Hundreds gather at Minneapolis vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Hundreds attending the vigil in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Sunday.

From KMSP-TV: “Hundreds gathered for a vigil in Loring Park in Minneapolis to show their support for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. OutFront Minnesota, a LGBTQ group, organized the event in light of the shooting. At the vigil, people united through song and prayer, coming together to mourn. … Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement, ordering flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims: ‘The horrific act of hatred and terror in Orlando was an unfathomable attack upon all of humanity. Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of that heinous assault. Following the Order by President Obama that all federal flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on June 16, 2016 as a mark of respect for the victims, I hereby order that all flags of the State of Minnesota also be flown at half-staff for that same period of time.’”  Dayton also asked Minnesota DOT to light the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis with rainbow colors until Thursday June 16.”

More reaction to the Orlando massacre. In the PiPress: “[From Sen. Al Franken:] ‘It is difficult to find words to express my sadness and shock at the horrific shooting in Orlando, and my heart breaks for everyone affected by this heinous act of terror. While we are still learning the details of this tragedy, we do know this: Fifty innocent lives were barbarically taken from families who now have to face the reality of life without a loved one. They were murdered because they were at a gay club by someone with hate in his heart and an assault rifle in his hands. How many tragedies like this does this nation have to endure before we find the moral conviction to do something about gun violence?’” Unfortunately, I think we all know the answer to that.

From MPR:  “Attendees of a Gay Pride festival in suburban Minneapolis reacted with shock as news of the mass shooting in Florida continues to unfold. Minneapolis pastor DeWayne Davis said he told his congregation at All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church that he would participate in the festival to show the resilience of the LGBTQ community. … Festival organizers currently are in talks with the Minneapolis Police Department and other organizations to ensure safety.”

Jay Knoll at KARE-TV: “On Sunday, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined the Minnesota Muslim community in condemning the shooting. ‘Minnesota Muslims condemn in the strongest possible the mass shooting in Orlando,’ said Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR. ‘We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. The LGBTQ community has stood with the American Muslim community during challenging and difficult times. We stand together against hatred, violence and demonization of entire communities.’”

Karen Zamora and Pat Pfeifer in the Strib: “The Twin Cities will host one of the country’s biggest Pride celebrations on June 25 and 26, with a weekend-long festival in Loring Park, Pride night at the St. Paul Saints stadium in St. Paul, a parade on Hennepin Avenue and bars packed with locals and visitors. Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride, said most of the security at the parade and festival has been behind the scenes and not visible to attendees. This year, though, it’s likely to be more visible. She said organizers are working with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Minneapolis Park Police to identify additional security measures they can take. … Belstler said there will be a to-be-announced event honoring the Orlando victims at Pride weekend, but organizers aren’t sure yet exactly what form that will take.”

A pension fix will have to wait. Says Maya Rao in the Strib, “Amid legislative theatrics over tax cuts and construction projects, efforts to bolster Minnesota’s multibillion-dollar government worker pensions quietly fell apart at the end of the session. The state was expected to approve changes after discovering that government retirees’ exceptionally long lives will cost up to $1.4 billion more than planned in coming decades. Minnesotans have the highest life expectancy in the continental U.S. — 81.1 years — while the state’s retiring female teachers are projected to live as long as 90.”

The state’s cannabis poster child is doing better. John Lundy for the Forum News Service says, “As with any 10-year-old, Amelia Weaver began to get restless as the adults’ conversation wore on. But when her dad, Josh Weaver, spoke, Amelia’s dark brown eyes followed him. That alone bespoke a victory for the Hibbing girl, who suffers from a rare and particularly heinous form of epilepsy and who became something of the poster child for the cause of medical cannabis in Minnesota. ‘Having her smile at us and give us eye contact and want to be a part of what we’re doing and not having seizures all day has really been life-changing for Amelia’, said her mom, Angie Weaver, as she and Josh sat with their daughter on the living room floor in their Hibbing home. Amelia is among more than 1,400 Minnesotans being treated with medical cannabis since the drug became legal in the state last July 1.”

Windows and air conditioning. Says Stribber Erin Golden, “An uptick in noise from nighttime flights has made more Minneapolis homes eligible for noise-proofing improvements such as new windows and air conditioning. This month, residents along eight blocks in southwest Minneapolis — 137 houses and 88 apartment units — will be notified that the noise of planes overhead has been above a specified level for three years, qualifying them for the upgrades.”

In case you missed it: From the AP’s Steve Karnowski: “Long before Prince died, he told close friends he wanted to turn his Paisley Park home and studio complex into a museum. Now, the trust company overseeing his estate — likely with the backing of Prince’s siblings — is exploring the idea to open it up as a tourist attraction that some have compared with Elvis Presley’s Graceland.”

Also in the Strib, an ebb in apartment-building is comingSays Jim Buchta: “Finding an apartment is still difficult in many parts of the Twin Cities but, with new ones being built at breakneck speed, that’s beginning to change. For the first time in more than five years, the average vacancy rate in the Twin Cities metro topped 3 percent, according to a first-quarter report Marquette Advisors. And while that is still far short of the 5 percent mark at which the market is considered balanced, developers are about to tap the brakes after delivering a near-record number of new rentals this year.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 06/13/2016 - 06:18 am.

    Let’s be very careful in definition here.

    Deflection and rationalization may no longer be appropriate after Boston, San Bernardino and perhaps now Orlando.

    European attacks have been based on a gang model. Maybe we should not assume same for U.S.

  2. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 06/13/2016 - 09:13 am.

    Tragedy and the media’s power of suggestion of

    …suggestion; misconception?

    It goes without saying this is a tragedy executed by a sick mind…but listening to first reports by some of main stream media, the words “appears to be” is/was used to fill in the gaps of not knowing facts and filling in by undocumented suggestion; consciously or subliminally, …to excite the reader maybe, who knows?

    But whatever the careless reporters -be it CBS or NBC- who spoke with undocumented suggestion, would only activate hate again among a nation trying to find a scapegoat?

    I don’t know the why here but that’s not the greatest piece of journalism coming off the airwaves initially…. when one sick domestic American does a most evil act and the media suggests; scapegoats a religious group in the process?

    What will be the response as the blame game begins?

    Or even if do we blame it on ISIS, freeing us from ‘domestic responsibility’ and giving them more ‘credit’ for their evil pursuits?

    The early blame game is not good nor healthy in a nation where fear and hate rise like poison mushrooms on a rainy day?

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