Appeals Court overturns Ventura jury award

Illustration by Ken Avidor
Courtroom sketch of Jesse Ventura

Appeals Court smackdown. The Star Tribune’s Randy Furst reports: “The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday overturned a jury’s decision to award $1.8 million to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a 2014 defamation case. … A three-judge panel threw out the $1.35 million awarded to Ventura for ‘unjust enrichment,’ saying Minnesota law did not allow a payout in this type of case; and it reversed the $500,000 award for defamation, remanding the case to the district court for a new defamation trial.”

MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim describes what it was like being a Somali-American reporter covering the recent Minnesota terrorism trial. He writes: “They looked like me, or at least younger versions of me. We spoke the same languages, English and Somali. Their parents’ history — fleeing a brutal civil war, seeking a better life in Minnesota — was my history, too. … My community ties opened doors for me as I covered the FBI’s pursuit of Somali-American Muslim men in their teens and twenties trying to join the ISIS terror group. Those connections let me break news and deliver reporting to MPR’s audience like no other journalist. … They also came at a cost.”

Tied for first? Dick Cheney and Walter Mondale. In a New York Times op-ed, political scientist Justin S. Vaughn looks at the relative merits of vice presidents: “When Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump make their picks in the coming weeks, the running mates will be viewed through two lenses: the impact they will have on the election, and the effect they might have on running the government. … The news media mostly debates the first, and yet most political-science research finds that vice-presidential selections have negligible effects on elections. Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton would be better advised to focus on who would best serve their administrations. But what makes one vice president better than another?”

Your three-hour security-line wait is about to get a lot more comfortable. For the Pioneer Press, Gino Terrell writes: “Work began this week on the renovation of the main ticketing lobby and entrance to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. … The five-year, $200 million project at Terminal 1 (Lindbergh Terminal) will accommodate a growing number of travelers by using the space more efficiently and making public spaces more roomy, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The most noticeable difference will be the relocation of the escalators and bumping out the building’s glass front 16 feet.”

In other news…

Honoring Orlando victims: “Governor orders I-35W Bridge to be lit with rainbow colors” [Mankato Free Press]

Aeon flex: “A reprieve for Lowry Grove: 11th-hour bid might save mobile home park” [MPR]

New sculpture at the Capitol:

Who’d have thought people wanted to buy beer on Sundays? “Sunday growler sales doing well for one Duluth brewery” [Northland News Center]

That’s commitment: “Metro Transit bus driver’s tattoo is a moving conversation piece” [Star Tribune]

In case you missed it this weekend: “Photos: North Star bicycle festival starts in fixed gear” [MPR]

Afro Deli may be closing: “No signs of settlement in dispute over Afro Deli” [Star Tribune]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 06/13/2016 - 02:55 pm.

    Quite a story by MPR reporter

    Mukhtar Iibrahim wove a most delicate narrative with understanding of all sides so carefully orchestrated in the telling

    One can only be grateful for his ability to write so well.

    Hope to see more of this journalist’s work . Thank you Mukhtar I.

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