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Ten University of Minnesota football players suspended

Plus: Chanhassen High principal arrested on suspicion of child porn; Arden Hills approves mega-project for old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site; Hennepin Avenue Green Mill is closing; and more.

Joe Christensen of the Strib reports, “The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that 10 Gophers football players have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. The suspended players are: Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, Seth Green, KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson, Kobe McCrary, Antonio Shenault, Mark Williams and Antoine Winfield Jr. The statement says: ‘Due to privacy restrictions relating to student educational data, there is nothing further the University can share.’” 

MPR’s story says, “Five of the suspended players — Buford, Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson and Djam — were allegedly involved in what a woman described as a horrifying series of ‘multiple sexual assaults’ this fall. That incident allegedly took place Sept. 2 and involved a woman who was a part of on-field activities during football games. Last month, she dropped restraining orders against the five football players she said took part in the incident. None of the players were arrested or charged in connection with the alleged Sept. 2 incident. … The settlement announced last month requires the players to stay at least 20 feet from her.”

In the PiPress, Andy Greder reports, “Ray Buford Sr., a 17-year law enforcement official in Michigan, told the Pioneer Press that the suspensions are tied to an early-morning incident on Sept. 2 where four players — Buford, Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson — were ‘mentioned’ in a Minneapolis Police report that included a woman’s allegations of sexual assault. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office declined Oct. 3 to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. Buford said the new suspension are the result an investigation by the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) and were relayed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Buford said ‘some’ of the players were recommended for expulsion from the university, and he added that will be met with appeals. ‘The closer you were to the lady, the harsher the recommendation,’ Buford said.”

Still too big to fail. Says Reuters, “Wells Fargo would damage financial markets if it were pushed to bankruptcy, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday as they imposed restrictions on the bank’s business after a second review under post-recession industry rules.The nation’s largest banks must offer regulators ‘living wills’ that outline how they would be unwound in an orderly way. Wells Fargo was one of five banks to fail an initial assessment in April.  On Tuesday, regulators determined that Wells Fargo’s living wills fell short and that the San Francisco-based bank would be sanctioned, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said in a statement.”

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A zone of really lousy chi. Writes Emma Nelson for the Strib, “It’s finally winter in Minneapolis, and for city dwellers — or those just storing their cars here — that means learning how to park all over again. Early Tuesday, the third and final day of the season’s first snow emergency, there had been 4,899 tickets issued and 911 tows — and those numbers were expected to rise throughout the day. Final numbers will be released on Wednesday. The city tickets cars before towing them.”

In other words, they’re just making the numbers up? MPR’s story, from Mark Zdechlik, on the latest review of health care provider charges, says, “The same clinic visit or procedure can have a drastically different price tag in Minnesota depending on your health care provider, a new survey found. Minnesota Community Measurement on Tuesday released its third-annual review of cost data from more than 1.5 million insurance claims, and it showed there are still big cost differences from provider to provider around the state. For example, a strep test can cost $8 or  $101, depending on the provider. A knee MRI cost some people as little as $216, while others were billed $3,904, according to the review. Consumers with high co-pays and deductibles can wind up shouldering much of that cost.” The greatest damn system on the planet!

And yet another one you can’t make up. In the Strib, Beatrice Dupuy and Liz Sawyer write, “The principal of Chanhassen High School was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Timothy Dorway, 44, was booked Tuesday after Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested him. The arrest followed a search of his home in Victoria and at the high school where he was named principal in 2010.”

Might want to leave the Ferragamo loafers in the Lambo. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A couple of days on a county work crew await a Lamborghini driver who has admitted to being among a large pack of exotic sports car drivers who roared along at more than 100 miles per hour through traffic on Interstate 394 on a spring weekend afternoon. Ethan E. Hoover, 28, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County District Court to speeding, while charges of reckless driving and careless driving were dismissed.”

Strib columnist Jon Tevlin adds this to The Case of the Cushy Suites episode. “When the story first broke that the MSFA used some of its 36 prime seats for family members and friends, along with a bunch of people actually thinking about doing business with the facility, Gov. Mark Dayton blamed the media for sensationalizing the issue. Maybe so. Maybe, as one reader pointed out, ‘There are more important things to worry about.’ … That said, I cannot recall an issue that so clearly polarized people into two camps: those who saw the perks as inappropriate, and those who saw the perks as wildly inappropriate.”

Approved. Says David Peterson for the Strib, “Arden Hills has approved the creation of a 427-acre town center megaproject, decades in the making, on the site of a former munitions plant.  … The Rice Creek Commons project, also known as TCAAP — short for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant that was built just before World War II — aims to create a mini-urban village with buildings as tall as 10 stories, surrounded by suburban-style single-family neighborhoods that are linked by parks and trails.”

Another era ends. Walsh (see above) and Rick Nelson of the Strib report, “There’s a changing of the color guard afoot on Hennepin Avenue: The Green Mill restaurant is closing after 38 years, and a Red Cow is moving in. .…  It’s been a time of change on that busy stretch of Hennepin Avenue. A little more than a year ago, Giordano’s, the Chicago-based pizzeria, opened its first Minnesota outlet a block to the south. Roat Osha, a Thai restaurant and bar, relocated this past summer from its 27th and Hennepin corner to Calhoun Square (it’s being replaced by a Walgreens). And three blocks to the north, D’Amico & Sons is ending its 22-year reign at the end of the year.”