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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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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.
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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.
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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 But that overarching intention was superseded by the rules and realities of a recovery diver, which all underscore a basic fact: Before you can recover anyone, you have to stay alive yourself.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.
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
NEWS
June 2, 1990 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mikhail Gorbachev may be engaged in superpower summitry with a Republican President, but the moment he arrives in Minnesota on Sunday he belongs to the Democrats. Gorbachev will get only a six-hour glimpse of the American heartland as he and his wife, Raisa, stop in Minneapolis and St. Paul to lunch with Gov. Rudy Perpich and meet with business leaders before flying on to San Francisco.
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April 11, 1995 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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