It’s only November 20, but we have an early leader in the Ironic Weather Tweet competition for 2015-2016. Read more →
Cold medication, an overloaded plane, and faulty instruments caused Alexander Georg Obersteg, 47, of Steinfeld, Germany, to crash into Lake Superior off Brighton Beach in June 2014, the NTSB said. Read more →
In upstate New York, a Walmart worker who was paid $9 an hour to collect shopping carts in the parking lot, was fired because he picked up bottles and cans that people threw on the ground and turned them in to get the deposit back. Read more →
Mayor Betsy Hodges gave voice to the unspoken but hinted assertion that’s been percolating a bit on social media since the demonstrations started at Minneapolis’ 4th precinct police headquarters the other night. Read more →
Next week, NewsCut will observe its eighth birthday and I can’t think of a worse week for defining who we are as a people by the news we make.
So here. Take a break from it. Read more →
As impressed as we are with the intelligence of pigeons, we are equally as impressed that in the world of academia, someone wondered whether they could help detect cancer. Read more →
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time for a first-year teacher in Utah who was trying to teach kids why people are lured into terrorism. Read more →
For people who don’t have cable TV, or who want to watch baseball games online even if they do, few rules were as frustrating as Major League Baseball’s blackout of local teams.
Fans could drop $120 for MLB’s streaming package, but if you tried to watch the Twins anywhere near the Twin Cities, the games were black out. It was a nod to Fox, which owns the local TV rights to half of MLB’s teams. It was a great deal if you followed out-of-market teams, but not so much if you were like most fans. Read more →
There is no place in America where people are safe from the racists among us. Read more →
What does it mean to defend the right to free speech on a college campus? The question has been analyzed for several years, mostly surrounding the choice of speakers — as was the case this month at the University of Minnesota — but rarely does it involve a truck. Read more →
Jeff Bradley used to be somebody, he says. He was a sportswriter. He covered the Yankees for the Newark Star Ledger. He wrote for ESPN the Magazine. He’s had his work featured in Sports Illustrated
But when he was laid off, he became more like the rest of of the somebodies in America who can’t find work even as they’re told the economy is zipping right along and unemployment is low.
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Prince has canceled his appearance at a concert in Europe, but Bob Dylan went ahead with his in Italy last night after he got another dozen armed guards assigned to the security force, International Business Times reports. Read more →
P.F. Sloan, who died on Sunday, penned one of the most famous protest songs in history. Then he disappeared. Read more →
Today’s Star Tribune letter to the editor relays the horror of being the subject of a news feature in today’s social media environment.
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There is value, of course, to the social media of participants, who now have the freedom to raise voices previously muzzled.
But it has not yet eclipsed — not nearly so — the value of a courageous storyteller.
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