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Residents block request to film controversial HBO series in Minneapolis housing complex

Plus: Bloomington student arrested for ‘scary clown’ threat; child porn charges dropped against Hibbing priest; MCAD faculty to vote on union; and more.

1627 S. 6th St., Minneapolis
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

No “Mogadishu” here, thank you very much. Says Allie Shah for the Strib, “A controversial HBO series called “Mogadishu, Minnesota” will not be filmed at a Minneapolis public housing complex in the city’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood after all. Residents of the 1627 S. 6th St. building struck down a request to grant filmmakers access to their home, voting unanimously on Wednesday — 51 to 0. … The HBO team was also looking at another housing complex — the Charles Horn Towers on W. 31st Street.”

Well, there may be a plague, but they got ‘Kroacky Klown.’ Says Paul Walsh for the Strib: “A 15-year-old girl seized on the national scary clown craze and posted on Facebook a violent threat to residents of many Twin Cities communities, and police in one of those cities said they have arrested the juvenile. … Police Sgt. Mike Glassberg said his department received information via Facebook that Kroacky Klown posted: ‘Should I come to Hopkins and kill?’ The girl was tracked down and identified as being from Bloomington, Glassberg said.” 

Over at MPR, Hannah Weikel says this: “One of the largest school districts in Minnesota has joined others around the country in warning parents and students to stay away from the creepy clown trend sweeping social media. ‘Please remind your children to never accept a friend request from an unknown person (or clown) on social media,’ St. Paul Public Schools posted on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday afternoon. The district’s statement comes after a rash of threats from people posing as scary clowns on the internet and several sightings of them in the Twin Cities metro area.” But what do parents say about this orange man with cotton candy hair that keeps popping up on TV?

In the Duluth News Tribune, Tom Olsen says, “Prosecutors have dropped the remaining child pornography charge against a Hibbing priest who was found not guilty this summer of inappropriately touching four girls. A Hibbing jury in June acquitted Brian Michael Lederer on six counts of criminal sexual conduct. However, he still was facing potential prosecution on the felony child pornography charge, which a judge earlier ruled would have to be tried as a separate issue. In a dismissal letter filed Friday in State District Court, Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Jeff Vlatkovich explained that, at trial, the state would have had to prove not only that there were images of child pornography on Lederer’s computer but that the defendant ‘intentionally viewed’ the photographs.”

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Professor Norma Rae? MPR’s Peter Cox says, “Faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design are voting on unionization. Ballots are being sent out for a vote on whether to join the same Service Employees International Union Local 284 that also represents Hamline University adjunct faculty and is also attempting to represent University of Minnesota faculty. The ballots will be counted on Oct. 19.”

Be a shame not to see those 1,400 strikeouts. Rochelle Olson of the Strib says, “For the first time since the ballpark opened in 2010, the team is seeking to tap the Ballpark Capital Reserve Fund for structural improvements. The plan is to use $1.6 million to replace lights in the crown-like canopy with more efficient LED lights. … Hennepin County and the Twins have deposited annually into the capital reserve, but the Twins have thus far updated and upgraded the field with $19 million of their own money, adding a new scoreboard, gathering places and additional seating.”

The Strib editorial board has this to say about Tuesday’s VP debate. “Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was declared the winner by numerous pundits and journalists, primarily on ‘style’ points. It was enough for them, apparently, that Pence looked presidential — whatever that means — and was not rattled by a steady stream of attacks from Democratic rival Tim Kaine. But that is precisely what was so unnerving about Pence’s performance. When Kaine repeated well-known statements by Donald Trump about women as pigs, dogs and worse and about Mexicans and Muslims, Pence waved them off as ‘nonsense’ or just plain wrong, shaking his head repeatedly for effect. This even though Kaine’s assertions are easily proven … .” 

Uh yeah, this one was “True.” At PolitiFact, Jon Greenberg writes, “Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine brought the tense intersection of law enforcement and race into the center of the vice presidential debate. Kaine accused Pence of being afraid to confront the issue of bias in police, but Pence denied that he was afraid. Kaine pressed the issue with the story of Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot to death by a police officer during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. … Kaine is correct. The AP reported on June 9, 2016, that Castile ‘had been pulled over at least 52 times in recent years in and around the Twin Cities and given citations for minor offenses including speeding, driving without a muffler and not wearing a seat belt.’ The report also found that about half of the charges against Castile had been dismissed.”

Today in fiduciary news. Jeff Cox at CNBC says, “Wells Fargo’s reputation has taken a major hit on Main Street, and now Wall Street is jumping on the band wagon. Analysts have been ganging up on an institution that not so long ago had arguably the most pristine reputation of all the big banks in the U.S. … Fitch cut its outlook for the bank from stable to negative, though it said Wells Fargo still has a ‘superior earnings profile, strong liquidity and still benign asset quality.’”