Safety

Bringing peace to angry streets

Violent crime fell 14 percent in Minneapolis during the first half of 2008. Crimes by youth declined even more. ThreeSixty reporters examine why.

One day this summer I was walking to the store with my cousin, Porsha. When we got to the corner, a red car drove past, crowded with boys. Someone yelled, "Porsha!" and I turned and looked. Next, the driver got out, went in the back trunk and pulled out a big gun.

Without giving it a second thought, I turned around and jetted home, and Porsha was right behind me. Not until I found her on my front porch did she tell me that the gun the boy had pulled out was a paintball gun. I thought it was a real gun. When I ran in the house, not only was I unable to breathe, but it took me about five minutes to catch my breath and calm down.

Recently published statistics show that violent crime in North Minneapolis has dropped 17 percent so far this year and by as much as 37 percent since 2006. Though the numbers show positive improvement, incidents like the one between the boys and us show that there is still room for improvement, which is why the city came up with the Blueprint For Action.

Free speech and safe streets: St. Paul plans security for the Republican National Convention

With more than 3,000 police and $50 million in federal money, St. Paul officials plans to give protesters their due while preventing disruptions to the Republican convention this September.

Along West 7th, businesses await Republicans' arrival

Along West 7th Street in St. Paul, near the Xcel Energy Center, business owners and customers are excited about the Republican National Convention coming to town in September.

Patrick McGovern’s Pub is renting its facilities to Anheuser-Busch for private evening events all four days.

Keeping your information safe online

As more people join online social networking sites, the challenge of maintaining some privacy for information posted to Facebook, MySpace and other sites has increased dramatically.

More people are coming to realize that the information they post about themselves and others is by no means private. Earlier this year, students at Eden Prairie and Woodbury High Schools learned this when online photos of students drinking were given to the school’s administration.

There are ways to limit who can access your private information on Facebook or MySpace, however

Drink Knot

It was like a flag exploding, an electric mesh of red, white, and blue lights reflecting in the rearview mirror. My friend pulled his car over, seatbelts clicked, sweatshirts tossed to hide the evidence- the two cases of beer beside me in the back seat. I imagined I heard the policeman’s footsteps as he approached the car, ballpoint pin clicking ready to write a ticket and perhaps to take us to jail.

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A Turning Point in the urban battle against drugs

At Turning Point, a drug and alcohol treatment program on Minneapolis’ Northside, African-American men who’ve been hooked on drugs work to turn their lives around.

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Cameras and cops work to keep campuses safe

With video cameras, early-alert systems and increased patrols, Minnesota college campuses have tightened security in the wake of the killings at Virginia Tech.

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St. Paul Cops’ Best Friend

The St.

From Gangster to Helper

Summer workshop student Vance McCain profiles Will Wallace, who works in Minneapolis on a housing program for single fathers run by Pillsbury Settl

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Computing a New Direction

David Hiel and Sally Mahmoud collaborate on a story about Osiris, a computer training program founded by Bill Roddy and his wife.

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