Mall of America seeks restraining order to stop Black Lives Matter protest

#ItsMyMall. Well, not if you’re a Black Lives Matter protester, as MPR’s Tim Nelson explains: “ The Mall of America is pursuing legal measures to try to stop a planned Black Lives Matter protest at the shopping center on Wednesday. … The mall has filed a request for a temporary restraining order seeking to block the protest, announced last week.” And especially not if you’re one of these 8 people, per WCCO: “Eight activists with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis have been sued by Mall Of America, according to the group. … Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said that Mall of America has targeted four activists and four ‘John Does’ with a temporary restraining order, as well as requiring them to delete any social media posts encouraging a the upcoming demonstration at the mega mall. The lawsuit also prohibits the defendants from demonstrating at MOA.”

City Pages’ Susan Du on what Minneapolis’ Patrick Henry High is doing right: “When Margaret Campbell completed 8th grade, she knew she was bound for Patrick Henry High in North Minneapolis. Her father was a proud graduate. She didn’t really have a choice. … Her middle school friends were pretty mean about it. ‘Henry was viewed as not the greatest school, people are stupid, there’s fights and stuff like that,’ Campbell says. ‘People thought Henry sucked, because it’s on the North Side.’ … Now a junior, Campbell is certain that Patrick Henry is the best school in Minneapolis. U.S. News and World Report would agree with her. The magazine recognized Henry as the third best high school in Minnesota this year. It’s the only public school in Minneapolis or St. Paul to be ranked, and it beat out charters and much wealthier suburban districts.”

An early Christmas present to the Iron Range from the Obama administration. At Minnesota Brown, Aaron Brown writes: “The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that U.S. regulators have slapped huge tariffs on foreign steel in response to accusations that some countries are ‘dumping’ their products on the American market. ‘Dumping’ means that companies sell the steel for less than it costs them to make it. This is possible in countries that subsidize their steel industry in order to keep people working. … With these U.S. tariffs on the table, we may see restoration of order for the international steel trade. That could bring some relief to local mines this year, or at least keep more of them open longer. But remember, as long as the global price of iron ore is below the price it costs Iron Range mines to produce the same product, our mines are in danger. Legal foreign imports might cost more, but will still be cheaper than American steel under these conditions.” That ought to make Denis McDonough a popular guy this week.

Soccer moms? Meh — give us hockey moms! For the Laker & Pioneer, Katie Morford reports on a brand new reality show: “… the big buzz now is around the new show, ‘Hockey Moms.’ … Overall, the goal is to convey to the viewer all that a hockey mom and family goes through as they support a son or daughter’s hockey dreams. This show has been in the works since March of 2014 when the company held an open casting call. … ‘The response was overwhelming,’ Lee said. ‘We had over 400 applicants from around the country.’ ”

In other news…

Useful: “These Twin Cities restaurants will be open on Christmas Day” [Pioneer Press]

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek can’t tell you much about the 140 federal offenders recently released to Minnesota, but he seems pretty concerned. [KSTP]

Well, it’s that time of year again: “WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Holiday Lights Show In Minnesota”

Winnebago’s new CEO, Michael Happe, joins the RV-maker after working at Minnesota’s own Toro Company. [Des Moines Register]

“DNR Adds Over 2,000 Acres Of Protected Wildlife Land” [WCCO]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/21/2015 - 02:35 pm.

    Overreaching?

    It seems to me that there are obvious constitutional issues associated with asking the court for an order “requiring them to delete any social media posts” encouraging a demonstration at the Mall o’.

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