1) SLOWLY SHUTTING DOWN
There’s little indication politicians at the Capitol are capable of avoiding a state shutdown, the net effect of which is difficult to say for certain because the parameters for shutting it down haven’t been set yet (although I took a shot at it here)
MPR’s Tom Scheck visits with some of the state workers who will be asked to pay the price for the Legislature and governor’s apparent failures. A woman who works at the security hospital in St. Peter says it’ll cost $1,300 a month for health insurance, an important thing for her because her husband is recovering from cancer.
The state workers will get the bulk of the news coverage during the shutdown because they’re the most visible — and easily found — victims. But we should — and will — get an opportunity to hear from the people the workers serve through what they do. Is that you? Tell us about it below .
Meanwhile, City Pages assesses who’s to blame for the mess.
2) WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LOVE FOR N. MINNEAPOLIS?
Only 300 tickets have been sold for the big benefit concert for tornado recovery in north Minneapolis, MPR’s Cathy Wurzer tweeted this morning, confirming the report here a few days ago of slow sales. Is it the economy? The cause? The all-star lineup? You tell us. The goal was to raise $100,000 and it doesn’t appear that’s going to happen.
But perhaps this has something to do with it…
That’s what you get if you followed the original link from the Star Tribune’s arts blog about the concert. This is the link you want.
Down in Joplin, destroyed by a tornado, nature keeps piling on. A rare fungus is infecting the blood of the tornado victims.
3) THE EYE NEVER BLINKS
The sooner that police and other public servants realize that someone always has a camera, the safer we’ll all be. This amazing video was shot by a man who watched Miami police shoot and kill an eratic driver.”They handled us like we were criminals,” a woman said. “The officer came over to the driver’s side, on my left, and just put the gun to my head.”
“They took everyone’s phones and smashed them,” she said.
4) KEEP IT OR LET IT GO?
The biggest silver-phase northern pike in the history of Minnesota has been caught. Maybe. Mark Plumley of St. Croix Falls caught it in Ely on Wednesday. It’s over 18 pounds. The problem is current state records don’t list a category for the silver pike, nor for a silver-phase northern pike, the Duluth News Tribune says. ” In more recent years, the fish has been considered a color phase of the northern pike, not a distinct species. caught just one fish on Wednesday, but he made it count.”
“It’s a gorgeous fish,” Ron Schmidt of Smitty’s on Snowbank said. “It’s old. Half its teeth are gone.”
When you catch an old-timer like that, does part of you say, “let it go” ?
5) THE SPACE STATION LIGHT
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for your nerdy dad? Build this light that tells when the space station is visible overhead:
Bonus: This video on YouTube has people concerned. It’s a rabbit without ears that was born in April, near the radiation-spewing nuke plants in Japan.
Layoff notices are starting to arrive today for 36,000 state employees. They would be among the first to feel the direct effects of a possible state government shutdown. Today’s Question: How would a state government shutdown affect you?
WHAT WE’RE DOING
I am off today, traveling to New York. Several people will post in my absence today.
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: As the governor and Republican leaders meet privately, the state is closing in on a government shutdown July 1st. How can the two sides reach a compromise? What impact will media campaigns have on the outcome?
Second hour: Siri Hustvedt, author of “A Summer Without Men.”
Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: Former GOP governor Arne Carlson.
Second hour: BBC’s “World Have Your Say” progam—live from Cairo, Egypt. “Who Has the Power in the Middle East?”
Science Friday (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: The genetic culprits behind autism.
Second hour: Why do disasters seem to be happening more often?