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March 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 24, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic
The deputy director and chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, Elizabeth Armstrong -- who has organized a slew of critically acclaimed exhibitions, including "Birth of the Cool: California Art," "Mary Heilman Retrospective" and three editions of "California Biennial" -- is moving to Minneapolis. Beginning in August, Armstrong will be assistant director for exhibitions and programs and curator of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Educated in art history at UC Berkeley and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
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NATIONAL
August 5, 2007 | Erika Hayasaki and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
Divers scoured treacherous waters searching for bodies on Saturday, stopping for a brief period when a rainstorm sent twisted metal, glass and debris whirling dangerously in the Mississippi River. Time ticked by too slowly for frustrated families waiting a fourth day for news about loved ones whom they had not heard from since Wednesday night, when the Interstate 35W bridge buckled, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 100 others.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2007 | Erika Hayasaki and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
Divers scoured treacherous waters searching for bodies on Saturday, stopping for a brief period when a rainstorm sent twisted metal, glass and debris whirling dangerously in the Mississippi River. Time ticked by too slowly for frustrated families waiting a fourth day for news about loved ones whom they had not heard from since Wednesday night, when the Interstate 35W bridge buckled, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 100 others.
NEWS
April 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Jeffrey Jamar has been named as the special agent in charge of the FBI's Minneapolis division, FBI Director William S. Sessions has announced. Jamar, 44, most recently was chief of the white-collar crimes section of the FBI's criminal investigation division in Washington.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2002 | Associated Press
The mayor tried to calm a neighborhood Friday that erupted in violence after a 10-year-old boy was hit by a bullet that ricocheted from a police officer's gun. Tensions between the community's black residents and police already were high after an incident last week in which police shot a 19-year-old black man who allegedly pointed a gun at an officer. The boy's wounding unleashed a torrent of emotion.
SPORTS
January 20, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
TRAVEL
August 14, 2005 | Jerry V. Haines, Special to The Times
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.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
February 23, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Arctic wind was howling down the frozen Mississippi River, around the giant Metrodome, focused all the way, it seemed, on a single house on 5th Avenue South--a house of straw. Inside, Sherri Simmons sat grinning, eating half a sandwich, sipping an ice-cold orange soda and watching the outside bluster in her stocking feet. "If it can withstand 35-below and wind, I'm good," she said with a clap of her hands. "Yep, I'm good to go."
NEWS
June 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,500 registered nurses from two Minneapolis-area hospitals set up picket lines after rejecting a contract offer they said did not provide for adequate patient care. Nurses at four other Twin Cities hospitals ratified contracts Saturday; nurses at a fifth hospital were still voting. Jean Ross, a 27-year veteran nurse who was on the negotiating committee, said nurses are overworked, with too few personnel to cover patient loads.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2002 | Associated Press
The mayor tried to calm a neighborhood Friday that erupted in violence after a 10-year-old boy was hit by a bullet that ricocheted from a police officer's gun. Tensions between the community's black residents and police already were high after an incident last week in which police shot a 19-year-old black man who allegedly pointed a gun at an officer. The boy's wounding unleashed a torrent of emotion.
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