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What CVS’ takeover of Target’s pharmacies will mean for consumers

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MPR’s Martin Moylan checks out Target’s sell-off of its pharmacies to CVS. “Target is ditching its pharmacy business because selling prescription drugs didn’t draw enough customers or yield enough profit, although it did generate $4 billion in sales. Those sales represent a lot of people — Target won’t specify how many — who’ll have to decide if they’ll continue getting their meds inside a Target store or go elsewhere. The Minneapolis retail giant is expected to complete the sale of its pharmacy business by year’s end, assuming regulators approve. Drug store chain CVS would then take over the pharmacies in some 1,700 Target stores.”

The NFL Players Association is suing the NFL in Minnesota. Mike Florio at NBC Sports says, “On Tuesday, the NFL filed a four-page lawsuit against the NFLPA in Manhattan. On Wednesday, the NFLPA filed a much longer lawsuit against the NFL and the NFL Management Council in Minnesota. The 54-page petition requests that the the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota vacate the arbitration award in the Tom Brady case, arguing that the four-game suspension ‘defies’ the Court’s decision in the recent Adrian Peterson case, ‘ignores’ the ‘law of the shop’ and essence of the labor deal, and ‘gives the back of the hand’ to fundamental principles of ‘procedural fairness and arbitrator bias.’”

Isn’t Rubio the one with chronic money problems? Patrick Condon of the Strib says, “Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson endorsed Marco Rubio for president on Wednesday and will be Minnesota state chairman for the Florida senator’s presidential campaign.  Johnson was the Republican candidate for governor last year, but lost to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Plymouth resident is also a former member of the Republican National Committee. Johnson told the Star Tribune that he likes several of the Republican contenders but that Rubio distinguished himself in the crowded field of 17 declared candidates.” More than Donald Trump and Scott Walker? High bar.

What? No Whole Foods in Embarrass or Boyd? Tom Meersman of the Strib says, “There’s a “grocery gap” in many parts of Minnesota, according to a new poll, and many consumers can’t take advantage of healthy foods because they don’t have a nearby store that sells them.  The poll, commissioned by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, found that 56 percent of those questioned don’t believe that all Minnesotans have access to healthy food, regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic background. Two-thirds of those in the poll reported shopping for food once a week or more at traditional grocery stores, 47 percent at big-box mass merchandisers, and 19 percent at convenience stories.”

There’s a lot of good Minnesota stuff in a New York Times story about (the usual) bungling by the TSA. Says Ron Nixon, “An internal report that measures performance, sent out last month by the T.S.A.’s Midwest regional headquarters, devotes just three pages to security, while the remainder focuses on wait times and customer service, according to Andrew Rhoades, an assistant security director at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. ‘Many of the measurements work against prudent security practices,’ Mr. Rhoades said. Mr. Rhoades had previously reported what he said were security lapses to T.S.A. headquarters, and in response, he said, the T.S.A. tried to transfer him. … An assistant security director disclosed that Sara Jane Olson, who was convicted in a plot by members of a radical 1970s group to kill Los Angeles police officers by planting bombs under their squad cars, was allowed to use an expedited inspection lane even after having been identified by a screener. A supervisor overruled that employee.”

Speaking of good times at MSP, Tim Nelson of MPR says, “The Twin Cities International Airport is heading for a retail makeover. Airport staff are poised to make recommendations for a refresh of dozens of shops and restaurants next week, most of them in Terminal 1. Detailed recommendations aren’t public yet, but airport staff say they want to offer more opportunity for local businesses, ethnic food and combinations of food and entertainment, among other things. They’ll be talking about their recommendations at a Metropolitan Airports Commission committee meeting on Monday.’ I’d like a Costco, with $1.50 hot dogs.

Maybe those pieces from the missing airliner will knock our fearless lion-hunting dentist off the front page. But until then, the New York Times’ Christina Capecchi and Katie Rogers say, “The outrage and attention surrounding the lion’s death online caused Dr. Palmer to keep his office closed on Wednesday as he joined an ever-expanding group of people who have become targets of Internet vigilantism, facing a seemingly endless shaming until the next issue comes along. … Even a local crisis management expert was pulled in to the fray. The specialist, Jon Austin, who operates a Minneapolis-based communications firm, said in an email that he had been asked only to circulate Dr. Palmer’s initial statement. On Wednesday, Mr. Austin ended his involvement with the matter, but not before his own Yelp page was flooded by angry commenters.”

At the PiPress, Tad Vezner writes, “While international outrage against a Minnesota dentist who killed a beloved Zimbabwe lion showed no signs of abating Wednesday, any legal ramifications against him appear to be an uphill battle. The Bloomington dentist was castigated by the governor, his practice targeted by hundreds of protesters in person and thousands online, and at least one U.S. congresswoman has called for an investigation into whether he broke the law — any law. … Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle called Palmer a ‘morally deadened human being’, and in a written statement, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., called on the U.S. attorney’s office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate ‘whether U.S. laws were violated.’”

Also in the PiPress, outdoor writer Dave Orrick says, “Many hunters don’t tolerate violations of game laws. So, Walter, don’t be surprised if you sense skepticism from hunters when they learn that in 2008 you admitted to lying to authorities when questioned about shooting a Wisconsin black bear outside your permit area. You faced consequences for that. And if you broke the law in shooting this lion, you should face consequences again. But not what you’ve been subjected to: the threats, the epithets, the unbridled verbal assaults from around the world. Your dental practice has been sent askew, your family exposed, if not downright terrorized. All because you killed a lion. It’s often observed that conservationists (including hunters) see animals for the entire population, while animal-rights activists (including anti-hunters) see individuals. So I say ‘a lion,’ while they say ‘Cecil’ — and call you a beast. It’s unjust, this treatment from some espousing to the animal rights side. I think most hunters would agree with that.”

As for extradition, which plenty of people seem to think would be a good idea, Peter Cox and Jon Collins at MPR say, “Extradition is not an automatic process, [attorney Joe] Tamburino said. In a situation where the accused has the resources to hire attorneys, the extradition process can be especially long and complex. ‘The individual would be able to say to our government, ‘Look I’m an American citizen, I don’t think I should be extradited for whatever the legal argument they’re going to make,’ Tamburino said. ‘Then they’d get a fair hearing in court on that.’ The federal government could reject extradition for a number of reasons including humanitarian or legal objections, but American citizenship or wealth don’t automatically mean someone can avoid extradition.”

And if the question is punishment, PETA has an answer. a WCCO-TV story says, “The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says that if a Minnesota hunter did indeed illegally kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, he should be ‘extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.’” And what about the idea of giving Dr. Walt a pocket knife and airdropping him alone into the heart of lion country? You know, for the thrill of the “hunt.”

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 07/30/2015 - 06:49 am.

    Hmmm …

    I didn’t know PETA was pro-death penalty.

    Seems a bit … hypocritical, no?

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/30/2015 - 08:11 am.


      The media needs to stop using PeTA as the “go to” organization for quotes in these situations. PeTA routinely kills healthy, adoptable animals given over to them for care, and sometimes even goes out of their way to seek these animals out just so they can kill them:

      Why is anyone still listening to PeTA?

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/30/2015 - 08:21 am.

      Not really

      PETA has killed more than 33,000 animals since 1998.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 07/30/2015 - 11:20 am.


        Total hypocrites. Also of note is that trophy hunters pay the overwhelming majority of wildlife conservation in Africa. The high fees hunters pay to hunt in Africa is much higher than they receive from any other source and pays to protect many animals. I’m not saying what the dentist is right since we don’t really know what actually happened just rumors. Let’s not crucify him without knowing all the facts.

        • Submitted by richard owens on 07/30/2015 - 01:24 pm.

          NewsHour last night: some facts:

          The loss of this lion means his pride will not have an adult male in the pack.

          The social needs of the remaining cubs is damaged.

          The lion was lured with bait to private land for the killing.

          The lion had a collar that was used to track and manipulate him (instead of protecting him).

          Zimbabwe lost the ASSET that raised tourist dollars in a country desperate for revenue. CECIL was the name even school children knew. Think about somebody killing an endangered bald eagle (a national emblem) like Cecil was to Zimbabwe’s people.

          What other facts should we wait for?

          This was an act of utter depravity.

          Did you see the dentist posing with a DEAD RHINO?

          He has been doing this for awhile.

          Reality caught up to him. He likely won’t hunt trophies again.
          He should lose his guns and crossbow for the violations just HERE IN THE US.

          • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 07/30/2015 - 04:21 pm.


            I doubt very much the so called facts are just that. It is a rumor the lion was lured out. Only the game wardens in Africa and those involved in the hunt would know that. What’s the big deal with posing with a dead rhino? Those are allowed to be hunted for trophy as well. The fact is trophy hunting pays for conservation not people like us.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 07/30/2015 - 11:18 am.


      Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  2. Submitted by richard owens on 07/30/2015 - 10:39 am.


    [end sarcasm] Headlines and viral internet shaming seem to be missing the point.

    This is a teachable moment.
    It makes us feel good to demand judgment and punishment. (it generates clicks too)

    We can condemn wanton killing by people (males) seeking ego gratification or exotic body parts for mythological “virility”…We can condemn everyone everyone who kills animals we adore…We can DEMAND legal action and justice, and maybe even some new laws…

    But the real issues that we need to confront from this story are much larger:.

    Will mankind change its ways in order to survive? Will mankind continue to trash creation itself?
    Will we continue to kill for sport and for “National Security”?

    There are hundreds if not thousands of people like the dentist. Even our own USA foreign policy resists peace and co-existence in favor of punishment, threats and organized murder..

    We must stop the primitive urges of domination and submission before we are all dead! Not just white rhinos and lions and tigers, but our fellow vertebrates- they all face annihilation in mere generations.


    Elizabeth Kolbert’s book The Sixth Extinction won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. The book is an academic challenge that goes beyond the near-sighted reactions to news events.

    We humans are running out of time wasting our lives on Donald Trump and Caitlan and the Duggars. Why get all outraged about Cecil when the real issue is a continent so poor it needs to sell rare and majestic creatures to make an economy?

    We need to become guardians of those resources we will never be able to replace, .

  3. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/30/2015 - 11:54 am.

    Where is the outrage?

    Where is the outrage commensurate with lion killing when school kids are shot and killed in school, people enjoying a movie are shot and killed, people are killed standing on a street corner? It seems our societal priorities are totally screwed up. Politicians won’t make a move because they are afraid of their cash cow the NRA. People are demanding action in the lion case and they should do the same with more intensity when people are killed. We are a country rapidly losing its moral core.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/30/2015 - 01:55 pm.

      We try . . . . .

      We try, but then LaPierre and his ilk get up there with their “Good guys with guns/Bad guys with guns” rhetoric and somehow manage to shift the entire discussion and nothing happens yet again.

      It’s very discouraging.

      But as I’ve said elsewhere, caring is not a zero sum game. The fact that people are getting publicly upset over the killing of Cecil the lion should not be taken to imply that they then care less somehow about the loss of human life.

      It’s possible to care about both. But there is no denying that some situations capture the public attention more than others. That’s just the way it is.

      Try to be encouraged about the fact that now and then, one of those situations that captures the public eye actually succeeds in leading to lasting change.

      It doesn’t happen often enough, but it does happen.

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