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February 2, 2015
Yes, some people still want phone books

Yes, some people still want phone books

My Sunday column explored the waning of the White Pages, once indispensable, now disposable.
Blogs
January 30, 2015

Import of art treasures to Minnesota gets federal OK

A 50-year-old law assures lenders of art objects that they will get them back.
Blogs
January 29, 2015

Judge tosses lawsuit that sought secrecy for livestock farms

Judge Ann Montgomery said the agribusiness organizations that sued the EPA couldn't show any harm would be done.
Blogs
January 26, 2015

Bankruptcy judge rejects archdiocese's broad request for secrecy

Victims of priest sexual abuse can keep their identities secret, but Judge Robert Kressel rejected more expansive sealing of records.
Blogs
January 20, 2015

Child protection records: Here's what they want to make secret

This public record was used in Sunday's report about 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson. Should it be private?
Blogs
January 19, 2015
Montana city sues newspaper that asked for records

Montana city sues newspaper that asked for records

It's typically requesters that haul agencies into court, but the city of Billings turned the table on the Gazette.
Blogs
January 16, 2015
Feds curb police power to confiscate property

Feds curb police power to confiscate property

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder is ending a program that shared seized assets among states, feds.
Local
January 12, 2015

Flash-bang grenades under scrutiny nationwide

A ProPublica investigation examines the sometimes lethal consequences of police use of incendiary devices.
Local
January 12, 2015

The government's lost and found is self-service

HUD mortgage insurance refunds won't be found on the missing money database, the clearinghouse for unclaimed assets.
Local
January 8, 2015
Paris victims to be honored at Alliance Française in Mpls.

Paris victims to be honored at Alliance Française in Mpls.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a moment of silence at noon, at the Alliance's North Loop office.
Local
January 5, 2015
Big fines for MSP passengers over peanut squabble, choking of flight crew

Big fines for MSP passengers over peanut squabble, choking of flight crew

Two passengers on Minnesota-originating flights account for two of the top 20 FAA fines for unruly behavior.
Local
December 30, 2014
County to auction off abandoned grain elevator in Minneapolis

County to auction off abandoned grain elevator in Minneapolis

On Jan. 6, Hennepin County is holding a tax-forfeited auction with one white elephant, an abandoned grain elevator.
Local
December 18, 2014
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2009.

FBI files: Thatcher's 1992 Twin Cities visit raised concerns about violence by radicals

Newly released FBI files reveal concern about pro-Irish independence activists.
Local
December 17, 2014

Judge rejects St. Paul artist's bid to stop demolition of his house

Arjo Adams said his lawyer will now take the case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Local
December 15, 2014

The FBI's statement on cell phone tracking

I included part of the government's response in my Sunday column about how a records request got the FBI's attention.
Local
December 12, 2014

A sad FOIA Friday: Reform killed at last minute

If we needed any more evidence of Washington's dysfunction, here you go...
Local
December 10, 2014

At the 11th hour, FOIA reform in jeopardy once again

Special interests are intervening to block a bipartisan bill once again, and the House has only one day left to pass it.
Local
December 10, 2014

TSA photo album: The crazy things people try to take on airplanes

The Instagram of the Transportation Security Administration is a rogue's gallery of guns, knives, grenades, even a bazooka.
Local
December 8, 2014

Senate passes FOIA reform after Rockefeller's block lifted

Monday is the final day for Senate action that would still give the House time to approve the bill Thursday.
Local
December 8, 2014

FOIA reform blocked by one Senator, Jay Rockefeller

The nation's open government advocates are hoping to overcome Rockefeller's last-minute objections to a bipartisan bill.
Local
December 6, 2014

State agreed with FBI to keep quiet about cell-phone tracking

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released its records after the Star Tribune appealed their denial.
Local
December 3, 2014

Out of patience, St. Paul Council votes to demolish artist's house

Arjo Adams' attorney said the story isn't over, because he's filing legal papers challenging the council's action.
Local
December 3, 2014

St. Paul Council set to rule on demolition of Arjo's house

The St. Paul City Council will decide whether to move forward with the city's plan to knock down a "vacant" house.
Local
November 25, 2014

State must release documents on cellphone tracking

An advisory opinion found that the Department of Public Safety cannot withhold contracts in their entirety.
Local
November 20, 2014

Bill to improve FOIA advancing (gasp) in Senate

There's bipartisan support for a bill to improve one of the main tools of accountability for the federal government.