"I ask myself every day, 'Why me?' and 'Why from a hamburger?' "Ms. Smith said. In the simplest terms, she ran out of luck in a food-safety game of chance whose rules and risks are not widely known.She was in a coma for nine weeks, and suffered brain damage.
Meat companies and grocers have been barred from selling ground beef tainted by the virulent strain of E. coli known as O157:H7 since 1994, after an outbreak at Jack in the Box restaurants left four children dead. Yet tens of thousands of people are still sickened annually by this pathogen, federal health officials estimate, with hamburger being the biggest culprit. Ground beef has been blamed for 16 outbreaks in the last three years alone, including the one that left Ms. Smith paralyzed from the waist down. This summer, contamination led to the recall of beef from nearly 3,000 grocers in 41 states.
Joe worked for me for several years at my booth at the Mall of America. He was quite a character, doing everything from caricatures to murals to airbrush t-shirts and bedsheet banners... you name it, Joe did it to earn a living as an artist. When the traffic versus rent at the Mall of America became too out of balance Joe bought my equipment from me and took over the booth himself, which he ran for a year or so before moving on to do fairs, festivals and the like.
The U.S. decision to postpone the meeting appears to be part of a strategy to improve ties with China that also includes soft-pedaling criticism of China's human rights and financial policies as well as backing efforts to elevate China's position in international institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund. Obama administration officials have termed the new policy "strategic reassurance," which entails the U.S. government taking steps to convince China that it is not out to contain the emerging Asian power.Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama could be the last, CTV says. Still lots of good reading on the MPR site from the Dalai Lama's last visit to our area.
I don't really know what to make of this Tennessee 4-year-old's impersonation of St. Paul native Herb Brooks' famous speech to Team USA in the Olympics. I suppose there might be some sporting event or two around here this week that it would fit, however.
It's not exactly Kurt Russell, though:
It's all so silly, of course. Everyone knows that if you need a pep talk, you want the captain of a paintball team:
Or we can do it the hard way, Twins and Vikings. (language warning)
(h/t: Pioneer Press)
The Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is out with a report on coverage of the recession today. It finds that "the media" has largely ignored covering the economic woes from the perspective of anyone or anything other than big banks, big companies, and politicians:
Three storylines have dominated: efforts to help revive the banking sector, the battle over the stimulus package and the struggles of the U.S. auto industry. Together they accounted for nearly 40% of the economic coverage from February 1 through August 31. Other topics related to the crisis have been covered much less. As an example, all the reporting of retail sales, food prices, the impact of the crisis on Social Security and Medicare, its effect on education and the implications for health care combined accounted for just over 2% of all the economic coverage.
It's an interesting report that -- at least for those of us here in flyover country -- is bound to flunk the "smell test," depending on how you define "the media."
Network news, which mostly comes from New York and Washington, is bound to focus on things in New York and Washington, a city a relative always described as "12 square miles surrounded by reality."
But for the most part, Minnesota media -- and I'll define that by the local papers and public radio -- have covered the recession's effect on people. The Star Tribune today, for example, published an insightful look at how the banks are calling the shots on whether homeowners get any mortgage assistance. MPR, like other media, has beaten the drum on the Rosemary Williams story, News Cut is profiling the lives of The Unemployed and earlier this year took a generational look at the economy.
Is it enough? Probably not. Is it non-existent? Certainly not.
"I don't know what benching him accomplishes. It sends a message to the multimillion-dollar man that this sort of behavior is intolerable. But it penalizes every other person in the organization, and it penalizes every fan who ever plunked down a dollar to watch this team play. If you're a Tigers fan, I ask you this: How does benching Miguel Cabrera for a must-win game make your life any better? I know that's not necessarily what it's about. And I know that personal and family responsibility is far more important than a baseball game. But at the same time, there is the whole innocent-until-proved-guilty thing here. And at this moment, we don't know exactly what went on in the Cabrera home. And we might never."That point is echoed by Sports Illustrated columnist Ted Keith, who says benching him would be unfair to the other players:
Despite all the justifiable outrage that is coming Cabrera's way, there isn't much anyone can do at this point. The Tigers can't suspend him because his bat is too important to their chances of winning on Tuesday night and finally securing the AL Central title, and as unfair as Cabrera's actions may have been to his teammates, it would be almost as unfair to deprive the rest of the club from having their most dangerous offensive player in the middle of their lineup for such a critical game.If Cabrera plays -- and he probably will -- it should be an "interesting" reception waiting for him at the Metrodome. (7 Comments)