Filling News Gaps, Facebook Crime Pages Flourish in MN

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiles Phillip Murphy, a 53-year-old florist and "scanner junkie" who publishes neighborhood crime and nuisance alerts on a dedicated Facebook page. The paper says he represents a small but growing number of Minnesotans — particularly those who live in neighborhoods with high crime rates — who follow emergency dispatches intended for police, firefighters and other rescue workers . . .

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