St. Paul Caves to Uber, Falling for the Old Proprietary Info Trick

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When Uber "independent contractor" Syed Muzzafar slammed into a young San Francisco family in a crosswalk last New Year's Eve and killed six-year-old Sofia Lin, the company was quick to offer its sympathy.

But just weeks later, when the family filed a wrongful death suit, the app-based taxi-style outfit that hires regular folks to chauffeur washed its hands of the legal mess, claiming it didn't have to insure Muzzafar because he was an independent contractor, not an employee.


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City of St. Paul to Introduce Paid Maternity Leave for Employees

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St. Paul is poised to become the second city in Minnesota (after Brooklyn Park) to offer paid maternity leave to city employees.

A resolution that has the unanimous support of the city's seven council members "would provide four weeks paid salary to the birthing employee mother and two weeks paid salary to the non-birthing employee parent or adoptee employee parent," according to a news release put together by the city.

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St. Paul Police Release Chris Lollie Arrest Surveillance Footage

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Lollie (in red hat), confronted by three officers, including one wielding a taser.
Yesterday, the St. Paul Police department released two surveillance videos of Chris Lollie's rough arrest in the First National Bank Building skyway.

Though the videos show what you'd expect them to show in light of Lollie's cell phone footage, the St. Paul cop union took to Facebook to argue they "show that the officers involved handled the situation professionally and in accordance with their training."

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St. Paul Saints won't say what CHS is paying for naming rights at new Lowertown ballpark

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CHS Field as it looked yesterday.

It doesn't quite have the ring to it that Midway Stadium does, but at a news conference yesterday, it was announced that the new Lowertown home of the St. Paul Saints will be called CHS Field.

Inver Grove Heights-based CHS isn't a sexy company, unless you're into livestock feed and crop nutrients. But they did pay the Saints... wait, what did they pay for the naming rights after all?

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St. Paul makes major best bike cities list...

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St. Paul is getting serious about building a bike loop around downtown.
... and Minneapolis finished 37 spots higher.

But let's forget about that for a second! It's cool, for a change, to see St. Paul get some love as the 40th-ranked city in Bicycling Magazine's biannual Best Cities to Bike list, and we spoke to Anne Hunt, environmental policy director for Mayor Chris Coleman's office, to get some perspective on the exciting bike-related developments taking place there.

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Pioneer Press photog told to stop shooting in "private" St. Paul skyway

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Is this space public or private? It seems to depend who you ask.
:::: UPDATE :::: St. Paul Police Release Chris Lollie Arrest Surveillance Footage

Footage of Chris Lollie's controversial arrest in the St. Paul skyway raised questions about the public/private status of that area.

Though both the First National Bank Building's Facebook page and St. Paul city ordinance suggest the seating area where Lollie was arrested is open to the public, the experience of Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin supports a different conclusion.

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First National Bank Building asked folks to "enjoy seat" where Chris Lollie sat before arrest

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Lollie says he was sitting in the chair second closest to the camera in the picture at right when he was arrested in the First National Bank Building's skyway.
:::: UPDATE :::: Pioneer Press photog told to stop shooting in "private" St. Paul skyway

One of the controversies surrounding Chris Lollie's rough, racially charged arrest in the First National Bank Building's skyway is whether the seat he was sitting in when a security guard asked him to leave is in a public space.

A post on the First National Bank Building's Facebook page suggests it is.

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St. Paul police defend Chris Lollie arrest; lawyers question aggressive use of force

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Chris Lollie photo via Facebook
:::: UPDATE :::: First National Bank Building asked folks to "enjoy seat" where Chris Lollie sat before arrest

In the wake of the stir caused by the hard-to-watch footage of Chris Lollie's arrest in the First National Bank Building skyway while he waited to pick up his kids from school, the St. Paul Police Department took to Facebook in an attempt to justify officers' conduct.

Lollie, however, tells us the PD's version of events isn't accurate, and lawyers we spoke with questioned why cops would use a taser on a man alleged to have committed such minor offenses.

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St. Paul police shoot, kill suspect

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-- Update at bottom --

Around 6:20 this morning in an area of Plato Boulevard and Wabasha Street, St. Paul police shot and killed a suspect.

It's unclear at this point why police wanted to apprehend the man in the first place, but multiple witness reports indicate the man was throwing rocks and trying to punch officers before he charged at one of them and was gunned down.

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St. Paul police roughly arrest black man sitting in skyway [VIDEO]

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Lollie says he's fine with us using his real name and unedited mugshot (visible above).
UPDATE: One day after Chris Lollie's footage was released, the St. Paul Police Department defended the arrest, saying that they "have had a discussion with the man in the video and he was given information on how to file a formal complaint if that was his desire." Lollie said the police department's allegations of trespassing were false. Weeks later, the St. Paul PD released new surveillance video of Lollie's arrest, along with the official criminal complaint.

A cell phone video posted to YouTube this week shows a St. Paul police officer roughing up a black man who was apparently doing nothing more than sitting in the skyway, waiting to pick up his kids.

At 9:43 a.m. on January 31, police were summoned to the skyway in downtown St. Paul's First National Bank Building on a report of a man loitering. The video footage shows an officer asking the then-27-year-old man to provide his name.

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