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Youth-police relations subject of St. Paul gathering

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While officers voiced opinions of the lack of respect by young citizens of the Twin Cities, teens voiced similar frustration with their peers. Young men and women spoke up about being stereotyped and falsely profiled. Continue Reading →

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Identity theft a growing threat

Identity thieves are constantly on the prowl for your personal information. The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are teaming up to offer advice for protecting yourself and steps you can take if your ID is compromised. Identity theft can happen to anyone and because scammers are always getting smarter, it’s important to remain vigilant. Continue Reading →

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S.C. cop charged with shooting Black man in back

Protestors making their voices heard (Photo by Tolbert Smalls, Jr./The Charleston Chronicle)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Leaders of local civil rights organizations had been taking a wait-and- see approach to the April 4 North Charleston police shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, but voiced concern that Scott was unarmed when he was shot and that police said Scott had run away from the officer attempting to arrest him. Officer Michael Slager was charged on Tuesday with murder after a video of the incident revealed he wantonly shot Scott in the back. Continue Reading →

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Sister Spokesman discusses the importance of planning ahead

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Have you ever counted the cost of all the little guilty pleasure items you buy throughout the week and found yourself surprised at how much these seemingly small purchases add up? Using a $5 cup of coffee as one example, the expert panelists at the “Sister Spokesman Life Planning from 18 – 62” event April 2, broke down ways in which spending carelessly can prove costly in the long run. Continue Reading →

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Dominique Morisseau talks ‘Detroit ’67,’ Black theater and more

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An award-winning playwright is bringing her play about Detroit to St. Paul later this month.
Dominique Morisseau is a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient and has produced six one-act plays. Now she’s currently developing a three-play cycle on her Detroit hometown. The first, Detroit ’67, will have a four-week run at St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre April 23 — May 17.
Detroit ’67 is about two siblings who inherited their childhood home after their parents’ death, and hold “basement parties” during a time when the city police began cracking down on such after-hours activities. One such crackdown led to five days of rioting, where 43 people died and thousands of properties were damaged in late July 1967. Continue Reading →

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Teacher brings award-winning education expertise to N. Mpls

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James Barnett, principal of Minneapolis College Preparatory School, a public charter school currently serving 9-12 grade students at the old “Lincoln Elementary” building on 12th and Penn Ave. N, is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Minneapolis when he was in the fifth grade.

Living predominantly on the North Side, he went to Hall Elementary and Franklin Junior High. In high school, he attended Minnehaha Academy, and then went to St. Olaf College for his post-secondary education. Continue Reading →

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Wonder delights in concert with timeless ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Stevie Wonder on keyboard at the Songs in the  Key of Life, March 29.

Steve Wonder’s masterpiece Songs in the Key of Life proved every bit worthy of a tour some 39 years after its release at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Sunday, March 29. It wasn’t on my bucket list, but if I had one, Sunday’s experience would easily qualify for check-off status.

Wonder pretty much stuck to the iconic album’s original song order during the Twin Cities’ tour stop, his first time performing here since 1988. The show kicked off about 20 minutes after the 8 pm scheduled start, and concluded with a standing ovation around midnight. It’s hard to imagine anyone leaving unsatisfied. Continue Reading →

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