What’s making news in Minneapolis, reported by the Star Tribune’s team of city reporters. Send news tips to suzanne.ziegler@startribune.com.

Friday roundup: A Titanic letter, rally for Trayvon, police-backed bill advances

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: March 30, 2012 - 11:00 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

Feud clouds sale of Pillsbury's Titanic thank-you: A Minnesota granddaughter of Titanic survivors is irked. For the second time in five months, a letter her cigar-puffing Minneapolis grandfather penned on the deck -- and the stationery -- of the doomed luxury liner is going back up for auction just in time for the 100th anniversary of the ship's collision with an iceberg. (Curt Brown)

Senate passes bill to rein in police review: Measure aimed at curtailing the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority was supported by police union, opposed by the city. (Randy Furst)

5,500 dressed to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin: Thousands of people, many of them wearing hooded sweat shirts, rallied Thursday evening at the University of Minnesota to protest the killing of an unarmed black teenager last month in Florida. (Nicole Norfleet)

City okays demolition of duplex where hoarder lived and cats died: A duplex in northeast Minneapolis owned by a clinically diagnosed hoarder is being targeted for city-ordered demolition after it was found reeking of dead cats, animal feces and rotting debris to the point that neighbors couldn't go outside. (Paul Walsh, Eric Roper)

Stadium impasses vexes Dayton: He's "mystified" as to why the charitable gambling industry opposes plan to allow electronic pulltabs to fund Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. (Mike Kaszuba)

In other media:

Rabid bat found near Lake of the Isles: The Minnesota Department of Health is urging anyone who may have been exposed to a rabid bat found March 25 near Lake of the Isles to contact their doctor immediately. (Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal)

Man who swindled vulnerable immigrants pleads guilty (Gregory Pratt, City Pages) Star Tribune story on "Chris LaRiche" is here.

 

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