- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Robbinsdale chief resigns after prostitution sting

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - The Robbinsdale police chief has resigned, about a month after he was arrested in a prostitution sting in Coon Rapids.

The city of Robbinsdale says in a statement that it learned Saturday of Chief Steven Smith’s arrest.

Smith was among 10 people arrested Feb. 20 and cited for hiring and engaging in prostitution after police in Coon Rapids conducted a sting at a private residence.

Robbinsdale Mayor Regan Murphy tells WCCO-AM that Smith submitted his resignation to the city manager Saturday afternoon.

Murphy said Smith made “lots of important contributions to Robbinsdale,” but “at the end of the day you have to follow the law.”

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Proposal requires clubs to offer free ear plugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new City Council member has proposed an ordinance that would require nearly every music-oriented venue in Minneapolis to make earplugs available to patrons for free, after a trio of local companies pushed the idea as a public health issue.

The ordinance proposed by Jacob Frey is a first of its kind, and would affect about 185 businesses, the Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1f3LlZBhttp://strib.mn/1f3LlZB ).

“Going to one of these venues, a lot of people just don’t know about hearing loss,” said Brian Felsen, whose apparel company, Locally Grown, Globally Known, is working with the Miracle-Ear Foundation and 3M to coordinate and fund the campaign. The earplugs would be provided for free to the city and venues to give out.

The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing April 1.

San Francisco has an ordinance requiring venues with dance floors to carry water and earplugs. But the clubs can charge for the earplugs. Felsen’s plan would offer free 3M earplugs in dispensers - a model he hopes to take to other cities.

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