What does Peavey Plaza say to you, when you can't control information, a picture of Prince, that's one for the gun owner, and Dear Mr. President.
This video from KEYC in Mankato is some of the most dramatic we've seen lately.
Yesterday, police went to a home in North Mankato to check on a resident there.
Hours later, the person inside was dead and it's not at all clear --yet -- why:
It's not clear who was doing the shooting.
The Mankato Free Press described the scene in its story today, suggesting that the man inside -- where guns were said to be present -- wasn't talking:
For most of the next three hours, the only sounds were the repetitious calls over a loudspeaker: "We need to make contact with you. Please come to a door or window."
A few minutes later: "You're not in any trouble. We need to make sure you are safe."
Later still: "We're here to help you. Please make contact with us."
After 1 p.m: "Please come to a door or a window. We need to make sure you're OK. Your family is concerned about you."
At 1:37 p.m.: "If you want us to go away, you're going to have to talk to us. We're not going anywhere."
Assault rifles were trained on the house throughout the stand-off.
Police promise to answer questions today. There are obviously plenty of them. It's worth keeping in touch with the Free Press website today.
Update: The Free Press reports the man fired at officers several times and had made homicidal threats.(3 Comments)
NPR says it is done referring to President Obama as "Mr. Obama" on second reference in its news pieces.
The decision, announced by the news organization's ombudsman, renews a complaint that a president's -- any president's -- supporters have always had that referring to Obama as Obama is disrespectful.
Here's the memo:
NPR broadcast style has long required referring to the president as "President" (McKinley/Arthur/Cleveland) on first reference and then, on second and later references, as either "the president" or "Mister" (Van Buren/Polk/Harrison). Although meant as a gesture of respect for the office, many listeners have regarded the use of "Mister" as disrespectful. On the other hand, during the most recent presidential contest, the contrast between our references to "Mister Obama" and just plain "Romney" were perceived by many as showing favoritism toward the incumbent president.
After considerable discussion -- and some thoughtful deliberation -- we will take the start of the second Obama term as a good opportunity to eliminate this style anomaly.
Moving forward, there will no longer be a broadcast style requirement to call the president "Mister" on second and later references. We will continue to say "President (Tyler/Fillmore/Hayes) on first reference. The phrase "the president" remains appropriate on later references, but the president's last name, without 'Mister," will also be an acceptable reference on second and later references. (In our digital copy, we dropped the use of "Mister" a number of years ago, and began referring to the president in second and subsequent references by his last name. That practice will continue.)
Elimination of this long-standing style rule does not mean a prohibition on using "Mister" on second or later references to the president, just as there is no prohibition on using "Mister" in reference to anybody. We will generally avoid using "Mister" (Pierce/Garfield/Ford) in reporter pieces, but in two-ways we expect that one or another host or reporter will find one or another practice more or less comfortable.
The First Lady will continue to be called "First Lady" (Harriet Lane) http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies/harrietlane on first reference and "the first lady" on second or later references. "Miss Lane" will continue to be preferred on second and later references so as to distinguish the First Lady from the president. (Of course, "Miss" Lane is a bad example since there wasn't much chance of her being mistaken for "Mister" Buchanan.)
(And, yes, this is an egregiously gender biased note. If presidential gender trends shift, I promise that considerable discussion, and possibly thoughtful deliberation, will go into reviewing appropriate style changes.)
When a soldier dies, a governor orders flags lowered, we newspeople run a story, a town says "goodbye," and then everyone moves on.
In the last week, two American soldiers died in Afghanistan.(2 Comments)
Hockey is back in the State of Hockey tomorrow. Two Minnesota Wild games on the shortened scheduled sold out quickly...
... and from what we can tell, this effort was a total bust...
At the height of the lockout, Canada's Globe & Mail said the lockout was doing "irreparable" harm to hockey, noting that two-thirds of Canadians surveyed no longer cared about the sport.
How does that play out now that the lockout is over?2 Comments)
There's so much bad information on Facebook that it's refreshing when the accurate story comes along, even more so when it comes while America is obsessed with a liar and a cheater athlete.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya is not such a person, and his story, which happened almost a month ago, is sweeping the Intertubes.
El Pais has the story:
Two weeks ago, on December 2, Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.
Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.
He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn't have closed"
"I didn't deserve to win it," says 24-year-old Fernández Anaya. "I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn't have closed if he hadn't made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn't going to pass him."(2 Comments)