Should athletes protest, the Senser investigators upon further review, one home at a time in Duluth, the tower climb, what's on your cassettes, and Dr. Demento.
If you were on the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that capsized when it hit rocks off the Italian coast, what would it take to get you back on a cruise?
How about 30-percent off another cruise? That, the New York Daily News reports, is what the cruise line is offering passengers for their troubles:
"It is a ridiculous and insulting offer," survivor Brian Page, a retired British accountant, told The Telegraph of London, which first reported the discount offer.
"The company is not only going to refund everybody, but they will offer a 30% discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company," said a spokesman for Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of industry leader Carnival Cruise Lines.
The Telegraph also reports that the disaster is having no effect on people's interest in going on a cruise.
Time is running out on a deadline that could determine the future of a sports franchise in Minnesota. And, no, it's not the Vikings. It's this guy:
The Minnesota Timberwolves have until tomorrow at 11 p.m. to sign the team's most valuable player to a new contract. The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda suggests it's a done deal:
An agreement could come as soon as Tuesday morning or considering the unnecessary wait so far, it could stretch toward that deadline, just like the Al Jefferson contract four years wasn't finalized until just minutes before the deadline.
Yes, the Wolves very well can argue that $61 million is still better than Love can do elsewhere as a restricted free agent next summer and try to call his bluff on it.
But anyone who watched Love's deliver a 39-point, 12-rebound night despite playing ill in Monday's 107-92 loss to the Kevin McHale-coached Rockets knows where the franchise would be without him:
Exactly. The franchise would be exactly where it's been. Fans of the team (disclaimer: I'm a season ticketholder) have grown accustomed to its incompetence, despite plenty of indication recently that the organization finally "gets it." So they're rightly nervous when talk turns to playing "chicken" with a player any other team would love to grab as a free agent.
Good players want to win, which is why many fans assumed Love would leave Minnesota at his first opportunity. But now, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins points out, there appears to be a bright future for the Timberwolves on the frozen tundra:
There is much debate over whether he deserves a maximum contract, but no question about his value to the Timberwolves, who lost Kevin Garnett four years ago and will always struggle to land top free agents. Love's situation is far different than Garnett's, because the Wolves have given him a real chance to succeed, with Adelman on the bench and Rubio at the point. Love may not find as conducive a coach and point guard anywhere. He acknowledged that Rubio is a reason to re-sign.
Tic tock, Timberwolves.
For people in the media, it's always interesting to watch news organizations try to do something new. There just aren't a lot of "new" ways to do "old" media, not that CBS hasn't tried dozens of times over the decades with its perennial third-place-finishing morning news program.
A few weeks ago, it wiped away its last host team, adding Charlie Rose and Oprah-pal Gayle King.
When the announcement of the Oscar nominees was made this morning, the show tried something new: a Mystery Science Theater 3000-like commentary-fest.
"The 2012 nominees for actress in a supporting role are....." the Oscar ceremony host started...
"I assume this is being seen around the word," Charlie Rose interjected.
"It depends on the time zone," another guest intoned as the nominees were named.
"Jessica Chastain in 'The Help'," the Oscar official said...
"Jessica," Rose added.
"Ahhhh," another host said.
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Now that the Minnesota Legislature is back in session, we're getting a fairly steady diet of proposed laws, most of which will never see the light of day. Here's a look at some of the more interesting bills lawmakers tossed in the hopper today.
TEACHER BASIC SKILLS
HF1770 requires teacher candidates to pass a basic skills exam in reading, writing, and math.
HF1779 authorizes the State Lottery to put slot machines at Canterbury Park and other racetracks with the money going to construction of stadiums for the Minnesota Vikings and Saint Paul Saints.
MY OTHER CAR IS A KIDNEY
HF1792 creates a special Anatomical Gift license plate. Money raised goes to a grant program to encourage organ donation.
LICENSE TO STEEL
HF1793 requires the use of American-made steel in any public works project.
SHHH! WE'RE SHOOTING HERE
HF1816 authorizes firearms dealers to possess and sell silencers to law enforcement and wildlife management agencies. Is this an issue? The bill cites "tactical emergency response operations include execution of high risk search and arrest warrants, incidents of terrorism, hostage rescue, and any other tactical deployments involving high risk circumstances."
THE EDUCATION BEFORE THE EDUCATION
It costs about $115 got get married in Minnesota. Under HF1818, a member of the armed forces would get $75 after completing "premarital education" within three months.
THE "S" WORD
Is it a bad sign that legislators are considering shutdown legislation? HF1834 would require that any state program generating revenue, has to keep operating in the event of a shutdown.
LAWMAKERS, DON'T DRIVE TO THE LEGISLATURE DRUNK
We'll bet you didn't know that under the Minnesota Constitution, members of the Legislature cannot be arrested during the session "and in going to or returning from the same" except for treason, felony and breach of the peace, HF1838 puts "driving while impaired" under "breach of the peace."
BIKE NIGHT LIGHTS
HF1873 would provide money to give bicycling lighting to bicyclists.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT REPEAL
HF1885 repeals the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, which will appear on the November ballot. This one is notable for who is not on the sponsor list.
HEALTH CARE FREEDOM
HF1898, which is one of several anti-health-care-law proposals, amends the Minnesota Constitution that prohibits anyone from being compelled to participate in a health care plan.
NO PLAY. NO PAY
HF1906 prevents legislators from getting paid during a government shutdown.
TESTING FOR WELFARE
This one has gone nowhere in past sessions and it's back again. HF1919 requires drug testing for welfare recipients.
What must it be like to literally be allergic to cold weather and live in Minnesota?
Mayo Clinic National Institutes of Health reports the discovery of a genetic mutation in 27 people from three families who all had "cold urticaria" mixed with other immune system abnormalities and disorders, USA Today reports.
What's it like? Here's the description of Grant Schlager, 12, of Jackson, Minnesota:
So that means he can't play in the cold for hours, the way many Minnesota kids do. "After 15 minutes, my dad or mom will check me to see if I have any bumps," the fifth-grader says. If he is breaking out or feeling itchy, he has to go inside for a while. Swimming in cold water is risky, and so is drinking an icy soda. Just to be safe, he takes a twice-daily antihistamine and stays close to an EpiPen (a dose of epinephrine) -- the same stuff kids with peanut and bee-sting allergies need to inject if they have a life-threatening reaction.
What's additionally fascinating about the story is the number of people who have come forward -- in this case in the comments attached to the USA Today article -- to say, "me too."
I went through this exact experience in 8th grade. It came out of nowhere on a windy day in Chicago. All through high school no one believed me that I was allergic to body temperature change. I finally found a medication balance that works for me (Singular & Zrytec). It still comes every now and then, but it's more manageable than before. I hope your daughter has found a balance! It's an annoying condition that you just have to learn to adapt to.
The CBC this week carried more on allergies to cold, interviewing a woman in Manitoba whose daughter got hives whenever her skin touched snow. Listen to the interview.
"Why do you live here," the CBC host asked.
"We've lived here all of our lives," she said.
Among the "viraliest" of the viral videos being picked up by "news" sites in the last few weeks is this video showing "scary" and "dangerous" landings in jetliners. Commenter Jim Shapiro forwards the latest victim of the supposition, the Huffington Post.
Said the Huffington Post:
The planes, from Emirates to Thomas Cook, approach the runway at odd angles to compensate for the high winds, which were gusting up to 55 knots on the day, Bogdan says.
Landing (and takeoff) is statistically riskier than other parts of the flight, 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger' told us over the summer, due to cloud height, wind and visibility, among other things. Now we see why.
"Look at these impossible landings," a TV anchor on WCCO declared the other morning while showing the video.
Let's analyze what's really happening here. While it's flying, a plane doesn't move against the wind, it's in the wind. If the winds are blowing 55 mph across a runway (it's not here although the suggestion is that it is, but that's another discussion), the plane is also moving at 55 mph across a runway . That's not a good thing.
What the pilots of these planes are actually doing is making very professional and safe approaches. They're turning the nose into the wind -- against the wind, really -- in order to align with the the centerline of the runway...drifting neither left nor right. Where you do see the plane drifting, is the pilot calculating how much of an angle is necessary to align the jetliner's track with the centerline of the runway.
But, of course, you can't actually land that way, so shortly before touchdown, the pilot uses the plane's rudder to align the nose with the runway, so as not to put any "side load" on the landing gear. Every plane has a maximum "crosswind component" to help pilots calculate whether a landing can be made safety given a certain amount of wind and the angle at which it intersects the runway. So what you see above, while an example of pilot skill, is not luck at work.
If a pilot needs more time to get the angle right, he/she simply "goes around" and tries the approach again. Look up on any day with a light breeze the next time a small plane flies over your house, and the chances are the nose of the plane is not aligned with the path (heading) of the plane. Same thing.
Think of it this way: You're crossing a river with a canoe. If you point the canoe to the spot on the opposite shore where you intend to disembark, the current will carry you downstream. So, you point the canoe upstream of where you want to land and between your heading and the current, the result is usually a straight line to your intended "touchdown." With any luck when you get to the other side, there's nobody there with a camera to tell you how dangerous, scary, or impossible it was.