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Six people killed in car collision near Cambridge

A head-on collision near Cambridge killed six people and the 16-year-old driver was hospitalized in serious condition.

According to the Star Tribune, the vehicle with the four victims in it smelled like alcohol.

The Star Tribune also reported, "While the patrol declined to release her name, citing her age, the car's driver was identified by a relative as Sabrina Schumacher."

The Pioneer Press obtained the girl's identity from a different source and said, "Jimmy Gordon, who owns Jimmy's Pizza in Isanti, visited the crash site today. He said the driver is Sabrina Schumacher, who worked at his shop making pizzas and answering phones."

According Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske, the accident was still under investigation.

Lt. Roeske also said it was illegal for the 16-year-old girl to be driving out past midnight noting that the crash happened at approximately 2:40 a.m.

The Star Tribune reported that 11 Minnesotans died this weekend in car-related accidents while the Pioneer Press reported that only 10 had died.

Husband kills his wife and then himself in broad daylight

On Saturday a man shot and killed his wife and then himself in front of a Columbia Heights restaurant.

A relative said that his wife had made plans to leave him but neither of the victims have been identified at this point.

However the Pioneer Press reported, "But police were inspecting a vehicle at the scene registered to Josef Tomasovic."

The Pioneer Press reported that the murder-suicide happened right outside of Asian Chow Mien in Columbia Heights but there was no connection to the restaurant.

The Star Tribune got a quote from the Columbia Heights police chief saying, "It does appear at this time that this was a murder-suicide," and he added it was one of the deadly outcomes of domestic disputes that they've been trying to prevent.

The employees were getting ready to open the restaurant when they heard shots outside.

Although the police haven't confirmed that the victims names of Josef and Natalie Tomasovic, their house, a few blocks away from the crime scene, was being guarded by police.

Both papers reported that, "Neither of the two appeared to have a criminal record of any kind."

Hackers attack Eden Prairie high school web site

The school district shut down the Eden Prairie high school web site on Sunday after realizing it had been hacked to display a video of the Turkish flag and a handgun.

The Pioneer Press also noted that the video link had a 'vulgarity' posted on the site as well.

The Star Tribune reported, "According to a bulletin on the Eden Prairie school district's main website, which is still functioning, the viral hacking affected more than 100 websites around the world."

According to the Pioneer Press, "The hackers did not obtain access to data or affect the district's servers or systems, the district said."

The Pioneer Press had an extremely short piece overall. It was less than 300 words and the facts were very sparse.

At this point, there isn't much more information than that.

Because there were over 100 other web sites affected around the world, it's possible that the hackers weren't targeting the Eden Prairie high school. Instead, they could have just been collateral in a chain of hacked sites.

Businesses and Twins fans excited to have a new home

Friday was the Twins first pre-season game in their new Target Field home.

For months there has been a lot of talk about whether the new stadium will help out businesses in a down economy.

According to the Star Tribune, "The new North Loop restaurant -- the owner swears it's about 150 steps from Target Field's third base -- is part of a flurry of restaurant and bar activity in the Minneapolis Warehouse District and beyond. "

Despite being rainy and windy afternoon, Twins fans made the trek to the new stadium where they would watch the their home team take on the Cardinals.

According to, adding a retractable roof to Target Field would cost upwards of $200 million.

I personally didn't go to the game but I was at Cuzzy's at 4 p.m. and there was more foot traffic than I've ever seen.

Having worked in the Warehouse District for almost 2 years, it's easy to notice the many vacant buildings desperately in need of renovation and tenants.

The Star Tribune reports, ""The Warehouse District is going through a metamorphosis. It really is," said Andrea Christenson, a retail broker at Cassidy Turley."

It's hard to tell whether or not the Target Field will be a "game changer" but businesses nearby are sure hoping to take advantage of it.

St. Paul infant death ended in mistrial.

According to the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial examining the death of a 9-week-old infant from Saint Paul.

After almost 15 hours of debate, the judge made his decision at 7p.m. to end the trial.

Rebecca Shaw, left her daughter Rhania in the care of her boyfriend Louis D. Jones after four weeks of maternity leave.

She returned from work on Feb. 27, 2009 and found that Rhania was having trouble breathing. Jones and Shaw took the infant to the emergency room and she was put on life support. Later the family decided to take her off life support.

Prosecutors argued that her death was the cause of abuse from Jones. The medical examiner decided the cause of death was "non-accidental trauma."

However, the Star Tribune reports, "There is evidence of a birth injury," attorney Carole Finneran told the jury in her closing argument Friday. "There is no evidence of a crime."

The Pioneer Press goes into much more detail about the background and story of events. According to the Pioneer Press, "The doctor said Rhania's bleeding occurred weeks or months earlier and that for some reason, the body's normal healing mechanisms didn't work properly."

To make things more complicated the Star Tribune reports, "After Rhania died, Jones told police investigators the infant had fallen off a couch."

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