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NFL fight heads to mediation

MORNING EDITION ALSO: Celebrated U researcher dumped from board; Pawlenty and Bachmann politicking; youth hockey legal fight; boulder flattens bakery; and Porky’s heading to … Hastings.
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NFL fight heads to mediation

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson has ordered the two sides in the NFL labor face-off to meet for mediation this Thursday. Albert Breer of the NFL News says: “U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson on Monday ordered the NFL and the NFL Players Association to court-supervised mediation beginning Thursday in Minneapolis … Nelson, who is presiding over Brady et al v. National Football League et al, the players’ antitrust suit against the NFL, has appointed Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan to serve as mediator, and ordered formal mediation to begin in Boylan’s courtroom Thursday morning. She will meet in person with the Brady class Tuesday in Minneapolis at 9 a.m., and with the NFL on Wednesday at 9 a.m.”

Fascinating story by Tony Kennedy of the Strib on the dumping of celebrated researcher Dr. Doris Taylor from the board of the company set up to commercialize her best-known work. “[T]he University of Minnesota has promoted Doris Taylor as a brilliant star. Her groundbreaking research that led to the reanimation of an animal heart has been saluted by Hillary Clinton and Barbra Streisand, and hailed by the university as one of its most promising discoveries. But just five months after publicly vaulting Taylor into business to commercialize her technology, the university quietly fired her from the board of the company she founded. Now the taxpayer-supported firm on which the U has pinned big hopes is trying to survive its start-up phase without its star scientist. … While Taylor remains engaged in research, she is otherwise no longer involved with the company. ‘I have no firsthand idea what the company is doing or what its goals and directions are,’ she said. The change was never announced by the U or the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) despite Miromatrix’s heavy reliance on public funds.”

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich files a story on T-Paw and other possible GOP candidates cozying up to names influential with the party base … like South Carolina’s Jim DeMint and Iowa’s Steve King: “DeMint said, in his case, candidates were looking to tap his network of supporters inside the Tea Party movement both in his state of South Carolina and across the country. “I think in my role with Senate Conservatives Fund and working with grass-roots organizations all over the country has led a number of the candidates to talk with me,” he said. “I’m happy about it because it allows us to talk about what those principles are that I think are pretty important.”

On Forbes ‘Sports Money” blog, Bob Cook checks out the recent ESPN story on money, free enterprise in youth hockey, Minnesota-style: “’s Tom Farrey — author of the excellent book, “Game On,” which explains how money has helped developed the youth sports-industrial complex we all know and loath today — wrote a profile of Bernie McBain’s legal fight to end what he sees as the Communistic Minnesota youth hockey system that is rolling a Stalinist tank over his for-profit freedoms.” The blog references MinnPost’s Brad Allen’s September story on the lawsuit McBain has thrown at Minnesota Hockey Inc. “I’m no lawyer,” Cook concludes, “but it’s hard to imagine a ruling going any other way but toward McBain. That would be legally right. Whether it’s right for the hockey-playing children and culture of Minnesota … on that, I’m not so sure.

Today in Bachmannia:  In an effort to properly position herself post-Friday’s budget agreement, our favorite congresswoman was in Iowa Monday where she made news. Laura Klairmont of CNN reports tht Michele Bachmann “spoke as part of a presidential lecture series sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa organization whose two top issues are same-sex marriage and pro-life, two topics the she focused on in her speech. The Minnesota Republican, who has advocated for complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, referred to the group as a $1 billion organization bent on becoming the ‘Lens Crafters of big abortion.’ Bachmann highlighted the ‘power of the purse’ held by the Republican-led U.S. House. ‘Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage,’ she said.” Sort of like we’re all feeling held hostage, you mean, Congresswoman?

Kasie Hunt of Politico recounts a moment Ms. Bachmann had with a couple in Iowa City: “Michele Bachmann said again Monday that the American intervention in Libya was a mistake — but this time she had to talk over a heckler who shouted vulgarities at her. Jenny Watkins, 22, shouted at Bachmann from the back of a large room at the University of Iowa here, while a male companion held a sign that read ‘Desensitized Homosexual’ — a reference to an earlier part of Bachmann’s speech, when she said she worried that children in elementary school would be desensitized to homosexuality. The two might have been escorted out with little fanfare, but Bachmann stopped to address them — ‘If you’d like to ask a question later, I’d be more than happy to have you do that,’ she said before continuing to talk about Libya.”

Colleague Kendra Marr reports on a straw poll in the rarefied halls of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University: “Michele Bachmann scored a victory in a straw poll held at a conservative conference over the weekend. The Minnesota congresswoman won 23 percent of the vote from attendees of The Awakening 2011, a gathering at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. … Mike Huckabee came in a close second place, taking 23 percent. Newt Gingrich, who actually spoke to the conference’s luncheon of conservative leaders, received about 21 percent of the vote. Ron Paul captured 12 percent of the vote, while more people choose “other” than voted for Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney or Haley Barbour.”

Rock on! When a 20-foot boulder lands on your business, you might take that as a signal to try something or somewhere new. Kathie Jenkins of the PiPress reports: “Bread, Coffee & Cake, the St. Paul spot known for its chorizo bread and caramel rolls, was destroyed Friday morning when a 20-foot boulder — ‘the size of two vans’ — fell on the roof. ‘It’s not good’, says BC2 owner/baker Robert Dubuc. ‘Thank God, I’m still here to talk about it.’ Dubuc opened the bakery, which backs up against a bluff near the Wabasha caves just south of downtown, in 2007. He said the boulder fell between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday. When he arrived at 2:30 a.m. to bake, the place was demolished and he could smell gas. ‘It looked like a bomb had gone off,’ he says.”

Oh, and Porky’s is moving to Hastings. Nick Ferraro of the PiPress says: “The popular St. Paul drive-in, which closed this month, will be moved from its spot on University Avenue to the Little Log House Pioneer Village just south of Hastings. It will be part of a 160-acre collection of more than 50 buildings that are open to tourists reflecting on the past. Steve Bauer, who owns the village with his wife Sylvia and three adult daughters, bought the building and two of its signs from the Truelson family, who closed the burger joint April 3. ‘I’m really into preservation,’ he said. ‘I don’t care so much if it was in Missouri or Iowa or someplace, but being that it’s so local … the other option for this building was not good — it was a Dumpster. This is by far better than seeing it destroyed.’ “