MPD Chief gives pitch for more officers

In a three-hour public safety meeting at the Minneapolis City Council, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo laid out reasons why he believes increasing the number of MPD officers will reduce crime. By the year 2025, Arradondo believes MPD should increase from 600 patrol officers to 1000. "Because our staffing needs have not been properly addressed over many years. It has resulted in our current MPD resources being strained to capacity, and quite frankly we are hemorrhaging," Arradondo said. Over the last 12 months, MPD had no available officers to send to top-priority 911 calls 1251 times, Arradondo said. Some community members attending the hearing agreed during the public comment portion. But others asked the council members to concentrate on providing resources to solve root causes of crime, like joblessness. 

Verify: No, FaceApp doesn't send all of your photos to Russia

FaceApp brings privacy concerns but is it any riskier than other apps?

FaceApp is in the news again as the #FaceAppChallenge has millions online applying an age filter to their photos. But a rising number of comments are raising concerns. They say FaceApp is uploading users' photos and data without their knowledge and there are mentions of nefarious Russian ties. Lots of people have these questions: Are FaceApp users unwittingly giving the app access to all their photos and data? Is FaceApp run by a Russian company? Should FaceApp users be concerned? The Verify team found these answers: 

  • No, FaceApp users are not having all their photos and data taken and uploaded by the app. Users do agree to a Terms of Service agreement when they open the app that gives FaceApp a lot of rights to the photos users upload, but they don’t apply to everything on your phone.
  • Yes, FaceApp is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia. 
  • FaceApp users may have reason to be concerned if they didn’t realize the app was uploading some of their photos and had rights to share and save them. But, FaceApp’s photo sharing and storing isn’t much different than other popular apps like SnapChat and Facebook. So if users are OK with those apps, there’s no reason or evidence to treat FaceApp differently.

Minneapolis just shy of top 10 'Best Big Cities'

Minneapolis Skyline
The late afternoon sun shines in this aerial view over the Minneapolis skyline.
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When it comes to finding a place to put down roots, lots of Americans pick city living. Not all cities are created equal, as illustrated by the latest survey from WalletHub. The 2019 'Best Big Cities to Live In' study found that Minneapolis is the 12th best big city in the U.S. to call home. To create their list, WalletHub compared 62 of the biggest cities in the country (those with more than 300,000 people), based on 56 "key indicators of attractiveness." According to WalletHub, their "five key dimensions" were affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety.

Here's how Minneapolis ranked across the board:

  • Affordability: 33
  • Economy: 14
  • Education and Health: 11
  • Quality of Life: 13
  • Safety: 33