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April 30, 2008

Former Viking arrested for domestic assault

The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday former Minnesota Viking defensive end Darrion Scott was arrested in Eden Prairie on suspicion of domestic assault.

Scott, 26, was booked into Hennepin County jail on the charges of suspicion of assult, domestic assault and malicious punishment of a child. Authorities have not released any additionally information due to the case remaining under investigation.

The Star Tribune reported Scott was a third-round pick by the Vikings in 2004 and spent the last four seasons in Minnesota before becoming a free agent. He led the team in sacks with 5.5 in 2006 and played in a total of 28 games. Last season Scott broke his foot and the Vikings expressed little interest in bringing him back.

In addition, this isn’t Scott’s first run in with the law. Last December, Scott was charged for a misdemeanor marijuana possession and was ticketed for failing to signal when being pulled over. The incident occurred in Charleston, W. Va.

Scott’s agent, Tim DePiero, could not be reached for comment.

April 29, 2008

Ex-UCLA worker indicted for celebrity snooping

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday a former administrative specialist at the UCLA Medical Center was indicted by a federal grand jury for probing into medical records of celebrities patients at the center and selling the information to a national media outlet, according to documents unsealed today.

Lawanda Jackson, 49, was indicted on the charge of obtaining health information of celebrities for commercial gain on April 9. The indictment came days after the Los Angeles Times reported about snooping at UCLA.

Jackson had an agreement to give information on celebrity patients in exnchange for money, the indictment said. Checks were made to her husband, Victor Jackson, and she at least received $4,600 from the outlet.

Representatives for the actress Farrah Fawcett claim Jackson leaked the actress’ personal information about her battle with cancer to the National Enquirer. Jackson would not comment to the Los Angeles Times when they asked her if she had been involved with the National Enquirer.

In addition, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Jackson snooped into the private medical records of California First Lady Maria Shriver, as well as others. However, Jackson denies these claims.

“Clearly I made a mistake; let’s put it like that,? Jackson said. “I didn’t leak anything or anything like that. It wasn’t for money or anything. It was just looking.? (Los Angeles Times)

The Associated Press reported Jackson worked at UCLA Medical Center from 2006 until she quit, upon leaning she was going to be fired, on May 21, 2007.

“We are deeply troubled that a former employee may have illegally received payments from a news organization in exchange for providing personal medical information,? UCLA Hospital System CEO and Interim Vice Chancellor Dr. David T. Feinberg said. “Meanwhile, we continue to take steps to improve our staff training and information systems to further strengthen the confidentiality of patient records.? (AP)

If convicted, Jackson could face up to 10 years in prison. Her arraignment is scheduled for June 9.

April 20, 2008

Palestinian militants attack Gaza crossing

The New York Times reported Sunday Palestinian suicide bombers drove three bomb-laden vehicles into the Kerem Shalom goods crossing on the border with Israel, detonating two cars, the Israeli military said.

Three bombers were killed in the blasts and 13 Israeli solders were wounded. Three soldiers are in moderate condition, while the others were injured lightly, the military said.

Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the weeklong Passover holiday in Israel. This was the fifth attack along the border in the past 10 days.

The attack on the Kerem Shalom terminal, where goods are transferred into the Gaza, appeared to be part of a campaign by Gaza militants against border crossings. Hamas officials have issued threats of explosions along Gaza’s borders with Israel and Egypt because Israel has limited the movement of people and goods out of Gaza, since Hamas took over power.

The Gaza’s border with Egypt is mostly closed, which means that the Gaza’s population of 1.5 million is reliant on goods allowed in from Israel. The military said about 200 trucks of essential food and medical supplies pass through Kerem Shalom each week.

Israel said that the border attack is Hamas’ plan on trying to create a humanitarian crisis in Gaza that would put international pressure on Israel.

In addition, former President Jimmy Carter was in Damascus with exiled Hamas leader to talk about a potential cease-fire and a prisoner exchange.

Hamas is holding an Isreali soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, prisoner and wants the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel in exchange for the corporal. The United States and other international countries are angry with President Carter because they have marked Hamas as a terrorist organization.

The Los Angeles Times reported the attack occurred around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Three vehicles approached the crossing, including two modified jeeps that looked like Israeli army vehicles and an armored personnel carrier, she added.

Mortar rounds came down and at least one jeep exploded near Israeli soldiers, the army spokeswoman said. Several men emerged from an armored vehicle and began to open fire, Maj. Avital Leibovich said.

“It could have been much worse,? Leibovich said. He went on to add that the soldiers’ rapid response and protection by Isreali armored vehicles helped prevent large numbers of casualties. (Los Angeles Times)

April 18, 2008

Orioles cruise past Yankees

The Associated Press reported Friday the Baltimore Orioles put together a seven-run sixth inning to beat the New York Yankees 8-2.

Daniel Cabrera (1-0) guided the Orioles to the victory by taking a four-hitter into the seventh inning. In addition, Jay Payton and Melvin Mora both had two RBIs in the sixth inning to help gave the Orioles a huge lead.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes had only given up one run before the Orioles slammed Hughes for 7 runs in the sixth inning that saw 11 men step up to the plate. Baltimore got seven hits with all of them being singles.

Nick Markakis started the sixth with a single that was followed by singles by Kevin Millar and Luke Scott. Aubrey Huff popped out and Adam Jones followed with an infield single that drove in a run.

Orioles’ second baseman Brian Roberts grounded out, but Melvin Mora came up with a two-run single off of Yankees’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Markikas came up to bat again and hit another single.

Hughes (0-3) gave up a career-high five runs and has lost his last three starts in a row.

MLB.com reported the Yankees dropped the opener of a 10-game, 11-day road trip.

Hughes is hyped to be New York’s top pitching prospect, but has failed to live up to the status.

Chad Moeller hit his first homerun of the season and had two RBIs.

April 17, 2008

Praying passenger removed from flight

The Associated Press reported Thursday a man was removed from a plane after he went to the back of the plane to pray, while the plane was at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a witness and United Airlines said.

An Orthodox Jewish man, who had a black hat, long black hair and a long beard moved to the back of the plane where he began to pray. The Wednesday Night flight was being boarded and the flight attendants told the man to sit down, fellow passenger Ori Brafman said.

Two friends of the man said that he could not be interrupted because he was in the middle of praying, Brafman said.

By the time the man stopped praying guards had come to take him off the flight. The man said he wasn’t being rude and only wanted to finish his ritual, Brafman added.

Robin Urbanski, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, said the man was taken off the plane, but later put on a flight for San Francisco the following morning.

The New York Times reported Urbanski said that flights cannot depart until all passengers are in their seats and that passengers must follow the flight crew’s orders.

“Even when the doors of the plane are not closed, if the crew says you should take your seat, you have to, so they can proceed with preparing the flight for takeoff.? Urbanski said. (New York Times)

Ephraim Sherman, a Torah student at the Chabad at New York University, a Hasidic group, said that the man was probably saying the pray of the Amidah. Sherman said that it is an all-encompassing prayer that religious Jews say three times a day. He went on to add that the prayer lasts usually around three to four minutes and is not to be interrupted.

Timberwolves win in overtime

The Star Tribune reported Wednesday the Timberwolves won their final game of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 in overtime at the Target Center.

With the victory, Minnesota finished with three wins in their final four games and 22 overall. The win tied the Wolves with Memphis for the league’s third-worst record.

“We need to win games,? guard Randy Foye said. “If we lose games, what does that say?? (Star Tribune)

Foye led the Wolves in scoring with a career-high 32 points, which included 10 of the Wolves’ 16 overtime points.

However, the victory diminished Minnesota’s chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. The Wolves moved from a 15.6 percent chance to either a 13.8 or 13.7 percent chance, which could either be third or fourth best, depending on the blind draw with Memphis on Friday.

The Pioneer Press reported fans gave the Wolves a standing ovation for their effort, even after a 60-loss season. However, in the last 22 games, Minnesota went 10-12, which may be signs of a better season next year.

“It was an up and down season,? Minnesota’s Al Jefferson said. “I look at this season as a learning process.? (Pioneer Press)

Yet, six of the Wolves’ roster will be free agents in the offseason and Minnesota will most likely have a high draft pick in the coming draft.

For most of the game the Timberwolves trailed the Bucks. However, Minnesota tied the game twice in the fourth quarter, which stayed the same after Rashad McCants missed a potential winning shot before the buzzer sounded.

Afterwards Foye dominated the game and led the Wolves to the victory.

Minneapolis man charged with 2005 killing

The Star Tribune reported Thursday a Minneapolis man was charged for the killing of a Minneapolis woman in 2005, through the use of the state’s DNA database.

Antonio Medina, 33, who had lived in Minneapolis, was charged with a count of second-degree, intentional murder for the death of Laura Lynn DeMeules, 33, in November of 2005. DeMeules had been strangled and her naked body was found in a ditch near Interstate Hwy. 35, just west of Northfield.

Medina was arraigned and bail was set for $1 million by Rice County Judge Gerald Wolf, court officials said.

DeMeules case had gone unsolved for two years before Medina was convicted of a felony DWI in Hennepin County. A DNA sample was taken from Medina and sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in December 2007, where it was matched with a fingernail from DeMeules’ body.

In February, police interviewed Medina and he admitted to picking up DeMeules, while he was drunk and on either crack or cocaine. Medina told authorities the woman “freaked out? and he choked her to death in his pickup.

The Pioneer Press reported Medina told officials the woman had scratched his face and that he does not remember taking off her clothes. Afterwards, Medina returned home to his apartment.

April 13, 2008

San Francisco’s Japantown holds festival

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday the city’s Japantown held a Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend in order to promote Japanese culture.

The festival will go on until April 20 and one of the major events at the festival is the Blossom Queen.

The reporter described the life of one of the contestants. The reporter detailed how Miwa Natsuki is having trouble identifying herself as a Japanese American. The reporter used quotes from Natsuki to describe her life and how she has an American-style life and a Japanese-style life.

In addition, the reporter put in quotes from the festival’s organizers to describe how young Japanese Americans are not affiliating themselves with the Japanese culture. An example they gave is how only five women signed up to compete for the Blossom Queen, when in the 1980s dozens would.

The story informed me about how young Americans of Japanese decent are losing their family’s culture. I knew that older ethnicities such as Germans and Italians have already lost their family’s original culture, but I did not know Asian cultures were having the same problems.

So, the reporter used the detailing of the problem of culture loss in order to tell the significance of the festival. The festival is to preserve Japanese culture and the reporter does a good job of getting this message across without using stereotypes.

Dodgers defeat Padres 11-1

The Associated Press reported Saturday the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 11-1 with the help of homeruns by Rafael Furcal and Andre Eithier at Dodger Stadium.

Furcal and Matt Kemp both hit their first homeruns of the season, while Eithier went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer to help the Dodgers snap a four-game losing streak.

Derek Lowe (1-0) took the mound for the Dodgers and allowed one run and four hits in over eight innings of work. In addition, Lowe struck out six batters and did not give up a walk. Lowe improved his record against the Padres to 4-0 at Dodger Stadium, but is 0-3 in seven starts at Petco Park.

“The last couple of years has been kind of tough on him with the run support from our offense, but tonight we gave him a little breathing room and he just took care of business, Dodger catch Russell Martin said. “He was locating really well, got a lot of ground balls and mixed a couple of Ks with his slider.? (AP)

Chris Young (1-1) pitched for the Padres, but did not fair as well as Lowe. In three-plus innings of work, Young gave up seven runs, seven hits and four walks. Young only retired nine of the 21 batters he faced and only one of his runs was unearned. However, it was a result from his own fielding error.

Furcal started off the scoring for the Dodgers with a leadoff homerun for the Dodgers. Later on in the inning, Martin added another run with an RBI single.

The Dodgers increased their lead to 5-1 in the third inning when rookie Blake DeWitt drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Dodgers had season highs in runs (11), homers (three) and hits (13) to help their ailing offense.

By the end of the game, every Los Angeles starter reached base at least once and eight of nine of them contributed to either a run or an RBI.

“You know we were too good to continue not scoring runs,? Dodger manager Joe Torre said. “When Furcal all of a sudden tied the game up, it certainly puts us in a better frame of mind.? (Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers and Padres will finish their series tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.

Nine die in Iran bombing

The New York Times reported Saturday a bomb went off in a mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, which killed nine people, according to Fars news agency.

Around 9 p.m. a bomb exploded at the Shohada mosque while the city’s Friday Prayer leader gave a talk about Wahhabi faith, a austere version of Sunni Islam and Bahaism. The religion is condemned by the Iranian government, the news agency reported.

Many were wounded and in critical condition after the bomb went off in the men’s section, the news agency added.

Bombings are rare in Iran because the government harshly punishes those involved in severe attacks. Iran is predominately a Shiite country and most bombings are done by Iranian Sunni militants.

The Los Angeles Times reported the blast damaged buildings a mile away and city hospitals were flooded with wounded civilians. No one had claimed responsibility for the attack, Iranian authorities said.

The area is known to have a mix of Sunni and Shiite Arabs and both have rebelled in the past. Between 2005 to 2006, Arab separatists set off about a dozen bombs, killing almost 26 people and injuring more than 200.

"There are numerous ethnic and/or religious minority groups within Iran and in neighboring countries with grievances against Iran's fundamentalist clergy," Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, said. "Whomever the true culprits, the authorities in Tehran will likely claim that they were acting in concert with the United States and Israel." (Los Angeles Times)

The blast is still under investigation, but authorities said the blast was not a bombing and did not give any other alternatives.

April 9, 2008

Protesters force torch to be re-routed

The New York Times reported Wednesday the Olympic torch was re-routed, protected by security and evacuated to the airport, after protesters tried to extinguish the flame.

The torch made its only North American stop in San Francisco and was met by thousands of protesters who waiting hours to see the torch.

However, officials change the route of the torch from the announced Waterfront Avenue to Central Avenue. The torch proceeded to go on a stop-and-go path until it hit the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco authorities took elaborate precaution due to problems in London and Paris, where protesters made the situations messy. Authorities hired hundreds of law enforcement officials and set up miles of barricades to protect the flame from protesters.

“It was a simple decision,? San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said. “Do we cancel the event or do we change the event to assure the safety and security of the torchbearers.? (New York Times)

After the torch passed through San Francisco it hopped on a plane to Buenos Aires, which is the next stop on the torch’s international journey.

The Los Angeles Times reported at least three torchbearers dropped out of running due to fears of violence.

On the other hand, some protesters were angered by the re-routing of the torch. The protesters were there to demonstrate against China’s actions in Tibet and Darfur, as well as some other issues.

Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition, said the protesters still got their point across about their displeasure with China. He went on to say that even though the torch was hidden for the day, China cannot hide their “torturous policy of aiding and abetting genocide.? (Los Angeles Times)

“The city should have made known the torch route rather than be deceptive,? Yan Ko, a San Francisco retail worker, said. (Los Angeles Times)

Minnesota’s Frazee signs with the New Jersey Devils

The Star Tribune reported Wednesday University of Minnesota goalie Jeff Frazee signed with the New Jersey Devils, after being taken 38th in the 2005 NHL draft.

Frazee was expected to be the No. 1 goalie for the Golden Gophers, but was replaced in the second period by freshman Alex Kangas during the Jan. 12 game at St. Cloud State. Afterwards, Frazee never got his No. 1 position again.

“He grew and matured as a person,? Gopher coach Don Lucia said. “And as difficult a position he was in, he handled it with class and dignity. He was a terrific teammate and very supportive, where some players would have been disruptive.? (Star Tribune)

In all, Frazze finished the season with a record of 6-7-0 and a 2.93 goals-against average, with an .890 save percentage.

The Pioneer Press reported Frazee is excited about signing with the Devils and that he is looking forward to his future.

“The past is past,? Frazee said. “You can’t really change that.? (Pioneer Press)

Lucia said Kangas will remain as the No. 1 goalie for Minnesota next season with two freshmen acting as backup goalies.

Minneapolis man convicted in girl's murder

The Associated Press reported Wednesday a Minneapolis man faces life in prison after being convicted for a second time in the killing of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards six years ago.

A Hennepin County district judge convicted Myon Burrell, 23, on one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder for the benefit of a gang.

In addition, Burrell was also convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Burrell was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003, but the Minnesota Supreme Court set aside the conviction because of a statement he made to police, which was deemed inadmissible.

The Star Tribune reported killed Edwards more than five years ago while she was doing her homework at the dining room table.

After the verdict was announced, Linda Longino, Tyesha’s mother, wept next to her ex-husband, Jimmie Edwards.

However, several of Burrell’s supporters cursed Judge Charles Porter, which forced the judge to call a 15-minute recess.

The prosecution said Burrell was a member of the Rolling 30s Blood gang, and was shooting at a member of their rival Gangster Disciples.

April 5, 2008

Markets improve after gloomy reports

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday the stock market improved, despite a report showing the biggest monthly decline in jobs in five years.

In the article, the reporter uses numbers to describe how many jobs were lost and how that affected the unemployment rate. Also, the reporter uses numbers to describe the changes in the stock markets and how oil prices have changed to affect the market.

I don’t think the numbers are overwhelming because the change does not seem that great. The change in the stock market is small, only a few percent, and the loss of jobs is small compared to the overall population in the United States. Instead, the reporter could have used a percent to describe the loss of jobs and not how many were lost.

In getting the numbers, the reporter had to do some number crunching in order to get the percent change. In addition, the sources the reporter used came from the markets themselves. The reporter does give some market highlights of companies that had large changes, which these numbers also had to have percent changes take place.

April 4, 2008

Montgomery named California head coach

The Associated Press reported Friday the University of California in Berkeley named former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery its new coach.

Montgomery had been the coach of Stanford for 18 years before he went to coach the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. However, he has been out of coaching since August 2006.

In his final 10 years at Stanford, Montgomery led the Cardinals to the tournament every year. In all, he led the Cardinals to 12 tournament appearances in 18 seasons. His record against California is 25-12.

Montgomery will lead a talented squad, depending if Cal’s top scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson returns for another season. Anderson said he would declare for the NBA draft, but would not sign with an agent. By not signing with an agent, Anderson would be eligible to return to college if he decides to.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Montgomery replaces Ben Braun, who was fired March 26 after finishing ninth in the Pac-10. Braun had spent 12 seasons as the Golden Bears’ head coach and amassed a record of 219-154.

“It’ll be a shock if they don’t do well,? Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Montgomery could take four guys from down at the Boy’s Club and do pretty well, and I think Cal was going to be good anyway.? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Montgomery is from Long Beach, Calif. and got a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal State Long Beach. He earned a master’s in physical education from Colorado State in 1976. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Menlo Park, Calif.

Iraqi Prime Minister suspends raids on militias

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said he would halt government raids on armed Shiite Muslim gangs in southern Iraq and Baghdad.

The announcement came a day after Maliki said he had intentions of carrying out operations in districts of Baghdad against Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia.

Last week, Maliki’s security forces fought against the Mahdi Army in the port city Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city. The fighting spread into Baghdad before Sadr told his fighters to cease the fighting.

As a result, at least 1,000 Iraqi soldiers deserted during the encounters, a senior U.S. military official said. In addition, more than half of the police force in Baghdad’s Sadr City and parts of Basra deserted their posts, a Western official said.

The senior U.S. military officer said he was relieved that Maliki decided to pause the fighting.

“Iraqis need to figure out a way to deal with it [the military problem], which means going in more slowly,? the senior U.S. military officer said. (Los Angeles Times)

The New York Times reported preachers loyal to Sadr urged their followers to march in Baghdad next week to protest the American presence in Iraq. Sadr called for a march on Wednesday, which is the fifth anniversary of the day American forces took the Iraqi capital.

“We want the occupier to leave our land; we should walk in crowds, and we must fill in the ground in order to show out refusal to everyone who tries to destroy our holy land,? Sattar al-Battat, a Sadrist preacher in eastern Baghdad, told worshippers. (New York Times)

Originally, the rally was planned to take place in Najaf, but was moved to Baghdad to allow for more people to take part in the protest, organizers said.

Yankees win first series of the year

The Associated Press reported Thursday the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in New York.

Yankee outfielder Bobby Abreu hit a single in the eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Yankees their first series win of the new season.

New York was led by a strong performance from Phil Hughes with Joba Chamberlain (1-0) pitching the eighth inning before closer Mariano Rivera recorded his second save.

“It was just like the first game here,? Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “Tight ballgame. You’ve got to be able to win some of them. I thought we left all those tight games behind us last year, but I guess not.? (AP)

Dustin McGowan held the Yankees scoreless until he gave up two runs from a Johnny Damon score on a wild pitch and a Jason Giambi sacrifice fly.

McGowan and Hughes both gave up two runs, four hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Both of whom, are playing their first major league games on the starting day rosters.

The New York Times reported in the series Abreu was 5 for 10 with two walks.

“I had a pretty good spring and I’m feeling good at the plate,? Abreu said. “It is very important to me to start the season hitting well.? (New York Times)

Melky Cabrera started the eighth inning with a single against Brian Wolf, with Scott Downs coming in to replace the Blue Jay reliever. The next two hitters bunted one of whom was Johnny Damon, who got on base by a Downs’ error.

Abreu came up after a Jeter sacrifice and slapped the ball into centerfield.

The Blue Jays scored in the fourth when shortstop David Eckstein doubled down the left-field line and Alex Rios drove in the run with a single. Hughes struck out the next two batters Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas after they both went to full counts.

“You know it’s going to be a battle when you face these guys,? Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They hold runners on, they do a lot of the little things, they don’t walk people. So you have to beat thme with quality at-bats. Our guys kept at them, kept at them, and we finally scratched a few runs across.? (New York Times)

April 3, 2008

Brooklyn Park man dies in crash

The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday a man died and a woman was injured in a collision in Waseca, Minnesota State Patrol said.

Around 5 p.m., Jordan R. Johnston, 27, of Brooklyn Park drove south on 150th Street, while Donna L. Finch, 43, of Janesville drove west on Minnesota 14. When the two cars reached the intersection of 150th Street and Minnesota 14, a collision took place, the State Patrol said.

Johnston was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where he later died. Finch was taken to Waseca Hospital, but sustained no serious injuries.

The Star Tribune reported that both drivers had worn their seatbelts, according to the state patrol’s accident report.

The pavement was dry at the time of the crash and further investigation is underway.

April 2, 2008

Minnesota Senate rejects Vikings stadium

The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday the Minnesota Senate rejected a bill for a new stadium for the Vikings.

The previous week, the Senate taxes committee approved a Senate tax bill that included a measure to direct the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to spend $2 million on a possible study for a new Vikings stadium.

This week, however, the bill was shot down by a full Senate vote of 41-22.

The Star Tribune reported the measure would have allowed the commission to give lawmakers a recommendation on the Metrodome site for a new retractable-roof stadium.

Senator John Marty said the study would be a “foot in the door? for the Vikings to receive public money for a new stadium. Marty added Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has plenty of money and does not need taxpayers to help fund a new stadium.