Prince has died

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What can you say? The Pioneer Press’ Marino Eccher reports some very sad news: “Music icon Prince died Thursday at his Paisley Park estate at age 57, his publicist confirmed… The Carver County’s sheriff’s office responded to a medical call about 9:40 a.m. The estate houses Prince’s recording studio, and multiple people work there. The Associated Press reported that he died at his home in Chanhassen. … Prince was sick with the flu last week and made an emergency landing in his private plane, but recovered to hold a dance party Saturday. … The Minneapolis native broke through at age 18 with the 1979 hit ‘Wanna Be Your Lover’ and soared over the following decade with such albums as ‘1999’ and ‘Purple Rain.’ ”

The Supreme Court didn’t seem too impressed with the lawyers representing North Dakota and Minnesota during yesterday’s hearing about state breathalyzer lawsSlate’s Mark Joseph Stern sums up: “The justices of the United States Supreme Court are at their best when united against a common foe. It’s much easier to put aside doctrinal differences and work together when an attorney at the lectern sounds like a clodhopping amateur trying out for the moot court team. On Wednesday, in a critically important Fourth Amendment case, not one but two advocates performed so terribly that the justices effectively gave up and had a conversation among themselves. The result was a deeply uncomfortable 70 minutes during which the clash between state power and individual autonomy took a back seat to jokes about night court and hillbilly judges.” This is what an all Harvard and Yale Supreme Court gets you.

Can always use more parking. The Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner reports: “After more than two years of anticipation and attempts at deal-making with various developers, the home of the last major retailer in downtown St. Paul is poised to become a whole lot of parking. … Because of a number of challenges associated with the former Macy’s site, the St. Paul Port Authority hasn’t been able to sell the urban square footage as an ideal spot for apartments or even high-end office space.”

Another option for the airport. KMSP reports: “Travelers leaving Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can now open their Uber app and request a lower-priced UberX car. Uber confirmed that UberX pickups at MSP Airport begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Travelers wishing to use Uber to depart the airport previously had to use the higher-priced Uber Black option, which sends a black town car to the pre-arranged limousine area.”

In other news…

And these are just the pumps they checked: “Gas Pump Sweep Finds 9 Card Skimmers In Minnesota” [WCCO]

The image at the top of this story is terrifying: “Minnesota woman plunges into lake, rescued by officers who were chasing her” [Duluth News Tribune]

Well yeah: “Jayhawks’ Gary Louris on painkiller addiction: ‘I didn’t do my best work loaded’” [MPR]

What’s going on here? “RCTC beefs up security after faculty cites ‘escalating student conflict’ ” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 04/21/2016 - 03:23 pm.

    Contrary to What Mr. Stern on Slate Had to Say

    and based on MPR’s story about these arguments,…

    I’d say the Supreme Court Justice’s dismissive attitude toward the arguments being offered in defense of Minnesota and North Dakota’s laws,…

    was based on the reality that in light of currently available technology,…

    and the demands of the Constitution for a warrant in cases where a “search of or seizure of property are to be conducted,…

    which has long since been taken to include blood tests and breathalizers,…

    the justices found completely indefensible the LAWS that these lawyers were trying to defend.

    There was NOTHING the lawyers for Minnesota and North Dakota could have said that would have persuaded the Supreme Court Justices that,…

    in this day and age, it’s not possible to procure a warrant in a timely manner in such cases.

    However, I can’t help but wonder where the money to pay for a system which would provide such warrants would come from.

    But then, perhaps, existing technology is already capable enough,…

    and all that remains is provision for a rotating series of on-call judges to answer the phone and provide needed warrants as the bars across the state close each night.

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