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NFL arbitrator hears Adrian Peterson’s appeal

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Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson met The Man yesterday to appeal his season-long suspension. At Sports Illustrated, Michael McCann says, “Peterson faces longer odds at winning his appeal than did [Ray] Rice in part because a designee of [Commissioner Roger] Goodell, rather than an independent former jurist, will preside over the hearing. Barbara Jones, a former federal judge who has no connection to the NFL, was selected to arbitrate Rice’s appeal because Goodell and the NFL were implicated in the Rice controversy. There were no doubts about Jones’ objectivity in reviewing a matter that raised serious questions about the quality of NFL investigations and the veracity of those NFL-managed investigations. If Goodell or a designee had presided over Rice’s appeal, the hearing might not have been taken seriously by the public. Worse yet for the NFL, it may have furnished Rice with stronger grounds to sue the league.”

For WCCO-TV, Kate Raddatz reports, “Hamline University law professor Joseph Daly has read through the entire 301 page contract between the NFL Players Association and the NFL. He says Peterson likely argued he had grasped the seriousness of his offense. … While no decision was made on Peterson’s suspension, ESPN reports the hearing officer did rule NFL executive Troy Vincent will have to testify. ‘I’m not surprised the  officer would say I want to hear what this person has to say,’ Daly said. Peterson’s appeal could have grounds based on Ravens running back Ray Rice. … ‘I think Adrian Peterson will probably use the same argument,’ Daly said. ‘That he’s being twice punished for that.’”

Torii’s back. Drew Silva at MNBC Sports says, “The Twins have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Torii Hunter. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirms the news, adding that the one-year pact is worth $10.5 million. … Hunter was also being courted this winter by the Rangers, Mariners, Orioles, and Royals. It’s hard to figure why the Twins, who have rattled off four straight 90-loss seasons, would have the desire to place the top bid.”

We all know locals who could use these kinds of lessons. For MPR, Laura Yuen writes, “Every year, the United States welcomes tens of thousands of refugees from all over the world — about 2,000 come to Minnesota. Many of those refugees are from warm climates and seeking a better life in one the coldest states in the country. With a ruthless winter already under way, the latest arrivals in Minnesota are learning to survive the arctic sting. Lessons on how to bundle up and use a thermostat are part of a cultural orientation offered by the International Institute of Minnesota, which helps resettle refugees.” And the high school guys who wear shorts in January?

Scam artist of the day. In the Strib, Dave Chanen tells the story of a “sewer service” con. “Jeremy Umland’s victims never knew they were being taken for a financial ride. As a lawsuit process server, he allegedly falsely claimed to have notified many individuals about debt-collecting lawsuits. In truth, they would learn about those actions when notified that judgments for thousands of dollars had been filed against them. … The depth of Umland’s scamming, also known in the legal community as ‘sewer service,’ is unclear.”

I hope they didn’t serve him grape salad. In the PiPress, Nick Woltman covers the Italian ambassador’s visit to town. “There is room for growth in Minnesota’s trade relationship with Italy, the country’s U.S. ambassador told a handful of East Metro business leaders Tuesday. … Minnesota exports to Italy grew 4 percent in 2013 to $254 million, according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. Italy is Minnesota’s 18th largest export partner.” I was kind of hoping Berlusconi would make the trip.

Great news! They’re only $650,000 in the red!  Says Graydon Royce of the Strib, “A budget deficit generally means bad news, but the Minnesota Orchestra’s report Tuesday that it finished the fiscal year $650,000 in the red was greeted with relief. It’s a sign that, after a devastating labor dispute, the state’s largest and oldest performing arts organization is emerging strong and stunningly resilient.”

The latest young person sneaking off to a war zone is a woman. The Reuters story, by Aruna Viswanatha, says, “A 20-year-old Minnesota woman was charged on Tuesday with stealing a friend’s passport to travel to Syria, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The criminal complaint alleged that Yusra Ismail, of St. Paul, used the stolen U.S. passport to fly to Amsterdam and Norway last August. She contacted her family several days later and told them she was in ‘Sham,’ a term used to describe the area controlled by Islamic State.”

A college gymnast dies at the bottom of a 3 by 3 foot dumbwaiter. Britain’s Daily Mail is on the story out of Fountain City, Wisconsin. James Nye writes, “Fountain City Police have said the death appears to be a bizarre accident, without elaborating, and said they have found no signs of foul play. Police Chief Jason Mork said the dumbwaiter’s opening is about 3 feet by 3 feet and the service elevator connects the first and second floors. Authorities say she was trapped in the small elevator when authorities arrived.”

A deal to replace Nye’s with luxury apartments is already in motion. Stribber Jim Buchta reports, “Schafer Richardson, a Minneapolis developer, signed a joint venture agreement with the owners of the property to build a mixed-use apartment building. … ‘It’s not a six-story project. It’ll be concrete and steel, 10 or 20 or 30 stories,’ Brad Schafer, a principal at the firm, said Tuesday. … Schafer said it’s unclear whether the existing buildings can be incorporated into the new building. ‘We’re respectful of the history of the property and if there’s a way to pay homage to the history of the buildings, we’re all for trying to figure that out,’ Schafer said.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 12/03/2014 - 09:58 am.

    …just curious, the Polinaise space…

    …if by “mixed use” is implied luxury dwellings plus commercial, then one would assume commercial development would accommodate wealthy tenants to complete the upscale climate. But if ‘mixed use’ used in a broader sense, is suggesting a few affordable dwelling spaces will be included in order to gain federal moneys, then will the development contain the old concept made new again, the use of “poor doors”; separate entrances used to separate the rich and the poor now woven into the fabric of upper class condos receiving public funds in New York, Boston etc…just curious?

    • Submitted by Wayne Coppock on 12/03/2014 - 03:12 pm.

      Mixed-use almost always means a mix of uses that are traditionally separated by zoning, like residential and commercial. Sometimes hotels and offices can get in the mix, but it almost always implies some kind of ground-level commercial use on the parcel. Generally when they have some percentage of affordable units in a market rate building they call it “mixed income.”

      I’m not personally aware of any use of the ‘poor door’ concept in any of the new buildings in Minneapolis that offer affordable units mixed with market rate. I imagine the city council and neighborhood group (NIEBNA) would throw a fit if anyone proffered up a design like that here. While it is a definite problem elsewhere, I don’t think it’s going to be an issue here for while.

      The market is still tight enough (especially in this neighborhood) that if they are that worried about the ‘poors’ they can easily finance a building with 100% market rate units and lease/sell them quickly. In fact, quite a few of the recent projects around town seem to be either 100% market rate or 100% affordable (section 42 type affordable).I’d prefer to see more projects with a mix in the same building, but I’m glad that there are some recent big projects with the affordability requirements in what are desirable and generally expensive neighborhoods (the Pillsbury mill and the converted factory in uptown by the grocery store come to mind).

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 12/03/2014 - 12:29 pm.

    Twice punished?

    Not at all. You can’t opt out of the law, but the NFL contract is something you enter into voluntarily. Granted, there’s a hell of an incentive to sign it, but it’s something Peterson chose to do.

  3. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 12/04/2014 - 07:29 am.

    …and second thoughts still ‘wondooring’…

    call the game CONDOPOLY, where you use no federal funds- which demand some degree of diversity- although poor doors one could say, at least recognize the ‘other’ even with its separation-but-equal rising again like past inequalities eh?

    And if historic preservation status offers some financial reward and has no federal funds from that most honorable of institutions and do help ensure historic status, that’s good isn’t it?

    … even if that area becomes ‘gated’ in one sense since essentially unaffordable to many as housing stock for the city, one wonders how many condos for the wealthy can be built in the gentrification of old neighborhoods for whom?

    …warmed over last night’s coffee does this to the mind in the morning so forget it…

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