a liar). That notwithstanding, neighbors said, they heard nothing. Pajama-clad Justine Damond was unarmed when Mohamed Noor fired multiple shots and shot her dead. She died at the scene. From the Daily Telegraph: (thanks to Scott)
  • Franken seen as reluctant 2020 candidate

    08/25/2017 4:44:06 PM PDT · by mathprof · 44 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/25/17 | Amie Parnes and Devin Henry
    Political associates of Al Franken say they believe the Minnesota senator could be talked into running for the White House if he believes he's the Democrat best positioned to defeat President Trump. But they say Franken would need to be convinced, and argue that the former "Saturday Night Live" star would be reluctant to enter a battle with dozens of other Democrats in what's increasingly expected to be a wide-open race for party's nomination. "He's not the type of person to crawl over everyone's dead carcasses to get to the White House," said R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis...
  • Woman slapped police car before cop shot bride to be.

    08/16/2017 1:00:52 PM PDT · by Uncle Sam 911 · 53 replies ^ | July 25, 2017 | Lia Eustachewich
    A woman “slapped” the back of a police car moments before Australian-born bride-to-be Justine Damond was shot to death by a Minnesota cop, according to a new search warrant. The warrant, filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the fatal shooting, doesn’t explicitly say that woman was Damond, Minnesota Public Radio reported. It says, “Upon police arrival, a female ‘slaps’ the back of the patrol squad … After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley.”
  • Justine Damond’s shooting death case could see a cruel fate

    08/16/2017 11:51:53 AM PDT · by Sopater · 32 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | uly 27, 2017 4:02pm | Mathew Murphy
    JUSTINE Damond’s killer cop doesn’t have to talk about why he shot her — but if he wants to keep his job, he will be compelled. The Star Tribune reports that Officer Mohamed Noor has a constitutional right not to talk with anyone pursuing possible criminal charges in her shooting death. But if the Minneapolis Police Department opens an internal investigation, the law will force him to talk if he wants to keep working as a police officer. However, if he gives a statement there’s another cruel twist. It can never be used in a criminal case. In Minnesota, public...