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You just never know what's going to divide America. The color-coded security warning system -- the one that's been orange for years -- is the latest.
Rasmussen Research reports today that only 53% of those surveyed support dumping the system. Twenty-one percent are
undecided opposed to its removal. Twenty-seven percent are undecided on the government's move to scrap the system.
Democrats are more likely to favor the government's decision. So are men, at least more than women.
When's the last time you paid any attention to it? And how many people know that the current threat level is both orange and yellow?(8 Comments)
If you click on this photograph, you'll get a bigger size. It will also reveal why it's difficult to suppress information, even if Egypt has "disconnected the Internet." Note the number of cellphone cameras.
(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)(2 Comments)
Let's see summer do this:
The improv group got the idea after noticing that whenever the ice was cleared every two hours for resurfacing, there was always one feeble skater who had a tough time making it to safety. Here's the story behind the story.
And if you want to take a break from the overly dramatic reporting of today's marginal snowstorm in Minnesota, check out these fine images from the Boston Globe's Big Picture.
A stadium got a big boost in the Twin Cities today, and it's not the one you think. Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1 billion bonding bill today, including $20 million in bonds for construction of a baseball stadium -- the local leaders like the word ballpark better -- for the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team.
The city is tossing $10 million into the idea, and the Saints are adding another $10 million.
It could be another shot in the arm for Lowertown, if it survives the Legislature.
Question: Should it?
If you read yesterday's Star Tribune profile of NewsCut, you might recall this item about the very first day I threw open the shades and saw Minnesota in daylight for the first time:
"I came out in March of 1992 from Massachusetts, and it was still pretty snowy. They put me up in the St. Paul Hotel. I got up in the morning, looked outside and there was a fire truck full of guys in red costumes coming down the street, kinda wobbling. The truck took a left, clipped a Volvo, then they backed up and took off. I thought this is my kind of town."
Now today's news release from the St. Paul Police Department:
The Saint Paul Police Department's Traffic and Accident Unit is investigating a hit and run crash that happened at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, January 29 behind the Eagle Street Grille, located at 147 West 7th Street.
A witness, who was standing on the restaurant's back patio, said he saw the driver of an older model fire truck back out of the alley and hit a parked car, causing minor damage to the car's rear bumper. The witness said he yelled at the driver and the passengers who were in the truck bed that they had hit a car, but the driver kept backing out.
The witness said he recognized the fire truck as one used by the Saint Paul Vulcan Krewe.
The witness went inside and told the restaurant owner about the crash. The restaurant owner came outside and told police he saw the fire truck driver back into a retaining wall. The restaurant owner said he then asked the driver to stop and provide insurance information, but the driver refused and drove off southbound on Eagle Street.
A short time later, the fire truck was found behind Alary's Bar at 137 7th Street East. No one was inside the truck. Officers attempted to locate the driver and his passengers Saturday night but were unsuccessful.
Today, investigators spoke to the fire truck's registered owner who said that he was driving the truck on Saturday night. He told investigators he thought he hit some ice but was unaware that he struck a parked car and a retaining wall. He also told investigators that he had no recollection of anyone asking him to stop and provide insurance information.
Saint Paul Police have turned the case over to the city attorney for formal review.(5 Comments)
My neighbor across the street, Kurt, put his house up for sale this week. His kids and our kids were the same age. His kids have grown up, the couple divorced a couple of years ago and now he's heading to China. It's that way up and down the street; the kids have grown up and if the parents stuck around, they're getting older and grayer. Walking the dog this morning, I realized I don't know anyone in the neighborhood anymore. It was the kids of the neighborhood who made it a neighborhood.
It wasn't always this way, of course, it was a neighborhood of screams and giggles -- at least after school got out. And in the late afternoon/early evening, the cheering from the park made the neighborhood feel like a neighborhood.
The city has a big multi-field athletic complex now, so nobody plays in the parks anymore.
This apparently is not something that's only happening in Woodbury, it's happening in suburbs all over America. They've grown up, and gotten gray.
(h/t: Bob Moffit)(7 Comments)
If you eat lousy food and get fat, it's your fault. That's the gist of a bill introduced at the Legislature today that puts the responsibility on you -- and only you -- for being overweight.
The bill, HF264, was filed by a group of House Republicans, and aims to suppress any action against others for the health of the eating public. It reads:
A producer, grower, manufacturer, packer, distributor, carrier, holder, marketer, or seller of a food or nonalcoholic beverage intended for human consumption, or an association of one or more of such entities, must not be subject to civil liability based on any individual's or group of individuals' purchase or consumption of food or nonalcoholic beverages in cases where liability arises from weight gain, obesity, or a health condition associated with weight gain or obesity and resulting from the individual's or group of individuals' long-term purchase or consumption of a food or nonalcoholic beverage.
The bill is called the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act.
It would still allow lawsuits based on marketing -- and other areas -- if a state or federal law is broken and the weight gain is the result of that marketing or other area.(6 Comments)