Your phrase of the day: “Objectively unreasonable.” Covering the Jeronimo Yanez trial, Chao Xiong of the Strib says, “A use of force expert testified Wednesday that there was ‘absolutely no reason’ for officer Jeronimo Yanez to believe Philando Castile was the armed suspect in a robbery days earlier, although a non-working brake light was enough grounds for a legal traffic stop. ‘It’s my opinion that the use of deadly force was objectively unreasonable,’ said the prosecution’s use of force expert, Jeffrey Noble. ‘He was simply a black man who drove by the convenience store four days later.’”
What? No coal? Brooks Johnson of the Duluth News Tribune says, “Minnesota Power is partnering with another utility to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior as part of a suite of renewable energy proposals that include new wind and solar generation.‘It’s really about giving customers affordable, reliable, less carbon-intensive energy,’ Julie Pierce, Minnesota Power vice president of strategy and planning, told the News Tribune this week. ‘What we’re doing with this is bringing in flexible generation … to back us up.’”
One punch. A Forum News Service story says, “A photo snapped at a downtown eatery and shared on social media shows Jamie Grant surrounded by family and friends on May 27. Later that Saturday night, outside Fargo’s HoDo Restaurant and Lounge, Grant was punched once, fell, hit his head on pavement and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The 45-year-old husband and father of a young boy died Monday, said his father, Cornelius Grant. His organs will be donated.”
Mara Gottfried and Nick Woltman of the PiPress say, “A 19-year-old man who drowned in the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wis., on Tuesday had been arrested in April following a triple homicide in St. Paul, though he said he was not involved and was simply trying to protect his young niece in the aftermath. Jeffery Arkis Taylor’s family is reeling after his death, said attorney Karlowba Powell. He is the second young man to die in the family in two months — police said Taylor’s half-brother fatally shot himself after killing the 19-year-old mother of his child, her 17-year-old sister and the young women’s father.”
He wasn’t ready for the close-up. Says Kayla Song of the PiPress, “A Fridley man has been arrested and charged in the burglary of a Roseville residence caught on the homeowner’s security camera this past week. Jason McGowan, 25, faces felony charges of first- and second-degree burglary, according to Roseville police. It was an image of the burglary caught by the security camera that eventually led to his arrest, police said. After the photograph was published by Twin Cities media, an anonymous tipster called investigators and identified a suspect.” Hi-def gets ‘em every time.
For some people, it’s like a drug. Says Randy Furst in the Strib, “The guy who once wrestled for a living, then blew away the pundits by getting elected governor of Minnesota, has a new gig — on Russian television. ‘I am working for the enemy of mainstream media now,’ Ventura said of ‘The World According to Jesse’, a variety show airing Fridays beginning this month on RT America, the Washington D.C. arm of the international network RT. The network formerly known as Russia Today is funded by the government and touts itself as bringing ‘the Russian view on global news.’” What are the chances he gets Gen. Flynn on to do a cooking segment or something?
They’d be game changers at a $1 million-plus for the low-end units. Says Jim Buchta in the Strib, “A pair of developers want to build a pair of residential towers across from the Galleria and Southdale shopping centers in Edina, but on Tuesday night the proposal received a “lukewarm” response from the City Council because of its height, City Manager Scott Neal said. … Neal said that while the council ‘loved’ nearly every aspect of the project they expressed some concern about a high-rise in that location, which is surrounded by low-rise commercial buildings and is adjacent to a residential neighborhood.”