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April 29, 2007

Does Hip-Hop Hate Women?

A summit held at the University of Chicago Saturday addressed the implications of hip-hop music and women--apparently as a reaction to the Don Imus backlash. More than 400 people attended the presentation, according to the AP.

Don Imus, who lost his radio job for deflammatory remarks made about the Rutgers women's basketball team, said that rappers often said worse things then he did. This lead to some discussion in the music-industry, but too little action, according to some panelists at the convention.

Since Imus' firing, this topic has recieved much more public awareness and debate, according to the AP.

"Sexism is too convenient within the black community for black men," said David Ikard, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee.

An editorial in the New York Daily News applauded the rap industry for finally realizing that they had to "elevate the cultural tone and messages of their music". The author said that this was the "right track" for the music industry.

Highway 36 Closing to Challenge Commuters, Car Show

Highway 36 will be closed between Maplewood and North St.Paul beginning Tuesday. This will be the first time the Minnesota Department of Transportation is completely closing a metro commuting route for a construction project, according to the Star Tribune. The idea behind this is to save time and money on the project.

Expect commuting to be difficult for a while as commuters scramble to find good alternate routes. An estimated 40,000 drivers will have their routes alterted, according to the Star Tribune.

"I'm kinda just waiting to see what happens," said Bruce Mike, a resident of North St.Paul who will be forced to plot out an alternate route.

The highway closure may also impact a long-running classic car show. The History Cruzers, a group of around 800 classic car owners, may have trouble holding their show with the highway closed, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Cruzers normally hold their show every Friday evening, but concerns have arisen about possible congestion on Seventh Avenue in North St.Paul as a result of not being able to use the highway. City officials are concerned that congestion of city streets may prevent emergency vehicles from getting around.

Members of the Cruzers have asked the North Saint Paul City Council to approve the show at their May 15 meeting. They hope traffic studies show that congestion fears are unfounded.

Vikings Load up on Offense at 2007 NFL Draft

The Vikings addressed their biggest need--offense--on Saturday and Sunday at the NFL Draft. Their first selction, the seventh overall, was star running back Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma. They also took three wide receivers, a quarterback, and three defensive players.

Peterson had an amazing freshmen season in 2004, when he finished second in Heisman trophy balloting. Since then, he has been mildly hampered by injuries but still impressed NFL scouts. Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman talked to the Pioneer Press about the pick.

"Adrian Peterson was the highest-ranked player (left) on our board. That was our guy."

The main area of concern for the Vikings, though, was the wide reciever position. The team released veterans Marcus Robinson and Travis Taylor early this offseason, leaving them with little left at that spot. The three new receivers, Sidney Rice, Aundrae Allison, and Chandler Williams, should all get a chance to contribute.

Head Coach Brad Childress appeared pleased by the picks, reported the Star Tribune. Although he rarely gets overly excited, the coach was not able to hide a smile.

"They're good football players," Childress said. "They've got good numbers. They're good people and they have a chance to help us."

California Convention Attracts Democratic Front-Runners

Top Democratic presidential candiates visited California Saturday and Sunday to attend the annual state party convention. With their primary moved up to next February 5, candiates like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, and John Edwards wanted to make a good impression right away in the state with the most electoral votes.

The AP reported that Obama and Clinton took the stage on Saturday. Obama took the time to criticize Clinton for voting in favor of the Iraqi invasion, according to Newsday. Clinton saved her criticism for the Bush administration, repeatedly saying how poorly they have done since 2000.

Richardson and Edwards were the big names to speek on Sunday, according to the AP. Edwards talked to the press about the significance of California.

"California will now play a huge role in who the Democratic nominee for president is," Edwards said. "It's clear in the last two days ... that Democratic candidates are going to take it very seriously."

Richardson is trying to become the first Hispanic president. He addressed the crowd with a line made famous by Cesar Chavez, legendary founder of the state's farmworkers union.

"Si se puede!" — Yes, it can be done!

Food Safety Inspectors Head to China to Investigate Melamine.

Melamine, a chemical made from coal, has been reported as the deadly ingredient found in the pet food that has killed a number of pets in recent weeks. Officials in China said Sunday that the chemical has been secretely added to animal feed for years.

The general manger of a Chinese chemical company spoke to the International Herald Tribune about melamine. He said that melamine scraps are routinely bought by companies and added to their animal feeds. The chemical resembles protien in tests, so it adds some value to the food, although it has no nutritional value.

"I don't know if there's a regulation on it," said Ji Denghui of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui Chemical Company. " Probably not. No law or regulation says 'don't do it,' so everyone's doing it. The laws in China are like that, aren't they? If there's no accident, there won't be any regulation."

Melamine is not believed to be highly toxic, which makes it suprising that it became so lethal in pet foods. Still, the chemical's presence in any form of American food is illegal.

The Chicago Tribune reported that melamine has now spread to humans. Forty-five people in California reportedly consumed pork from hogs that had melamine added to their feed.

The effects of melamine on humans are not well known. It is belived that melamine is of little harm, but human consumption of the chemical has been rare enough that little effort has been made to study the effects.

"They've known about this for some time," said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), in reference to the FDA. "What did they do with it?"

April 22, 2007

Baldwin Erupts on Voicemail to Daughter

An angry voicemail left by actor Alec Baldwin, 49, on his 11-year-old daughter's phone was released by TMZ.com on Thursday. In the message, Baldwin cussed several times and ranted to his daughter about how mad he was that she didn't answer a scheduled phone call. He also repeatedly called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig".

On Friday, the actor apologized for his comments and expressed remorse that this was released by the media.

"Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media," Baldwin said on his Web site. "I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child."

Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have been involved in a custody dispute over daughter Ireland since 2002. According to the AP, Baldwin's attorney filed a motion to deterrmine how the tape leaked. If Basinger's side had anything to do with the leak, then Basinger would have violated court orders to keep the proceedings closed.

Mike Cassidy, a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, was highly critical of Baldwin in a Friday article, calling him the "thoughtless pig." Cassidy said that although pre-teen daughers (of which he has one) can be frustrating, they still must be treated with patience and love.

"Here's the thing, Alec: My daughter is 12 and I'm not. It's her job to at times be self-centered, irrepressible, relentless, stubborn, opinionated, independent. Same with your daughter. And it's your job to be her dad."

At Least 47 Killed in Somalia

A bloody battle between Islamic insurgents and Somali-supported Ethiopians killed at least 47 people on Sunday, according to the International Herald Tribune. The Pakistan Daily Times had the death count at a minimum of 51 killed. The fighting occured in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

The Islamic insurgents, some of whom may have ties to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, have been challenging the weak transitional government in Somalia. Since Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, Somalia has not had an effective government, according to the Herald Tribune.

Sunday's death count adds on to an ever-growing tally for the week. Both sources have the total death count near 215 casulties, with many more having been wounded during the fighting. Mogadishu has been ravaged, with buildings having been destroyed and dead bodies rotting in the streets.

Sudan Ali Ahmed, head of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization, has been outraged at the number of civillians being killed or wounded. 42 civillians were estimated to have been killed Sunday, while over 300,000 have fled Mogadishu since February, according to the Daily Times.

“Bodies are lying rotting in areas we cannot access. We are appealing to both sides to stop the fighting. This is unacceptable, the civilians are bearing the brunt,? Ahmed told the Daily Times. "This is a crime against humanity."

Navy Investigates Blue Angel Crash

Investigators began to look through wreckage Sunday to determine what caused Blue Angel pilot to crash a day earlier. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, 32, died when his plane crashed into a wooded area in Beufort, South Carolina, home of a Marine Corps Air Station.

The crash occured during the last of a series of manuvers on Saturday afternoon. Davis and the other pilots were to creat a delta-shaped formation, but Davis' jet did join the formation. The crash sent fiery debris through the air, injuring eight people on the ground and damaging several homes, according to the AP.

The AP also reported that, due to the pilots' extensive and elite training, crashes like this are rare: The last such one occured in 1999. Navy officials said that it could be at least three weeks until the cause of the crash is known.

The Boston Globe, with help from the AP, wrote a small obituary for Davis. Davis grew up in Pittsfield, Mass., and was fascinated by flight at a young age.

"He was fascinated with airplanes from the time he was little," said Betty Sweeney, a former neighbor.

Davis joined the Blue Angles in 2005, though this was his first year as a demonstration pilot. Davis graduated with honors in 1996 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla and then entered officer candidate school at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

"Kevin was a highly motivated young man. He loved planes. He was a good student and a very conscientious young man," said Tom McGill, a friend of Davis' father.

Vikings Unveil Stadium Idea

The Vikings unveiled plans for a new downtown stadium Sunday that would be opened in 2012. However,unlike another current Metrodome tennant, the Twins, the Vikings idea is still just a dream, since it has yet to be approved by the state. The stadium would cost nearly $1 billion and would be situated where the Metrodome is now.

The Vikings current Metrodome lease expires in 2011, and team officials and city planners told the Pioneer Press that they are worried that the team will move without a new stadium. The proposed stadium would feature a retarctable roof, a climate-controlled interior, and a dramatic view of downtown. The design of the stadium would also incorporate the surrounding area, in an attempt to revitalize east downtown. New housing units would be built and the light rail would become a "Winter Garden", an enclosed transit system filled with new tourist destinations and lined with trees.

While the proposal looks amazing, the $954 million estmated price tag has raised more than a few eyebrows. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Star Tribune that he would be willing to invest "hundreds of millions of dollars" for the stadium. Still, the failed stadium proposal in Blaine was only estmated at $670, so plenty of skepticism exists for the new downtown plan.

Teenager Shot and Killed on Metro Transit Bus

A 16-year-boy was shot and killed on a Route 74 bus early this morning in downtown St.Paul. The boy, whose name has been withheld, was apparently involved in a dispute between two groups of young people, according to the Star Tribune.

The shooting occured at around 12:15 a.m. when the bus came to a stop at 5th and Sibley streets. The Star Tribune reported that a gunman leaned in the back door and fired one shotgun round, hitting the victim in the chest. The suspect was described as a male between the ages of 16-18, standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall,and wearing a white T-shirt and dark, baggy pants. He fled the scene immediately. The victim died aboard the bus.

Police spokesmen Tom Walsh said that the investigation is ongoing. They hope to gain information from watching the bus's security tape. Among other things, Walsh said that they'd like to see if the suspect was riding on the bus earlier in the day.

The Pioneer Press reported that no other riders were hurt, although the police and Metro Transit have not said how many passengers were on the bus when the shooting occurred. The St.Paul Police have requested that anyone with helpful information should call them at (651) 291-1111.

April 15, 2007

'Robinson Day' Honors Legendary #42

Sixty years ago today, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to break into Major League Baseball when he played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today, MLB honored Robinson by having some players, and even some entire teams, wear Robinson's jersey number, 42. The number was retired by all of MLB by President Bill Clinton and Comissioner Bud Selig in 1997.

Ken Griffey, Jr., an African-American outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, first presented the idea to Selig. After the comissioner approved the idea, other players decided to wear the number. The entire rosters of some teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, decided to wear the number as well.

"I've often said that baseball's most powerful moment in its really terrific history was Jackie Robinson's coming into baseball," Selig said at Dodger Stadium, according to a CBS Sportline report."It's an incredible story -- not just for baseball, but for society. Jackie was an American hero and the ultimate barrier-breaker. Threats to his life were commonplace. Yet Jackie took everything hate-mongers had to offer him. Not only is he a baseball Hall of Famer, he's a Hall of Famer for all-time."

One of the goals of Jackie Robinson day was to raise awreness about the lack of African-American players in baseball. According to a Detroit Free Press article, blacks make up only 8 percent of the league, down from 27 percent 20 years ago. Faster-paced sports like basketball have become more popular with black youth, and, according to some, MLB has neglected to focus marketing attention on inner-city areas.

New Jersey Governor in Critical Condition After Crash

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine remains in critical condition Sunday due to injuries sustained in a Thursday car crash. Corzine's SUV was hit by another vehicle on the Garden State Parkway and then crashed into a guard rail. The AP reported that the 60-year-old governor has broken ribs, a severely fractured leg, a broken collarbone and breastbone, and a cut on his head.

The governor is being cared for at Cooper University Hospital.Corzine had surgery on his leg Saturday and will undergo another on Monday, according to CNN. Doctors have said that there are no signs of brain damage.

CNN also reported that the driver who apparently caused the accident has been found. A 20-year-old man, who's name has been withheld until charges are filed, was driving a red pickup that sverved in front of Corzine's car before it crashed.

However, the driver of the red pickup has said that he was not aware that he had been part of the Corzine crash. After avoiding an accident with a truck and sliding off the road, the man returned to the highway and continued to drive. The truck that he sverved to avoid was the one that hit Corzine's SUV.

Protesters Clash With Russian Police in Opposition of Putin

A few thousand protesters were met by riot police in St.Petersburg on Sunday, the second day of anti-Kremlin protests. The protesters were calling for the resignation of President Vladmir Putin. According to Reuters, Russian police have been trained to detain activists, which has raised questions in the West. Some police kicked and beat demonstrators during Sunday's clash.

"Stop the beating," demonstrators shouted at the police. "Fascists. How much did Putin pay you?"

The anti-Kremlin movement has not been able to accomplish much, however. According to the AP, Putin is by far the most popular political figure in Russia. On top of that, Putin's Kremlin party controls the main television news channel, which limits the opposition's ability to get their message out. The Rossiya channel only briefly covered Sunday's protests.

Some in the opposition have said that the police's harsh tactics may reflect badly on Putin. They hope that the protests will bring negative publicity to Putin and ultimately lead him to fall out of office.


St.Paul Toddler Found "Alone" in Frogtown

The man who found a toddler wandering around Frogtown on Thursday admitted Saturday that he was creating the story to avoid caring for the child. Chue Xiong, 44, said that he was tired of caring for the 2-year-old boy, who was found on Edmund Avenue and Kent Street.

However, Xiong has since denied knowing the child or his mother, according to the Star Tribune. Xiong said that he simply spotted the shoeless child when he returend home and went outside to help him. The boy's mother is in the Ramsey County jail on theft and forgery charges.

Police spokesman Tom Walsh said that the investigation has just begun and that possible charges could come later this week.

A wandering child in Frogtown was not a safe scenario. Busy University Avenue runs through the neighborhood and few places are welcoming to children,

"There's nothing around here for children," neighborhood resident Richard Hill told the Pioneer Press. "Nothing's open around that time. It's really strange."

Willmar Soldier Dies in Iraq

A Willmar, Minn. soldier died in Iraq Saturday after a roadside bomb exploded. Joshua Scmit, 26, was scheduled to return home later this month after his duty was up. Schmit, a 1999 graduate of Willmar High School, last spoke to his family on Easter Sunday.

"He said he was really glad he was about to come home," Joshua's father, Greg, told the Star Tribune.

Schmit earned the nickname "Oompa" in high school--a reference to Willy Wonka's Oompa-Loopas.

"He was a short, stocky kid, very happy-go-lucky," said Greg Schmit to the Pioneer Press. "He was OK with that. Even his buddies in Germany (where he'd been stationed) called him 'Oompa.' It just stuck."

Schmit is the 58th person with Strong Minnesota ties to die in either Afghanistan or Iraq, according to the Star Tribue.

Schmit had been planning on going to Germany after his service ended, where he had lived with his wife. He was then going to pay Willmar a visit in May, where family and friends were going to throw him a party.

"He was a wonderful person, and he'll be sorely missed," Greg Schmit told the Star Tribune

Schmit is survived by his father, his mother, Kim, and his sister, Jessica.

April 13, 2007

Mom Stabs Newborn 135 Times

An 17-year-old Oakdale girl stabbed her newborn child to death Monday and was charged for the crime on Thursday. Nicole "Nikki" Beecroft, a student at Tartan High School, panicked after giving birth Monday night in her home. She stabbed the child repeatedly, 135 times in all, and threw the body into a trash can outside the home.

As repoorted in the Pioneer Press, Beecroft was charged with first-degree murder and could face life in prison if convicted. Family and friends expressed their grief and disbelief.

"I didn't really believe she would do something like that," said Kyle Merth, a friend of Beecroft's. "You never would have guessed."

Beecroft Attorney Earl Gray, a firend of the family, asked Judge Gregory Galler to release Beecroft to her mother's custody, according to the Star Tribune. He also has requested that a doctor examine Beecroft's mental and physical health.

The Star Tribune also reported that a case like this was extremely rare. According to the most recent homicide statistics,three mothers killed their newborns within six days of birth in 2004. However, many newborn murder cases involve suffocations, drownings, or strangulations.

"The fact that it involved a knife is very strange," said Ross Macmillan,a University of Minnesota criminologist.

Plans for New Ballpark are Unveiled

The Minnesota Twins will escape from the Metrodome and move into a new stadium in 2010--a ballpark that had its designs finalized on Thursday. The yet unnamed stadium will have wide concourses, godd sightlines of the field, and a small, cozy feeling that should resemble Chicago's historic Wrigley Field.

According to the Star Tribune, the park will also feature a limestone finish, a high-definition scoreboard, and a heated field that should prevent snow from accumulating in the early part of the season. HOK Sport, the architectual firm in charge of the project, wants to mimic the intimacy of Wrigley Field while blending in uniquely Minnesotan elements. It will resmeble the Metrodome in it's distances from home plate to the outfield.

"It's a fair ballpark as far as its dimensions," said Earl Santee, a member of the HOK team.

Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and General Manager Terry Ryan, as well as former players Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva, were on hand during the unveiling, according to the Pioneer Press. Fans were allowed to stop into the Government Center at 300 South Sixth St. in Minneapolis to view the designs.

NY Times Correction

A NY Times correction mentioned that an editing mistake caused an error in the reporting of a carbon dioxide story. The article originally stated that carbon monoxide emissions were dropping in New York. However, these emissions are in fact on the rise.

This error is startling because it so profoundly changes the meaning of the story. If carbon dioxide emissions were declining, this would be a positive article about the reduction of a greenhouse gas. This is what was actually reported. However, a rise in carbon dioxide emissions should be more concerning to citizens.Luckily, this large error was caught and published.

April 7, 2007

Immigrants Protest Bush's Newest Plan

Thousands marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday, angered by President Bush's plan for dealing with the over 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Bush's plan would grant work visas to the immigrants but require them to return home and pay thousand of dollars to become legal citizens.

The protesters marched through the streets and carried "Amnesty Now" signs, according to an AP report. They also danced to Mexican music and carried American flags above their heads.

"If they kick me out, who is going to take care of my daughters? The government? I don't think so," said Alfredo Gonzalez, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant. "We need full legalization and need it now."

Asian-American also protested the Bush plan. The LA Daily News reported that immigrant-rights groups have been mobilizing in an effort to prevent the new legislation from passing.

"If the White House proposal becomes reality, it will be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882," said Michael Lin, executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Dire News About Global Warming

A new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted the fate of global climate in the coming years and has urged countries to act decisively. The report, which was issued in Brussels, said that current measures are insufficient and that countries need to enact larger-scale plans to combat global climate change.

As reported in the New York Times, the report was most dire in its predictions for Europe. Breaking the continent down into regions, the report said that Southern Europe will experience more extreme heat waves, Northern Europe could have greater winter floods, while Central and Eastern Europe will see a drastic decrease in rainfall. Although no true timetable was laid out for these predictions, the Science Daily reported that global temperature will rise by three degrees this century.

This temperature change will have a large negative impact on biodiversity and the ecosystem. Spring will start earlier, meaning tha, among other things,t some animals will alter their egg-laying patterns and water run-off will occur earlier.

Ultimately, the effects of global warming could harm the health and nutrition of millions of people worldwide. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been a driving force behind proactive measures, saying that current measures fall short.

"Adequate, large-scale adaptation measures have the potential to alleviate some of the worst consequences outlined in the report, if Governments take action without delay," Mr. Ban said.

April 1, 2007

Apple/EMI Deal Near

Apple Inc., which runs the highly succesful iTunes service, and EMI Group Plc, the thrid-largrest music label in the world, are expected to reach a substanial deal on Monday. The deal should remove copyright protection laws from songs in EMI's catalog, which will make them usable on devices other than the iPod, the device associated with iTunes.

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer, has been calling for removal of copyright protection from the world's three largest labels, Universal, Sony BMG, and EMI. EMI officials told Bloomberg that copyright protection was frustrating consumers and that they have been considering altering their preocedure.

Currently, these labels put digital-rights management (DRM) software on their songs. These force a catologing service like iTunes to make these songs available for use on only specific devices, like the iPod.

EMI also happens to be the label for The Beatles, who recently settled a dispute with Apple Inc. The Beatles' business interests are represented by Apple Corps Ltd., which had been at odds with Apple Inc. over the use of the name. The two sides came to an agreement on Feb.5. However, even with this settlement, The Beatles do not figure to be topic of discussion on Monday.

. "There is no Beatles' announcement," a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Clinton Raises Record Amount

Hillary Clinton has raised $26 million so far in her campaign for the presidency in 2008, nearly three times more than the record for fundraising at this point. John Edwards, another Democratic hopeful, has raised $14 million so far. Barack Obama, who figures to be Clinton's main rival for the nomination, did not disclose his fundraising numbers. Rebublican figures also were not disclosed.

The previous record for fundraising at this point was held by Al Gore, who raised $8.9 million in 1999, according to Forbes. The New York Times reported that 80 percent of the 50,000 Clinton donors gave less than $100 dollars each, so much of Clinton's total was built up by small donations.

"We are completely overwhelmed and gratified by the historic support that we've gotten this quarter," Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle told Forbes

Clinton was even able to raise $4.2 million through the Internet, which is typically not a source of large donations. When all is said and done, the top candidates could all raise over $100 million before 2008 even comes around. Many expect Obama's fundraising to be quite large, maybe even larger then Clinton's. For now, however, Obama is not releasing his figures, although he did talk about fundraising in an interview with the AP

"I think we'll do well," Obama said. "I think that we should meet people's expectations. More importantly, I think we will have raised enough money to make sure we can compete for the next quarter and beyond. I think we'll do pretty well."

Earthquake Triggers Disasterous Tsunami in South Pacific

A magnitude 8.0 underwater earthquake unleashed a small tsunami on the Solomon Islands Mondoy, destroying at least one village and making several people go missing.

The tsunami had 12 to 15 feet tall waves, a local business owner told Rueters. The waves traveled up to 200 miles inland, wrecking homes as they went. Many of the houses that were on stilts are now sitting on the ground. Several large boats have been washed into the streets.

A local resident told the AP that the head-level or higher water flattened the homes on the coast. The downtown area is a mess as homes, boats, and people were scattered all over.

Death counts and damage estimates are very sketchy at this moment. Rueters has said that at least two villages were struck with four missing people. The AP said that the early death count was eight, with six of them being children. Other Pacific rim countries, like Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, have been put under high alert and citizens of the Solomon Islands are being told to get to higher ground.

In a natural disaster story, detail is everything. For example, watching Hurricane Katrina unfold in front of us was quite the spectacle.because we saw almost every detail. In this story, the details of the devestation is what draws in the reader. As this latest tsunami develops, we will begin to see pictures and videos, which will add further detail to this dramatic story.

Local Man Robs Bank, Then Kills Himself

A man who robbed a bank in Plymouth Friday fled into a nearby home, where he shot himself in the bathroom. David Dahlen, 47, of Oak Grove, Minn., robbed the US Bank on Lancaster Lane and then forced his way into a home, where a woman was inside. The woman was told to leave and she wasn't hurt. This was all reported by the Star Tribune.

Dahlen then made cell phone calls to relatives, while authorities surrounded the home's perimeter. The relatives told police he had contacted them, but he did not respond when police attempted to call him. Police finally entered the home at around 5:30 p.m., where they found Dahlen dead in an upstairs bathroom, due to an apparent self-inflicted wound to the chest.

Dahlen had previously served time in federal prison for an armed bank robbery in California. However, his wife Cosette told the Pioneer Press that David wasn't a dangerous or bad person.

"He was just a sweetie," she said. "He wouldn't hurt a soul. He just, he just got really stressed out."

Twins Broadcaster Carneal Dies at Age 83

Herb Carneal, who had broadcasted Twins games since 1962, died Sunday due to congestive heart problems, as reported by the Star Tribune. He was 83.

Carneal had been battling health problems throughout the offseason, which included a six-week stay in a hospital. Carneal was already scheduled to miss the start of the season due to his worsening health.

Carneal joined the Twins in their second season and had done play-by-play ever since. He was joined in the booth by another veteran broadcaster, John Gordon. Since 1998, however, Carneal had only called home games, while Gordon had called both home and away. This year, Carneal had been schedule to broadcast 36 of the Twins 81 home games.

"Herb Carneal's voice was the signature element of Twins baseball for multiple generations of fans," Twins president Dave St. Peter said in an AP article. "Clearly, he was one of the most beloved figures in Minnesota sports history."