Guilty verdict in Minnesota terrorism trial

The GleanGuilty. MPR reports: “A federal jury has found three men guilty of plotting to join the terror group ISIS and commit murder overseas. … Guled Omar, 21, and Mohamed Farah, 22, were found guilty on all charges. … Abdirahman Daud, 22, was found guilty on all terror counts, but not guilty of lying to a grand jury. … Family members sobbed upon hearing the verdicts. Plotting to commit murder overseas is a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.”

And the Vikings know a thing or two about garish. The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson reports: “The Minnesota Vikings and Wells Fargo were in a federal courthouse again Friday in their ongoing feud over raised, illuminated signs on top of the 17-story Wells Fargo towers neighboring the new U.S. Bank Stadium. … ‘U.S. Bank is part of a comprehensive public-private partnership to redevelop the Downtown East area that was over 12 years in the making,’ a memo by Vikings’ lawyer Kevin Coan said in legal documents filed before the hearing. … Now instead of the ‘sophisticated and well-integrated design’ the Vikings envisioned, viewers will see Well’s Fargo’s ‘garish, opportunistic, illuminated and unlawful signs,’ the memo said.”

The Washington Post’s Daily 202 column takes a look at the race in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. James Hohmann writes: “In late March, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee commissioned an internal poll that showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 22 points (46 percent to 24 percent) in the district. Clinton led among women by 27 points and among likely independent voters by 28 points. Seven in 10 of the district’s voters held an unfavorable view of The Donald, though this was more than a month before he became the presumptive nominee. … Operatives from the D.C.-based committee presented the numbers to Terri Bonoff, a pro-business Democrat who has represented a competitive state Senate district in the upscale Minnetonka area for 11 years. She resisted earlier entreaties to run. ‘It really was a big factor,’ she told the 202 in an interview here. ‘When the DCCC came to me and showed me those numbers, it made me realize how concerned people are. That inspired me.’

In light of the recent controversy with U of M wrestlers and Xanax, the Pioneer Press’ John Shipley shares another story of a college athlete whose career was disrupted by the drug: “Aaron Dimler was on his way. The captain of his football team at Roseville High School, he had a job, a long-term girlfriend and a scholarship worth $240,000 to study and play football at Macalester. … Then he started taking Xanax. … When he saw that University of Minnesota wrestlers might be involved in a ring to buy and sell the same anti-anxiety drug he was abusing, Dimler chose to speak up.  … ‘I thought I was an anomaly — a college athlete that screwed up my football career and my school career by using drugs,’ he said this week. ‘But when I saw that, I knew it wasn’t just me. I knew it was a bigger problem.’

The Hennepin County Sheriff is watching. Researcher and activist Tony Webster published his investigation into Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office’s investment into cutting edge facial recognition technology: “SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS have become a ubiquitous part of urban life: lamp posts, traffic signals, building corners, dash cams; they’re impossible to avoid. But in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s hopes for the future, these networks of cameras—possibly including privately owned cameras—could soon use real-time automatic facial recognition to create a database of everywhere you go. … Since 2013, inmates booked into the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis have had three-dimensional maps of their facial features involuntarily enrolled into a facial recognition database using software from Cognitec, a German R&D firm. Facial recognition technology uses algorithms to measure and analyze relative sizes, shapes, and positions of an individual’s facial features for later identification and comparison.”

In other news…

Watching people attempt to cram their oversized carry-ons under the seat in front of them in order to avoid exorbitant baggage fees is all the entertainment we need, thank you very much: “Delta becomes only U.S. airline to offer all in-flight entertainment for free” [Delta]

Probably the start of a trend: “New York couple moves to Minneapolis to watch Minnesota Lynx” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

If you build it: “Canaries hope the journey to profitability is almost over” [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]

Just FYI: “How to Prove You’re Related to Prince and How His Estate May Be Sliced Up” [Billboard]

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