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NAACP calls for independent investigation of Green Line arrest

Plus: Klobuchar calls for pay equity for national soccer teams; Minneapolis considers letting clubs stay open later; UW-Madison prof under fire for tweets; and more.

Green Line train
MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

Questions about an arrest on the Green Line. MPR’s Riham Feshir reports, “Draon Armstrong still regrets not buying that $1.75 light rail ticket, an infraction that he says got him slammed to the ground by a Metro Transit police officer and thrown in jail. … ‘He dangled me over the railing,’ Armstrong said of the police officer. ‘And he pulled out my hair, too, and my hair just don’t pull out easily, so you got to yank it.’ … The NAACP of Minneapolis has called for an independent review of the incident after cell phone video was released to the FOX-9 news channel. The NAACP has refused to meet with Metro Transit, demanding policy changes by the Metropolitan Council, which oversees the transit agency.”

Hmm, if the principle is equal pay for equal work, shouldn’t the women be getting paid a lot more than the men? “A Senate committee hearing Wednesday was supposed to focus on corruption within FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, and for the most part it did. But it also veered into another hot topic for the sport: disparities in pay between male and female players, an issue that hit the headlines after the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup earlier this month,” writes Travis Waldron for the Huffington Post. “ Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also pressed Flynn about the disparity in pay for women’s soccer players. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a resolution calling for equal pay in international soccer on Monday.”

Venues are definitely going to want to stay open while not being able to sell their most profitable goods. The Star Tribune’s Eric Roper writes, “A proposal winding through [Minneapolis] City Hall would let businesses with special late-night food licenses continue offering entertainment after 2 a.m. The hope is that by allowing DJs to keep spinning tunes, bars and nightclubs may keep enough customers inside to make food service viable. That could help stagger the club exodus, reducing the chaos in the streets. … State law prohibits selling alcohol after 2 a.m., giving the city little leeway. The city allows customers to finish drinks until 2:30 a.m., when they have to leave unless the business has a license to keep offering food.”

Tenure must be nice. “[UW-Madison professors] Sara Goldrick-Rab is under fire for finding future Badgers on Twitter and essentially encouraging them to take their money elsewhere — as well as for comparing Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler,” Karen Herzog rights in the Journal Sentinel. “Goldrick-Rab is a tenured professor of educational policy studies and sociology with a national profile in both her field of research and the ongoing debate over faculty tenure at Wisconsin public universities. She has openly said she’s looking for another job because she believes academic freedom is in jeopardy in Wisconsin.”

In other news…

Really sad news from Minneapolis: Artist and activist Susan Spiller killed during suspected home invastion. [Star Tribune]

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Mary Jo Copeland’s orphanage dream is coming to an end. [Star Tribune]

Creditors call for more time for victims to file sex-abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The current deadline is August 3. [MPR]

In addition to not kissing live chickens, consider not kissing the frozen variety, either. “Chicken products recalled after MN customers sickened” [KARE]

Finally. “The Real Story Behind Popular Bearded Lady Motorcycle and Freak Show at 331 Club” [RedCurrent]

I, for one, welcome our new heavily buttered overlords. “Northfield’s blue barn becomes a Culver’s landmark” [MPR]