• ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’

    BY ED FELIEN K’naan came to town and caused quite a stir. Keinan Abdi Warsame, better known by his stage name K’naan, is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, musician and, now, screenwriter and director.  He is in Minneapolis to begin filming his HBO pilot next month, produced by Kathryn Bigelow, the director of “Zero Dark Thirty” (the film about […]

    ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’
  • Women in policing

    BY TONY BOUZA The NYPD I entered on 1/1/53 had a Police-woman’s Bureau (adopting the androgynous “police officer” came about 20 years later and the police union is still called “The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association” —a classic anachronism).  There were maybe 150 females in a department of over 20,000, and they overwhelmingly cooperated with the prevailing view that they’d be employed […]

    Women in policing
  • The mayor’s budget means higher taxes and more police

    BY ED FELIEN Mayor Hodges is asking for a 5.5% increase in property taxes for more police: “The investments I make in public safety represent more than 70 percent of all the new ongoing investments that I propose for next year.” She’s asking for $1,305,000 to hire 15 new officers and $1,093,000 to hire 20 part-time (15.0 FTEs) community service […]

    The mayor’s budget means higher taxes and more police

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