Minnesota terrorism suspects named

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger summed it up thus: “We have a terror recruiting problem in Minnesota,” reported the Associated Press [via CBS News]. “A criminal complaint unsealed Monday charges the men with conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. … The complaint states that Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19, Adnan Farah, 19, Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested in Minneapolis on Sunday. It also says Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21, and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, were also arrested Sunday in California after driving from Minneapolis to San Diego.”

Being in the majority ain’t all roses. The Star Tribune’s Allison Sherry looks at how an even-more-conservative U.S. House is causing trouble for 2nd District Rep. John Kline’s legislative agenda: “The Republican’s three-year legacy legislation, an overhaul of No Child Left Behind, has stalled in the House of Representatives because he has lost so much GOP support and failed to generate enthusiasm among Democrats. His education measure has been prominently panned, for various reasons, by Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an extremely popular Utah mom’s blog — all of which have whipped up fervor against it on the Hill.”

The U of M Psychiatry Department’s clinical trial practices attracted the attention of the New York Times. Katie Thomas writes of a trial for the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel XR: “The trial was paid for by AstraZeneca, the maker of Seroquel XR, and was conducted by Dr. S. Charles Schulz, the head of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Two of the study participants were living in a residential treatment facility for sex offenders and may have lied about their diagnoses to qualify for the trial. One of those men slipped the drugs to unwitting treatment center residents and staff, an alarming development that nevertheless did not seem to ruffle the university oversight board that is charged with looking into such episodes.

For the AP, Brian Bakst takes note of an undercurrent in the budget negotiations: a fight over executive power in Minnesota. “In their unfolding budget plan, Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team’s authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on the administration’s staffing.”

In other news…

Make it easier for people to spend money and they spend more. “Credit cards have boosted Minneapolis parking revenues” [Star Tribune]

WalletHub calls Minnesota the 4th most eco-friendly state in the nation. Here’s a map:

Source: WalletHub

Congrats to MPR News: It has won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the child sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. [MPR]

In 29 states, a majority favors same-sex marriage. 58% of Minnesotans back it. [Public Religion Research Institute]

Maybe Target should just start selling directly on eBay? “See outrageous Lilly Pulitzer for Target markups on eBay” [USA Today]

Finally, someone is asking the hard questions about St. Paul’s new Saints stadium: “When St. Paul Saints hit Lowertown, where will everybody park?” [Pioneer Press]

If drinking New Glarus is wrong, we don’t wanna be right.Undercover Sting Busts Minnesota Bar for Selling Rare Wisconsin Beer” [Gawker]

Retiring? Consider sunny Virginia — Minnesota. [MPR’s Newscut]

Nice to see a Vikings player in the news without the accompanying “charged with”: “Vikings prospect Babatunde Aiyegbusi has quickly become a media sensation” [Pioneer Press]

What the Legistlative Auditor’s investigation might mean for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board [Minnesota Brown]

All told, a pretty good 10th birthday party for Shakopee’s Mackenzie Moretter [KARE]

Minneapolis Mac nerd Ross Mackert turns old Power Mac G4 towers into “Appletini Bars” [Macworld]

Laura Ingalls Wilder fans rejoice: They’re printing more copies of “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” [AP via MPR]

Some typos are worse than other typos. [City Pages]

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