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Friday roundup: Recruit testifies about jihad, king and queen in town, ethics for city boards

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: October 5, 2012 - 9:53 AM

Recruit describes jihad activities in Somalia: Abdifatah Yusuf Isse put a face on terrorism Thursday. Testifying in federal court, he described how he and other young men met at a Minneapolis mosque in 2007 and hatched a plan to return to their native Somalia and join a holy war. (Dan Browning and Allie Shah)

Planning commission's ethics review underway: Following allegations that members of the city planning commission have too much business before their own body, the city's ethics officer told commissioners Thursday that she is reviewing conflict of interest rules of similar boards across the country. (Eric Roper)

SWAT team leader's file opened by judge: Prosecutors will be allowed to see parts of the personnel file of Minneapolis police SWAT team leader David Clifford, who is charged with first-degree assault for an off-duty confrontation that seriously injured an Andover man, an Anoka County Judge ruled Thursday. (Paul Levy)

Swedish royal couple right at home in Minnesota:  King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia entered the American Swedish Institute on Thursday afternoon for the first stop of a three-day visit to Minnesota, their first since 2002. (Kim Ode) See the video here - note that their Majesties didn't grant any royal interviews, to us at least. Det är synd.

Streetcar corridor under discussion for Nicollet-Central: The idea of establishing a streetcar or "enhanced bus" corridor along Nicollet Avenue through downtown Minneapolis and up Central Avenue NE. is drawing residents to open houses where city planners are asking for opinions. (Don Jacobson)

Greenway options on display for North Side (Steve Brandt)

A little moral support for our embattled bike coordinator: An op-ed in the New York Times this week comes down on the side of Shaun Murphy, the Minneapolis bike coordinator whose habit of riding without a helmet earned him plenty of notoriety. Elisabeth Rosenthal notes that Europeans typically ride with their heads au naturel, with little evidence of increased head trauma. 

 

 

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