March 2011 Archives

Construction plans for the Central Corridor light-rail system (LRT), which are scheduled to begin in May, have raised concerns and met resistance from both local businesses, and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

Chris Ferguson, the Stadium Village Commercial Association representative for light-rail talks, told the Minnesota Daily that the group leading the project, has been unwilling to discuss staging construction to avoid interfering with businesses.

Based on their failure to find common ground, many local business owners fear a substantial loss in revenue due to poor parking and demolished sidewalks.

"If pedestrians continue to be able to only cross on one side of the road," Kerry Kramp Jr., owner of nearby Raising Canes said, "it could do a lot of harm for other businesses."

Concurrently, in an article published by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, the Minnesota Board of Regents also expressed their disapproval for the upcoming Light Rail construction.

According to the Board of Regents the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility, located in the basement of Nils Hasselmo Hall, which houses research facilities for diseases like AIDS and cancer, would be affected by the train. Of their concerns, vibration and electromagnetic interference top the list, according to University researchers.

"The fact is, we're not trying to site a nuclear reactor," Minneapolis Mayor and LRT advocate R.T. Rybak said, "We're siting a tremendous transportation amenity."

A 19-year-old woman claims to be the victim of a groping that took place within the downtown St.Paul Macy's bathroom on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Star Tribune, the woman said the incident occurred after she left her bathroom stall to see a man standing there. The man then grabbed her buttocks and asked her if she wanted to leave with him.

The women then says she left the bathroom and reported the incident to an employee, who notified authorities. By the time police arrived, the man was gone.

The Pioneer Press describes man as black 22 to 30 years old with a medium build. He was wearing a black stocking hat, glasses, a black jacket and a blue-and-white striped polo shirt.

Police are now asking for the public's help in finding the suspect. Surveillance photos of the potential suspect have been released to aid those efforts.

Two South Minneapolis men are Shot within an Hour

Two Minneapolis Men were wounded in unrelated shootings which occurred within one hour of each other on Sunday.

According to the Pioneer Press, both incidents took place in South Minneapolis. The first occurred around noon at Franklin and Chicago Avenues. The man was shot once in the leg and taken to Hennepln County Medical Centers for treatment.

The second shooting occurred just after 1 p.m. outside Crosstown Gas and Convenience store at 34th Avenue S. and E. 58th Street.

Cal Abdul, the owner of the Crosstown Gas and Convenience store told the Star Tribune, both men walked into the store and were arguing. They went outside by a gas pump in the parking lot, where one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other in the leg, Abdul said.

The victim, also an adult male, suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg while the shooter fled on foot.

Neither victims in the shootings have been identified. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Prosecutors in Santa Ana, California have filed four felony charges against a professional clown who is charged with raping a 12-year-old girl nine years ago, according the Star Tribune.

On Monday, Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41 was arraigned on charges of sexual assault of a child and forcible lewd act on a child under 14, reported The Orange County Register.

The Orange County Register reports that Jimenez worked as a clown for nine years under the name "El Tin Larin". Prosecutors say he was dressed in his clown costume in January 2002, when he abducted a 12-year-old girl outside a Taco Bell in Fullerton, CA.

According to the District Attorney's office, Jimenez pulled the girl into his car where he raped her. He then drove to a hotel, where the girl escaped to a nearby gas station, said prosecutors.

It wasn't until last year when Jimenez was arrested for another crime in Anaheim, CA that police were able to collect DNA and match it to the 2002 clown rape case, which he was arrested for last Friday.

In the aftermath of the devastating tsunami, Japan has now discovered that highly contaminated water is escaping from a damaged reactor at the nuclear power plant.

It is feared that the toxic water could soon leak into the ocean and poses further setbacks in the efforts to contain the nuclear crises by placing workers in increasing hazardous conditions, The New York Times Reported.

Officials believe the radioactive water leak has caused radioactivity levels to rise heavily along the coast and has begun to seep into soil and seawater, said the Star Tribune.

Researchers remain skeptical in regards to some tests for radioactive material based on trace amounts left over from nuclear tests done in the 1980's.

The Star Tribune reports that since the nuclear crisis began the contaminated water has been emitting radiation levels four times what the Japanese government considers safe.

While workers remain on site and continue attempts to contain the leak, officials claim to be in a brainstorming phase in efforts to find the best solution for the problem.

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