Author: Brendan Janostin

Duluth Diocese reaches settlement with abuse victims

Duluth Diocese reaches settlement with abuse victims

The Diocese of Duluth has reached a settlement with dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests.  The attorney of the 125 claimants says the agreement requires the Diocese to pay the victims $40 million dollars and release the files of 37 priests who have been credibly accused.  the settlement requires the Diocese and other Catholic […]

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MN rep. Ilhan Omar: Noor conviction ” an important step towards justice.”

MN rep. Ilhan Omar: Noor conviction ” an important step towards justice.”

Minnesota rep. Ilhan Omar said the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond is “an important step towards justice” and a victory in the fight against police brutality.  But Omar also pointed out on twitter wednesday that Noor’s conviction comes after numerous acquittals of white officers who killed people of color.  […]

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Julian Assange Sentenced

Julian Assange Sentenced

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been sentenced by British judge to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail in 2012.  Judge Deborah Taylor said Assange merited the near maximum sentence because of the seriousness of his crime.  Supporters of Assange chanted “shame on you” at the judge as Assange was led away.

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Minnesota high school graduation rates highest on record

Minnesota high school graduation rates highest on record

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, about 83 percent of high school seniors graduated last year – the highest graduation rate on record.  It’s up one-half of a percentage point from 2017, although major disparities remain between white students and students of color.  Education officials have set a statewide goal of 90 percent student graduation in 2020, with no […]

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North Star Grand Prix in jeopardy

North Star Grand Prix in jeopardy

The North Star Grand Prix, a multi-day festival launched nearly 20 years ago in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area may be cancelled this year.  The organizers have turned to crowdfunding after failing to obtain sufficient sponsorship. Their GoFundMe page seeks to raise $200,000 in order to hold the race this year.

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MOA child remains under sedation

MOA child remains under sedation

The parents of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown off a third floor balcony in the Mall of America say the public’s “prayers are working”.  The family says Landen Hoffman, who is currently under sedation, “has an important week ahead with more milestones to accomplish.” Mac Hammond, a pastor at a church attended by Hoffman’s grandparents, said during Easter service […]

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Samsung’s new folding phones breaking in days

Samsung’s new folding phones breaking in days

Samsung’s new $2,000 phone is breaking after only a few days of use.  Journalists who received the phone before its official launch say the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black and completely fizzling out, while others removed a protective layer from the screen that was supposed to stay.  Samsung did not immediately comment.  The long-awaited phone goes on […]

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Trial date set for Florida clown killer

Trial date set for Florida clown killer

A trial date has been set for Shelia Keen-Warren, who is accused of fatally shooting the woman married to her current husband while dressed as a clown.  According to officials, then-wife Marlene Warren was shot in the face in May 1990 by a clown delivering carnations and balloons.  Keen-Warren Denies the killing, and her husband, Micheal Warren, has not been […]

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Bus crash in Portugal kills 28

Bus crash in Portugal kills 28

Portuguese officials say a four bus crash has killed 28 people, mostly German tourists.  Local mayor Filipe Sousa said the victims included 17 women and 11 men in a statement to cable news channel SIC.  Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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Tim Walz confident in new energy plan

Tim Walz confident in new energy plan

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley say they’re confident Minnesota can achieve the governor’s goal of getting 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050.  Kelley says that unless there’s a radical change in technology in the coming decades, it’s unlikely to be cost effective to invest in new nuclear plants in Minnesota.  Walz and Kelley made the remarks […]

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