TSA officer alleges racial profiling of Somalis at agency’s MSP office

An investigation to keep an eye on. In the New York Times, Ron Nixon reveals: “A Transportation Security Administration manager here said he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency’s local office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties, a disclosure that quickly drew accusations of racial profiling. … ‘We are reviewing this complaint and will take appropriate action if there is evidence that any T.S.A. officer acted inappropriately,’ the agency said. ‘However, it would be unfair and irresponsible to infer or conclude that profiling is a common T.S.A. practice based upon a single interaction between one employee and his supervisor.’ ”

Batting a thousand. KMSP reports: “More than 14,000 criminal convictions in Minnesota from the 1980s through 1990s were reviewed to determine if DNA technology could exonerate any convicted felons. The results of that analysis were announced Wednesday morning in Minneapolis by Hennepin County Mike Freeman. … ‘No exonerations in over 14,000 cases reviewed,’ Freeman said.”

Not good. MPR reports: “While Minnesota’s count of 2015 HIV/AIDS diagnoses stayed about the same as 2014, new data show a worrisome shift in the portrait of those infected, including more needle drug abusers and African-born women. … There were 294 newly reported HIV/AIDS cases in 2015, compared with 306 in 2014. However, the number of cases among injection drug users rose 86 percent, with 26 new cases in 2015 compared to 14 cases in 2014, the Minnesota Health Department said Wednesday as it released the data.”

Today’s Prince news: CNN’s Jen Christensen on why the cause of death investigation is taking so long. The New Yorker: “Remembering the impenetrable genius, and musical achievements, of Prince.” City Pages summarizes 40 years of its own coverage of Prince. Wonder if the Trump slogan lasted longer up there: “Red Wing criticized for removing Prince symbol” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

In other news…

Things we learn: there’s a failure-rating scale for trees. “Governor’s stay only hope for Watson’s Mile Tree” [West Central Tribune]

Duluth not fond of Fond-du-Luth decision: “Designation may allow Fond-du-Luth Casino’s downtown footprint to grow” [Duluth News Tribune]

Maybe they just want to be the only ones with a rainbow logo: “Firm with rainbow logo won’t design rainbow logo for gay-friendly Fargo church” [Inforum]

Honoring the Twin Cities’ best athletes: “Four Lynx players on U.S. Olympic team” [Pioneer Press]

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