What's On Today - Sunday

Media Groups Protest Restrictions For Federal Trial Of Ex-Officers Charged In George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom.

Citing the risks of the pandemic, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has restricted the number of people who may be in his courtroom for the proceedings against Tou Thao, J. Kueng, and Thomas Lane on charges that they deprived Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority.… Read more

CDC: kids w/ COVID at possible higher risk for diabetes

Ben Henry
Updated: January 18, 2022 10:19 PM
Created: January 18, 2022 06:53 PM

Kids who have had COVID-19 may have an increased risk of developing diabetes, according to a recent study shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study included more than 2.5 million patients younger than 18 – and according to the CDC, those who were part of the study that recovered from COVID-19 were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes a month or longer after inflection. … Read more

Hennepin County turns to dormitory-style housing to help address homelessness

Callan Gray
Updated: January 18, 2022 11:07 PM
Created: January 18, 2022 11:02 PM

An old approach to affordable housing is getting another look in Hennepin County. 

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) was popular decades ago but has dwindled since the 60’s and 70’s. The decline was due to new development and efforts to “clean up” cities across the country, according to housing experts.

“What that results in was a loss of this deeply affordable housing option for people who have very low incomes,” said Julia Welle Ayres, the Hennepin County director of housing development and finance.… Read more

The new ‘vaccine-or-test’ mandate goes into effect Wednesday

Alex Jokich
Updated: January 19, 2022 05:59 AM
Created: January 18, 2022 06:02 PM

Hundreds of businesses across Minneapolis and St. Paul are preparing for the new vaccine-or-test mandate that goes into effect Wednesday.

Customers age 5 and up in both cities will have to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry. The negative test must have been taken within 72 hours to be considered valid and cannot be an over-the-counter at-home test.… Read more

Updated Guidelines For Quarantining COVID-Exposed Kids Puts Some Parents In Tough Spot

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kids in child care may no longer have to quarantine, even if they’re exposed to COVID. The Minnesota Department of Human Services informed child care license holders last week that they no longer need to quarantine children or staff who are exposed to a positive case.

Providers will still have to inform families when there’s been an exposure, leaving parents faced with a choice of protecting their child’s health or protecting their jobs.… Read more

North Commons Park to undergo $21 million renovation

MINNEAPOLIS — North Commons Park, one of the largest parks in Minneapolis, is a staple of the north Minneapolis community. 

It’s been the site of community gatherings, basketball games, football games, and everything in between. But community leaders say the park could be so much more.

“The park was dated, and quite honestly, useless during a large part of the year, especially during the winter,” said Brett Buckner, a coordinator at Seeds to Harvest Coalition 

Buckner says community leaders want the park to compete with any community facility across Minnesota.… Read more

White Woman Loses Rhodes Scholarship After Getting Busted For Lying About Being Poor And Growing Up In Foster Care

Radcliffe Camera is pictured on September 20, 2016, in Oxford, England. | Source: Carl Court / Getty

In November 2020, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Mackenzie Fierceton, 24, won the Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. It’s a hard scholarship to win, but Fierceton was granted the coveted prize due to the adversity this brave young woman claimed she overcame. When the Rhodes Trust saw that she said she grew up in poverty and in the foster care system, that she was a survivor of child abuse and that she’s the first in her family to go attend college, it found her story so inspiring that the panel couldn’t think of a better candidate to be awarded the scholarship.… Read more

2022 Urban One Honors: A Photo Book Celebrating Some Of Black Music’s Most Important People

The annual Urban One Honors premiered on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, and was simulcasted on the sister network CLEO TV. The star-studded event celebrating Black Excellence, hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Ne-Yo.  Last year’s event, “Women Leading the Change,” highlighted the extraordinary contributions of women in business, media, health, politics, leading to impactful change within the Black community.

This year’s theme, “The Soundtrack of Black America” aimed to put the spotlight on artists both past and present who have left an undeniable mark in the world of music.… Read more