Playboy Gets It Right About Catcalling [VIDEO]

Categories: Overheard, Scary
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Months after a Minneapolis woman published secretly-recorded videos of herself getting catcalled while walking the streets of the City of Lakes, a new clip of a woman walking around New York City by her lonesome and being relentlessly harassed by men has become the talk of the internet.

Many, of course, sympathize with the woman, an 24-year-old actress named Shoshana Roberts. But others expressed concern about the producer's choice to omit white men from the final cut, while Fox News personalities made a case that almost nothing in the video was worth getting worked up over. Host Bob Beckel even went as far as to catcall Roberts on the air, saying, "She got 100 catcalls, let me add 101... Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman."

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Drunk Santa Zombie Scares Bejesus Out of St. Paul Teens

Categories: Booze, Crime, Scary
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Photo via The Smoking Gun
Though he wasn't booked into jail, the St. Paul PD confirms that this is a photo of Johnson.
A 14-year-old boy was washing the dishes in his St. Thomas-area St. Paul home around 9:45 p.m. Saturday night when he and his 16-year-old sister got the scare of their lives.

Through the door suddenly walked a drunken zombie in a Santa Claus suit, later identified as Brock Johnson, a 21-year-old St. Thomas senior who had apparently been out partying on the night of the Zombie Pub Crawl and was so blasted he thought he was actually back in his Roseville residence.

See also:
Drunk 20-somethings break into St. Paul homes, steal bacon and ice cream bars


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Second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria reportedly had security clearance at MSP

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Abdirahmaan Muhumed pic via Facebook
Abdirahmaan Muhumed grew up in Minneapolis, but he became the second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria this summer. (We wrote about the first, Douglas McCain, a week ago.)

But perhaps the scariest aspect of Muhumed's story is what he was reportedly doing for work before leaving America. According to Fox 9, he worked at MSP cleaning planes and had a security clearance giving him unfettered access to the airport's tarmac.

See also:
Michele Bachmann is worried about Somali terrorists attacking the Mall of America [AUDIO]


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Man threatens to jump from I-394 bridge; ultimately talked off ledge by officers

Categories: Scary , Traffic
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Submitted to City Pages
Passersby took photos and video of the man as he hung over I-394 this morning.
This morning, traffic between downtown Minneapolis and the western suburbs was at a standstill as an apparently suicidal man threatened to jump from the Penn Avenue bridge over I-394.

The first reports of the incident trickled in around 6 a.m. Lanes in both directions weren't totally reopened for about three and a half hours.

See also:
Teacher jumped from Hennepin Avenue bridge hours after DWI arrest


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Coon Rapids man who died from Ebola in Nigeria was headed back to Minnesota soon

Categories: Scary
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Sawyer, pictured here with his wife, was quarantined on July 20. He died five days later.
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Last week, Minnesota came close to becoming the first place in the Western Hemisphere to experience an Ebola case when Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Coon Rapids man, was stricken with the disease in Lagos, Nigeria shortly before he planned to board a flight back home.

Though he lived in Minnesota, Sawyer worked for the Liberian Ministry of Finance. Witnesses reported that he started vomiting and had diarrhea during his flight from Liberia to Lagos, where he was headed for a conference.

See also:
Plot of Contagion comes to life as Minnesota woman quarantined on suspicion of monkeypox



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Madison hospitals kill birth announcements, cite fear of baby abductions

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The first of many Weird Wisconsin posts for 2014 comes courtesy of the Wisconsin State Journal, which announced yesterday the death of a traditional keepsake for parents.

Two hospitals in Madison told the paper that they would no longer provide birth announcements, citing a growing concern over infant abductions. (There's also a little something called lawsuits.)

SEE ALSO: Two more incidents in Minneapolis add to recent child abduction scares

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E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO]

Categories: Scary
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Jerry Lindberg on Twitter
Inhaling E-cigs might not be bad for you, but simply having one charging in your car can be dangerous.

SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session

Consider the case of local Christian author Jerry Lindberg, who shared the above photo of the inside of his car after his e-cig charger exploded.

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Bomb threat closes CVS Pharmacy at Franklin and Nicollet, but no bomb found

Categories: Scary
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This CVS is closed thanks to a bomb scare.
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Bomb threats sent via email and phone calls have prompted the closure of the CVS Pharmacy at Franklin and Nicollet avenues in south Minneapolis.

According to a WCCO report, MPD officials say employees at the pharmacy "received phone and email threats about a bomb in the business." The building has been evacuated and traffic through the Franklin and Nicollet intersection has been rerouted as officers investigate the validity of the threat.

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Duluth girl abducted by mask-wearing man

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Duluth police are asking for any help they can get in trying to find a 14-year-old girl who was abducted around 5:30 p.m. yesterday near Lincoln Park in the southwestern part of the city.

According to reports, the girl is an American Indian with waist-length black hair in a bun and "perfect white teeth." She has a stud piercing above her right eye and was wearing a green shirt with "Aero" written on the front along with white leggings, flip-flops, and a silver bracelet.

The suspect is also American Indian, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with black hair in a braid. At the time of the abduction, his face was covered by a black bandana, and he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a Chicago Bulls logo on the back. He had a baton in his hand.

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State officials' screwup leads to violent sex offender being dropped off on Mpls street corner

Categories: Scary
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Raymond Traylor
In April, 23-year-old Raymond Traylor arrived at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. His arrival there was the result of an emergency transfer from a regional treatment center in Anoka, where he bit two staff members, groped female employees, and started fights with other patients.

When he arrived in St. Peter, a doctor, citing "his extreme aggression," asked for court permission to treat him with "as many medications as possible," and two weeks later was given permission to administer electroshock.

SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of jail quicker

Four months later, Traylor is free. The reason? According to a Star Tribune report, state officials simply missed a deadline to file his 60-day progress report, which resulted in Traylor being unceremoniously dropped off at a Minneapolis street corner nearby the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center for homeless men and women.

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