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February 2013 Archives

St. Paul man charged with murder

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Jeffrey D. Trevino was charged Thursday with two counts of second degree murder for the disappearance of his wife, according to multiple news sources.

Star Tribune reported that there was a lot of blood found in the victim's, Kira Trevino, home and car. It was reported that the suspect took a number of steps to have the incident covered up. Police have been trying to get Trevino to locate the body but has been unsuccessful at it, according to the Star Tribune.

Jeffrey Trevino has been arrested Tuesday after police found evidences of large amounts of blood, Star Tribune said. Trevino's wife has been declared missing on Feb. 22 when her husband said she failed to shop up to work, according to the Star Tribune. Pioneer Press reported that Jeffrey Trevino said that his wife has been having a "mid-like crisis."

Pioneer Press reported that police found blood stains in the shape of a head and torso on the carpet in the bedroom. Police contacted Kira Triveno's mother where it was discovered that the couple has been having marital problems. The day before she disappeared, the couple was reported on trying to work on their relationship, Pioneer Press said.

Kira Triveno was said to have been talking with family about her relationship problems before she disappeared, Pionner Press reported. Her car was impounded by police and searched where police found blood, Pioneer Press said.

Jeffrey Triveno faces a two-count murder charge.

Chuck Hagel confirmed as defense secretary

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Former Neb. senator Chuck Hagel has been confirmed by the Senate as for the next defense secretary, according to multiple news sources.

After facing a tough battle towards conformation, Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as the next US Defense Secretary by a vote of 58-41, according to CNN. Obama's pick for defense secretary came under harsh criticism from many Republicans in the Senate. Many Republicans said it was because of his rocky political statements, CNN said.

Republicans in the Senate delayed the vote to question his political qualifications, BBC News reports. After nearly 2 weeks of delay, Republicans gave-in and a vote was held to confirm Hagel.

The BBC News reported that what has gotten Hagel in trouble was his comments against the Jewish populations and his positions on Iran. Democrats assured that he would stick with Obama's plans on improving relations with Israel and Iran.

According to both CNN and BBC News, Hagel would replace outgoing defense secretary Leon Penetta.

Twin Cities security and cleaners prepare for strike

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Facing a new contract, Twin Cities security and cleaners prepare for a tikes that would affect corporations in the area, multiple news sources said.

The Star Tribune reported that talks between unions and contractors were going on. If no deal was reached by Sunday according to the unions, they would strike. The union members met at Minneapolis South High School to discuss the strike. Local Union leader said that he hopes for a one-day strike but isn't ruling out a longer strike.

Pioneer Press reported that supporters gathered Sunday to help prepare events that will happen around the area. Local janitors have reached a tentative deal for their contract, but security guards have not. They're expected to strike very soon.

Pioneer Press also reported that nonunion cleaner workers at some retail stores Tuesday night. There have been attempts in the past to organize it but there have been complaints over "claims of workers fired for participating in videos on improving wages and working condition."

The public events will take place at stores like Target, Kmart, Wells Fargo, US Banks, and the state capitol in St. Paul, Pioneer Press reported.

Analysis: Reaction to the UK's credit rating cut

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The BBC reported Friday that Moody's, a worldwide credit rating company, has cut the UK's top credit down one notch.

Following both days, the first day focused on why Moody cut the UK's top credit rating. The next day, the story was focused on the reaction and the blame game. The next day article discussed how the opposition party in British parliament called this humiliating for the country.

The leads are somewhat similar. Both talk about how there was a quote from a higher up British/Scottish official calling the credit rating a failure of the parliament. However, the second day follow-up ended by saying that the coalition between the two opposing parties is making progress.

Both articles talk about what the UK has done that caused the credit rating to fall. However, the second day story applied the information to the reaction within the British parliament. The first day story told the story of what is going on in the UK economically while the follow-up talked about what the overall reaction was.

Vatican denies rumors as pope prepares to resign

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Vatican denies rumors of corruption and intrigue as pope prepares to resign, according to multiple news sources.

CNN reports that the Vatican denied allegation that the Pope was trying to cover up sex, money, and gay priests as reported by Italian media. The Vatican was faced with investigation from Italy's largest newspaper regarding three cardinals in a scandal, CNN said.

The newspaper suggests that the cover-ups are the reason why the Pope is resigning, CNN said. No confirmation has been made on such claim.

The BBC reported that gay priest were being blackmailed to keep their sexual orientations a secret. BBC Vatican correspondent suggested that reasoning for "unacceptable pressure" on voting for the next Pope was an attempt by American media to discourage US cardinals part of the alleged child sexual abuse scandal to take part in the vote.

The Pope will have his farewell meeting with Italian President Saturday and will officially resign on Thursday, BBC said.

Bulgarian parliament accepts PM resignation

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After being faced with mass protest for hike in prices of electricity and amnesty, Bulgarian parliament accepted Wednesday the resignation of the Prime Minister, according to multiple news sources.

According to the New York Times, by a vote of 209-5, the Bulgarian Parliament has accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister who will remain in power until an election has been set up for in April or May. The resignation came in response to massive protest in the Bulgarian capitol of Sofia. The protest was sparked by hike in electricity prices and allegations of corruption.

Anger grew with the Interior Minister stepped down on Monday. The resignation, according got the New York Times, was greeted with public acceptance that the economic policies have not worked.

BBC News said that Bulgaria is among one of the EU's poorest country. The prime minister attempted to dissolve the problem by promising to cut price and sacking his fiance minister. He added that he would "punish foreign-owned power companies that he said charged too much." The government lost its' support when it abandoned plans to build a nuclear power place back in March of 2012.

(BBC News link isn't working: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21531810)

Republican state senator Brandon Petersen is preparing to co-sponsor the legalization of same-sex marriage bill in Minnesota, according to multiple news sources.

According to the Star Tribune, Petersen plans to cosponsor the bill but addresses some concerns with it. If he follows suit, he would be the first Republican to cosponsor the bill in a Democratic majority Senate.

The Star Tribune reports that Petersen was part of a large Republican majority that pushed for the ballot imitative banning same-sex marriage. It was defeated. It was also noted that some members of the DFL plan on voting against same-sex marriage while some Republicans might vote for same-sex marriage.

The Pioneer Press reports that Petersen's concerns are along the lines of the protection of children in a same-sex marriage. By that, he is referring to if the couple were to get a divorce. Petersen also wants to exempt clergy from performing same-sex marriages.

Star Tribune reports that members of the DFL who support the bill would most likely agree with Petersen's concerns. Petersen noted that this could be political damaging to his career. However, he mentioned that his father-in-law is in a 20 year relationship.

Many members of the DFL and Petersen hope for more Republican support in the future. If bill passes, Minnesota would be the 10th or 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage (outcome to be determined by what is going on in Illinois)

Local congressman visits Somalia

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Minneapolis Congressman Keith Ellison visits Somalia to fulfill requests from constituents according to multiple news sources.

Ellison was greeted by newly-elected President of Somalia on Tuesday. The Democratic congressman visited Mogadishu after recieving multiple requests from his Somali constituents, according to the Star Tribune. This is the first visit to Somalia by a Congressmen in years. The Star Tribune also reports that Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Minnesota has the largest Somali-American population in the country.

Ellison noted that Barack Obama became the first President since 1991 to recognize the government Somalia as an independent nation in January after the country fell into anarchy.

According to the MinnPost, when the new Somalian president was elected and visited Minneapolis, he was immediately met with protesters. Their justification was that the new president wouldn't abide by the constitution. Ellison assured the protesters that he would do everything in his part to keep Somalia together.

Convicted Georgia killer to be executed

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Warren Lee Hill will be executed on February 21 for killing an inmate and his girlfriend multiple news sources reported.

Warren Lee Hill was serving life sentence in prison after shooting his girlfriend back in 1986, according to Reuters. Reuters reported that he beat a fellow inmate to death back in 1990.

Hill's attorney argued that Hill has a mental illness in which the execution should be halted. Georgia became the first state to ban execution of mentally retarded people back in 1988. However, Reuters reports that the state as a strict guideline over what is mentally retarded. Hill's attorney filed to have Hill be evaluated for mental retardation. Doctors ruled that he is not mentally retarded.

According to Fox 31 WFXL (a local tv station in Georgia), Hill tried to appeal his execution sentence last year but lost before the Georgia Supreme court earlier this month. Hill will receive a lethal injection tonight at approximate 7 p.m. for the death of inmate Joseph Handspike and his girlfriend Myra Sylvia Wright.

(Link button isn't work again. Reuters:http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-georgia-execution-idUSBRE91I0T620130219
Fox 31:http://www.mysouthwestga.com/news/story.aspx?list=196423&id=862479#.USPEu_J4iSo)

Analysis: Meteor races pass Earth

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On Friday, a meteor raced passed Earth that left about a thousand injured in Russia and is followed by the start of a clean-up, according to two news sources.

On Friday, CNN had an article that described the sight a meteor that raced passed Earth in Russia. The lead focused on what happened. It pretty much said that a meteor streaked through central Russia because it exploded causing a large boom that created shock waves. These waves caused damages to building and even injured some civilians.

The BBC News followed up on story beginning with the start of the clean-up. As mentioned, the meteor caused damages to a lot buildings and injuries to about 1000 civilians. In this story, lead talks about Putin's response which include the operation to begin cleaning up the mess.

To compare the two stories, CNN's right away story was more about what people saw. The BBC's follow-up was about what actually happened. Furthermore, the BBC focused on updates from the science community. This article advanced the story but filling details about the meteor now that we were able to see it. For example, BBC reported that science estimated a whooping 500 kiloton of released energy was detected later Friday.

Minneapolis natives receives civian honor

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Mary Jo Copeland received the second highest civilian honor award for her work in help the poor in Minneapolis, according to multiple news sources.

After spending nearly three decades caring for the underprivileged in downtown Minneapolis, Mary Jo Copeland was invited and received the civilian honor award for her work, according to the Star Tribune. Her work has been recognized by former President George W. Bush during his first term. The civilian honor award recognizes citizens who preformed excellent deeds to help other civilians. Star Tribune noted that she receives no salaries and those who work for her are volunteers.

The MinnPost reported that she helps those in need by providing stuff like food for the homeless, beds, glasses, bus passes, or whatever else is needed. She was reported in tears as she received her medal and posed for a picture with President Obama. Copeland was one of the 6000 people nominated and one of the 17 awarded.

South African Olympian charged with murder

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Double amputee South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Thursday, according to multiple news sources.

The news that Pistorius murdered his girlfriend shocked South Africa because the nation viewed him as an icon and a hero, according to the New York Times. The victim was reported to be Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law school graduate. Police responded to a call in the early hours Thrusday to reports of gunshots in an upscale neighborhood in Pretoria. Steenkamp was being treated for gunshot wounds but was pronounced dead later. Pistorius was immediately taken into custody.

The Times reported that Pistorius said that the shooting was an accident. He said that he has mistaken the victim as an intruder.

NBC News reported that Pistorius has had some training in handling a gun. NBC News has also reported that the city of Pretoria, where Pistorius lives, has been rated as "critical" in terms of the crime rate. Home invasions are common and violent. Pistorius was seen escorted out of his home and the courthouse in a hoodie covering his face.

Body believed to be Chris Dorner pulled out of burnt cabin

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Police have pulled out what is thought to be the body of ex-cop and murderer Christopher Dorner, according to multiple news sources.

After a shoot-out at a cabin in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Police believed that they have pulled out the body of an ex-LAPD officer Christoper, according to the BBC News. Christopher Dorner is accused of killing multiple people including an officer have he declared war on the police department. A manhunt has been issued for the southern California. BBC News reported that the police think that they have found his truck outside a cabin in Bear Lake.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the police attempted to get the suspect out of the cabin by throwing tear gas through the window and demolishing a wall when suddenly they heard gunshots. Shortly after, the cabin engulfed in flames. After the flames died down, police enter the cabin and pulled out a body that is believed to be Dorner.

The LA Times said that the LAPD Chief will not declare the manhunt over until they have properly identified the body as Dorner. A few days, police received information of a Dorner sighting that eventually led them here. One officer died in the deadly shoot-out.

Oakdale child killed by shooter

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An Oakdale 4th-grader has been shot dead in an apparent random shooting late Monday, according to multiple news sources.

The suspect has been identified as Nhan Lap Tran, 34, according to the ABC Channel 5 News. Tran randomly shot the minivan the 4-year-old was in with the mother. One bullet killed the child, another injured the mother, and two were shot at the back wheels of the minivan. The mother has been treated and released from the Regions Hospital.

According to the Star Tribune, witnesses reported that the suspect was very calm during the shooting. The Star Tribune also released the name of the boy, Devin. He was killed about a mile away from the elementary school he attends. A vigil has been scheduled for Tuesday to take place in the church behind the school he attends.

The suspect has been arrested and being held in the Washington County Jail, according to the Star Tribune. Charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday which include second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

No intentions behind the shooting has been said.

(My link button isn't working, here's the stories: ST: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/190828771.html
ABC News: http://kstp.com/news/stories/s2928268.shtml)

Pope Benedict to resign by the end of February

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After stating that his health is failing, current Pope Benedict will resign on February 28th, according to multiple news sources.

According to the BBC News, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced that he will resign. His resignation would be the first resignation in over 600 years. Resignation, according to the BBC, is rare and can be done if it is valid and is "properly published."

The article continued by saying that the Pope's brother has said that the Pope has been considering stepping down for months due to his health and doctor's advice. This age is what has been driving him to step down.

CNN reports that the Pope, Joseph Ratzinger, will retire in his summer home where he will live the rest of his life in prayers and reflection. Due to this extremely rare event, the Vatican is unsure what to call him when he officially retires. One possiblity has been Bishop Emeritus of Rome. Ratzinger has been the sixth German to become Pope. He was voted by the Cardinals to be Pope after the death of John Paul in 2005. Ratzinger's legacy, according to CNN, will include his push for his strict conservative social doctrine, bridging his generation to the younger generations, and the unfortunate child sex abuse scandal.

Analysis: Teenage Refuggee helped start the Syrian War

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The New York Times has published a story about a teenager who helped start the fire for the Syrian civil war.

The boy was described of fleeing Syria into neighboring Jordan where he carries the burden that he knows that he and his friends have helped spark the uprising in Syria. In order to tell this story, the reporter has used him, the person this story is about, and his father. However, because he is mostly likely wanted by the Syrian government, he (and his father) has asked that they'd keep their names private. The attributions in this story are all throughout the article. We are getting details about who he is and what and why he did what he did.

Living in Jordan, the reporters are able to contact him and use his story to help inform the public about the Syrian uprisings. The reporter has decided to order the information first by where he was now and an update on the Syrian civil war. The reporter went on to tell the boy's story. The boy's story continued with the father who was able to tell his side of the story.

Analysis: Teenage Refuggee helped start the Syrian War

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The New York Times has published a story about a teenager who helped start the fire for the Syrian civil war.

The boy was described of fleeing Syria into neighboring Jordan where he carries the burden that he knows that he and his friends have helped spark the uprising in Syria. In order to tell this story, the reporter has used him, the person this story is about, and his father. However, because he is mostly likely wanted by the Syrian government, he (and his father) has asked that they'd keep their names private. The attributions in this story are all throughout the article. We are getting details about who he is and what and why he did what he did.

Living in Jordan, the reporters are able to contact him and use his story to help inform the public about the Syrian uprisings. The reporter has decided to order the information first by where he was now and an update on the Syrian civil war. The reporter went on to tell the boy's story. The boy's story continued with the father who was able to tell his side of the story.

Analysis: Teenage Refuggee helped start the Syrian War

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The New York Times has published a story about a teenager who helped start the fire for the Syrian civil war.

The boy was described of fleeing Syria into neighboring Jordan where he carries the burden that he knows that he and his friends have helped spark the uprising in Syria. In order to tell this story, the reporter has used him, the person this story is about, and his father. However, because he is mostly likely wanted by the Syrian government, he (and his father) has asked that they'd keep their names private. The attributions in this story are all throughout the article. We are getting details about who he is and what and why he did what he did.

Living in Jordan, the reporters are able to contact him and use his story to help inform the public about the Syrian uprisings. The reporter has decided to order the information first by where he was now and an update on the Syrian civil war. The reporter went on to tell the boy's story. The boy's story continued with the father who was able to tell his side of the story.

A Minneapolis cop was charged with having sexual relations with young girls between the ages of 12-14 through social media, according to news sources.

Bradley Schnickel is currently facing up to three counts of, according to the Star Tribune, "third degree and three of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child." The article continues by stating that authorities believe that there are more than four victims in the case. The Star Tribune also reported that Schnickel, 32, must hand over all firearms he has, ordered no contact with the victims, and is being held in jail with an unconditional bail of $500,000.

The Pioneer Press reported that Schnickel has convinced two of the victims to meet him in person where he then had sex with one. The other girl said that, according to the Pioneer Press, "masturbated in front of another, a 13-year-old girl..." The Press reported that he was released from jail on bail and was told he cannot come into contact with his daughters as well.

Both news sources reported that the Minneapolis police said that Schnickel will no longer work for them. There were no details given on whether he was fired or quit.

US Postal Service to end Saturday delivery

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With the USPS losing money and Congress not acting, it was announced Wednesday that the USPS will no longer do Saturday deliveries, according to multiple news sources.

This decision will help "shave" off $2 billion in losses for the USPS, according to the New York Times. To avoid confusions, packages will still be delivered on Saturdays, but First Class mail will not. Furthermore, Post Offices will still be open on Saturdays. The USPS tried many times to ask Congress for help but were faced with objections or delays. The USPS has done many attempts to try and raise profits including lowering wages, closing processing plants, raising the price of stamps and so forth.

According to the Washington Post, has prompted response from Speaker of the House John Boehner and American Postal Worker union Presidents. Furthermore, citizens have expressed their discomforts towards the decisions. The problem, according to the USPS President, is that everyone is switching to online payments and mail. He also mentioned that the problem is trying to pay retirees health benefits.

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak stood before Minneapolis Downtown Council to outlines his plans for the next few years, according to news sources.

The mayor hoped that his proposals will double the population for downtown Minneapolis by 2020 according to the Star Tribune. Some of his ideas include using the steam from Hennepin Garage burners to heat up the grounds of Nicollett Mall. The mayor joked about how the city could put palm trees up. With the new idea, he planned on trying to redo the entire Nicollet Mall area. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported that they will need over $25 million in bonds from the state for the renovations.

Star Tribune reported that Mayor Rybak also urged the city to consider the Nicollet Mall street car idea which he said that not everyone is on board with the plans yet. He commented on the future of the new area around the new Vikings Stadium.
"We're going to surround it with development." Rybak said.

Rybak told the Business Journal that while this is his last year in office, he will continue to work hard on these future plans.

15th Century King's remain dug up under parking lot

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Nearly 500 years later, King Richard III remains have been found under a parking lot in Leicester, UK, according to multiple news sources.

On Monday, experts at the University of Leicester has confirmed that the remains dug up were indeed King Richard III who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, according to the BBC News. The remains have shown numerous injuries including 8 in the skull. Two wounds in particular were labeled lethal in which experts believer were the cause of the King's death. BBC noted that "the skeleton's spine is badly curved, a condition known as scoliosis." The skeletons show this is was an adult male but was considered "unusually slender" for a male.

Since the discovery of the King's remain, the Washington Post noted that English scholars have been debating the legacy of King. Shakespeare has labeled the king as a villain. Many believe that he was labeled a villain from the King Tudor who took over the throne after Richard.

The Washington Post stated that there is much debate over where to bury the king. Some believe, based on the Church of England's protocol, he be buried in Leicester Cathedral near where he was found. Others believe that he has requested to be buried in York and some are saying Westminster Abbey.

Bulgarian bus bombing linked to organization Hezbollah

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In July of 2012, a bus was bombed carrying Israeli tourist in the resort town of Burgas, Bulgaria. After six months of investigations, results have shown that the terrorist organization, Hezbollah, is linked to the bombing, according to the BBC News.

The two suspects were carrying passports to Australia and Canada. The BBC said that Bulgarian Interior Minister said that "there is data showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects." Both suspects have lived in Lebanon. Both Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) and the US have tried efforts to label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Israel, the USA, and The Hague (International Courts) has backed the conclusion from Bulgarian investigation.

According to CNN,The USA and Israel had taken this opportunity to the EU to act against Hezbollah. Netanyahu argued that the attack was on European soil in a country part of the European Union. Canada has joined in with the USA and Israel in labeling Hezbollah as "inhumane."

Hezbollah has had planned plots in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Turkey, and Israel. The organization has been quietly raising money in Europe, where they enjoy greater freedom than in the USA.

Analysis: Navy Seal Killer gunned down in Texas

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In the Chicago Tribune's article, "Texas man arraigned on murder charges in shooting of 'American Sniper,'" the author went straight to the point on what this story refers to in terms of the killer of a prominent American sniper.

Rather than starting with a past event, the author used timeliness to give us, the readers, to most important update. In this case, the most recent update is the killer who gunned down the Navy Seal officer is being arraigned in Texas. The paragraphs that follows gives the previous less timely information that is important to the story.

In this story, the most detailed part is the name of the Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. The reasoning (most likely) is that this Seal member is an important figure in American history (helped killed Bin Laden). The most general information in this lead is the facts themselves. The killer was arraigned but there weren't much details after that other than it was on two counts of capital murder. Ultimately, the lead is very general and straight to the point. It could capture the readers' attention.

Local 17-year-old pleads guilty of killing 5-year-old

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Facing up to about 28 year in prison, 17-year-old Stephon Shannon and pleaded guilty of killing 5-year-old Nizzel George, according to news sources.
According to the Pioneer Press, the killer's intentions were linked to gang-related violence. The article continued by saying that he and 15-year-old Julian Anderson, who still awaits his trail, broke into the house where George was staying intending on killing someone, but not a child.
The Star Tribune reported that Anderson overheard two teens at a gas station saying that George was affiliated with a rival gang.
Shannon and Anderson's gang, "Skitz Sqaud," has often clashed with members of their rival gang, the Y.N.T. The Star Tribune reported that the two have clashed in the streets with shots ringing out and beatings as well as insults being hurled on social media sites. The guilty plea, according to the Star Tribune, will be comfort for Nizzel's family.

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