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Minneapolis entrepreneur named in Children’s Theatre abuse lawsuit

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Children’s Theatre Company

Rohan Preston of the Star Tribune says: “Alleging sexual abuse in the 1970s and ’80s, two former student actors at Children’s Theatre Company have filed suit against the Minneapolis theater, co-founder John Clark Donahue and Minneapolis entrepreneur Jason McLean. The civil complaint, filed Monday in Hennepin County District Court, revisits a disturbing chapter of the company’s past that sent Donahue to jail after he pleaded guilty in 1984 to sexual misconduct with three teenage boys. This is the first time that abuse allegations have been filed in court against McLean, 61, who owns the Loring Pasta Bar and the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.”

For MPR Madeleine Baran says, “The lawsuit is being brought under the Child Victims Act, which gives victims more time to sue for old incidents of abuse. The act opened a three-year window for filing claims that closes six months from now.”

And how long did this take? MPR’s Martin Moylan reports, “Allina Health is planning to eliminate some unhealthy foods — and shut down the McDonald’s at Abbott Northwestern hospital. The McDonald’s has been inside the hospital since 1988. But by Jan. 1, sugar-sweetened beverages and deep-fried foods won’t be available in Allina’s 13 hospitals and 90 clinics in the Twin Cities metro area.” Apparently Allina has finally caught up on the professional literature.

Good luck with this. Don Davis of the Forum News Service says, “Far more young Americans can name an ‘American Idol’ judge than the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice (John Roberts). Many youths cannot name one of the three branches of the federal government (executive, legislative and judicial). Not many know what we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights). Minnesota state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said Tuesday that he wants to correct that. He told a House education committee about his bill to require students to pass the same test immigrants must pass before becoming U.S. citizens.” Pal, it’s our ignorance that makes us exceptional.

Going nowhere fast on the body camera question. Says Kyle Potter for the AP, “After months of grappling with how to regulate body cameras and pressure from police to lay down ground rules in state law, Minnesota lawmakers found themselves no closer Tuesday to finalizing those guidelines next year. The Legislative Commission on Data has met with police organizations, community groups and civil liberties experts, only to find more questions than answers in its quest to queue up legislation for the 2016 session, which begins in March.”

NOT an invasive species. John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune says, “Gypsy moth numbers increased some from 2014 to this year in Minnesota but could spike even higher next year after a warmer El Nino winter. That was the word Tuesday from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture which reported 1,049 gypsy moths trapped this year, up from just 523 moths in 2014 but still well down from the record high of 71,000 in 2013. Almost all the moths trapped have been in Northeastern Minnesota.”

Print those World Series tickets. The AP story on the Twins new slugger says, “Byung Ho Park agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $12 million contract with the Twins, who are looking to add power to their lineup around promising youngster Miguel Sano and veterans Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier. The 29-year-old will get $2.75 million in each of the next two seasons and $3 million each in 2018 and ’19. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. … Exactly how those numbers will translate against the better pitching he will face in the major leagues remains to be seen, as FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal explained.”

Manufacturing is having a tough time. Says Dee DePass in the Strib, “Minnesota and Midwest manufacturers digested more bad news this week as factories reported the worst monthly business conditions in three years. The closely watched nine-state Mid-America Business Conditions Index, compiled by Creighton University, slumped to just 40.7 in November, down from the already dismal 41.9 index in ­October.”

VICE news picks up on the story of the four guys now in custody for the Black Lives Matter shootings. Brian McManus writes, “Every blue moon, they make their way into the news cycle: so-called ‘sovereign citizens’ groups. These anti-government crusaders believe they are not subject to laws on the local, state or federal level. That means they often refuse to carry proper ID, or pay taxes, which they deem illegitimate—if not unholy. They don’t even recognize United States currency. These types don’t much trust police, either, and in that sense, you might expect them to share a kinship—however tenuous—with protesters outside a police department. But sovereign citizens are also frequently racists, and the people protesting American police in 2015 are often black. Maybe that’s why, when a hail of bullets erupted last Monday during a protest headed up by Black Lives Matter and the NAACP outside Minneapolis’s fourth precinct police department, the gunfire allegedly came from at least one man linked to the anti-government movement.”

Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 12/02/2015 - 06:35 am.

    What a surprise

    The civics requirement legislation for high school graduation came from ALEC:

    Can’t any of these guys (legislators) come up with ideas of their own, or is it just too easy to let someone else do all their thinking for them?

    • Submitted by Peggy Reinhardt on 12/02/2015 - 08:52 am.

      Thanks for this link to ALEC

      Always good to see the source of cookie-cutter legislation. I don’t see that ALEC has yet to support the Equal Rights Amendment.

  2. Submitted by Curtis Loschy on 12/02/2015 - 09:02 am.

    Test Legislators

    Before passing this law we should test all the legislators. If they don’t pass they have to go back to their districts and the people they represent get a chance to throw them out.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/02/2015 - 09:39 am.

      A Good Idea

      A legislator in a western state (Wyoming? Montana?) had a similar idea a few years ago. He/she introduced a bill that would require candidates for state office to take a written test on the state and federal constitutions (the drafting of the test would be assigned to a bipartisan commission). Candidates would not have been required to pass the test, but their scores would have been public information for the electorate to evaluate.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 12/02/2015 - 09:04 am.

    Any Legislator Who Proposes ALEX-Sponsored Legislation

    should be VERY strongly challenged regarding his/her failure to represent the needs and interests of their own constituents,…

    casting those needs aside in favor of serving the needs of a conspiratorial cabal of very wealthy and self-serving foreigners (to the state of Minnesota).

    But before we do this, I’d suggest a pop quiz for each of our legislators;…

    (and let’s include the Presidential candidates, too)…

    a quiz which asks them to name the current members of the Supreme Court,…

    the three branches of Federal and State government,…

    and the Constitutional powers grated to each of them,…

    the actual amendments found in the Bill of Rights,…

    and the name of the U.N. body which meets to make decisions regarding challenging situations in the world between sessions of the full U.N….

    and the nations which are “permanent members” of that body.

    Anyone scoring less that 60% should be asked why they should not resign immediately.

  4. Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 12/02/2015 - 11:29 am.

    Re: Allina and McDonalds

    I rotated through Abbott as a medical student in 2001; I thought it was strange back then to have a McDonalds parked inside a major heart center. So it took at least 14 years; better late than never.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/02/2015 - 12:13 pm.

      Why would it be “strange”?

      There are bail bondmen near jails, payday lenders in poor neighborhoods. Frankly, I’m surprised there isn’t a Cardiac Minute Clinic in every fast food joint.

      • Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 12/02/2015 - 02:50 pm.

        Strange because:-It’s

        Strange because:
        -It’s unusual for hospitals to do so (not aware of another in MN)
        -I hope hospitals operate on a slightly different ethical plane than do bail bonds and payday loans

  5. Submitted by Russ Hilbert on 12/02/2015 - 11:55 am.

    gunfire at protest

    It is incredibly unfortunate the representative from the NAACP chose make such an uneducated and divisive accusation that these people were acting on behalf of the police department. This type of comment has no place in the protests at all and is yet another reason why they should just end the occupation. She single handedly made her own organization seem to be anti-police rather than wanting to work with them to solve social injustice.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/02/2015 - 12:48 pm.

      Did We Read the Same Article?

      Where do you get this idea?

      I saw no quotation from any representative of the NAACP.

      I saw nothing linking or trying to link the shooters to the police.

      • Submitted by Russ Hilbert on 12/02/2015 - 04:15 pm.


        She said in a CNN interview and that was reported here on MINNPOST. Below is direct from MINNPOST as well as the link.

        “At RawStory, we have this about a CNN interview here in the Twin Cities: “Raeisha Williams, communications chair of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CNN that members of law enforcement were ‘behind’ the Monday night shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters. During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark. ‘We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,’ Williams explained. ‘But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.'”

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