The Washington Post | American Muslims anxiously consider security needs at mosques after New Zealand shooting

In Minneapolis, Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, prepared to preach at Dar al-Hijrah mosque about the danger of extremist violence even after learning that his stepbrother, Adan Ibrahin Dirie, had been injured in the attack and his stepbrother’s son had been killed. He said grief would not stop him from leading prayers for his community, which includes many Somali immigrants. “We are still doing our worshiping, and we’re not stopping that,” he said.

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The Washington Post | In Minnesota, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments cause pain and confusion

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Asked Friday about the controversies, several Somali Americans in Minneapolis came to Omar’s defense, particularly in light of a poster discovered this month at the West Virginia Capitol that featured an image of her underneath one of the World Trade Center towers in flame on Sept. 11.

“Ilhan has nothing to do with that. That’s not what America stands for,” said Abdi Ali, 40, who runs the Barwaaqo Juice and Coffee shop in Minneapolis’s Midtown Phillips neighborhood.

Of the criticism Omar faces, Ali said: “I think Ilhan is a soft target because of her background — being Muslim, black, immigrant.”

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The Washington Post | He spotted Jayme Closs at a bus stop, then launched a deadly plan to kidnap her, police say

The release was coupled with Patterson’s first court hearing, in which he appeared by video in an orange jumpsuit from the county jail, shaking his head affirmatively and saying “Yes, sir,” to the judge’s questions. He was visibly unmoved as charges against him were read. Judge James C. Babler set Patterson’s bail at $5 million.

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