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Objects in Mirror: August 22, 2008 Archive

Fresh eyes at the fair

Posted at 8:32 AM on August 22, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Tom Weber has never been to the Minnesota State Fair, so naturally he ended up there with recording equipment and approached strangers:

"I had never been to the Minnesota state fair, so I asked Minnesotans for their ideas on what one thing I just had to do as a first-timer."

What did he eat? What exhibits did he see? Which rides did he brave? Confused? You won't be after catching A first-timer's trip to the Fair.

But I can't resist a tease, here's Tom taking the slingshot ride. I might have to bookmark this:

*MPR at the fair
*Where's Eric?
* Share your photos on MPR's Flickr Pool

Is a photograph a security breach?

Posted at 2:10 PM on August 22, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

In his blog entry a weapon of choice, MPR Reporter Tim Nelson tells his own story of a security guard approaching him about taking pictures in downtown St. Paul. Nelson goes on to other's experiences and asks:

"Have you been stopped or asked for ID while taking pictures in downtown St. Paul as the Republican National Convention approaches?"

Whether or not it has happened to you, please join in the comments on Convention Beat. This topic leads to more discussion: Is a camera a threat to security? How should law enforcement and security handle the public relations around these incidents? Is this serious, or silly? A thought surfaces in the comments:

"I wonder if whatever special training the cops are getting is just making them hyper-sensitive to what would otherwise be normal goings-on. It certainly won't be very practical to stop every person with a camera once the 15000 person media swarm arrives." - Posted by bsimon | August 22, 2008 10:43 AM

Add your thoughts to the comments on Convention Beat.

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