It was just another day at Stillwater Area High School. Come in. Sit down. Pull out the books. Get turned down for prom by a Hollywood star.

The Rock surprises SAHS student

SAHS senior Katie Kelzenberg had quite the surprise this morning. She received a special message from actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Last week, Katie asked Johnson to prom via Twitter. Today he sent a special message via the morning announcements at school. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to accept her invite because he is shooting a movie in Hawaii. Instead, he rented out an entire theater for Katie and her friends, along with students from SAHS, to watch his latest movie Rampage. #PonyPride

Posted by Stillwater Area High School on Friday, April 20, 2018

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson couldn’t escort Katie Kelzenberg to prom, so he rented out a movie theater in Oakdale instead so Kelzenberg and her friends could go watch his latest movie, the Pioneer Press’ Mary Divine reports.

SURPRISE KATIE KELZENBERG! About a week ago, I come across a video on my Twitter feed, from a student at Stillwater Area High School (oldest high school in Minnesota) asking me if I would be her date to her prom. Unfortunately, I’ll be shooting during that time in Hawaii, BUT I was so impressed by this young lady’s charm and confidence to even ask me (ladies always get shy in front of me) that I had to do something special. I decided to rent out an entire theater (capacity 232 seats) in her town so Katie and her closest 232 friends and family can enjoy a special screening of RAMPAGE. And all the free popcorn, candy and soda high school kids can consume! You’re money’s no good Katie… everything is on Uncle DJ. 🤙🏾🍿 🍭🥤!! And I also taped a special morning message surprising Katie and her high school that will play across the school’s intercom system… literally…RIGHT NOW, Katie should be turning red hearing me surprise her in front of her entire school. I wish I was there in person Katie, to see your reaction to all this, but I’ll hear about for sure and most importantly – you and all your friends have fun at the theater and ENJOY RAMPAGE! Thanks for being an AWESOME FAN and I’m a lucky dude to have fans like you. Uncle DJ 🤟🏾❤️ Ps – the gorilla in Rampage is way smarter (and better looking) than I am, but don’t tell him that because he has a HUGE ego 🦍

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Jerry and Patty Wetterling. Photo: Caroline Yang for MPR News | File.

The next few weeks (assuming there are no appeals) will present a challenge for journalists with ethics now that a judge has ruled that documents in the investigation of the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling must be made public.

Several media groups — including MPR News, the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law — sought their release for all the right reasons.

“The Eighth Circuit has acknowledged that a constitutional right of privacy exists in initial nondisclosure of personal information to a government agency, but it has never held that this right not to give personal information to the government bars the disclosure of information once it was obtained,” Judge District Judge Ann L. Carrott said in her ruling.

That’s the law and the law should be followed. To have ruled otherwise would destroy the spirit of state laws designed to keep accountability through open access.

But there’s something in the documents that the Wetterlings — one of the most beloved couples by the media since their son was abducted and, as we now know, assaulted and killed — don’t want you to see.

The judge has ruled that you have a right to know what that is, even if it turns out that it has nothing to do with Jacob Wetterling’s abduction and disappearance.

That shifts the burden to journalists to decide what part of the documents — if any — are none of our business.

There’s more than the Wetterlings’ reputation and the reputation of journalists at stake with what comes next; there’s also the willingness of victims and others to assist investigators in the future.

“It all came out of a place of fear in the beginning,” said Patty Wetterling after a hearing on the issue in February. “Nobody trusted anybody, and people turned in information that was very personal and private – and I don’t think anyone expected that was all going to become public. It could change how we work with law enforcement in the future if you know that everything you ever say is going to be in a big report.”

Mark Anfinson, the media attorney, said the debate over whether to release the documents was a case of “two goods.”

“We have witnessed firsthand the integrity and accuracy of the Minnesota news media,” the Wetterlings said in a statement today. “They have set the bar very high and always treated our family with respect and dignity. We trust that this high level of reporting will continue.”

We have insisted that we are responsible enough to restrain our urge to wallow in the intimate and irrelevant details of the Wetterlings’ private lives.

Now we get a chance to prove it.

Two decades ago this week, Michael Mann and a group of researchers published this graph, now dubbed “the hockey stick.” It changed the world, or at least it still could.

It’s the graph that showed for the first time that the earth’s temperature spiked during the Industrial Age.

It was a simple piece of information.

“There is something unprecedented about the warming we are experiencing today and, by implication, it has something to do with us and our profligate burning of fossil fuels,” he said.

Writing on Scientific American today, Mann says he never expected what would happen next.

As the Serengeti strategy has been deployed against me, I have been vilified on the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and other conservative media outlets, and subject to inquisitions by fossil fuel industry–funded senators, congressmen and attorneys general. My e-mails have been stolen, cherry-picked, taken out of context and broadcast widely in an effort to embarrass and discredit me. I have been subject to vexatious, open-records law requests by fossil fuel industry–funded front groups for my personal e-mails and numerous other documents. I have experienced multiple death threats and have endured threats against my family members. All because of the inconvenience my scientific findings posed to powerful and influential special interests.

And yet, study after study has reaffirmed his team’s findings. In fact, the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report shows the recent warming is unprecedented over an even longer period of time.

The special interests — oil companies and their politician protectors — are still at it, he says.

Their preferred tactic is to exaggerate the uncertainty in models that project where climate change is heading and argue such uncertainty is a cause for inaction, when precisely the opposite is the case. Arctic sea ice is disappearing faster than the climate models have predicted. The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets appear prone to collapse sooner than we previously thought—and with that, estimates of the sea level rise we could see by the end of this century have doubled from previous estimates of about three feet to more than six feet. If anything, climate model projections have proved overly conservative; they are certainly not an exaggeration.

Scientists are finding other examples as well. In part as a result of our own work three years ago, there is an emerging consensus—as publicized in recent news accounts—that the “conveyor belt” of ocean circulation may be weakening sooner than we expected. The conveyor delivers warm waters from the tropics to the higher latitudes of the North Atlantic, supporting vibrant fish communities there and moderating climates in western Europe and eastern North America. The earlier melt of Greenland ice, it appears, is freshening the surface waters of the subpolar North Atlantic, inhibiting the sinking of cold, salty water that helps drive the conveyor.

As Earth Day approaches on Sunday, Mann has released another urgent call for action because things are worse than he thought.