June 27, 2004 |
Light-rail trains began carrying passengers in Minneapolis 50 years after streetcar service ended. The first of the sleek yellow-and-blue cars rolled out after a morning ceremony in the downtown Warehouse District. The trains run only from the Warehouse District to Fort Snelling. Full service, which will extend to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and on to the Mall of America in suburban Bloomington, is scheduled to begin in December.
March 5, 2004 |
MINNESOTA Minneapolis and St. Paul bus drivers went on strike, forcing up to 75,000 riders to find other ways to get to work. City officials claimed credit for averting major problems by using nonunion drivers and alerting commuters ahead of time. "Things could not have worked out more smoothly than that," said Peter Bell, chairman of the Metropolitan Council, following a problem-free morning rush hour. Drivers hit the picket lines about 2 a.m.
April 11, 1995 |
To the uninitiated, the weathered saloon doors leading into the Dry Gulch cantina might as well be a doorway to biker hell. But they open into a world where private struggles for redemption exert an uncommon sway. Past a leviathan row of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, bikers with matted beards and arms the width of cordwood hunker over a bar piled high with street hog badges, decals and shirts. As cigarette smoke curls in the dimly lit room and Z. Z.
January 20, 1992 |
They have had 65 inches of snow here since October. And as recently as 24 hours ago in Minneapolis, it was 12 below zero. But as the Super Bowl XXVI tourists began arriving Sunday, a week before the kickoff, the sun was out for a while, and the temperature had risen to 25. "Isn't it a nice day?" Minneapolis host committeemen and women remarked, greeting all visitors. And nobody seriously disagreed. For, on Halloween eve, there was a 28-inch snowstorm here, and it could have happened again.
February 12, 1991 |
The black man had a gun. No, he didn't have a gun. He was shot in the chest. He was shot in the back. He was trying to escape. He was going to shoot. All that is known for sure is that the black man is dead, shot--it is now clear, in the back--by a white policeman. It is a street-corner tableau played out with chilling frequency in city after city, often with the predictable results: controversy, protests, calls for investigations.