February 2012 Archives

Romney would Raise Age for Medicare

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Republican contender Mitt Romney said he would gradually delay Americans' eligibility for Medicare as well as Social Security benefits reports Star Tribune.
Four days before primary elections Romney made this statement.
Romney said he would do this because Americans are living longer, and the programs need to need to be geared toward economic sustainability.
Romney said previous steps to toughen government emission standards had "provided a benefit to some of the foreign automakers" at the expense of American companies, reports the Star Tribune.

Last Missing U.S. Service Member Identified

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The U.S. Army has identified the remains of the last missing U.S. service member unaccounted for in Iraq reports CNN Sunday.
Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was kidnapped October 23, 2006, after he left the Green Zone in Baghdad.Altaie was visiting family members when he was abducted. The military said Altaie, then 41, was serving as a translator for the U.S. military.
A group in February 2007 claimed on a militant Shiite Web site that it had Altaie and posted a 10-second video of a man it claimed was him. The man in the video was Altaie, his uncle told CNN then.
Altaie's remains were identified on Saturday by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner at the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware, the Army said.

Hiawatha Light Rail Damages causes Headache for Motorists

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All stations along the Hiawatha Light Rail line are back open. The line had been closed near Lake Street since early Monday morning.
A pedestrian bridge over Hiawatha Avenue will remain closed for now reports the Minnesota Daily.
Crews worked on the Sabo Bridge for five days. Friday they removed a set of broken cables, which was the cause for the light rail shut down. Temporary supports were added beneath the bridge.
For now, Hiawatha Avenue will remain closed, the Star Tribune reports.
Drivers are having to use detours which can add up to 20 minutes to their commute.

More Information Released on Journalists Death

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Marie Colvin, a veteran correspondent who was killed in Syria last week. Information was released that Colvin died trying to get her shoes so she could escape a shelling attack, her paper, The Sunday Times reported Sunday.
Colvin was following Syrian customs by removing her shoes upon entry to the building that served as a makeshift press center. She was on the ground level when rockets hit the upper floors CNN reports. Thinking the upper floors were the only target Colvin rushed to get her shoes so she could flee the building. A rocket landed just a few yards away. She was killed alongside French journalist Remi Ochlik in the attack Wednesday.
Colvin, 56, was the only British newspaper journalist inside the Homs neighborhood.
Aid workers have been trying to rescue the bodies from the war torn country.

Twins Spring Training Takes a Sad Turn

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Relief pitcher, Joel Zumaya has a torn UCL and will miss the entire 2012 season reports The Star Tribune.
Terry Ryan, Twins general manager said that Zumaya will take a few days off to decide on his future with baseball in general. Ryan said Zumaya is frustrated with all the injuries he has had since breaking into the majors in 2006.
Zumaya has a year or so of therapy and rehab ahead of him.
The Twins signed Zumaya to a one-year contract worth $850,000, reported Pioneer Press. But only $400,000 was guaranteed because of shoulder and wrist injuries. Zumaya hasn't pitched more than 38.2 innings in any season since 2006.
The Twins are already being criticized for how poorly spring training is going, Zumaya's injury is yet another reason for the Twins to receive heat.

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Kurt Zeller, Minnesota House Speaker, says the House will take emergency steps to pass legislation to close loopholes in sex offender notification law.
Gov. Mark Dayton has agreed with state Republicans to pass a bill to require community notification when a sex offender moves into a halfway house.
Until late, the law required that the public be notified when a sex offender is released but not if the offender is released to a halfway house first. The purposed bill would close that gap, reported the Star Tribune.

Tension Continues in Syria

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Hundreds of men and boys gathered for mosque prayers Friday in Binnish Syria, but what appeared to be peaceful soon turned into a rally denouncing Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.
Friday morning, Muhamed Hasmus, a resident of the nearby city Idlib was killed by a sniper. The men and boys gathered were mourning the loss of Hasmus, cnn.com reports.
Those gathered at the mosque began chanting and soon made their way into the villiage square. They held banners, waved the opposition green, black and white flag, and conducted rituals of defiance that has been repeated weekly in this opposition enclave for months, reported CNN.
Rebels are now set for war. Rebel leaders say they have doubled the number of tanks and weapons on their base.
Two senior U.S. senators believe that the U.S. should support Syrian rebels, reports the Star Tribune.

Fatal Avalanche in Washington

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Three people were killed in an avalanche that hit Washington State Sunday reported cnn.com
The avalanche hit near Stevens Pass ski area, spokeswoman Katie Larson told cnn.com that several groups of skiers were caught in the deadly snow-slide.
It seems at least 12 people were buried under the snow, all but three were able to dig themselves out.
Reuters.com reports four people died in two separate avalanches. The first being at Stevens Pass and the second took place in the Cascade Mountains of north-central Washington. No names have been released.

Professional Lacrosse Players Arrested in Bloomington

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Five professional lacrosse players were arrested after an altercation at a Bloomington restaurant, authorites said Wednesday.
Members of the Rochester Knighthawks appeared Tuesday in Hennipin County District Court and returned home, team president, Lewis Staats, told the Star Tribune.
The ruckus started around 1 a.m. Monday at T.G.I Friday's in Bloomington arcoss from the Mall of America. The incident involved 20 to 30 people dining at the restaurant, Deputy Chief of Police, Rick Jart said.
"It started with someone tossing a menu," Hart said to Star Tribune. "One of the groups didn't like it."
The restaurant reported about $1,600 in damages to the police.
Democrat and Chronical reported the charges against the players-Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton-include disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and obstructing the legal process with force. The charges are either gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors.
The teams next game is Saturday and it is still to be determined if any of the five players will be allowed to play.

St. Paul Bridge Jumper Identified

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St. Paul Police identified an unknown bridge jumper as Berhane Desta Worku, 62, of St. Paul the Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.
Worku died after jumping from the Smith Avenue bridge Tuesday. Witnesses reported a man jumped off the south side of the bridge into the Mississippi River below, St. Paul fire marshall Steve Zaccard told Star Tribune.

Firefighters in ice rescue suits pulled Worku from the Mississippi, he was taken to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Godie Howe dementia free

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Marty Howe. son of hockey legend Gordie Howe, denies all rumors of his father having dementia.
Gordie is known by many as Mr. Hockey. He scored 801 goals and had over 1,000 assists during his professional career.
Gordie Howe has stopped doing interviews, so Marty acts as his father's voice. Canadian news media reports Thursday had said Gordie had dementia, but his sons Marty and Murray said that was not the case.
Marty said his father has had his good days and bad days, occasionally exhibiting memory loss or a loss of words.

Gov. Mark Dayton purposed borrowing $775 million for public works projects, saying it would put more than 21,000 Minnesotans back to work by rehabbing colleges and universities, enhancing downtown areas across the state and expanding light rail in the southwest metro.
The DFL, governor's bonding plan included $27 million to design and build a ballpark for the Saints minor league baseball team in downtown St. Paul and nearly $60 million to expand civic centers in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud.

Peace Corps pullout a new blow to Honduras

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The U.S. government's decision to pull out all its Peace Corps volunteers from Honduras for safety reasons is yet another blow to a nation still battered by a coup and recently labeled the world's most deadly country.
It is the first time Peace Corps missions have been withdrawn from Central America since civil wars swept the region in the 1970s and 1980s. The Corps closed operations in Nicaragua from 1979 to 1991 and in El Salvador from 1980 to 1993 for safety and security reasons, but has since returned to both countries.
All 150 volunteers have been pulled out of Honduras.

Major Media Blackout

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Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and sixth most visited site in the world, will joined other websites in the "go dark" movement in opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which are currently being debated in Congress.
Websites went "dark" for 12 to 24 hours.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announced the decision to bring down his website on Twitter, writing, quote, "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!"

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