That is probably all. Rochelle Olson and Matt Vensel at the Strib write, “If Adrian Peterson won’t play for the Vikings until his legal case comes to a conclusion, he might not play again this season. After the Vikings placed the star running back on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list early Wednesday, his lawyer hinted a trial for Peterson in Texas wouldn’t happen until 2015. … Minneapolis-based Target told its stores on Wednesday to remove all Peterson-related merchandise from its sales floors. Peterson was featured in an exclusive line of football T-shirts sold at Target this fall in a partnership with Pro Merch that featured dozens of players. A shirt that featured Peterson showed him on one knee looking up the sky with the phrase ‘Purple Reign’ super-imposed on top.”
From The New York Observer, Mike Craig continues his pitiless defenestration of the Wilf family empire. In the wake of the latest outrage he writes, “Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, the Wilfs continue to stall, delaying payments to the two partners who sued them in 1992. Apparently, 22 years is not quite enough ‘due process’ for the Wilfs, who were already upbraided by the judge in uncommonly harsh language, when she found against them and said they acted with ‘bad faith and evil motive.’ Nevertheless, the Wilfs have engineered yet another delay in paying the nearly $100 million ($84.1 million in damages plus $15.1 million in attorneys’ fees) for what the Star-Ledger describes as having ‘cheated their partners … for more than 20 years’.”
At ESPN, Ben Goessling writes, “Vikings president Mark Wilf said the decision [to suspend Peterson] was ‘absolutely not’ triggered by pressure from corporate sponsors. ‘We hear their input, but in the end, we as ownership, we as a franchise, we have to make sure the team was moving in the right direction, and in the end we felt this was the right decision’ … [GM Rick] Spielman would not address the possibility that the running back has played his last game for the Vikings, although that question figures to linger for some time. The 2012 NFL MVP will turn 30 in March and is scheduled to make $13 million next season. None of that money is guaranteed, however … .”
Also moving on: MPR’s Madeleine Baran reports, “The Rev. Michael Keating, who was sued for alleged child sex abuse last year, has resigned from his position as a Catholic Studies professor at the University of St. Thomas, according to a statement published Tuesday on the university’s website. … Documents published in the MPR News report showed the woman’s family first reported the allegations to the archdiocese in 2006. The archdiocese’s clergy review board investigated and concluded in November 2007 that there was insufficient evidence of child sexual abuse. Nonetheless, it recommended to [Archbishop Harry] Flynn that Keating not be allowed to mentor teenagers and young adults.”
Confirmed: Jeremy Olson of the Strib says, “An unusually harsh strain of enterovirus has been detected in Minnesota and linked to a buildup of children suffering breathing problems and clogging pediatric hospitals, the state health department reported Wednesday. Lab tests confirmed that enterovirus D68 had infected at least one Minnesota child, who received hospital care for respiratory illness and is now recovering at home. The state is among at least 13 where the virus has spread.”
The PowerLine boys must have slept in yesterday. What else could explain their delay in exulting over PreferredOne bailing on MNsure/Obamacare? Now though, John Hinderaker answers the call. “It seems a foregone conclusion that this will lead to higher premiums, at a minimum. PreferredOne’s decision also calls into question the economic viability of the Obamacare model. … This sort of thing will keep happening for years to come. Democrats are smugly telling reporters that Obamacare is now an established fact and we should all get used to it. In reality, the law is like a series of bombs timed to go off as various deadlines kick in. Ultimately, the awful economics of the law can’t be denied. Premiums and deductibles will rise, and coverages will shrink … .” Unlike under the previous system.
The PiPress editorializes, “In its first year, MNsure has made news routinely with headlines about its technical and operational problems. Fixing those problems is one thing, and essential. A functional website is essential to testing the concept that underlies the ACA and Minnesota’s version of the health-insurance exchange. But proof of the concept — that such an approach will cover more people, mitigate the rise in health care costs and be cost-effective — requires another series of measurements. Those may be a long time coming, given that President Obama has deferred implementation of the difficult pieces of the ACA, at least in part for political reasons. Given the tendencies of politicians to spin and of bureaucracies to expand, we’ll all be wise to persist in insisting on those measurements. The policy can’t succeed without a functional website, but a functional website is no guarantee of a successful policy.”
I smell a gross miscarriage of injustice! Abby Simons of the Strib: “A Dakota County jury convicted Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald of refusing to submit to a breath test and obstructing the legal process during an April 2013 traffic stop in which police suspected she was intoxicated. MacDonald also was convicted of speeding, but was found not guilty on a drunken driving charge because there was no evidence. MacDonald refused to exit the car, so no field sobriety test could be conducted at the scene. Judge Leslie Metzen ordered a psychological evaluation for MacDonald.” No, nothing more needs to be said.
From our fine neighbors to the east, a case of over-appealing to The Base: The Talking Points Memo story by Caitlin MacNeal says, “A Wisconsin Republican dropped out of the race for a seat on the state assembly on Tuesday after he admitted that he made offensive comments about gay and black people on social media … . Jacob Dorsey, a 19-year-old candidate challenging Democratic state Rep. Deb Kolste, apologized last week for referring to gay people as ‘fags’ in a tweet. … In comments on YouTube videos, he used the words ‘fags’ and ‘niggers.’”