Mark Andrew bloodied by violent iPhone robbers at Mall of America [UPDATE]

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Mark Andrew physically resisted a robbery attempt at the MOA.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what Mark Andrew looked like after he was beaten bloody by robbers at MOA [PHOTO]

According to the Star Tribune, Mark Andrew, the runner-up to Betsy Hodges in November's Minneapolis mayoral election, was sitting by himself at a Mall of America Starbucks around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when someone grabbed his iPhone off the table and headed for the door.

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Andrew gave chase, only to be tackled as he exited the Starbucks by two young women -- one a teenager, it was later discovered -- apparently working in tandem with the robber.

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Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife on his MOA stunt: "It's not right"

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:::: UPDATE :::: Serge Vorobyov wants your cash to help him build money-shooting truck

Serge Vorobyov's ex-wife, Olivia, is none too happy about what Serge is saying about her as he makes the local media rounds and talks about why he threw $1,000 in dollar bills on the Mall of America's rotunda last Friday.

THE BACKSTORY: Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

"It's slander -- it's really not right," Olivia told City Pages yesterday. "If I had the money I would definitely sue the guy."

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Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

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Serge chills in the Fox 9 green room before a TV appearance this morning.
A longtime friend of the man who made it rain dollar bills on the Mall of America rotunda last Friday got in touch with City Pages and said Serge Vorobyov originally hoped the stunt would help him patch things up with his ex-wife, Olivia.

THE BACKSTORY: Serge Vorobyov makes it rain money on Mall of America rotunda [VIDEOS]

Toward that end, the friend, Al (he asked us to withhold his last name), provided us with a photo of one of the dollar bills Serge tossed. He said the same message was printed on each of them.

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Serge Vorobyov makes it rain money on Mall of America rotunda [VIDEOS]

Some might say Serge literally threw away his last $1,000, but he doesn't see it like that.
:::: UPDATE :::: Man who made it rain at MOA professed his love for ex-wife on each dollar he tossed [PHOTO]

On Black Friday, Serge Vorobyov, a 29-year-old Apple Valley resident, gave folks at the Mall of America early Christmas presents. He tossed $1,000 in one-dollar bills from the upper floor of the mall's packed rotunda while singers fittingly performed "Let It Snow" on the lower level.

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But Mall of America cops, playing the role of Scrooge, ended up citing Vorobyov for disorderly conduct for his stunt, which he says was meant to improve his karma after a rough year where he went through a divorce, lost his business, and wound up broke.

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Sarah Palin coming to Mall of America to sign copies of her new "War on Christmas" book

Will she be glitterbombed?
Vice Presidential candidate-turned-unintentional punchline Sarah Palin will be signing copies of her new book at the Mall of America's Barnes & Noble store on Friday, November 22 from 6 until 8 p.m.

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The book, entitled "Good Tidings and Great Joy," explores "the traditional roots and true meaning of Christmas," according to a press release. In other words, it's about one of the gravest threats confronting our civilization today -- the "War on Christmas."

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Mall of America unveils new logo, tagline [IMAGE]

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"The ribbons depict the multitude of the always fresh, exciting, and new experiences at Mall of America, which is the magic of the brand," a press release says.
After more than 20 years, Mall of America officials have decided it's time for a logo makeover.

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Yesterday, a press release unveiled the Megamall's new logo (visible above) and tagline -- "Always New."

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Mall of America's aphid population under attack from 72,000 ladybugs

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At the Megamall and broke? Take some ladybugs home as free souvenirs!
There are 30,000 air-purifying live plants, including 400 trees, in the Mall of America. And there are also thousands of aphids trying to eat them.

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So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ton of ladybugs into the mall.

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Bomb squad investigates suspicious package at Mall of America, finds no threat [UPDATE]

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The suspicious MOA package was found in a garbage can, just as the Boston Marathon bombs were.
-- Updates at bottom --

In the wake of yesterday's Boston attack, people throughout the country are understandably on high alert.

SEE ALSO: Boston Attack: Hennepin County judge finished race 20 minutes before explosion

That's apparent this morning at the Mall of America, where an entrance on the west side of the mall has been closed after a suspicious package was found in a garbage can.

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Idle No More flash dance brings more than 1,000 protesters to Mall of America [VIDEO]

Idle No More protests like the one at MOA Saturday are a response to the Canadian government's effort to abrogate treaties signed with Native communities.
Shoppers at the Mall of America on Saturday evening got more entertainment than they bargained for, as the mall's eastern rotunda was packed with more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of Native Americans, for an Idle No More protest flash dance.

SEE ALSO: Twitter sparks Mall of America shooting rumor; turns out to be false alarm

The Idle No More movement began earlier this month in Canada as a response to the conservative government's effort to allow the sale of land originally set aside for indigenous people, but has since spread to America and Mexico. A smaller-scale protest dance in the IDS Center's Crystal Court on Christmas Eve resulted in the controversial arrest of American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt. Bellecourt was also in attendance at the Mall of America on Saturday.

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Twitter sparks Mall of America shooting rumor; turns out to be false alarm

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In the Twitter age, rumors -- and panic -- spread quickly.
One year to the day after a violent melee at the MOA was caught on camera, folks listening to Dave Sinykin's drive-time show on KFAN yesterday evening got quite the scare.

Just before a commercial break, Sinykin's sidekick hit the breaking news sounder and relayed reports that nobody wanted to hear: A number of people on Twitter were saying there had been a shooting and mass panic in the Mall of America.

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Thank goodness, those reports turned out to be only half true -- there was a mass panic, but no shooting. After the jump, we take a look at a Twitter timeline of how the rumor spread.

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