Texas prosecutors want Adrian Peterson re-arrested

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What the point of this is, I don’t know. The story at ESPN says, “Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Texas, have filed paperwork to have Adrian Peterson’s bail revoked and the Minnesota Vikings running back re-arrested after he told a drug tester that he had recently smoked marijuana before taking a urinalysis test Wednesday. According to the filing signed by Bill Delmore, the Assistant District Attorney for the state of Texas, Peterson admitted to the worker that he had ‘smoked a little weed’ before the test. Not taking any illegal drugs are common terms to adhere to when out on bond.”

You could knock me over with a feather. David Savage of the Tribune News Service reports, “The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in this year’s election. By a 6-3 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers who argued it was too late to put the rule into effect. … Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.” I didn’t even have to guess.

The PiPress’s Frederick Melo has a Q&A with city engineer John Maczko about the Kellogg Avenue bridge.

Would replacing the bridge really cost $30 million to $40 million?

‘That’s really a number just pulled out of the dark. It could be more, it could be less. A lot of it has to do with the columns that are supporting (the bridge). Can the columns remain in place? Is it just a pier cap that needs to be done?’ ‘Frankly, when the analysis came back that we needed to take pedestrians off the cantilevers and repairs could reach $8 million — do you put $3,000 into a new transmission in a car that’s 30 years old? You may. But you may also want to take a look at what other options are out there before you make a new investment. And that’s basically what we’re doing.’”

Well, that didn’t last long. Tim Pugmire at MPR reports, “Turns out DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is not fully on board with a gasoline sales tax after all. Dayton said during a debate in Moorhead last night that he will make a ‘specific proposal that will include a sales tax on gasoline’ next year, if he’s re-elected. The statement stood out as a significantly more definitive level of support for the revenue source than any previous comments he’s made on transportation funding. But today, Dayton and his campaign were backtracking.” Let’s run those education budget numbers again.

Another one bites the dust. The Strib’s Alejandra Matos says, “Minneapolis school officials are terminating a $375,000 contract with the Community Standards Initiative, an embattled north Minneapolis advocacy group that could not fulfill its promise to help address the district’s vast academic achievement gap … The announcement came the day a group of education advocates demanded an independent review of how the contract got awarded to a group that lacked qualifications and the resources to provide students with mental health referrals and boost community engagement.” Existence of the contract was first reported by MinnPost writer Beth Hawkins in July. 

Like our millionaires, they may have all flown to South Dakota. Says Doug Smith of the Strib, “About 130 years ago, there were no pheasants in Minnesota or anywhere else in America. The pheasant is native to China — among the first of countless imports now streaming here from Asia. Yet today the gaudy bird with the outrageously long tail is synonymous with fall for many Minnesotans. … a recent plunge in the number of acres enrolled in CRP has eliminated hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat, and, combined with poor weather, pheasant numbers again have dropped. Last year, hunters took home just 169,000 roosters, the lowest in 27 years.”

Wasn’t there a guy who offered to lease out his forehead as ad space? MPR’s Marion Renault writes, “Metro Transit plans to double its number of rolling billboards in January, and reap the benefits of a widening stream of advertising on its network of buses and light rail lines. For advertisers, the debut of the Green Line between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul in June offered even more public space to promote campaigns, academic institutions and retail companies to millions of eyes each month.”

Speaking of wrapping. Euan Kerr, also at MPR says, “But this weekend, Motionpoems aims to make a splash by taking poetry to the city streets. Friday and Saturday, the St. Paul-based company will bring words to life across the Union Depot’s historic facade. ‘We are hanging nine 35-foot screens in between the pillars of this building’, [Todd] Boss said. ‘Yeah, it’ll kind of look all wrapped up.’ The aim is to make a giant canvas for poems selected in a statewide competition on the Depot-appropriate theme of ‘Arrivals and Departures.’”

Why would anyone expect the public would be told? Rochelle Olson of the Strib tells us, “The Minnesota Vikings supposedly are going to announce plans Friday to pay for more stuff at the new $1 billion ‘People’s stadium, but nobody was willing to say what it was Thursday. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s (MSFA) agenda for Friday said the body will ‘approve project budget amendments’ at the regularly scheduled meeting. The chair of the MSFA is Michele Kelm-Helgen, the governor’s appointee to the board. Asked for detail about the agenda, MSFA spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway said the item involves ‘additional items the team is funding.’ When asked what those are and what they cost, she said she didn’t know what the items are.” Did the copy desk miss that “people’s stadium” crack?

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/10/2014 - 08:20 am.

    More stuff for the stadium?

    Do you suppose they’re going to surprise us and install birdsafe glass after all?

    (Well, I can dream, can’t I?)

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/10/2014 - 08:22 am.

    The Supreme Court’s Rejection of Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

    so recently reinstated by a VERY partisan federal judge,…

    is a MAJOR blow for fairness in Wisconsin.

    I was going to say “justice,” but justice would require that those pushing and passing that law would be prosecuted for rank voter suppression and penalized for seeking to make sure a sizable minority of their opponents were not allowed to vote.

    But it will also give Scott Walker a convenient reason to say that Mary Burke and those evil “liberal” Democrats STOLE the election from him,…

    and it wasn’t his fault that he lost.

    This might mean he’ll still be a viable GOP candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination because, rather than being seen as a “loser,”…

    he’ll be seen as a VICTIM of the “conservative” base’s favorite bogey men,…

    the courts and “big government,”

    I can only hope he won’t be able to successfully whine his way into the White House.

    • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/10/2014 - 09:06 am.

      Walker has a very comfortable lead, a good message and the gratitude of the majority of thoughtful Wisconsin citizens. This ruling will necessitate the election be subjected to a careful scrutiny, but despite being a Democrat, Wisconsin’s SOS didn’t win his seat with the help of George Soros. I don’t think the Governor is going to lose any sleep.

  3. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/10/2014 - 08:44 am.

    Texas Cops are not your friend?

    Must be the Vikings are playing Texas soon.
    While it may have been a condition of BOND, I think it underscores that
    there are no points for honesty.

    Beating his kid went over the top – however, it was well into the story that I realized
    the child was beaten, and not dead.

    The level of manufactured outrage seems a little – high.
    I’m content to see what the real story is – and what someone makes the story.

  4. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 10/10/2014 - 09:56 am.

    Thank the justice gods whomever who…

    …whispered successfully in the ear of the enough ‘supremes’ to stop the selective injustice in Wisconsin eliminating the rights of some among the many as civil liberty would have taken a blow out of past selective justice systems?

    …and as to poets on the sides of public buildings or footprints on the sidewalks of St Paul? I applaud the attempt to rekindle the voices of poets; essentially those with a strong political voice – Tom McGrath comes to mind ?

    If politicians would be paid like poets sans lobbyists and invested corporate interests, maybe then we would have a nation where crony capitalism doesn’t lace the rucksacks of paid political hacks running on whatever ticket and turn the polling place into a marketplace?

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