1. Minneapolis police chief top pick is 'reformer' from Newark: Mayor Jacob Frey has nominated Brian O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., to serve as the next police chief of Minneapolis. O'Hara, 43, is a former public safety director in Newark, who ascended to the role after 20 years on the city police force. But there are still a few steps the city will have to take to confirm his nomination. Read more.
  2. Many trapped in Florida as Ian heads toward South Carolina: The storm flooded homes on both of Florida's coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.5 million Florida homes and businesses. Read more.
  3. Jury selection begins today in former University of Minnesota student's sexual assault lawsuit against Chinese billionaire: Jurors will decide whether Richard Liu plied a University of Minnesota student from China with alcohol and raped her, as she claims. Read more.
  4. Virginia Thomas appears for interview with Jan. 6 panel: The committee has for months sought an interview with Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an effort to know more about her role in trying to help former President Donald Trump overturn his election defeat. Read more.
  5. Hennepin Healthcare earns national recognition for progress on health equity: The seven health insurers and two health care providers being recognized have excelled, the National Committee for Quality Assurance says, in everything from partnering with community groups to offering social resources that aim to address disparate health outcomes in racial and ethnic minority groups. Read more.

The Lowry Tunnel is getting a bath: How does one go about washing a tunnel? MNDOT shared this video of the Lowry Tunnel's cleaning process. Also be warned: Starting Mon. Oct. 3 thru Wed. Oct. 5, I-94 between Hennepin/Lyndale Ave. and I-394 will be closed overnight from 10pm to 5am while crews wash the tunnel. Watch here.

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'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dies at age 59: Coolio won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for "Gangsta's Paradise," the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film "Dangerous Minds" that sampled Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "Pastime Paradise" and was played constantly on MTV. Read more.


Vikings, Saints have different strategies for managing a game overseas: Tyler Williams' job this week is to essentially trick the body clocks of 53 Vikings players and their coaching staff into thinking a game in London is business as usual. Read more.

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An Obama Book That Cuts Obama Out of the Picture: On Barack Obama's last day as president, Pete Souza climbed atop a ladder and took a striking photograph of White House aides rifling through the drawers of the Resolute Desk to make sure the departing chief executive had left nothing behind. The resulting shot captures one of the most complicated presidential transitions in American history at an intimate moment. It is one of many remarkable images in "The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency," a new book by Souza, Obama's official White House photographer, that takes readers backstage at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read more.


Sept. 29, 2015: Phoebe Niz, 2, ran through the legs of a giant scarecrow into the arms of her mom Susan at Scarecrow Village at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. (Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune)