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Wednesday roundup: Public housing security, sophomore ban at prom, school board race

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: May 16, 2012 - 10:08 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

Security cuts hit public housing in city: Some 200 public housing resident volunteers have supplanted many of the guards at 30 public housing city high-rises as a result of a 59 percent cut in security guard hours ordered by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The cuts, which began March 2, were instituted over the protest of 1,000 residents citywide who signed petitions. (Randy Furst)

Sophomores banned from Southwest prom: Students say the school's decision this year to enforce its no-sophomore policy has left as many as 17 couples banished from the "Paint the Night Away" prom at Walker Art Center. Those students and their parents are crying foul because the school let some sophomores into the prom last year. (Steve Brandt)

Four seek southwest seat on school board: The distinction that's crucial to winning election to the Minneapolis school board will be bestowed this weekend at a DFL endorsing convention, with four seats in play but with the contest for the new Southwest seat drawing most of the attention. (Steve Brandt)

City-making guru hits Hennepin Avenue: A drizzly morning excursion last week with Charles Landry was part of “Plan-It Hennepin,” a year-long project funded by a National Endowment for the Arts to rethink Minneapolis’ cultural corridor. Speaking with the lilt of his native London, Landry joined Minneapolis art, architecture and government leaders on a bus trip to survey the avenue from the Mississippi River to the Walker Art Center. (Eric Roper)

Memorial unveiled to Park Police officer killed in line of duty (Paul Walsh)

Robber of Dunn Bros in Uptown gets 25-year sentence: (Paul Walsh)

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