August 2012 Archives

Shooting at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

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At least seven people died in a shooting Sunday morning at a Wisconsin temple, according to the New York Times. The shooting took place south of Milwaukee, at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin, authorities said.

Authorities said seven bodies were found, including that of the suspect. The police officer who arrived on the scene was shot multiple times, and the officer then shot and killed the suspect. The wounded officer has been taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

At least three other men with gunshot wounds were taken to Froedtert Hospital. Satwant Kaleka, the temple's president, was among the people who were shot.

According to USA Today, there may have been up to two other shooters involved in the incident.

Metro Gang Strike Force Payouts

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According to Minnesota Public Radio, , a court-appointed overseer said there have been over 200 claims filed against the Metro Gang Strike Force, and close to $840,000 should be paid in the case. Over 200 claims have been filed against the Force, but authorities have not filed any criminal charges.

According to the Star Tribune, over 600 pages of documents were released in the law suit last week, and there are 96 victims in the case.

Attorneys said the recent payouts validate the complaints of the victims, and show the out of control nature of the Force.

Among the payouts, $6,000 was given for a toddler under the age of 2 who was kicked in the head by a Force officer during a drug raid that did not produce expected results. In other raids various personal possessions of great value, including a LIncoln Navigator SUV have been seized by the Force.

On Sunday a NASA spacecraft called Curiosity will be ready to land on Mars, after traveling over 350 million miles, according to the Washington Post.

NASA officials say it is going to be a very risky landing however, and the spacecraft will have a relatively small safe area to land in.

The mission has cost $2.5 million, and the features of Curiosity are much more advanced than previous technologies, but are also more complicated creating more room for error.

According to the New York Times, failure of this mission would mean starting over for NASA.

According to the New York Times, a vote by the Afghan Parliament Sunday authorized the dismissal of two powerful security ministers from the team of President Hamid Karzai.

Lawmakers said the decision was aimed at ending corruption within the government, and that the ministers did not do enough to protect the nation from recent rocket attacks from Pakistan.

Since U.S. officials have had a long history of interaction with the ministers, the change in authority could threaten stable U.S. relations with the Afghan ministry. The U.S. has been preparing to leave the nation, and this sudden change may put U.S. officials as well as the Obama Administration in a difficult position.

According to CNN, the two men, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Gen. Besmillah Mohammadi will remain in their current positions until replacements are named.

U.S. Bank is Defendant in Fraud Suit

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According to the Star Tribune, Peregrine Financial Group Inc. sued U.S. Bank and the company's founder Russell Wasendorf Sr. for mishandling over $200 million in consumer funds.

The National Futures Association announced there was only $5 million depostied at U.S. Bank, and subsequently froze Peregrine's account. Wasendorf attempted to comitt suicide July 9, and admitted in a confession to altering bank statements to conceal the fraud.

Peregrine has filed four complaints since its collapse, but this is the first to list U.S. Bank as a defendant. Wasendorf is in custody, and has been charged with lying to federal regulators.

Wasendorf's son Russell Wasendorf Jr. and other company executives have also been listed as defenants in the complaints.

According to C-Span, Gary Gensler said the financial system did not adequately protect consumers of the Financial Group.

Calhoun Square Gets Stylish New Tennant

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The trendy retailer H&M will occupy retail space this fall in the Minneapolis shopping center Calhoun Square, according to the Star Tribune. H&M will take up 10 percent of the center's retail space.

Calhoun Square is located in "Uptown's downtown", and the new addition will inject a dash of optimism in the stagnant retail economy. The shopping center has suffered economically during the recession, and major stores in the area have relocated in recent years.

Despite the advantages it can bring to the local economy, some retailers in the area have said they wish the space would be used by an independent company.

According to Kare 11, the new Uptown edition will be H&M's fifth location in Minnesota.

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