August 5, 2007 |
Jim Gribble plunged into the water surrounding the Interstate 35W bridge wreckage to help families awaiting word of missing loved ones. But that overarching intention was superseded by the rules and realities of a recovery diver, which all underscore a basic fact: Before you can recover anyone, you have to stay alive yourself. "One of the first things you notice down there is that you can't always tell which way is up. There is no sun down there to help you.
April 17, 2007 |
Muslim cabdrivers at Minnesota's biggest airport will face new penalties, including a two-year revocation of their taxi permits, if they refuse to give rides to travelers carrying liquor or accompanied by dogs, the board overseeing operations ruled Monday. The Metropolitan Airports Commission, which was responding to complaints about the liquor issue, voted unanimously to impose the penalties, which take effect in May. A large number of taxi drivers in the area of the Minneapolis-St.
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January 23, 2007 |
The former top candidate to replace Los Angeles County's retiring chief administrator has accepted a job with a Minneapolis foundation, officials said Monday. Sandra Vargas, former chief administrator in Hennepin County, Minn., was named the president and chief executive of the philanthropic Minneapolis Foundation, effective April 1.
November 29, 2006 |
A city panel recommended that Minneapolis officials fire Bonnie Bleskachek, the nation's first openly lesbian big-city fire chief, in the wake of firefighter lawsuits accusing her of harassment and discrimination. Bleskachek, 43, had earlier agreed to step down. But the city's executive council unanimously rejected a negotiated deal after a closed-door meeting. "She was pretty stunned, because it was a complete surprise," said Bleskachek's attorney, Jerry Burg.
December 20, 2005 |
An explosion rocked a building whose occupants had complained Monday of a natural gas odor. One firefighter was blown off a ladder and two others were briefly buried in rubble. Seven firefighters were hurt in all, but none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, officials said. The blast happened at a former gas station that was being used to disassemble computers for scrap metal. Firefighters shut off the gas and left the building open so it could ventilate.
August 14, 2005 |
JAO, an artist dressed in paint-spattered cycling gear, bounced before an easel set up in the bed of a bright yellow pickup -- her "artmobile" -- decorated with cartoon men with rake-like hands. While blasting a shrill police whistle, she did energetic warmup exercises to the high-adrenaline strains of Hungarian Gypsy music -- "the best music for speed painting," she said.