MSP officials defend removal of collapsed passenger

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Jeff Baenen of the AP reports, “Emergency workers who carried a passenger’s partially clothed body down the aisle of an American Airlines jet were focused on saving her life, a spokesman for the Twin Cities airport said Tuesday. The woman died shortly after being rushed off the plane Monday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. … When the plane landed, he said emergency workers used a portable stretcher — a tarp with handles — to bring her down the aisle. The portable stretcher is easier to maneuver down a narrow aisle on a crowded flight than a regular stretcher, Hogan said. The woman was wearing a shirt and underwear … .” Other stories say that is a generous description.

Still deliberating. From the Pioneer Press’ Sarah Horner: “The second day of deliberations ended Tuesday without a verdict from the jury deciding whether St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was reckless when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer. The jury received the case Monday afternoon after a week of testimony. Yanez is the first police officer in modern Minnesota history to face criminal charges related to an on-duty shooting.”

MPR’s Martin Moylan reports: “A coalition of community and government groups hopes to use the 2018 Super Bowl to draw attention to local efforts to fight sex trafficking. The organizations want to raise awareness of forced prostitution among Minnesotans and people coming to Minneapolis next February for the National Football League’s championship game.”

Tornadoes. The Star Tribune has this on the latest bit of severe weather: “A small but potent storm cell moved across western Minnesota on Tuesday night and at least two tornado touchdowns were reported in Stevens County near Hancock, Minn., authorities said.”

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” will stay in New London-Spicer. Carolyn Lange for the Duluth News Tribune reports, “Requests from citizens to have a book removed from the New London-Spicer School District curriculum have been denied. In a 3-2 vote Monday the central Minnesota school board agreed to follow the recommendation of the school administration and allow ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ to remain as an option for teachers to use in the classroom. … the book is also criticized for its use of profanity and descriptions of sexual acts.” Kids need to learn stuff like that the way their parents did: from the internet.

Back to work. John Meyers of the News Tribune says, “It took more than 11 months, thousands of court documents and dozens of attorneys, but the massive Essar Steel Minnesota bankruptcy case has been resolved. Federal Judge Brendan Shannon in Delaware on Tuesday approved a complicated settlement plan for Chippewa Capital Partners to take control of project, partially pay off Essar’s more than $1 billion in debt and restart construction on the Nashwauk taconite iron ore mine and processing center that’s sat half-built but idle since late 2015. Under the agreement, Chippewa — a joint venture of London steel and energy conglomerate GFG Alliance and Roanoke, Va., billionaire Tom Clarke — should be mining and processing ore by late 2019 or early 2020.”

Frame your ticket stub. Phil Miller of the Strib says this about last night’s Twins game. “After back-to-back drubbings, the Twins got to enjoy an offensive eruption of their own on Tuesday night. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Eddie Rosario connected three times, and the Twins punished Seattle pitching with 28 hits — a new franchise record — including eight in a row in the third inning, snapping their five-game Target Field losing streak by crushing the Mariners 20-7.”


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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 06/14/2017 - 08:06 am.

    A classic example of poor reporting

    The AP decided to run with the salacious angle in reporting on the medical emergency on the American Airlines flight. You can’t do effective CPR, including the use of a defibrillator, over clothing. Nor can you often do it effectively in crowded, cramped quarters. Most patients would probably trade life-saving efforts over temporary immodesty. But I guess it would have been too much work for the lazy reporters to have explored that angle.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 06/14/2017 - 10:14 am.


      The idea that you are worried about immodesty when you are trying to save someone’s life is just nuts.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 06/14/2017 - 12:19 pm.


      This is where decades of Right-winger whining about “liberal” reporters has gotten us, lazy, milk-toast, middle of the road reporters seeking to sensationalize. Ah, for the good old days of honest, hard working Liberals giving us the facts.

    • Submitted by Richard Rowan on 06/14/2017 - 12:33 pm.

      Editors not Reporters

      The articles I was able to find about this incident seemed to report the facts as known, quote witnesses, etc. I thought they seemed pretty balanced. I think it was the editors who chose headlines that sensationalized the incident in an attempt to tie it to the previous stories about mistreatment of passengers at the hands of airline/airport personnel. Rather than being lazy, they were doing what editors are paid to do – sell stories and attract readers. I agree that that approach is a disservice to everyone involved.

  2. Submitted by Jim Boulay on 06/14/2017 - 11:43 am.

    Oh, my little southern sensibilities!

    From the Star Tribune:
    “The EMT was out of line,” said Endress, 63, a research engineer at Southern Methodist University.

    “The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her” as she went past some of the 150 or so seated passengers, Endress added. Hogan said responders from Allina Health and the airport “were focused on trying to save her life and get her in the jetway, where they can continue to try to resuscitate her.”

    One old, southern, religious, Texas Blue Bell had to attack the EMTs who were trying to save Ms. Hines’ life! He sure saw a lot and sounds like he is upset that HE had to be exposed to this situation! If he would have paid attention to the woman and noticed when she went IN the bathroom maybe he could have alerted someone and they could have saved her life! He also could have looked away and given her the respect and dignity she deserves. Mr. Endress is a terrible role model for SMU! The EMTs are true superheroes that literally save people EVERYDAY!

    And Brian, your little snide remark that “other stories say that’s a generous description”, shows that you too must be offended by the naked female form. Did you every take high school biology?

  3. Submitted by jim hughes on 06/14/2017 - 03:53 pm.

    not seeing the issue

    It’s a non-story. Anyone who’s ever had to help a critically ill or dying person, in a difficult situation, understands this.

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