Mall of America Heightens Security to Keep Out Al-Shabaab, Reporters

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MOA: When it's better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

When the terror group Al-Shabaab released a video this weekend naming the Mall of America as a potential target, Homeland Security took the threat seriously.

Shoppers, not so much. The Mall of America elected to stay open and business carried on as usual, only with increased security. There were no run-ins with actual terrorists, but at least one reporter nearly got thrown out.

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Bloomington Hears From the Protesters It's Threatening to Charge

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Ben Johnson
Supporters of Black Lives Matter meet for a debriefing session following the hour-long public comment period
Organizers of the December 20 protest at Mall of America and their supporters lined up at Bloomington's City Council meeting Monday to ask City Attorney Sandra Johnson not to file charges for illegally demonstrating at the mall.

They gave speeches -- sermons really, many who spoke were members of the clergy -- for more than an hour that were at times funny, sad, and packed with incredulity.


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Bloomington to File Charges, Seek Reparations From Organizers of Mall of America Protest

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The City of Bloomington is coming after the protest organizers' wallets
Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson told City Pages this morning she will file formal charges against "three or four" of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America Saturday.

Johnson said she will try to force the organizers to pay for all of the overtime Bloomington Police had to issue to keep the protest in check, but "there's no way" she could get restitution for store owners who were forced to close down for several hours.

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Here's Why Mall of America Is Considered Private Property

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Minnesota Supreme Court solidified the Mall of America's right to bar protests nearly 20 years ago
The main source of vitriol toward the protesters that disrupted shopping at Mall of America on Saturday stems from their violation of the mall's property rights. Property rights ranks right up there with abortion, gun control, and immigration among the issues most likely to get conservatives fired up.

When the Mall of America was built, taxpayers paid $186 million of its $700 million cost. Now with another $250 million in public money heading its way as part of a planned $1.5 billion expansion, many of those protesters think the mall shouldn't be considered private, forcing it to allow public demonstrations.

What they don't realize is that argument was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court nearly 20 years ago.

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Watch a Live Stream of the Black Lives Matter Rally at the Mall of America [Video]

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Tony Nelson
A scene from this fall's solidarity rally for Mike Brown in Minneapolis.
On one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the Mall of America is about to get a lot busier. Today, members and supporters of the Facebook group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis will gather in the mall's East Rotunda in solidarity with the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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Mall of America Braces for Huge Black Lives Matter Protest Saturday

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Tony Nelson
2,000 protesters are expected to pile on one of the most chaotic shopping days of the year

What happens when a national protest movement tries to disrupt a holy temple of consumerism on one of the biggest shopping days of the year?

Shoppers will find out Saturday afternoon, when a horde of protesters organized by Black Lives Matter tries to take over the rotunda at the Mall of America.

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Teen doing handstand on Mall of America 2nd-floor railing falls to first floor, survives

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A 17-year-old somehow escaped serious injury after plunging from the Mall of America's second floor to the first just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses reported that the teen was doing a handstand on a railing before falling, according to information from MOA officials.

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20 things we'd like to see in the Mall of America expansion

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The Mall of America is about to get a facelift... 14 stories, to be exact. For a mall that boasts hundreds of stores, a theme park, a sea-life exhibit, a movie theater, and countless other attractions, what's missing? Here are a few of our requests for the mall's expansion.

What would you like to see at the Mall of America? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Here's an exclusive rendering of the Mall of America's 14-story expansion

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Ground was broken today on the biggest expansion in the Mall of America's 22-year history.

THE BACKSTORY: Mall of America to undergo big glassy expansion

MOA spokesperson Tara Niebeling told us the image at the top of the this post is a rendering of the project she sent exclusively to City Pages. The new space will feature a 14-story JW Marriott hotel, an office tower, high-end retail, new dining options, a tourist welcome center, and a large event space.

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Mall of America to undergo big glassy expansion

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A conceptual rendering of the MOA expansion. An official told us more specific renderings will be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.
A Mall of America official confirmed this morning that groundbreaking on a $300 million expansion project on the north side of the mall will take place before March is through.

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The project will involve construction of a luxury hotel, office tower, an event area "similar to our rotunda," new retail space, and an underground parking ramp, according to Dan Jasper, MOA VP of public relations.

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