Hidalgo reporters uncovered evidence that Municipal Judge William C. Romo has been excusing speeding tickets for his friends and their relatives left and right.

The Monitor submitted a public information request to receive a list kept by the court administrator, outlining 839 citations, mostly traffic tickets, that local politicians submitted to the judge for special consideration from January 2010 to April 2011.

It doesn't seem as if too many computer skills were needed to pursue this case. They received a list, counted up the citations and type of citations, and made a story out of it. They then went and tracked down a lot of the big offenders for statements on the subject, and that makes up the brunt of the story.

A convicted felon made a court appearance Friday after being indicted by a Washington County grand jury for the fatal stabbing and robbery of an Oakdale nanny, the Star Tribune reported.

Thomas James Fox was attempting to leave town under a false name when he was arrested, and had apparently begun dating the victim, Lori Baker, while using a false name, the Pioneer Press reported.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole, the Pioneer Press reported.

Many of the state's witnesses are those who spent time in prison with him and heard his confessions, the Star Tribune reported.

John Beiswenger, author of the little-known 2003 science fiction novel Link, has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, the developer of the Assassin's Creed series of video games, the Escapist reported.

The first Assassin's Creed game was released in 2007, three years after Beiswenger authored his book, Venturebeat reported. However, many who have read his book fail to see much resemblance, the Escapist reported.

Beiswenger is seeking a minimum of $1.05 million in damages for 11 counts of copyright infringement, including all four core games, their spinoff games, the official encyclopedia, and the DC Comic book series, Venturebeat reported.

Worst of all for the fans of the franchise, Beiswenger is reportedly attempting to block the release of Assassin's Creed 3, due to be released this October, until the case is resolved, the Escapist reported.

Angry video game nerds have since gone online and posted terrible reviews of his book on Google Books, bringing down his average score to one star out of five.

The number of sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota hit an all time high in 2011, up 8 percent from last year, the Star Tribune reported.

Most cases were in teens and young adults ages 15 to 24, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Chlamydia was the most commonly reported disease with 16,898 cases, followed by gonorrhea with 2,283 cases and syphilis with 366 cases, the Star Tribune reported.

Everyone from the president to the defense secretary to the general population is condemning the soldiers pictured posing with dead Afghan insurgents, BBC reported.

The soldiers depicted in the 2010 pictures have not yet been identified, but they are from the 82nd Airborne Division, BBC reported.

Military officials asked the New York Times not to publish the 18 photos for fear that it would damage already shaky relations with Afghanistan. The New York Times agreed to an extent, but felt that Americans had a right to know about the incident, so they published the two least offensive photos that still got the point of the matter across.

Three Secret Service members, two of them supervisors, are leaving the agency to make way for the investigation into whether their shenanigans involving Columbian prostitutes caused a security breach, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Meanwhile, a joint effort in the house has requested that Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan provide members of congress with "a complete description and account" of anyone involved or who knew about misconduct by agents and officers on the night agents allegedly brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Eight other secret service personnel have also been placed on administrative leave, the Seattle Times reported.

After the virus Flashback exploited a weakness in Java in Mac computers and infected more than 600,000 computers over the last two weeks, Apple has finally deployed a detection an removal tool, the Washington Post reported.

The Flashback Trojan succeeded in creating a "zombie army" of remote-control Macs, but that number has shrunk rapidly, The Register reported.

The tools developed to fight the malware have been quite effective so far, with the number of infected computers dropping to 270,000 by April 6, Digital Trends reported.

A group of republican and democrat lawmakers joined business leaders Thursday for a push for Minnesota to require Internet retailers to collect state taxes, the Star Tribune reported.

State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says the state could expect roughly $4 million over the next year or more if purchases made through online retailers had Minnesota tax applied, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

With more and more small businesses suffering in the recession, it is frustrating for many business owners, such as the owner of Creative Kidstuff Roberta Bonoff, to see people come in, find what they like in the store, then go off to buy it cheaper on Amazon, the Star Tribune reported.

She told the Star Tribune, "If we can just level that playing field and make it equal for all of us, no matter where you are buying your product, that would be fabulous."

Deaths caused by Heroin in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka counties have almost tripled in the last year -- rising from 16 in 2010 to 46 in 2011 -- and sheriffs think they know the reason why, the Star Tribune reported.

More and more teens and young adults are getting addicted to prescription pills such as Oxycontin, and once those pills get too expensive to buy as regularly as they need, they turn to heroin, another cheaper opiate, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Even worse, the heroin making its way around the metro area right now has been tested by police at over 90 percent purity -- making the heroin far more potent than before and far easier to accidentally overdose on, KARE 11 reported.

Authorities are not calling the heroin situation in Minneapolis an epidemic quite yet, but it is a growing trend that they say they would like to stop in its tracks, the Star Tribune reported.

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was returning home from a television interview late at night when he saw the flames from a nearby house, the New York Times reported. Since the fire department had not arrived yet, he abandoned his security and went into the house, picked up a screaming woman, and carried her out of the house, the New York Times reported.

He and the woman suffered from smoke inhalation, and he received second-degree burns to his right hand, CNN reported. Still, he tweeted his followers ""Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."

Booker was once a college football player, and is known around his city for being a very hands on mayor: even shoveling during the blizzard that hit the Northeast in 2010, the Washington Post reported.