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Metro Transit – ABRT “D” Line to travel faster, less stops on Chicago Av

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

Do you, like so many other Phillips residents, ever have occasion to ride Metro Transit’s “legendary 5”, the Chicago Ave. bus? If so, do you dread the long, slow

ride with stops every single block, the overcrowding, the likelihood of having to listen to yet another belligerent commuter who may or may not happen to be drunk or high?

Well, the Met Council has a proposal for you! It’s called the D Line and it promises a 20-25 percent faster ride using all articulated buses with three doors each for more comfort and easier boarding and alighting. Fare payments will work like they do on light rail; you will tap your GoTo Card or buy a ticket before you get on the bus. That means less having to listen to someone argue with the driver about the fare. If they don’t pay, any confrontation will be with the Transit Police, who usually take the person off the bus or train to deal with them.

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Preservation group pressures City and State rescue

COURTESY MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY | The fence in the background is the fence surrounding the old trolley barns on 21st and Lake. Notice the dirt roads for maintenance carts and, in their day, the old horse-drawn hearses.

After 7,000 bodies were exhumed and moved from disheveled cemetery

By SUE HUNTER WEIR
154th in a Series

In April 1919, the Minneapolis City Council voted to close Layman’s Cemetery to future burials. What followed was the most chaotic period in the cemetery’s history. It was a time when tall tales and extravagant claims were picked up and repeated in the newspapers. It was a time when the editorial pages of the local newspapers published dozens of letters from citizens arguing in favor of protecting the cemetery and from those who argued that the land should be cleared for commercial development or for recreational uses.

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HHH Class uses “Jumper Cables” to boost The Alley Transition

SUSAN ANN GUST /ALLEYNEWS

By SUSAN ANN GUST

The Alley Newspaper’s key volunteers/leadership are elated to have spent Saturday, Feb. 3 with 13 amazing graduate students from the U of M Humphrey Institute in a class called “Stakeholders Skills for Policymakers and Planners”. The Public Affairs class is taught by Wendy Wustenberg and Lee Munnich. We learned a lot and received a lot of terrific ideas for planning for the transition of the editorship, exploring new ideas for organizational models, financial sustainability while staying true to the idea of lifting the voices of the Phillips Community. Look for updates in the April issue and/or get involved in helping to keep The Alley going!

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc. – March 2018

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The EPIC Report – March 2018

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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – March 2018

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Movie Corner

By HOWARD MCQUITTER II

“Hostiles”

(2018) Western/Adventure/Drama/Action

Entertainment Studio Motion Pictures

4/5 stars

The western genre is rare nowadays, director Scott Cooper’s (“Crazy Horse”, “ Black Mass”, Out of the Furnace”) puts more a little meat into this western/adventure story. The film is served well by the cast — Christian Bale (Joseph J. Blocker), Wes Studi (Chief Yellow Hawk), Adam Beach Black Hawk), Rory Cochrane Metz) and Rosamund Pike (Rosalie Quaid). Set in 1892, during the presidency of Benjamin Harrison (the 23rd president of the United States), Captain J. Blocker reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands from Fort Berringer,  an Army outpost in New Mexico, to the land in Montana. However, the journey has many dangers. In some ways, “Hostiles” is similar to Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976). Running times for “Hostiles” is 135 minutes.

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Recommended 2017 Films by Women Directors

By HOWARD MCQUITTER II

“Detroit”
Director: Kathryn Bigelow.
Country: USA.
Language: English.
Running time: 143 minutes.
Genre: Drama/Biography. (R)

“Wonder Woman”
Director: Patty Jenkins.
Country: USA.
Languages: English/German/Dutch/French/Spanish/Chinese/Greek.
Running time: 141 minutes.
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure.
(PG-13)

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Recommended Women Directors from 36th Annual Mpls/St. Paul Film Festival

By HOWARD MCQUITTER II

“Everything Else”
Director: Natalia Almada.
Country: Mexico, USA, France.
Languages: Spanish in English subtitles.
Running time:90 minutes.
Genre: Drama.

“The Truth Beneath”
Country: South Korea.
Languages: Korean in English subtitles.
Running time: 102 minutes.
Genre: Drama/Crime/ Mystery.

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St. Patricks Fire

PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL/SEMILLA CENTER FOR ARTS AND HEALING | Marchers on Palm Sunday 2017 at corner of Bloomington and Lake Street in front of Semilla whole wall ceramic mural.

By PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

Would you willingly go back to the land where you were enslaved?  That’s what St. Patrick did, in 432 C.E. He was a Roman citizen of Britain, and captured by slave traders when he was 16. He spent years herding sheep in County Antrim, escaped after a dream back to his family and then after another dream, decided to go back to Ireland to preach. According to legend, on the night before Easter, he lit a fire on the Hill of Tara in County Meath, which was the seat of the high king of Ireland, Laoghaire. That was the province of the high king to decide when and where the sacred fire was lit, but—again, according to legend—Laoghaire was so impressed with Patrick that he gave him permission to go throughout the whole land.

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