It's (almost) official: Twins to host MLB All-Star Game
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is expected in Minneapolis Wednesday to announce that the Minnesota Twins will indeed host the All-Star Game in 2014.
A league spokesman in New York declined to confirm or deny Selig’s travel schedule, but he confirmed that the game’s location will be named Wednesday.
Three Twin Cities sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed Selig’s visit, capping weeks of speculation that the two-year-old Target Field would likely win its high-profile bid. Minneapolis hasn’t hosted the game since 1985.
As one source noted, this is probably the worst-kept secret in Minnesota. Sports scribe Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press reported yesterday that Selig would announce the details this week.
Minn. Supreme Court rejects challenge to photo ID amendment
The Minnesota Supreme Court court dismissed a motion by left-leaning groups to remove the Voter ID amendment from the ballot.
In a separate decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie overstepped authority in renaming constitutional amendments. The title language written by the Minnesota Legislature will appear on the November ballot.
“We came here because we believe what they’re saying right now. With the liberty, the freedom, getting out of wars, things like that. We believe in all of that. We think the Republican Party used to be that. We want to get the Republican Party back to the roots there.”—John Kossett of Vadnais Heights was at the Ron Paul rally in Tampa on Saturday. Thirty-two of the 40 delegates Minnesota Republicans sent to Tampa for the RNC came to Florida as Ron Paul supporters. Most of them were at the rally. Kossett said he looked forward to voting for Paul and not Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination and he said he hoped a strong showing of support for Paul will send a message to the core of the Republican Party.
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“If you put your hand out on the earth’s surface…you’ve got at least one or two cosmic rays going through your hand every second. We’re trying to look for these dark matter interactions that are happening maybe days, months apart — so we have to escape from these cosmic rays.”—Brown University physics professor Rick Gaitskell spoke with The Daily Circuit’s Tom Weber about the search for dark matter in an abandoned South Dakota mine 5,000 feet below ground. Gaitskell says we only know the composition of 4.5 percent of the universe. He hopes this detector will help us learn more about the other 95 percent.
Longtime Twin Cities music community staple Mark Mallman isn’t the type of performer to do something halfway.
He has the track record to prove it: Between all those New Year’s Eve countdowns spent dangling from the ceiling in a straightjacket or careening a motor-scooter across his keyboard, or all those hours spent shuffling dozens of musicians on and off the stage at the Turf Club so he could perform one 78-hour-long song, Mallman has shown that if he can think it up, he can do it.
So when he called me up and described his next big endeavor, Marathon 4, as “totally upside-down, backwards different,” and told me he’d found a way to once again re-invent what it meant to put on a show, all I could think was that’s so Mallman.
Much in the spirit of his previous three Marathon events, Mallman intends to perform one unthinkably long, continuous song. But instead of holing up in a venue, he’s taking the show on the road for an unparalleled week-long, cross-continental journey that begins in New York City on September 15 and ends in Los Angeles.
“3,000 miles. Seven days. Nonstop music. We stop in seven cities, and I’ll be in the back of a van,” Mallman says. “Different people will get on, and we’ll play music together for a period of time, and then we drive to the next musician’s house, they get in the van, we play some music, and then we keep going.”
Each night, Mallman’s support crew will pile out of the van and into different musicians’ houses to sleep, but he’ll stay put and continue to perform, using an elaborate rig of neurological equipment to keep the song going as he dozes off. “When I sleep my body will be controlling the computer and the keyboards. My mind and my heart,” he explains.
Wikipedia locks Pawlenty page following Colbert stunt
Wikipedia locked former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s page early Wednesday morning following Tuesday ‘s night’s Colbert Report during which Stephen Colbert said he was editing the Pawlenty page.
Colbert told his audience he was changing the page to read that Pawlenty was the son of “Mrs. Butterworth” and that Pawlenty “started his career in Santa’s workshop,” among other things. Finally the political satirist said he wrote, “On August 10, 2012 Tim Pawlenty was named Mitt Romney’s running mate.”
As the Romney campaign gets close to naming a vice presidential candidate, speculation about who it will be has turned to Wikipedia and the number of times the pages of potential VP picks are edited.
“To be perfectly honest, Chick-fil-A is not losing my business, because I already don’t eat there — the food is not kosher. But keep in mind that I would never support a law that made all restaurants follow the rules of kashrut; that would be forcing my religion on everyone, and a violation of the First Amendment. I’m OK with simply avoiding restaurants that don’t serve kosher food. Similarly, you shouldn’t try to force your religious beliefs on people who don’t share them. You are free to avoid attending Jewish same-sex weddings in my synagogue or any others. Just don’t tell us they should be illegal.”—In today’s commentary, Lily Berger writes that it would be a mistake to suppose that religious freedom favors one side of the issue.
“And I ended up right over the river. And everything was jammed up. And there was a semi next to me. A big semi. And we were just sitting there. And I looked at my coffee cup, and it was actually sloshing back and forth. And I was sitting still. My motor was running, but that was all.”—After this moment a couple years ago, Ginger Knaff stopped using the Lafayette Bridge (Hwy 52) that connects West St. Paul/South St. Paul and St. Paul.
Knaff isn’t alone. Other drivers say they are nervous about the river crossing, and even transportation officials acknowledge the Lafayette bridge’s deficiencies. Its concrete deck has deteriorated. It’s held up by rusting steel. It’s an outmoded design. And it had a lower safety rating than the old 35W bridge before that fell.
The Lafayette is scheduled to be torn down, but it will have to carry traffic for another year.