Internet Scandal Reveals Twin Cities Has Nation's Most Attractive People

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Miamians were initially named the best looking. Then the internet rose up like a really scary fish, scalding Travel + Leisure with criticism.
It all began so innocently. Travel + Leisure, the storied New York vacation magazine, had just released its latest internet list. "America's Most and Least Attractive People," based on a readers' poll, would bring a definitive end to the nation's most pressing debate.

At issue: which cities have really good looking people, and which towns are loaded with mutts.


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Society of Professional Journalists Calls Out KSTP for #Pointergate

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KSTP continues to get hammered for #pointergate

KSTP is still getting publicly pounded for #pointergate almost two weeks after the ill-fated segment aired.

Yesterday the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) issued a statement asking KSTP to disavow the story, calling it "fundamentally flawed and based on a faulty premise -- that a silly gesture made by the mayor in a candid photo amounted to a gang sign."

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#Pointergate Photos Point Fingers at KSTP

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Strib Wrestles with MN Department of Public Safety Over Cell Phone Tracking Documents

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The agency that interprets the state's public records law has weighed in on attempts to get more information about cell phone tracking devices such as StingRay and KingFish.

In a ruling Monday, acting administration commissioner Matt Massman opined that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety should no longer withhold its contracts and non-disclosure agreements with device maker Harris Corp. James Eli Shiffer, a watchdog and data editor for the Star Tribune, has the story on his blog, because he's at the center of it.

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Sen. Branden Petersen's cell phone tracking bill becomes law



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KSTP's #PointerGate: Reporter Jay Kolls Doubles Down and America Facepalms

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By noon Friday, #pointergate was the top trending hash tag in the entire United States. Vanity Fair called it "pathetic." Daily Kos called it the most racist news story of 2014.

If you don't know by now, it all started Thursday night when Jay Kolls of KSTP insisted that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges had flashed "a known gang sign" during a voter drive on the city's north side. The proof? A photograph of her and Navell Gordon, a volunteer with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), pointing playful fingers and smiling.

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Twitter Erupts After #PointerGate Story, KSTP Tries to Defend Itself



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Twitter Erupts After KSTP #Pointergate Story, KSTP Tries to Defend Itself

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The #pointergate picture, from KSTP's website

Twitter is blowing up right now over something happening in Minneapolis -- though it's definitely not for something good. It's called #pointergate -- and it's ugly, and probably racist.

It all started with a story from KSTP with the ominous headline "Mpls. Mayor Flashes Gang Sign with Convicted Felon; Law Enforcement Outraged." But the actual facts don't line up at all. It seems the picture was taken while Hodges was helping out with the community organization Neighborhoods Organizing For Change, and that "Convicted Felon" was Navell Gordon, a volunteer. And plus, obviously, it looks like a simple point. Not a gang sign.


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Who's Behind This Mysterious Anti-LGBT Ad in the Pioneer Press?

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The ad in question, from the Pioneer Press website

A bizarre new ad blasting homosexuality and using all kinds of weird religious language has been making the rounds in Minnesota's regional newspapers over the past few weeks.

The ad, flagged by the Minnesota news site The Column, ran in print earlier this month and online last week. From the mysterious organization "Concern for Children," the ad is strange mostly for the hyper-religious language, used to scare parents about the "dangers of homosexuality," we guess? (Though the ship seems to have sailed on that one)

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Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad


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The Revolt of the Third Party Candidates

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Another week, another third-party candidate fighting to debate.

Last week, it was the Independence Party's gubernatorial candidate, Hannah Nicollet, who said she was planning to sue Hamline University because it refused to let her into its October 19 debate. This time, the fight's over Green Party attorney general candidate Andy Dawkins. But instead of a lawsuit, the third-party candidates are teaming up to try to change the system.

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Independence Party's Hannah Nicollet Plans to Sue For the Right to Debate


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No, the University of Minnesota Isn't Saying Ebola Is Suddenly Airborne

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As worries over the Ebola virus have grown, the crazy stories have popped up right beside it (need we mention the ridiculous Ebola zombie hoax?). But a new one has surfaced, and it sounds just realistic enough to maybe be true.

"EBOLA TRANSMITTED BY AIR," reads one headline from the conservative site Breitbart. Political columnist George Will said the same thing. Interesting, both pinned their stories on the same source: the University of Minnesota. The meme has remained afloat in the weird world of the right-wing blogosphere, on sites like Town Hall and CNS News.

So should we be worried? In a word, no.

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Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken Aren't Happy About Lack of Ebola Screenings at MSP Airport


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Media Ethics Prof on Star Tribune's Anti-Trans Ad: "Readers Deserve An Explanation"

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This ad was paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, "A group of veteran religious right and tea party activists."
The Star Tribune created quite a stir by running a full-page anti-transgender ad in Sunday's paper, but when we sought an explanation from Steve Yaeger, Strib VP of marketing and public relations, he wasn't interested in talking about it.

"If you were doing a story on how media of all kinds (broadcast, print, digital) handle campaign and advocacy advertising, I'd consider how we could contribute to the conversation," he wrote in an email. "But I don't think that's what you're doing."

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MNGOPer's bill to restrict access to mugshots criticized as "poor policy" by journalism prof


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Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad [IMAGE]

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Yesterday, the Star Tribune upset many of its LGBT-friendly readers by running an anti-transgender ad paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League.

The ad urges parents to contact Minnesota State High School League officials ahead of a meeting later this week and ask them not to approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

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Star Tribune runs ads on behalf of polygamist Mormon sect


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