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Posted inHEALTH

How does long COVID affect Black and Latino people? A new University of Minnesota brain project will look for answers–a process that starts by changing who participates in COVID studies.

People of color are overrepresented among COVID cases, but drastically underrepresented in COVID medical research. (A major long COVID study this year, for example, looked at 100,000 people–96 percent of them white.) In new research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gulin Oz plans to use MRI technology to learn more about brain health and long COVID symptoms like headaches and brain fog. She’ll also be assembling a diverse cohort of Black and brown participants. “We don’t want to learn about long COVID only in the white population,” Dr. Oz says.

Posted inCULTURE & COMMUNITY

The secret ingredient is time: Minneapolis chef Gustavo Romero shares the family recipe that you won’t find at his hit Minneapolis taqueria, Nixta.

Gustavo Romero has turned Nixta into what might be the best Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis. Behind that success lies a belief that food starts with family and a commitment to preparing dishes by hand, with traditional ingredients. Romero told Sahan Journal and BIPOC Foodways how he—and, of course, his mother—prepares huauzontles: a dish too exacting to put on the menu.

Posted inCLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

Environmental justice advocates push state transportation department to go big on Rethinking I-94 project.

State officials say the Minnesota Department of Transportation will not pursue a federal grant this year that helps local governments replace urban highways. Two community groups have proposed different options for replacing a stretch of Interstate 94 that displaced St. Paul’s thriving Black Rondo neighborhood decades ago.

Posted inDEMOCRACY & POLITICS

What the federal charges say about how Feeding Our Future found an opportunity at Minneapolis City Hall

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges Tuesday against three political appointees connected to the Minneapolis Mayor’s office. The federal indictments also lay out new details of how a City Council member’s defunct nonprofit allegedly turned into a tool for the embezzlement of several million dollars.

Posted inPOLICING & JUSTICE

Mekfira Hussein defended her work feeding needy children. Prosecutors now accuse her of buying a Tesla and other goods with money intended for those kids.

Mekfira Hussein told Sahan Journal in early 2022 that her experience with hunger as a child refugee inspired her to feed underprivileged children. Federal charges unsealed this week allege that she used government money intended to feed such children on personal purchases instead.

Posted inNews

Federal authorities charge 48 people in Feeding Our Future investigation—allegedly ‘largest pandemic fraud in the United States.’

Following a sprawling eight-month investigation, federal authorities on Tuesday announced a wave of criminal charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $250 million from federal nutrition programs. The indictments, many connected to a nonprofit called Feeding Our Future, have implicated prominent local leaders in politics, housing, business, and education.