When to put the camera down, the bright lights of North Dakota, finances the gay way, the view from space, and forgiveness.
If you're the type to toss the sports section of the Star Tribune to the side, you probably missed a story that should've been on the front page.
It's the story of Holy Angels boys' basketball manager Nick Anderson, an 18 year old with cerebral palsy. At Breck School yesterday, the team was in a close game. But the two coaches had already engineered the moment that Anderson says he waited for all his young life -- the chance to step onto the court as a player.
The saddest part of the story? Some people felt it was a move that needed to be defended.
Representatives from the Minnesota State Council of Disability were hesitant to speak on the matter, but Courage Center sports coordinator Taavasa "Jr." Mamea praised the situation. The mission of Courage Center is to empower people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life and Mamea believes Anderson scoring would not only help him do this but many others.
"I think people that would be against that don't understand what they're trying to do for the young man," Mamea said. "I don't think it hurts what we do for advocacy. It's all about the feeling of competition, of camaraderie, of getting in to play. There is no substitute for that."
Anderson said it was never about scoring or slowing down the game for him. Rather, it was just to wear the No. 41 Holy Angels jersey. Seeking to eventually be a role model for others with cerebral palsy, he hoped his moment on the court would be interpreted as a message that anything can be achieved.
Read this and watch the video. I defy you to come up with a good reason why it's a move that needed defending.3 Comments)
Every now and again on these pages, we consider the possibilities of cars that fly -- or planes that drive (like this).
Some people don't wait for possibilities...(1 Comments)
Yesterday, this space presented a video of the fiscal cliff as relayed by a Gangnam parody. Today: The value of agriculture... Gangnam style.
We have officially reached the point in America in which important concepts can only be explained Gangnam style.(1 Comments)
The chances are if you ask a mental health expert what significant step the nation can take toward mental health parity and a keener awareness of mental health issues, a bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday wouldn't be on the list.
By a 398-1 vote, the House voted to ban the use of the word "lunatic" from federal legislation, one of the few times the House has agreed with the Senate.
"Federal law should reflect the 21st Century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the US code," Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota said.
The word still appears in some parts of federal law - a section of financial regulation, for example, addresses the power of a bank to act as a "committee of estates of lunatics."
The problem is the use of the word as an actualnoun to reference to people with mental illness, not as an adjective for people who don't.
Curiously, the use of the word idiots was not included, as in this 1966 federal law on the time allowed to sue the federal government:
Words in subsec. (a) of this revised section, "person under legal disability or beyond the seas at the time the claim accrues" were substituted for "claims of married women, first accrued during marriage, of persons under the age of twenty-one years, first accrued during minority, and of idiots, lunatics, insane persons, and persons beyond the seas at the time the claim accrued, entitled to the claim." (See reviser's note under section 2501 of this...
Or this 1950s amendment on how sentences are to be constructed...
words used in the present tense include the future as well as the present; the words "insane" and "insane person" and "lunatic" shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis; the words "person" and "whoever" include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;
A search of federal code turned up only a half-dozen pieces of legislation involving the word lunatics.
By congressional standards, the bill raced through the Capitol. It was first proposed last April.(3 Comments)
Nurses, apparently, at Abbott Northwestern hospital gave the wrong newborn baby to a mother yesterday, the Star Tribune reports, and the woman breast-fed the baby before someone figured it out.
"As far as we know, this has never happened before at Abbott," Gloria O'Connell, a spokeswoman, tells the Strib, while insisting there will be consequences.
That leads to the obvious question (besides "how"): How often does this happen?
In fact, it's not hard at all to find nearly identical stories from around the country and the cause is usually the same: Someone didn't do what someone should've done.
No big deal, though, right? Just switch them back.
But it is more complicated than that, and the concern many parents have is that by breast-feeding the wrong baby, a person may transfer illnesses. The Washington Post identified the problem in a story two years ago, in which parents feared their child might contract HIV from the "wrong mother."
The incidents also point to a larger problem of accurate patient identification -- a major cause of health-care errors. That is a particular risk with newborns, and experts say sleep-deprived mothers are sometimes confused: It can be hard to recognize a swaddled infant brought by the nursing staff for feeding in the middle of the night.
For the past few months, the Libbys say, they have asked hospital officials to put in writing the verbal assurances they were given. They want a list of tests and results, including a toxicology screening, that were performed on the woman who breast-fed their baby. The hospital has not provided them.(4 Comments)
When Tim Scannell was shot in the Cook County courthouse in Grand Marais a year ago this month, it led to a revelation, as reported by MPR's Dan Kraker: In Grand Marais, there's an odd pattern in the town of older men pursuing high school-aged girls. Or being pursued by high-school aged girls.