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Third sex-abuse lawsuit filed against Children’s Theatre Company

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Children’s Theatre Company

Elizabeth Mohr, in the PiPress, reports: “A third lawsuit claiming child sex abuse has been filed against the Children’s Theatre Company and one of its former acting coaches. The suit, filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court, claims Doe 116, a former student at the theater’s school, was sexually abused by Jason McLean for four years, beginning in 1981 when she was about 13 years old.”

A judge has signed off on an archdiocese sell-off. From the Pioneer Press: “A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of a St. Paul building owned by the Twin Cities archdiocese. Judge Robert Kressel on Thursday approved the sale of the Hayden Center to the Minnesota Historical Society for $4.5 million. It’s the first of four real estate holdings expected to be sold by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this year.” The Cathedral ought to bring at least twice that.

We’re up to six GOP candidates in the CD2 race. MPR tells us: “Darlene Miller, the CEO of Permac Industries, a precision parts manufacturing company in Burnsville, stressed her business experience in announcing her campaign. ‘A growing economy with more and better paying jobs will ease the daily pressures on people’s lives. Economic growth will also allow us to get the federal deficit under control if we hold the line on spending.’ Miller said … . Miller blamed government for blocking job growth. ‘ObamaCare, taxes, over-regulation, and deficit spending are crushing our country and killing the jobs that help the middle class. Working families and small businesses need Washington to get out of the way, and I look forward to fighting for them in Congress,’ she said.” Now that there is some mighty original messagin’.

Wanna hang with Seahawks fans before the game? is pointing Seattle fans to the 8th Street Grill in downtown Minneapolis. “James Erickson, 40, has been a Midwest-based Seahawks fan since the mid-1990s and has traveled to Green Bay, Chicago and New Orleans to cheer on the team. He’ll be hosting this Saturday’s playoff rally at the 8th Street Grill in Minneapolis, where he bartended and managed for a decade before moving to Wisconsin last year. ‘It’s technically a Packers bar, because the owner is from Wisconsin,’ said Erickson, who now owns a bar called the Silver Dollar in Menomonie, Wis., ‘but it’s a Seahawks-friendly bar.’”

Allison Sherry of the Strib has a list of “dates” the state’s congressional delegation is taking to the State of the Union speech. “Sen. Al Franken: Abdirahman Kahin, the owner of Afro Deli restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul and a prominent member of the Twin Cities’ Muslim community. … Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison: Elijah Ellison, a Muslim-American and combat medic in the U.S. Army, and Rep. Ellison’s son.”

Mukhtar Ibrahim at MPR has a bit more on Franken’s choice. “Kahin, 38, owner of Afro Deli & Grill restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul, was chosen by Franken to attend President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address next Tuesday in Washington, D.C. ‘As a small business owner and leader in our community, Abdirahman Kahin is an excellent example of how integral people of diverse faiths and backgrounds are to the prosperity of our state,’ Franken said in a statement. ‘For over five years, Afro Deli has introduced Minnesotans to delicious African and Mediterranean cuisine with an American twist, and its success is a testament to Abdirahman’s entrepreneurship.'”

Trending … in Wisconsin. Says Jesse Garza in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “A Milwaukee man is accused of stabbing an unwanted cocker spaniel to death after the dog repeatedly returned to its owners’ home, once after having already been stabbed and left for dead, according to a criminal complaint. Zachary George Senner, 38, is charged with felony mistreatment of an animal/use of a dangerous weapon in the stabbing and bludgeoning of the dog … . When he could not find someone willing to take the animal Senner tried leaving Brandy at a location away from the couple’s residence, but the dog found its way back home.” The rest is too gruesome for words.

But then we’ve got this guy. Jaime DeLage of the PiPress says, “A Minnetonka Beach man who accidentally ran over and killed his wife in the driveway while drunk has been sentenced to 8 months in jail and 10 years probation. David Meder, 59, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 when arrested after the fatal July 24, 2014, accident, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. His wife, Diane, 57, was still alive when paramedics arrived and told them her husband struck her by accident. She died at the hospital shortly afterward. Meder told police he and his wife were coming home from a restaurant when the accident happened. He said he stopped at the mailbox and, while he was looking at the mail, his wife got out of their SUV. He ran over her as he pulled into the driveway.”

DeLage has another story. This one is about the High Bridge neighborhood trying to deal with suicides. “A High Bridge makeover, of its design and its reputation, could help reduce the number of people who use the St. Paul span as a means to end their lives. Neighborhood advocates hope physical barriers will be included when the Smith Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River is redecked in 2018, but they aren’t waiting until then to take measures of their own. About 60 of them gathered Wednesday night at Bad Weather Brewing Co., near the north end of the bridge, to discuss steps they could take in the short term.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 01/08/2016 - 07:44 am.


    Yeah, because Milwaukee doesn’t have any Humane Societies or anything where an unwanted dog could be surrendered:

    At the very least, the dog could have been offered up on craigslist.

    Just disgusting.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 01/08/2016 - 09:03 am.

    Wall Street NOT Washington

    Whenever you hear a “conservative” such as Darlene Miller complaining about “Washington,”….

    just substitute “Wall Street,” and you’ll begin to understand who the enemy of regular folk, the middle class, retirees and even poor folk REALLY is.

    Regarding Ms. Miller’s recitation of typical “conservative” talking points,…

    if we really want to recognize what’s going on with American jobs and businesses,…

    who’s really damaging our health care system,…

    (by using it to massively pad their OWN pockets with money extracted from our premiums and government funds at every opportunity),…

    forcing us regular folk to pay more taxes,

    (by arranging for themselves to pay a pittance on their unjustifiably bloated incomes while the rest of us make up the difference in HIGHER taxes),…

    over-regulating the financial lives of business enterprises,

    (by requiring them to cast aside long-term planning, goal setting, and research and development efforts because Wall Street only operates short term, according to the whims of the quarterly (every three month) report and whatever Wall Street’s wizards are currently enamored with – which has NOTHING to do with actual value of the companies involved or even whole sectors of the economy – the whole “investment” system as it currently functions is nothing but a shell game),…

    sucking massive amounts of dollars out of active participation in the US economy,

    (by squirreling away a large part of their own incomes and that of major US corporations in off shore accounts in order to avoid paying even the pittance in taxes they owe),…

    and crushing our country and killing the jobs that help the middle class,…

    (because in the eyes of Wall Street, EVERY employee is a liability, except the CEO and corporate board – and even there, only if they own a lot of stock; the perfect company having NO employees, only CEOs, CFOs, robots, and computers).

    The reality is, working families and small businesses need WALL STREET to get out of the way.

    WASHINGTON is the only entity in this nation that sometimes works to HELP us regular folk survive,…

    because in the eyes of Wall Street, the average American is nothing more than collateral damage in their continuing, completely selfish and self-serving battle to extract as much blood and treasure in monetary terms (mostly) out of our lives, our economy and our nation in order to pad their own accounts.

    You’d almost think they expect to be able to take it with them when they go;…

    that there’s nothing but benefit and zero liability for them in reducing their fellow citizens to a nation of “Lazarus’s” while they, themselves, take the role of the rich man in Jesus’ parable. [Luke 16:19-31]

  3. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 01/08/2016 - 11:07 am.


    …to Brother Kapphahn. All that’s missing from Ms. Miller’s announcement is some indication that she’s been closely studying the public utterances of Michele Bachmann.

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