10/31 Morning Must Reads

Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

Burglar karma
This doesn't even need an explanation: "A St. Paul man tied up an acquaintance and recruited a friend's children to help him beat the man with a belt and table legs before he tried to sexually assault him -- all to retaliate for the burglary of the friend's home, according to charges filed this week in Ramsey County District Court." Happy Halloween!

Halloween nerds: Ghost hunters
Check out the story above, or for the lazy readers, check out the video:

The other side of immigration, facing life or death
From PiPress: Negussie Bussa and Leyouwerk Tsegaye must decide: Leave their two youngest daughters behind to an uncertain future when they are deported, or take them to the couple’s native Ethiopia where they fear possible death. The Roseville couple and their four daughters face the possibility of being split after federal courts rejected the parents’ asylum claims. The Bussas and their two oldest girls immigrated in the early 1990s and settled in the Twin Cities. The two younger girls, Biftu, 13, and Habi, 11, are U.S. citizens and can stay behind.

It's more than just the candidates asking for support
In just five weeks on Minnesota television, from early September to early October, a dozen independent advocacy groups spent more than $5 million trying to influence elections, according to the Star Tribune. That's about as much as Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken spent together during the same time. And since they aren't candidates, it tough to keep track of who is running them and where the money is coming from.

Cross-eyed drivers on Crosstown
Minnesotans don't like change. So when Crosstown suddenly switched lanes for exits, people were really pissed off. For more than 40 years, exits stayed as they were. Now they've completely switched lanes. The switch happened overnight, but the orange signs didn't seem to help distracted drivers.


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