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walter mondale, the original hillary clinton


i once wrote a column in praise of competence. the object of my admiration was walter mondale, then running for president against ronald reagan. the president’s message was that it was “morning again in america.” mondale’s message was that he was competent. he lost 49 states. he was hillary clinton even before she was.the comparison is apt — and sad. it came jumping out at me as i read “shattered,” jonathan allen and amie parnes’ new account of how clinton managed to lose to donald trump, a man for whom the word “competent” is about as fitting as “humble.” she did it, the two tell us, by assembling a huge and unwieldy campaign apparatus, fixating on data and not, unfortunately, on retail politics, and not being able to adequately explain her use of a private email server, a historically tr






dayton taps ex-minnesota court chief for stadium agency


st. paul, minn. — minnesota gov. mark dayton tapped former state supreme court chief justice kathleen blatz to be interim chairwoman of the state's embattled oversight agency of the minnesota vikings' stadium on thursday, installing a fresh face to lead a board that's been wracked by ethical questions surrounding the use of luxury suites for friends and family.blatz will replace michele kelm-helgen, the chairwoman of the minnesota sports facilities authority since the $1.1 billion facility was authorized in 2012. both kelm-helgen and executive director ted mondale resigned last week following a scathing report from the state's legislative auditor that further fueled republican efforts to reshape governance of the stadium, which just hosted its first nfl season.the office of the legislative






dayton taps ex-minnesota court chief for stadium agency


st. paul, minn. (ap) — minnesota gov. mark dayton tapped former state supreme court chief justice kathleen blatz to be interim chairwoman of the state’s embattled oversight agency of the minnesota vikings’ stadium on thursday, installing a fresh face to lead a board that’s been wracked by ethical questions surrounding the use of luxury suites for friends and family.blatz will replace michele kelm-helgen, the chairwoman of the minnesota sports facilities authority since the $1.1 billion facility was authorized in 2012. both kelm-helgen and executive director ted mondale resigned last week following a scathing report from the state’s legislative auditor that further fueled republican efforts to reshape governance of the stadium, which just hosted its first nfl season.the office of the legisl






meet the real walter white


when amc started airing its classic “breaking bad,” the real walter white was establishing his own alabama-based meth empire. here’s the story of the real walter white.full story at youtube.more great tv. posted by josh urich






this old fbi file is a great reminder of just how screwed trump's lying cronies


then-nominee trump and michael flynn as they speak at a rally in colorado on october 18, 2016 (photo by george frey/getty images)martin friedman, the head of the walker art center in minneapolis, died last may at the age of 90. at the time, i requested friedman’s fbi file through a freedom of information act (foia) request, and that 93-page file was delivered to me yesterday. while there’s nothing scandalous in it, reading the file made me think about something that’s currently in the news. namely, just how screwed michael flynn is.advertisementnormally after getting a file like friedman’s, i wouldn’t consider it newsworthy. sometimes people have random, weird things in their file, as i recently discovered with military historian robert dorr. but after looking through friedman’s mundane fi






meet walter: creepy android comes to life in 'alien: convenant' short


a new "commercial" shows a synthetic human under construction in the lab before he wakes up and introduces himself as "walter."






vikings' stadium board at full strength after resignations


minneapolis — the oversight body for the minnesota vikings' stadium is back at full strength after controversy surrounding its use of luxury suites sparked a leadership exodus.minnesota sports facility authority chairwoman michele kelm-helgen and executive director ted mondale both resigned last week. their exit followed months of criticism about the authority giving tickets in two luxury suites to friends and family members.the authority on friday approved jim farstad to fill mondale's role on an interim basis. it follows gov. mark dayton's thursday appointment of former supreme court chief justice kathleen blatz as interim chairwoman.farstad is a current technology consultant for the stadium oversight board. he'll be paid at the same rate as mondale, who made more than $165,000 annually.






love story: walter and pat hetzel of levittown


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypat and walter hetzel of levittown celebrate their 50th anniversary in september. (credit: hetzel family) pat hetzel, of levittown, recalls the first time she met her future husband, walter.on may 6, 1961, i was at my friend’s 16th birthday party at her home in bayside, queens. i lived in whitestone, but we both went to bayside high school.as the guests started to arrive, i noticed this well-dressed fellow walking down the stairs with a record player in his hands. he was providing...






paul ridgeway, who orchestrated high-profile political events, dies at 68


paul ridgeway helped coordinate a soviet president’s visit to the twin cities, orchestrated political events and coordinated transportation for super bowls around the country — after showing up to a planning meeting in minnesota on a dog sled.“he was minnesota’s p.t. barnum,” said kevin foley, a close friend and fellow events planner.ridgeway, 68, of plymouth, died saturday of complications from open heart surgery, said his wife, roz. he will be remembered as an audacious special events impresario whose high-energy jobs ranged all over the social and political spectrum.he orchestrated then-soviet president mikhail gorbachev’s visit to the twin cities in 1990. his career also included events planning and advance work for president jimmy carter and walter mondale in his unsuccessful presiden






paul ridgeway, who orchestrated high-profile political events, dies at 68


paul ridgeway helped coordinate a soviet president’s visit to the twin cities, orchestrated political events and coordinated transportation for super bowls around the country — after showing up to a planning meeting in minnesota on a dog sled.“he was minnesota’s p.t. barnum,” said kevin foley, a close friend and fellow events planner.ridgeway, 68, of plymouth, died saturday of complications from open heart surgery, said his wife, roz. he will be remembered as an audacious special events impresario whose high-energy jobs ranged all over the social and political spectrum.he orchestrated then-soviet president mikhail gorbachev’s visit to the twin cities in 1990. his career also included events planning and advance work for president jimmy carter and walter mondale in his unsuccessful presiden






obituary: paul ridgeway orchestrated high-profile political events


paul ridgeway helped coordinate a soviet president's visit to the twin cities, orchestrated political events and coordinated transportation for super bowls around the country — after showing up to a planning meeting in minnesota on a dog sled."he was minnesota's p.t. barnum," said kevin foley, a close friend and fellow events planner.ridgeway, 68, of plymouth, died saturday of complications from open heart surgery, said his wife, roz. he will be remembered as an audacious special events impresario whose high-energy jobs ranged all over the social and political spectrum.he orchestrated then-soviet president mikhail gorbachev's visit to the twin cities in 1990. his career also included events planning and advance work for president jimmy carter and walter mondale in his unsuccessful presiden






obituary: paul ridgeway orchestrated high-profile political events


paul ridgeway helped coordinate a soviet president's visit to the twin cities, orchestrated political events and coordinated transportation for super bowls around the country — after showing up to a planning meeting in minnesota on a dog sled."he was minnesota's p.t. barnum," said kevin foley, a close friend and fellow events planner.ridgeway, 68, of plymouth, died saturday of complications from open heart surgery, said his wife, roz. he will be remembered as an audacious special events impresario whose high-energy jobs ranged all over the social and political spectrum.he orchestrated then-soviet president mikhail gorbachev's visit to the twin cities in 1990. his career also included events planning and advance work for president jimmy carter and walter mondale in his unsuccessful presiden






north/east metro news briefs: st. croix national scenic riverway celebrating its


the upcoming golden anniversary of the st. croix national scenic riverway will be observed throughout 2018 in filmmaking, publishing and public events.it was in 1968 when the st. croix river and its main tributary, the namekagon, were among the original eight rivers designated under the u.s. wild and scenic rivers act. the st. croix was also the first u.s. river designated as a national park.initiatives by the st. croix river association in 2018 feature a documentary by filmmakers john kaul and tom reiter, scheduled to debut on tpt (twin cities pbs) next june, and a new coffee table book from photographer craig blacklock. the book, titled “the st. croix national scenic riverway: the enduring gift,” includes a foreword by former vice president walter mondale.as u.s. senators, mondale and wi






love story: walter and pat hetzel of levittown


pat hetzel, of levittown, recalls the first time she met her future husband, walter.most popularon may 6, 1961, i was at my friend’s 16th birthday party at her home in bayside, queens. i lived in whitestone, but we both went to bayside high school.as the guests started to arrive, i noticed this well-dressed fellow walking down the stairs with a record player in his hands. he was providing the music for the evening.my friend said, “pat, this is walter hetzel. he lives in the neighborhood. walter, this is pat wood.” for some reason i felt like i had just met the man of my dreams. walter asked me to dance, and as we were dancing, he handed me a line: “i bet you a nickel i can kiss you without touching you.” then he kissed me and handed me the nickel. i was 14 and he was 17.li life66 li couple






covenant's walter the android from this very unsettling 'commercial'


gif image: foxone of the things we know about alien: covenant is that michael fassbender is pulling double-duty in it. he’ll be playing david, the android from the last film, and walter, another android from the same assembly line... or so we thought. the latest, utterly bizarre alien: covenant promo just ruined a bit of that theory.advertisementthe david from prometheus is technically a david from the david 8 line, a series of androids given the name that sir peter weyland (or, as we all remember him better, guy pearce in bad old man make-up) originally wanted to give his real, flesh and blood son. the video fox put out last night is a fake (obviously) ad for the new walter line of androids, who are apparently hand-assembled by very strange women in very creepy masks:it’s interesting that






walter e. smithe ads, famous for their jingle, now featuring next generation


if you grew up in chicago, you can probably hum it.the walter e. smithe furniture jingle — "you dream it, we build it" — has been a longtime fixture in the firm's television ads, just as the smithe brothers themselves have been. now, the itasca-based furniture and interior design company wants you to get to know the smithe sisters.colleen, caitie, meghan and maureen smithe, all between the ages of 33 and 37, represent the fourth generation of the family business and are daughters of company president walter smithe, the grandson of the business's namesake. the four women have been taking on bigger roles at the company and star in its new ad. it's all a part of an effort to hang on to the company's loyal customers while persuading younger shoppers that walter e. smithe isn't just their paren






sushant singh rajput’s romeo akbar walter will be filmed in kashmir


sushant singh rajput’s romeo akbar walter will be filmed in kashmiraccording to a report in the mumbai mirror, sushant singh rajput’s romeo akbar walter, where he reportedly plays a raw agent, will be shot in kashmir. the film's writer-director robbie grewal had this to say: "the film is set in 1971 but it isn’t about the war. the story unspools before it begins and is inspired by true incidents. we’re going to be filming in multiple regions in the indian sub-continent, including kashmir and nepal. we are prepping up to create a thrilling world, the kind you haven’t seen before. our sole aim is to capture the look and feel of the era."






cps allows budget director to stay on job despite residency violation


the budget director at chicago public schools has been allowed to remain on the job until this summer despite an investigation that late last year found he lived in the southwest suburbs, a violation of the district's residency requirement.matthew walter turned in a resignation letter in january after cps inspector general nicholas schuler's office found he didn't live in the city, district officials said. living outside city limits can be grounds for termination for cps employees.instead of pressing for walter's immediate firing after last year's probe, schuler said he and district officials agreed eventually to let walter stay on through march while cps grappled with an intense budget crunch.now, cps officials said they have decided to allow walter to work until june. he has continued to






slain firefighter’s acts of kindness in life outshone violent act that ended it,


oakland — jake p. walter, the 30-year-old oakland firefighter slain in a random act of violence in san jose, was remembered saturday by friends and family for his dreams of becoming a firefighter, his dedication to the city of oakland, and his random acts of kindness.at his memorial service at the oakland scottish rite center, mayor libby schaaf spoke of walter’s love for his city and how that city was now grieving for one of its own.as the oakland family moves through its “grief for this unimaginable loss,” schaaf said, “i hope that we take today to rededicate ourselves to that bond of family to honor jake’s memory for what he exemplified.”like our facebook page for more conversation and news coverage from the bay area and beyond. the auditorium was filled with family members and what man






ghost in the roadhouse


you've heard the old cliché: this play will make you laugh; it will make you cry.in "lone star spirits," playwright josh tobeissen accomplishes this daily double within the span of 15 seconds. coming at the evening's denouement, it is the neatest trick in this breezy script, which opened saturday at the jungle theater in minneapolis.tobeissen sets his 80-minute comedy in a dusty, ramshackle roadhouse owned by walter, an equally dusty and ramshackle proprietor. walter is by turns easygoing, ornery, wise and impulsive — but consistently in awe of the ghosts who inhabit his joint and his town.ten directors could cast this play and provided they all had brains in their heads, ten of them would choose terry hempleman to play walter. he's an amiable cactus, lean and handsome with the patina of a






suspect arrested in fatal shooting of virginia special agent


richmond, va. — a virginia state police special agent died saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in richmond, police said. the shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death.virginia state police said in an emailed statement that travis a. ball of richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. additional charges are pending.the 27-year-old ball is charged in the shooting of special agent michael t. walter, who died early saturday at vcu medical center in richmond. ball was taken into custody at a residence in northumberland county about an hour after walter died.virginia gov. terry mcauliffe said he and the fi






another fox news firing; will someone please get a clue?


another week, another fox news firing.the cable network announced on friday that it has dismissed bob beckel for “making an insensitive remark to an african-american employee.”someday, you would like to believe that everyone will get a clue about basic workplace — and overall social — behavior. we are no longer living in the “mad men” era.this is the second time fox news has terminated beckel, who was the co-host of its primetime program, “the five.”it is not known yet what beckel exactly said, but thewrap reported that fox news’ human resources department learned of the incident on tuesday evening.after a “thorough” 48-hour investigation, network officials determined beckel had to go immediately, an unnamed source told thewrap.beckel joined fox news in 2000 after a long career in politics






high dive download


download download walter, the main character of our game, really likes to dive. birds like to fly. sounds like trouble. help walter on his journey to the top of the world in this action arcade sports game. high dive is a causal free to play game with quirky, clean graphics, and a fun soundtrack. if you are fan of radical, zig zag, or mr. jump, this will be something you enjoy.






u.s. bank stadium oversight panel closes out era of kelm-helgen, mondale


the new chairwoman of the u.s. bank stadium oversight panel posed lots of questions in her first meeting friday, a departure from the habit of current commissioners who rarely spoke.incoming minnesota sports facilities authority (msfa) chairwoman kathleen blatz, the former state supreme court chief justice, showed an interest in many technical aspects of contracts and proposals. she attended her first meeting as one of the five commissioners, but will replace outgoing chairwoman michele kelm-helgen at the next meeting.the meeting was a finale for kelm-helgen, who resigned last week amid backlash over her personal use of two taxpayer-owned luxury suites during minnesota vikings games, concerts and soccer matches. msfa executive director ted mondale resigned last week for similar reasons, bu






convicted felon charged in fatal shooting of virginia officer who was father of


a virginia state police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a richmond public housing complex was a father of three and former marine who founded a youth wrestling club and mentored disadvantaged kids, authorities said.special agent michael t. walter, 45, died early saturday after being shot friday evening by travis ball in a neighborhood in virginia's capital city that has been plagued by gun violence, police said.walter, who was white, was an 18-year veteran of virginia state police who previously served in the marine corps, state police superintendent col. steven flaherty said.the philadelphia native was promoted to special agent in 2010 and was working in drug enforcement in the state police's bureau of criminal investigation's richmond field office.richmond city jail/sh






u.s. bank stadium oversight panel closes out the public era of kelm-helgen, mond


the new chair of the u.s. bank stadium oversight panel, whose job is to restore public trust, posed lots of questions in her first meeting friday, a departure from the habit of current commissioners who rarely spoke.incoming minnesota sports facilities authority (msfa) chair kathleen blatz, the former state supreme court chief justice, was interested in many technical aspects of various contracts and proposals. she attended her first meeting as one of the five commissioners, but will replace chair michele kelm-helgen at the next meeting.the meeting was a finale for kelm-helgen who resigned last week amid backlash from her use of two taxpayer-owned luxury suites for personal parties during minnesota vikings games, concerts and soccer matches. msfa executive director ted mondale resigned las






mariners’ visit to walter reed puts it in perspective


manager scott servais and several members of the coaching staff and a group of 10 players visited injured and recovering soldiers and tour the walter reed national military medical center on wednesday morning.washington, d.c. — with the setup of interleague play, the mariners face the national league east every three seasons. and usually, but not always, the trips alternate, meaning it could be six more years until the mariners visit the nation’s capital again. with the rare opportunity of being in d.c., manager scott servais and several members of the coaching staff and a group of 10 players couldn’t pass up on the chance to visit injured and recovering soldiers and tour the walter reed national military medical center on wednesday morning. it was what they viewed a responsibility as bein






slain virginia drug enforcement officer called "superman"


richmond, va. — a virginia state police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a richmond public housing complex was remembered sunday as a man dedicated to improving the lives of children.michael t. walter, 45, died early saturday, hours after being shot while patrolling in the mosby court complex, which has had six homicides and 19 non-fatal shootings this year alone."i just shook my head and said 'not again'," said darlene crutchfield, who saw walter's body lying on the ground near where her 34-year-old son was killed in 2015.the death of the former marine and father of three also shocked the central virginia community of powhatan, where walter was well known for the youth wrestling organization he founded.steven stone, who coached with walter, described him as an "irreplace






trump tweets: awards purple heart during visit to walter reed


president trump visited walter reed medical center in bethesda, md., on saturday and awarded a purple heart to an army sergeant recently wounded in afghanistan.the medal went to sgt. 1st class alvaro barrientos, who was wounded in action on march 17 in afghanistan during what is now america's longest war. the white house did not release barrientos' hometown.the purple heart is awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in action.besides barrientos, trump met privately with about a dozen service members who are receiving care at the military hospital.his decision to allow news media coverage of the medal ceremony was in sharp contrast to former president obama, who awarded purple heart medals during his own regular visits to walter reed but always did so behind closed doors.






suspect arrested in fatal shooting of virginia special agent


richmond, va. — a suspect has been taken into custody following an overnight manhunt in the fatal shooting of a virginia state police special agent, authorities said saturday.virginia state police said in an emailed statement that travis a. ball of richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. additional charges are pending.the 27-year-old ball is charged in the shooting of special agent michael t. walter, who died early saturday at vcu medical center in richmond. ball was arrested at a residence in northumberland county about an hour after walter died.walter was shot friday night while on patrol with a city of richmond police officer. the officers observed a chevrolet cobalt pull up to a curb on redd stre






long island high school graduation photos


members of the class of 2017 are receiving their diplomas and tossing their caps in the air as their high school education comes to a close. here are some of the best moments from 2017's graduation ceremonies.don't see your high school represented? send your best graduation shots to [email protected](credit: copiague school district)walter g. o'connell copiague high school celebrated the graduation of the class of 2017 on thursday, june 22, 2017.(credit: copiague school district)a graduate high-fives at walter g. o'connell copiague high school's graduation on thursday, june 22, 2017.(credit: copiague school district)five members of the class of 2017 at walter g. o'connell copiague high school's graduation on thursday, june 22, 2017.advertisementadvertise here(credit: copiague scho






suspect arrested in fatal shooting of virginia special agent


richmond, va. (ap) — a suspect has been taken into custody following an overnight manhunt in the fatal shooting of a virginia state police special agent, authorities said saturday.virginia state police said in an emailed statement that travis a. ball of richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. additional charges are pending.the 27-year-old ball is charged in the shooting of special agent michael t. walter, who died early saturday at vcu medical center in richmond. ball was arrested at a residence in northumberland county about an hour after walter died.walter was shot friday night while on patrol with a city of richmond police officer. the officers observed a chevrolet cobalt pull up to a curb on redd






suspect arrested in fatal shooting of virginia special agent


richmond, va. — a virginia state police special agent died saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in a richmond public housing complex, police said. the shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death.virginia state police said travis a. ball of richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. additional charges are pending.ball, 27, is charged in the shooting of special agent michael t. walter, who died early saturday at vcu medical center in richmond. ball was taken into custody at a residence in northumberland county about an hour after walter died.walter had two sons— ages 14 and 9— and a 6-year-old daughter s






virginia police special agent fatally shot; suspect arrested


richmond, va. — a man fatally shot a virginia state police special agent in a richmond public housing project before fleeing on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with his arrest on saturday, authorities said.travis ball, 27, is charged in the friday shooting of special agent michael t. walter, who died early saturday, authorities said.walter was shot after he and a city of richmond police officer approached a car in mosby court, a public housing community in virginia's capital city that has been plagued by gun violence, police said.ball, who's black, is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. additional charges are pending.walter, who's white, was an 18-year veteran of virginia state police and form






minnesota labor leader dave roe dies at 92


dave roe, an influential figure in minnesota’s labor movement and a former university of minnesota regent, died monday. he was 92.roe served as president of the minnesota afl-cio from 1966 to 1984 and emerged as a powerful figure in state labor battles and in minnesota politics. more recently, he was instrumental in the creation of a workers memorial garden at the state capitol, which honors the state’s laborers.former democratic vice president walter mondale called roe “a great labor leader and an honest and decent citizen.”roe became a friend and confidante of state political leaders, including the late vice president hubert humphrey.humphrey called roe the night before he died in 1978. roe said later that what touched him most was humphrey insisted on speaking to roe’s wife audrey. she






frank-walter steinmeier is elected as germany’s president


berlin—former german foreign minister frank-walter steinmeier was elected president on sunday, taking on the prestigious but largely ceremonial position months before rival chancellor angela merkel faces a big election test.lawmakers and regional representatives voted for mr. steinmeier at the capital’s reichstag building, after ms. merkel’s conservative parties and their junior coalition partner, mr. steinmeier’s social democrats,...






michael slager, ex-officer, to plead guilty in death of walter scott, fleeing mo


columbia, s.c. --  a former south carolina police officer is pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot and killed as the man ran from a 2015 traffic stop, according to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by the associated press.playvideocbsnmistrial declared for cop in walter scott shooting former south carolina police officer michael slager is free after a mistrial was declared in the shooting death of walter scott. cbs news' mark s... the 13-page document also notes that as part of the deal, state prosecutors are dropping a pending murder charge against michael slager, effectively bringing to a close both parallel cases against the former north charleston police officer.slager, 35, had been scheduled to appear in federal court tuesday for motion






facebook moves to curtail fake news on ‘trending’ feature


facebook inc. is overhauling its “trending topics” box, part of its effort to curb fake news and expose users to a broader range of information.starting wednesday, facebook’s software will surface only topics that have been covered by a significant number of credible publishers, a move designed to cut back on hoaxes by giving more weight to...