The Monday Morning Rouser....
Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture has an intriguing graphic posted today. It's a historical comparison of the top 1% of income owners in major countries.
It comes from the Paris School of Economics, which is also building an online database to allow you to crunch the numbers some more. Unfortunately, it's not entirely built out yet, although you can do a little playing on it.(6 Comments)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a graduate student's lawsuit against the University of Minnesota for not refunding her tuition after flunking out of a course required for her master's degree.
Linda Zinter claimed breach of contract in her suit against the U of M, saying the university had an obligation to grant her a master's degree when she completed the degree requirements. But, she claimed, the university later required her to take two other courses for her final project.
But the Court of Appeals said wading into the claim would "require analysis of the goals of the MLS (Master of Liberal Studies) program. This is not something that courts are equipped to do."
Under Minnesota law, people can't sue educational institutions for educational malpractice. "When (Zinter) asked the district court to evaluate the method of teaching that required her to take additional courses before enrolling in the final project seminar, she was mading, under other names, educational malpractice claims," the court said.
Zinter did not complete one of the courses the U required of her to enter the "final project seminar," so she received an "F" grade. In today's ruling, the Court of Appeals rejected her request that the university remove the grade from her record.
Read the court's opinion here.(1 Comments)
That was a heck of a blast against spelling bees from professor Anatoly Liberman at the University of Minnesota on MPR's Midmorning today.
"It's an unmitigated evil," Liberman told MPR's Kerri Miller. He is the author of Etymology for Everyone: Word Origins and How We Know Them. "The whole thing is wrong from beginning to end. I would not allow any child to come close to the competition, let alone win it."
Liberman said the words in the championship rounds of the spelling bee are useless. "They're invented," he said. "They exist, but they have a shadow existence. They exist for the sake of failing students, those who want to partake in the spelling bee."
"Not a single of them has anything to do with the English language. They are German, Spanish, sometimes architectural terms from France," he said. "Knowing how to spell them is absolutely a useless accomplishment."(8 Comments)
Mike Haege, the tree trimmer who was kicked out of Minneapolis in the immediate aftermath of the north Minneapolis tornado, has released a cellphone video that he says backs up his story. Minneapolis officials have not responded to questions about exactly why a Hastings tree trimmer who wasn't charging anybody for his help, was escorted from the city because he didn't have a license as a professional tree trimmer in the city.
The video doesn't reveal a lot, other than it took four cops to kick him out.
The video is posted by the Hastings Star Gazette.(5 Comments)
A couple of weeks after the team didn't tell patrons that a tornado warning had been issued for Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins announced today the National Weather Service has made Target Field a "StormReady supporter."
But far from a response to not telling patrons of the tornado warning, the Twins' decision may reflect its value. It didn't need to because the team had the information that the storm was too far away to be a problem for Target Field.
The program required the Twins to:
On May 10, a tornado warning was issued for the county, but the team didn't tell the fans because the storm was 30 miles away. The team had already finished its requirements for being a StormReady stadium when that warning was issued.
The team was out of town when the tornado struck north Minneapolis nearly two weeks later but had it been playing at home, it's clear how it would've been handled, according to an MPR story following up the earlier tornado warning:
The concession stands and the restrooms are all on the exterior perimeter walls of the building. That allows us to move people into the concourse areas," said (VP of Operations Matt) Hoy. "The whole lower deck area, if you go into the main concourse, is pretty well protected."
Hoy says fans sitting in the upper deck would be instructed by ushers and other security staff to take emergency stairways down to either the main concourse, or below to the service level. The service level is completely closed off to the outside and rings the entire field.
It'd take 10-15 minutes to move people in Target Field to safety.