Yanez case goes to the jury

Jeronimo Yanez
Jeronimo Yanez

Covering the Jeronimo Yanez trial, Steve Karnowski of the AP writes, “The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist seconds after the man informed him he was carrying a gun ‘did what he had to do’ in a thoroughly justified use of force, a defense attorney argued Monday. Prosecutors countered that officer Jeronimo Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat. Yanez’s manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments.”

A trio of Star Tribune reporters write: “Defense attorney Earl Gray told jurors that the state ‘failed miserably’ in presenting its case. He emphasized the defense’s main contention: that Castile did not follow orders because he was too stoned from smoking marijuana and that he grabbed a gun in his right pocket, forcing Yanez to shoot. ‘None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile,’ Gray said.” 

Royce who? After months of mock drafts that virtually every sports sage got wrong, your soon-to-be-World Series champion Minnesota Twins selected an 18-year-old high school kid with the first overall pick in this year’s draft. Says Dave Sheinin in The Washington Post: “Despite the availability of two of the best two-way prospects in the history of the Major League Baseball amateur draft, the Minnesota Twins used the first overall pick Monday night on the specimen of ballplayer that has captivated talent evaluators forever: the big, rangy, toolsy high school shortstop. Royce Lewis of JSerra Catholic High in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., joined Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Justin Upton and Carlos Correa on the list of former high school shortstops taken with the first overall pick in the past 30 years.”

And things haven’t been cleaned up since the last storm. Says Paul Walsh for the Strib, “More stormy weather is expected to rattle the metro area Tuesday and again Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen said morning commuters could see some scattered showers, but the bulk of the rain could come Tuesday evening. … There’s another chance for showers Wednesday east of Interstate 35, he said. ‘Large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and heavy rainfall will be possible,’ the weather service said.”

In response to the Center of the American Experiment President John Hinderaker’s commentary on metro transportation in the Strib,  Jonathan Weinhagen, Mindee Kastelic and Will Schroeer write: “The CAE wants us to be more like Kansas City, where you can drive around at high speed. There’s a reason Kansas City highways are empty: It’s not as attractive as we are, so its economy is weaker. ‘Kansas City: Economic competitiveness has slumped,’ reported the Kansas City Star in 2014, just before Kansas City decided its highways-only approach was wrong and began investing to give people the option to move around by transit, bikes and walking. Same story in the CAE’s other example, Indianapolis, which just this winter passed a new sales tax to build new transit lines.”

Need something else to worry about? At MPR Dan Kraker writes, “Just a few months after giving birth to her daughter Rachel last year, Diane Van Eeckhout felt really fatigued. And it wasn’t just the baby that was knocking out the 40-year-old Nisswa, Minn., resident. Her husband had just been diagnosed with lymphoma. And her doctor thought maybe she was depressed, or had fibromyalgia. But she also had painful stomach cramps. So she tried eating gluten free, then a low-carbohydrate diet. And that’s when the rashes started. … She had her blood tested, and she found out she’s allergic to a carbohydrate, a sugar, found in red meat that’s known as ‘alpha-gal,’” that’s caused by a tick bite. 

Whoa. The Forum News Service reports: “A covert operation in Redwood County targeting the demand for underage sex trafficking has led to the arrest of three area men, including the police chief of the small southwestern Minnesota town of Walnut Grove. … The suspects include Walnut Grove Police Chief Michael Robert Zeug, 45; … Zeug is accused of initiating communication with a person who he believed to be a 17-year-old girl. Zeug is a 1991 Tracy Area High School graduate and has been the police chief in Walnut Grove for 12 years, according to the Tracy Headlight-Herald.”

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