Weekend Round-Up: Missing Somali man returns to Mpls.

Mike Rose

Welcome back from break and welcome to the Weekend Round-Up, a quick snapshot of some local news of interest from the past few days. Look for Weekend Round-Ups every Sunday and their sibling, the Daily Digest, throughout the week.

Missing Somali man returns: A 22-year-old Somali identified only as Kamal has returned to the Twin Cities after he was believed to have been recruited by a jihadist terrorist organization, the Star Tribune reports. According to a local community leader, the young man had an apparent change of heart and decided to return from Somalia. An estimated dozen young Somali men have disappeared from the Twin Cities in recent months and the FBI has questioned some University of Minnesota students about the case.

Bill could restrict scholarships to foreign athletes: Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would prevent foreign athletes from receiving scholarships to play on state college or university teams, according to this WCCO story picked up by the AP. One of the authors said state money should be used first on U.S. athletes. The proposed legislation would not affect the University, since it doesn’t use state money for scholarships.

Guard Emily Fox, courtesy AP Photos

Gophers women’s basketball to play in NCCA tourney today: While the men’s team was bounced on Thursday, the women have a chance to advance today against seventh-seeded Notre Dame. The game is at 1:30 on ESPN.