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December 11, 2008

St. Paul substitute teacher arrested for porn

St. Paul police have arrested a substitute teacher at Community at Peace Academy for allegedly watching child porn on a computer and then showing it to students, reported Kare 11.

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December 4, 2008

Minneapolis reaches out to Facebook, MySpace

Minneapolis is now offering snow emergency updates on Facebook and MySpace, plugging into an audience that has been previously hard to reach, reported Fox 9 News.

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November 26, 2008

St. Paul man pleads guilty to pepper spraying 1-year-old

A St. Paul man accused of assaulting his 1-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Monday to three felony-level crimes, reported the Star Tribune.

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November 19, 2008

Armed parking ramp robber caught on tape

Recent armed robberies in downtown Minneapolis have led to a crime alert, Kare 11 reports.

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November 15, 2008

Girl, 13, charged with second degree assault

A 13-year-old girl was charged Friday with second-degree assault for stabbing her 13-year-old ex-boyfriend at their St. Paul junior high school Wednesday, reported the Pioneer Press.

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November 5, 2008

Voters pass amendment for outdoors

The Pioneer Press reported that Minnesota voters voted Tuesday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would set aside billions of dollars specifically to support the outdoors and the arts through a tax increase.

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October 30, 2008

Man charged with murder of mother and daughters

Johnny Lee Ellis Jr., 38, was charged Wednesday with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the murders of two sisters and their mother, reported WCCO.

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October 26, 2008

Radio personality fired after cocaine arrest

The Pioneer Press reported Friday that KFAN-AM personality Jeff Dubay was fired after being arrested for cocaine possession.

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October 18, 2008

Candidates debate at University of Minnesota-Duluth

Al Franken, Dean Barkley and Norm Coleman met in a 90-minute debate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, arguing over who was best suited fix this country’s and state’s problems, reported the Star Tribune.

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October 12, 2008

Franco gets 12 1/2 years

Olga Franco del Sid will spend 12 ½ years in prison for the school bus accident that claimed the lives of four children and injured 17 others in a Cottonwood, Minn., intersection, reported the Star Tribune.

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October 3, 2008

Sixth Somali murder since December

Abdishakur Adan Hassan, 21, of Minneapolis, had been dropped off at the Village Market mall to get a haircut for Tuesday’s holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, reported the Pioneer Press.

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September 28, 2008

Maplewood teen found in car after being shot

The Pioneer Press reported Tuesday with a narrative lead that the body of Kelly Lynn Dahm, 19, lay slumped over in the car parking lot of a St. Croix Country government building in Hudson, Wis.

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September 18, 2008

Suspect pleads guilty in 2007 killing of Howard Porter

A suspect in the killing of former NBA star turned probation officer Howard Porter pleaded guilty and confessed on Tuesday to the planning and beating of the 58-year-old man, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reported that Fredquinzo Ronte “Snake Eyes? King, 29, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and a count of kidnapping in the May 2007 death of Porter. Judge George McGunnigle accepted King’s guilty pleas.

“For the Howard Porter family and many people in Minneapolis and St. Paul, we’re glad this is over,? Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference Tuesday, reported the Star Tribune.

King’s confession brings the case another step closer to justice after spending more than 18 months and searching in two cities, the Star Tribune reported.

King, who faces at least 45 years in prison, will be charged on Oct. 13.

The guilty plea came a week after one of the co-defendants, Rashad Arthur Raleigh, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Porter, the Star Tribune reported.

A third suspect, Tonya Y. Washington, also known as Tonya E. Johnson, of St. Paul, will be sentenced on Sept. 29 for aiding and abetting aggravated robbery.

Porter went missing the night of May 18, 2007.

According to King, the three defendants planned to use Washington to lure a man to her home, where King and Raleigh would then rob the man, the Pioneer Press reported. Porter fought back, however, which caused King to beat Porter over the head with a chair or stool. After discovering he was a probation officer, the three defendants took Porter’s body—which they thought to be dead—to an alley in north Minneapolis, where they left Porter for dead, the Star Tribune reported. Porter died eight days later in a hospital.

September 12, 2008

Pawlenty Passed for Palin

Governor Tim Pawlenty must have felt some disappointment last week when Sarah Palin was chosen as the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate, reported CityPages.

Always a loyal fan of McCain, Pawlenty met the GOP’s presidential candidate in his early twenties and has maintained a close relationship with McCain ever since. No one would have guessed that McCain would have picked a rather unknown governor from Alaska, especially when they had only met once, according to CityPages.

However, argues MinnPost, Pawlenty might be setting himself up for great future opportunities.

“He’s good enough to be on top of the ticket,? said Betsy Wergin, a state senator from Princeton, to MinnPost.

Pawlenty’s second term as governor will end in 2010, and only two years later, a presidential election, as well as a senatorial race, will be taking place. Pawlenty needs to decide if he will be running for another term as governor, if he is going to run for a seat in the Senate, or if he will chase the dream of the White House.

“He faces several risks,? said David Schultz to MinnPost. “First, it’s hard to win a third term. The track record on that is not successful.?

Regardless, it is safe to say that Pawlenty will take the high road and will most likely be appointed to McCain’s administration if he were to win the presidential race, reported CityPages.