Mass prayer meeting in response to punk church protest

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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church called for a special day of prayer in response to a recent protest by a punk band in a cathedral.
The female band Pussy Riot took over a main cathedral in Moscow in February to sing their songs in protest of the church supporting president elect Vladimir Putin, Al Jazeera reports.
Three of the members of Pussy Riot remain under arrest, says a report by the BBC, but Al Jazeera notes through an opinion poll conducted last week that only 10 percent of those surveyed though the protesters should be jailed.
The church was able to gather people from all over the country for the planned day of prayer, but Al Jazeera suggests that it may just be a deflection technique.
"The church has managed to mobilize people from congregations all over the country here, to central moscow, to try and regain the moral high ground, but also in response to accusations that it has a very lavish lifestyle," said Sue Turton of Al Jazeera.
The BBC makes no mention of this possibility and lists the prayer meeting as solely in response to the Pussy Riot confrontation.


A 68-year-old woman is dead and many others are wounded as a result of a train collision near Amsterdam Saturday.
BBC News said this crash is the worst train accident to occur in the country in 50 years.
"It sounded like a transformer went off, I thought our circuit had broken," said Max Tau in a CNN news report. Tau lives about 18 meters from the tracks where the crash occurred.
The reason for the crash is still being investigated and officials are looking to the black boxes that were in each train for some direction as to what might have caused the collision, according to the BBC. The top two theories are mechanical malfunction or human error.
Whatever the cause, the damage has been done with 117 people overall sustaining injury, including one of the drivers.

George Zimmerman reaches out to Martin family

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George Zimmerman, the man responsible for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death, extended an apology to the youth's mother and father at bail hearing Friday.
Zimmerman's apology came unexpected at the rather routine hearing, reported Fox 9 news.
"I want to say I am sorry for the loss of your son," he said. "I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not."
Zimmerman faces murder charges for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin and after the hearing his bond was set at $150,000, said a CNN report. Fox 9 stipulated that if Zimmerman were to post this bond, he would be required wear a GPS monitoring device and adhere to a curfew and would not be able to drink or possess a firearm.
Trayvon Martin's parents were present for Zimmerman's apology at the hearing but were not moved.
"Zimmerman makes this self-serving apology in court 50 days later," said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump. "The real George Zimmerman website...never once said 'Im sorry'. Why now?"

Young boy killed in unlikely dirt bike accident

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A 9-year-old boy died in a dirt bike accident in Oak Grove Friday evening.
The body of the young boy has been identified as Nicholas Enger, said a report by Kare 11.
Engler was riding his dirt bike at a track that he frequented on the 19600 block of Dogwood Street NW just down the street from his home, according to a KSTP news report. Although Engler knew the track well, KSTP also mentioned the track had gone through some recent changes.
The death is even more unlikely in the fact that Engler was wearing all the proper padding while riding including a helmet. KSTP reports the cause of death as being unknown officially, while Kare 11 attributed the death to head trauma.

A sense of urgency has taken over the proposal for a new Vikings stadium with a Minnesota visit from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to occur on Friday.
Goodell will meet with Gov. Mark Dayton and other Minnesota legislators in an attempt to help out with the stalled stadium bill.
Dayton spoke with Goodell this morning and afterward gave a warning, not a threat, that if the stadium bill fails to pass this session the team's future in Minnesota may be at risk, according to a Fox 9 news report.
"It was very clear that the Vikings will be 'in play' if this is unresolved, or unfavorably resolved in this session," Dayton said, as reported by WCCO.
Other similar situations that have occurred in the past are being brought up in the discussion such as the moving of the Cleveland Browns in 1995, also due to stadium issues
Although the pressure has ramped up in the stadium debate, Dayton continues to hold out for a solution.
"As our people recognize the urgency of this situation they're willing to step up and do what leaders do, which is to persuade others to support something as vital to the interests of Minnesota." he said in the Fox 9 news report.

Navy F-18 jet crashes into Virginia apartments

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18D fighter jet suffered major mechanical problems during flight and slammed into an apartment complex in Virginia Friday.
No deaths have been reported but the crash damaged six buildings and injured at least seven people , Reuters said.
According to the BBC though, none of the injuries inflicted were serious and six of the seven people admitted to the hospital have already been released.
The two pilots operating the plane were a student and instructor and neither suffered any major injuries. One even apologized to residents for crashing into their building.
The BBC reported the cause of the crash as unknown while Navy Captain Mark Weisgerber said the F-18 "suffered catastrophic mechanical malfunction" in a Pentagon statement cited by Reuters.
The crash could have been much worse and some residents are feeling fortunate that it turned out the way it did.
"Seventy percent of the building that the jet hit is destroyed," resident Robbie Miller told the BBC. "It feels quite lucky, when I think it could easily have been me."

Easter explosion in Nigeria kills many

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A car bomb explosion in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna left at least 38 people dead and shattered the windows of a nearby church Sunday morning.
The bomb went off around 8:40 a.m., CNN reported, littering the surrounding street with dead bodies and debris.
The explosion came as the result of a crash between a suspected suicide bomber's car and another vehicle. The car with the bomb in it was on route to a church but was turned away at a roadblock before it could arrive, the BBC said.
The BBC also reported the suspicion of the bomb falling upon militant group Boko Haram, though there has been no acknowledgment by any group.
Motorcyclists and others in the street are thought to be the main victims of the blast with no one worshipping inside the adjacent church coming to harm.
"We were in the holy communion service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church," Pastor Joshua Raji said to BBC.

Classic drinks steal the show at Eat Street Social

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Eat Street Social opened in February of this year on Eat Street in southwest Minneapolis and is being hailed for its hip yet nostalgic feel.
City Pages made sure to note the custom bar outfitted with a classic soda fountain and the Eat Street Social egg cream as selling points.
Kare 11 also hailed the restaurant's egg cream calling it a drink "worthy of a hangover if it had any booze in it".
The quality of the drinks may be attributed to the founders of folks who mix each one, founders of Bittercube Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz.
These mixologists craft their own syrup bitters and use them in the drinks at Eat Street Social.
"Everything is made in house, the pineapple, the vanilla syrup and we add our own citric acid," Kosevich told Kare 11.

Well-known marijuana activist Richard Lee said he plans to give up ownership of his pot dispensary and the famed Oaksterdam University after agents from the Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Agency raided the school on Monday morning.
"I've been doing this for a long time. Over 20 years... I kind of feel like I've done my time," Lee told the Los Angeles Times. "It's time for others to take over."
Lee founded Oaksterdam University in 2007 and it is now the most high-profile university that teaches people how to grow marijuana, The Washington Post reported. In addition to horticulture, the university also teaches the business and legality behind running a dispensary.
Lee told the Los Angeles Times that he was unaware of what triggered the raid but The Washington Post reported the raid as part of a criminal investigation into activities on the campus.
According to the DEA, Oaksterdam University will stay open for the time being and will operate without its founder, though Lee still plans to stay involved with marijuana activism.
"This may free me up to able to go campaign," Lee said to the Los Angeles Times. "We are getting very close to a tipping point on this issue."


Reactivation of Occupy Minneapolis ends in arrests

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Police arrested a number of people involved in the Occupy movement Saturday night when displaced protesters took to the streets and impeded traffic.
Starting at around noon demonstrators began to gather at Peavey Plaza and Loring Park in Minneapolis in an attempt to refuel the fire that the Occupy movement had last fall, the Star Tribune reported.
Demonstrators set up tents at Peavey Plaza in order to take shelter from the rain and the trouble started later when police ordered the tents to be taken down at around 8 p.m.
Activists disassembled the tents and marched to the other Occupy location at Loring Park, chanting and stopping cars along the way.
"They were blocking traffic and refusing to disperse," sergeant Steve McCarty told the Star Tribune.
Kare 11 reported the number of arrests to be 12 while the Star Tribune put the number to be around 15.