Green Line train kills Shana Buchanan, controversial Twin Cities attorney

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Emergency personnel gather at the scene of Sunday's accident.
-- Update at bottom --

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed this morning that the woman killed by a Green Line train around 10:15 a.m. Sunday is Shana Gail Buchanan, a controversial Twin Cities attorney who we wrote about back in 2012.

Buchanan, 42, reportedly tried to cross the tracks near the Westgate station when she was struck by an eastbound train. Warning lights were flashing and a warning bell was ringing, but Buchanan might not have heard it, as she was wearing headphones at the time.

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Fugitive Ty Hoffman, suspect in Kelly Phillips murder, allegedly robbed Blaine bank

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Guy Still
Surveillance footage from the bank robbery (left); a photo of Hoffman (right).
Three weeks after he allegedly murdered his onetime romantic and Lush business partner Kelly Phillips, Ty Hoffman, it appears, is still in the Twin Cities metro area.

Surveillance footage from a Blaine TCF Bank shows a man who looks just like Hoffman robbing the place around 2 p.m. on Sunday. The car Hoffman was driving the day of Phillips's brutal murder at an Arden Hills gas station was found in Blaine, and authorities' searches for Hoffman have focused on the area surrounding the Blaine airport.

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Minneapolis approves $130,000 for tasers

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While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.

On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with the corresponding numbers of batteries, holsters, and warranties.

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Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

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Jesse Marx
U.S. Sen. Al Franken at the Broadway Day Block Party
Saturday's Broadway Day Block Party was an opportunity for north Minneapolis to celebrate the end of summer and bask in its cultural goodness. Community organizers enlisted new recruits, musicians wailed, and the hungry salivated over roasted cayenne-peppered corn.

It was, in some ways, a miniature version of the Minnesota State Fair with one notable constant: the presence of U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

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First National Bank Building asked folks to "enjoy seat" where Chris Lollie sat before arrest

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Lollie says he was sitting in the chair second closest to the camera in the picture at right when he was arrested in the First National Bank Building's skyway.
One of the controversies surrounding Chris Lollie's rough, racially charged arrest in the First National Bank Building's skyway is whether the seat he was sitting in when a security guard asked him to leave is in a public space.

A post on the First National Bank Building's Facebook page suggests it is.

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Comment of the Day: What St. Paul ordinance says about Chris Lollie's arrest

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Today's comment of the day goes to A_Concerned_Citizen, who provides some nice legal analysis of Chris Lollie's controversial arrest in a St. Paul skyway.

Citing a St. Paul ordinance, Citizen argues a First National Bank Building security guard had no legal basis for asking Lollie to leave his skyway seat, and therefore, police had no basis for getting involved either.

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Mpls approves Southwest LRT, paving way for legislature to wrangle over funding

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A map of the Southwest LRT line's proposed route.
Today, the Minneapolis City Council followed its counterparts in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in approving the proposed alignment of the Southwest LRT line.

After years of city-level wrangling, the 9-3 vote (council members Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon, and Lisa Goodman voted 'no') paves the way for the drama to shift to the legislature next year, as the state still needs to figure out how to fund 10 percent of the $1.653 billion public works project, which is the most expensive in state history.

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Clyde Bellecourt says U of M is "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues

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Bellecourt speaks during yesterday's news conference.
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media wants the University of Minnesota to prohibit the Washington NFL team from playing on campus at TCF Bank stadium on November 2 unless the team changes its nickname.

But U officials, citing the terms of its lease with the Vikings, say they don't have the authority to do that. Their stance prompted Clyde Bellecourt, a founding member of the coalition, to call everyone at the U from President Eric Kaler on down "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues during a news conference yesterday.

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St. Paul police defend Chris Lollie arrest; lawyers question aggressive use of force

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Chris Lollie photo via Facebook
:::: UPDATE :::: First National Bank Building asked folks to "enjoy seat" where Chris Lollie sat before arrest

In the wake of the stir caused by the hard-to-watch footage of Chris Lollie's arrest in the First National Bank Building skyway while he waited to pick up his kids from school, the St. Paul Police Department took to Facebook in an attempt to justify officers' conduct.

Lollie, however, tells us the PD's version of events isn't accurate, and lawyers we spoke with questioned why cops would use a taser on a man alleged to have committed such minor offenses.

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Protestors of all colors demand prosecution of Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown

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All photos by Jesse Marx
By 6 p.m., the rain has dissipated. Hundreds of protestors are gathering outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday to demand the prosecution of a white Ferguson, Missouri, cop named Darren Wilson. And as they do, a black security guard leaves his post and steps briefly outside.

"If I weren't working," he says, "I'd be out here, too."

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