Black Lives Matter Minneapolis’ page temporarily removed from Facebook

The perils of your free speech rights being moderated by a giant corporation. On MPR, Jon Collins and Tim Nelson write about Facebook’s removal of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis’ page on the site: “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is objecting after the group’s Facebook page was unpublished. … ‘Basically, they unpublished our page,’ said Miski Noor, the group’s spokeswoman. ‘They’re not indicating which posts or comments are a problem, or which community standards or terms are being violated. But they said we had the option to appeal the decision.’ … Noor said organizers suspect that recent online exchanges about St. Paul Police Sgt. Jeff Rothecker may be the subject of the complaint that prompted the page removal.” (The page appears to be back up.)

“Should”? WCCO’s Al Schoch reports on this weekend’s U.S. Pond Hockey Championships: “Organizers of this week’s U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis say the ice should be fine, even though daytime temperatures are expected to remain above freezing from the time the tournament starts on Friday until the five division champions are crowned and the coveted Golden Shovel is handed out on Sunday. … Because the area of the lake where the rinks are set up isn’t too deep, there isn’t much water movement beneath that would churn the ice from below. That means a thick, safe layer of ice.”

Erin Golden’s story about possible changes to Minneapolis’ animal code is interesting and all, but it’s worth it just because Strib photographer Jeff Wheeler managed to find a chicken named “Scarlet Johensson.” But on the more substantive issue: “It could soon be easier to become a backyard chicken farmer — and be legal to become a reptile owner — in Minneapolis. … Those changes are among dozens of tweaks to animal care and control ordinances now being considered by the City Council. If approved next month, the new codes would expand the types of pets that are legal in the city, eliminate a requirement that would-be chicken owners get signatures of support from their neighbors and help reduce the number of animals euthanized at the city’s shelter. Other revisions range from updated licensing fees to a ban on the use of bullhooks, the sharp tool used by elephant handlers in traveling circuses.”

Why doesn’t Uptown have a hotel, anyway? City Pages’ Mike Mullen mulls the issues: “Uptown Minneapolis is a swell place to catch dinner, drinks or a movie. But if you’re looking for a place to sleep, you’ll have to talk your way onto someone’s couch. Or into their bedroom. … Locating a comfortable crash pad could get a lot easier if plans go forth for a new six-story hotel that might arrive on West Lake Street. The proposal has divided neighborhood folks, who’ve taken to the internet to rally support — or opposition.”

In other news…

How many of Minneapolis musician Dylan Hicks’ sixty hink pinks can you solve? [The Paris Review]

Like craft beer but don’t think it’s expensive enough? Get ready to buy it at the airport. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Jorunal]

Bob Collins on the insanity that is the Arrowhead 135. [MPR]

The Northeast turkeys better keep an eye out: “Cool fox trots in Northeast Minneapolis [Video]” [City Pages]

Need a new source for local music? “DEMO turns up the volume for Minnesota musicians from the quietest place on Earth” [Rift]

Maybe Minneapolis-St. Paul isn’t a small market: “The Minnesota small-market con” [Baseball Prospectus]

What better way to honor her memory: “Target Corporation wins lawsuit over ownership of name and image of Rosa Parks” [Rolling Out]

Arrivederci: “Half-pound meatball unable to save Italian eatery Parella” [Pioneer Press]

#DraftJesse: “Ventura still toying with entering White House race” [Pioneer Press]

Cool: five planets, one sky [Minnesota Astronomical Society on Facebook]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/26/2016 - 01:48 pm.

    #DraftJesse

    The man still thinks someone cares what he does. Sad, isn’t it?

  2. Submitted by Greg Price on 01/26/2016 - 01:58 pm.

    Seriously…Jesse Ventura???

    Seriously…Jesse Ventura? The expatiate resident of Mexico/Minnesota???

    LMAO…!!!!

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