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Before his purple reign

Over the weekend, Prince fans flocked to First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and the musician’s home, venue and recording complex Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., to pay homage to the Minneapolis-born artist. 


‘Black lives matter’

Thousands gathered at the intersection of University and Snelling avenues in St. Paul on Monday to march 4 miles in protest of police violence against black people. The local demonstration occurred amid other protests nationwide marking the holiday in remembrance of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. The Twin Cities march ended at the steps of the state Capitol, where speakers called for racial equality and an end to police brutality.


'We are not a mascot'

Chants and drum beats rang out Sunday morning as hundreds of people marched down University Avenue Southeast in what some called the largest protest of the Washington Redskins’ name in the NFL team’s history. “Change the name! Change the name!” demonstrators repeated as they joined other groups protesting outside TCF Bank Stadium. About 3,500 people crowded near the stadium’s Tribal Nations Plaza, some of whom gathered hours before the Minnesota Vikings faced the Washington Redskins.


How the prosecution rests

Although they call themselves talentless, a group of University of Minnesota law students brought a sold-out crowd to its feet Saturday night with their rendition of an ’80s cult classic. Law students in the University’s Theatre of the Relatively Talentless performed in front of two packed houses at the Pantages Theatre this weekend, giving actors and audience members a break from studying.


Fire destroys three businesses near U

A large fire consumed a deli, a day care center and an auto body shop on University Avenue Southeast last week. No injuries were reported. The cause of the two-alarm fire that started late Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning is under investigation, but it seems to have started in the auto body shop, said Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel. Fire crews arrived around midnight and were still extinguishing hotspots at 9 a.m. on Thursday, according to a press release from Assistant Chief Cherie Penn.


Four Gophers sports sign recruits on National Signing Day

Men’s basketball The Gophers men’s basketball team inked two recruits from the Chicago area Wednesday. Alvin Ellis and Alex Foster each signed letters of intent. They are the first two recruits for head coach Tubby Smith in 2013. “Feels like a great day to sign!” Foster tweeted Wednesday. Foster, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Seton Academy in South Hollan, Ill., is ranked a three-star recruit and the 11th best prospect in Illinois by ESPN.


Al-Shabab men testify in terror trial

Two former al-Shabab members testified in the Omar trial Thursday and Friday about their travel to Somalia to join the terrorist organization. The men took the stand on behalf of the U.S. government in its trial against Mahamud Said Omar, who’s accused of helping a group of Minneapolis men travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab. The witnesses left Minneapolis in the first wave of departures in late 2007.



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