Sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing to acknowledge greatness.
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— Lino Lakes Police (@LinoLakesPD) July 1, 2015
Nicholas Winton has died, and if you don’t recognize the name, you might recognize this unbelievable moment from a video that raced around the Internet a few years ago.
We’ve chatted often about what makes a good obituary. But merely the headline in his obituary in today’s New York Times reaches perfection.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” gave Winton a fraction of the attention he deserved last year. His story was secret for far too long.
“I did not think for one moment that they would be of interest to anyone so long after it happened,” Mr. Winton said of the scrapbook his wife found 50 years after his heroism. She asked for an explanation.
She gave the scrapbook to a Holocaust historian. The BBC featured the story of his rescues in the video above and his name went worldwide late in his life.
He saved nearly 700 children from certain death. He could have saved more, he lamented last year, had the United States been willing to take some of them.
“I’m not interested in the past,” he said. “I think there’s too much emphasis nowadays on the past and what has happened. And nobody is concentrated on the present and the future.”
He’s right, as I wrote last year. It’s a lot easier to say “Never again” than it is to actually do something to stop genocide.
In a decision that forced a conservative and liberal justice to dissent, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled authorities cannot blame the victim when determining the restitution criminals are required to pay in some cases.
Justice Wilhelmina Wright, in possibly her last court opinion before becoming a federal judge, rejected a Winona, Minn., man’s argument that because a man he stabbed started the fight, his restitution should be cut in half.
Brandon Riggs was assaulted after an argument at a Minnesota City, Minn., gas station over the quality of the marijuana he sold to Darin Salisbury, who chased him before Riggs stabbed him twice.
At his trial, Riggs was ordered to pay half of the victim’s employment-related costs as a result of the stabbing. But the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned the order, saying state law does not allow the victim’s role to be considered.
In her decision today, Wright agreed, writing that the Legislature provided specific factors to be considered when calculating restitution and the role of the victim isn’t one of them.
That drew a dissent from Chief Justice Lori Gildea, who argued that had the victim not started the confrontation, he wouldn’t have suffered the economic loss.
Justice Alan Page, in possibly his last dissent before retiring, also disagreed with Justice Wright, but for a different reason than Justice Gildea’s.
“In this case, the victim’s role as aggressor was part and parcel of the incident that was the basis for Riggs’ conviction,” Page argued.
Here’s the full opinion (pdf).
I was out for an evening bike ride a few weeks ago when I stopped to watch a game at a Woodbury park and noticed something odd — there weren’t very many parents there. The parents who were there didn’t appear to be particularly emotionally invested. It seemed like fun.
And that, author and father Daniel Pink insisted last evening on PBS NewsHour, is how youth sports should be played — without parents in attendance. Read more →
Douglas Legler’s obituary in today’s Fargo Forum is shorter than his name, the paper notes.
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Another church family is waking up today to the smoking ruins of their house of worship.
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Last week, as I’m sure you know by now, President Barack Obama broke into song at the funeral of Clementa Pinckney, killed in the attack on a Charleston, S.C., church. It was Amazing Grace, a song with a significant history of its own. MPR colleague Tesfa Wondemagegnehu today forwarded this essay from a friend he Read more →
In Waltham, Mass., a Boston suburb, the summer reading list has substituted a podcast for a book. For the record, you can’t read a podcast. Read more →
A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study claims that Fourth of July fireworks increase pollution by 42 percent.
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If you can stay up until close to midnight tonight, you’ll get to tell your grandchildren about the time you stayed up until midnight for no good reason.
At 11:59:59, the world will add one second to time. Read more →
Wade Yarbrough, of Apple Valley, waded into hostile territory in today’s Star Tribune with his op-ed urging restraint in judging people who fly the Confederate flag.
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United Airlines will make a pretty significant announcement today. It will announce the first investment by a domestic airline in a company that will provide alternative fuel.
Fulcrum, a California-based company, turns household trash into jet fuel.
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As the face of the Minnesota State Patrol in western Minnesota, Sgt. Jesse Grabow, the public information officer, has been expert as using social media to get people to drive more safely. Read more →
A suspect takes off in a running police vehicle, crashes into another car, killing its driver and seriously injuring its passenger. Is the officer liable? Read more →
The Milwaukee Art Museum today is stoking the ongoing debate over what is art and what is vile trash. Read more →