‘Neighbor from hell’ gets 90 days and national exposure

White Bear Lake’s “neighbor from hell” is heading to the slammer for 90 days … and apparently selling the house from which she’s been harassing her neighbors. Here’s WCCO-TV’s Chris Sanford’s report. Love the shot of Esme Murphy running with her through a skyway.

The Strib’s Anthony Lonetree reports: “Ramsey County District Judge George Stephenson also told [Lori] Christensen, 49, that she could not be within a mile of her house at Homewood Place in White Bear Lake, an order that is expected to last at least for the remainder of her probation of about 4 1/2 years. Her attorney, Gary Wolf, told the judge that Christensen had no intentions of returning to her house.”

Also, Fox9’s Tom Lyden was obviously on the story long ago. Here’s footage of Lyden trying to talk to Christensen last February. Ms. Christensen also has the dubious honor of becoming a national celebrity, via “The Today Show” and other outlets. Nice going, ma’am. Maybe you’ll get a shot at reality TV with Octomom and Jose Canseco.

Tuesday, it was a coalition to make the PCA control farm runoff. Today, it’s a coalition to throttle the GOP’s proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment. The AP writes: “The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is being joined by the League of Women Voters Minnesota, Jewish Community Action and Common Cause Minnesota. The groups began threatening to sue as the Legislature debated whether to put the amendment before voters in November.”

Apologies are always appreciated, especially if they’re genuine, but in this case it might be a case of too little, too late. Tony Kennedy of the Strib reports: “An executive of Accretive Health apologized Wednesday morning to Minnesota patients who felt offended by aggressive debt-collection tactics at Fairview hospitals, but defended the company by saying that its work was done by ‘trusted, dedicated employees’’ whose mission was to help patients pay their bills and help nonprofit hospitals improve their finances. The comments by Greg Kazarian, a senior vice president of the Chicago consulting firm, came at a field hearing in St. Paul conducted by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a member of the Senate Health Committee, to investigate allegations of abusive payment collection tactics by Fairview and its revenue consulting firm. Franken cited an e-mail from an Accretive employee who described some Fairview patients as ‘stupid deadbeats and schmucks.’ ” And Kazarian might have skipped the part about “wanting to help patients” …

Eighth District Congressman Chip Cravaack signed the papers for re-election and again hit all his talking points. At the Strib, Baird Helgeson writes: “Cravaack strode into St. Paul on Wednesday to begin one of the most grueling and hotly-contested congressional re-election races in the nation. ‘I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the hardworking citizens of the 8th District,’ said Cravaack … ‘My time in Washington has shown me that Washington is still broken, and the failed policies of the past are not going to restore our country to prosperity.’ … ‘I know I am one of the most targeted Republicans in the country’, he said … Three Democrats are facing off in an August primary to challenge Cravaack, including Rick Nolan, Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark. Cravaack said all three potential rivals are basically the same, all pushing for ‘more taxes, bigger government, more regulation.’ ” Maybe he should try promising to bring back $1.90 gas.

For an “unequivocally” innocent guy, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is still fattening his legal defense fund. The AP reports today: “Walker has transferred $100,000 to his legal defense fund he established related to an ongoing criminal probe that’s already ensnared some of his former aides and associates in Milwaukee County. Walker’s latest campaign finance report filed with the state on Tuesday shows transfers of $70,000 and $30,000 out of his campaign account to the Scott Walker Trust. He previously transferred $60,000 into the account.”

The GleanAlso, some polling data via Craig Gilbert at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Walker’s job rating is positive among men, married people, frequent churchgoers, higher-income earners, whites, nonunion households and people without a college degree. Walker’s job rating is negative among women, people who aren’t married, people who don’t go to religious services, nonwhites, lower-income earners, union households and people with a bachelor’s degree or higher. These patterns transcend the Wisconsin recall wars; they are basic features of today’s red-blue divide in America. They don’t fit every Wisconsin voter, of course. But they do describe a majority of the state’s electorate, according to five months of survey data from Marquette Law School, pooled together for this analysis in one massive 2012 sample of 3,534 registered voters.”

Speaking of “the basic divide,” the list du jour is a survey of “The Most Christian States.” We’re not Utah (No. 1). But we are No. 8. Says a story at The Huffington Post: “A study measuring religious bodies in the United States, called the “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS),” was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.) The researchers found Utah to be the most Christian* state with around 78 percent of population identifying as Christian adherents. The researchers found Maine to be the least Christian state with only about 27 percent identifying as Christian adherents. The researchers define adherents to be those with an affiliation to a congregation including children, members and attendees who are not members, and believe that the adherent measure is the most complete and comparable across religious groups.”

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