March 2011 Archives

Two People Wounded in Two different Shootings

Two men were shot and wounded Sunday in two unrelated incidents in south Minneapolis. The two shootings were only an hour apart and both shots were non-life threatening because they were in the leg the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reports.

The first victim was shot a near Franklin and Chicago avenues Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer told Pioneer Press. The shooting took place around noon, where a male victim was shot once in the leg. The victim isn't cooperating with police according to Palmer. He is expected to recover Hennipen County Medical Center told Pioneer Press.
About an hour later another shooting of another man took place.

According to the Star Tribune the second victim was shot twice outside of Crosstown Gas and Convenience store at 34th Avenue S. and E. 58th Street.

The Star Tribune reported that the shooter and the victim knew each other, and were arguing when coming into the store. After moving into the parking lot near the pumps the shooter drew a gun and shot the victim twice in the leg.

The owner of the convenience store Cal Abdul saw the shooting along with his son, who was in the store. This incident was also caught on tape reported the Star Tribune.

NATO approves role in Libya

Sunday, NATO agreed to expand its role in Libya and plans to take command of all aerial operations according to CNN.

NATO has also agreed according to the Huffington post to protect civilians from the Gadhafi regime.

CNN reports that NATO will be enforcing what the U.N. has approved.

"Our goal is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Gadhafi regime," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNN. "NATO will implement all aspects of the U.N. resolution. Nothing more, nothing less."

By approving the U.N. resolution it will be enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, and dealing with the arms embargo.

The handover from the United States and its allies to NATO will be completed on Monday and has been deemed by NATO as phased and seamless.

CNN reported that Prime Minister David Cameron is very happy with the quick decision of NATO to get involved.

"NATO is already enforcing the arms embargo and the no-fly zone. Today's agreement to transfer complete command and control of all military operations to NATO both ensures that partners from the region are able to participate and represents a significant step forward as we plan for the next phase of this vital mission," CNN reported.

It is predicted that more countries will get involved now that NATO has been involved.

Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, the Vice President candidate that ran with Walter Mondale, died Saturday at the age of 75.

In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro was the the first women to ever run as Vice President. According to the Pioneer Press, Ferraro died in Boston after she had complications from being treated for blood cancer.

Ferraro was from Queens, New York, and before running for Vice President she was a congresswoman. She laid out the path for later women who would enter into politics such as Hilary Clinton who ran for President in 2008, and now is Secretary of State. She also laid the groundwork for another woman who ran for Vice President, Sarah Palin.

The Washington Post published a quote from Ferraro from the 1984 democratic convention that spoke to breaking barriers for women in Politics.

"By choosing a woman to run, you send a powerful signal to all Americans: There are no doors we cannot unlock," Mrs. Ferraro said in her acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. "We will place no limits on achievement. If we can do this, we can do anything."

Walter Mondale remembers Ferraro as an amazing woman and person, according to an Associated Press quote which was published in the Washington Post.

"She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better country for what she did," Mr. Mondale told the Associated Press.

Colton Iverson to leave Minnesota Gophers basketball

The Golden Gophers will be down yet another player next year as Colton Iverson has been released from his scholarship and leaving the University of Minnesota as reported by the Pioneer Press.

The reason for Iverson's transfer is unclear but he did send an e-mail statement to the Pioneer Press.

"My experience at Minnesota was great, but my family and I decided that it is best that we both move on," Iverson said to the Pioneer Press via e-mail. "I have a lot of respect for everyone in this program, and I wish Gopher Nation the best of luck."

According to the Pioneer Press, Matt Slieter the spokesman for the Gophers said he could not "confirm or deny" that Iverson was leaving the team.

Yankton Daily Press & Dakaton reports that Iverson started 11 games under Gophers head coach Tubby Smith, and this year has averaged 5.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31 games for the Golden Gophers this past season.

Iverson who is from Yankton, South Dakota stated in an interview with the Press & Dakaton last December that he had a hard time adjusting to Minnesota and the play of the Big 10.

"It was definitely tough to adjust to right away, especially coming from a small town like Yankton," Iverson told the Press & Dakaton in an interview last December. "When I first got here, I was pretty weak. Then I had to go against those giant guys in the Big Ten (Conference), and that was definitely a big change for me."

It is unclear what is in Iverson's future, he still has eligibility for one year to play for another division one team, but it has not been announced to where Iverson will be transferring. However with players like Ralph Sampson III and other, Iverson may not be sorely missed


Mississippi river reaches flood levels

According to the Pioneer Press, the Mississippi river has reached 'major flood levels' which means that it has risen 17 inches. The city of St. Paul has closed Riverfront parks and Shepard and Warner roads, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer press also reports that in St. Paul Harriet Island has started to be flooded.

That's not the only place the the Mississippi river has flooded. According to the Star Tribune, in Grey Cloud Island Township which in Washington County has already starting dealing with flooding.

Drifters Bar and Grill which is nestled near the river has already has to close down for 12 days last year because of flooding from the Mississippi river, according to the Star Tribune. Drifters is likely to have to close again as the waters rise. So

The owner, Billy Ruiz, seems to accepting the flooding when interviewed by the Star Tribune.

"These are events that are supposed to happen, what? every two decades, not back-to-back-to-back like that," he said. "But Mother Nature will do what she wants -- it's not up to us."

Vikings player Chris Cook arrested

A heated argument in Lynchberg Va. on Sunday lead to the arrest of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. Cook to become the first arrest for the NFL in 2011. Cook arrested for pulling out a handgun during an argument with a neighbor.

"He lives two houses down from me, we got into an argument, but nobody did anything," Cook told Pioneer Press.

"I told him I wasn't going to fight him. He was just trying to provoke me. There was no gun involved at all," he said.

Cook claims that after riding his bike around the neighborhood was approached by the neighbor and threatened. The neighbor accused him of calling the cops on his brother.

After the arrest the Pioneer Press reported that he wasn't help over the weekend and it wasn't included in his record.

The rookie Cook only played six games for the vikings due to injures reports KSTP. After being drafted second by the vikings, this could spell trouble for Cook.

P.J. Crowley a spokesperson for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton resigned on Sunday after calling the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect.

Star Tribune reported that Crowley called the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va, as "stupid."

"Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation" to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to the department of the spokesman as reported by Star Tribune.

Hilary Clinton was then reported to have accepted the resignation with "regret."

The Lake County Sun-News news reports that Crowley often got himself in trouble with his blunt words and hasn't traveled with the Secretary in over a year.

President Obama when asked if the conditions were sufficient for the Manning, and assured everyone that they were, reported the Lake County Sun-News.

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that followed on Friday damaged a northern Japanese nuclear power plant causing an explosion.

BBC reports that a building housing the reactor was destroyed at Fukushima 1 plant. Officials reported that the reactor was fine, but soon after reported that the cooling system on a reactor had failed.

the Huffington Post reports that the explosion was caused by hydrogen in Unit 1. The blast was felt from over 30 miles away according to AP reporters, and 180,000 people have been evacuated since Friday.

Pioneer Press reported he explosion of Unit one that caused leaking radiation brought threats of meltdown very real. The rate in which the power plant was emitting radiation is about the same as what one would encounter in a full calendar year.

Now there has been an failure in a nearby unit on Saturday, according to the Pioneer Press.

"They are working furiously to find a solution to cool the core," said Mark Hibbs, a senior associate at the Nuclear Policy Program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told Pioneer Press.

Goldy Gopher Gets Punched

St. Thomas professor was cited with disorderly conduct after punching University of Minnesota Mascot Goldy Gopher in the face twice on Saturday, March 5th at a gymnastics competition.

What started as slight teasing turned physical when Professor Douglas Dokken, 60, from St. Thomas University, punched Goldy. MPR reported that Goldy was messing with Dokken's hair and tapping him on the shoulder.

The 19-year-old student behind the mask was not injured, and only suffered from a damaged mask, reported CBS news.

Dokken on top of being cited for disorderly contact have been banned from sports events at the University for one year according to FOX Sports.

"I should have just walked out of there," Dokken said in a statement. He also said that he was "sorry" and is glad that no one was hurt.

End of WCCO era covering Gopher sports

It's an end to an era for WCCO, The radio station that has been covering gopher sports since before WWII loses University of Minnesota contract on Wednesday to cover basketball, hockey, and football to KFAN.

Thousands of Minnesota Gopher sports fans will be listening to a different radio station for gopher sports for the first time in decades. After the University of Minnesota decided to take a different approach to hook a younger audience, it will be signing a three year contract with the clear channel owned KFAN and KSTP, the Star Tribune reported.

The new contract will begin for the 2011-2012 season and are the product of many different considerations. Mostly the decision was based on advertising, and money.

"We evaluated all of our broadcast options based upon many factors, including financial commitment, marketing support, listener demographics, and ancillary programming, and we believe these partnerships represent the best overall platforms for Gophers sports on radio" Gophers athletics director Jim Maturi said in a statement reported by Pioneer press.

Many Minnesotans are having trouble coming to terms with the change.

"You just took it for granted -- everything was on WCCO; it was part of the everyday life of people across Minnesota." Ray Christiansen who called for the Gophers for over 50 seasons told Star Tribune.

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