It’s certainly a relief to have Twin Cities attorney Peter Erlinder back in Minnesota after his harrowing arrest and imprisonment...
Updated: June 23, 2010, - 02:47 PM
Another well-known Midwest politician’s name won’t be on the ballot this November. On Monday, David Obey, an influential Democrat who...
Updated: May 05, 2010, - 03:12 PM
This week's announcement of Brookdale Center's virtual closure -- Sears is the only retail store still open -- felt a...
Updated: April 30, 2010, - 08:51 PM
Koua Fong Lee's 2007 criminal vehicular homicide trial gathered few headlines outside of Minnesota when it happened. But the Laotian immigrant has become well-known across the nation after problems surfaced recently with sudden acceleration in Toyota Camrys. Lee, a 32-year-old with a family of four, was driving a 1996 Camry when he lost control of it on the Snelling Avenue off-ramp from Interstate 94 in St. Paul and slammed into another car. Two passengers inside died, and another later succumbed to her injuries. Lee has always maintained that he pumped the brake, but the car continued to accelerate. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2008. Lee's attorney is now petitioning the judge for a new trial, citing the Toyota recalls as new evidence. Legal experts have also raised questions about the length of his sentence. On Thursday, using an interpreter, he answered these questions from editorial writer Jill Burcum. Here are his edited responses:
Updated: April 03, 2010, - 03:51 PM
The call from a Fox News media relations associate in New York City came late Wednesday afternoon. One of the network's reporters had supposedly confirmed that Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar was one of the pro-life U.S. House representatives who planned to change their "yes" vote on health reform to "no.''
Updated: March 11, 2010, - 01:19 PM
With a Congressional vote on health care reform looming in the middle of this month, a thoughtful essay in the March 3 New England Journal of Medicine summed up nicely why the status quo really isn't an option:
Updated: March 10, 2010, - 04:41 PM
Could a small but determined group of pro-life Democratic congressional representatives -- possibly including Minnesota's Jim Oberstar -- scuttle health care reform?
Updated: March 04, 2010, - 03:33 PM
Three cheers for former Minnesota Senator David Durenberger, who took aim Wednesday at the ill-informed rhetoric painting the Democratic health reform bill as some kind of wild-eyed socialist scheme.
Updated: March 02, 2010, - 02:23 PM
Differences bridged: zero. Lines drawn in the sand: too many to count.
Updated: February 25, 2010, - 06:34 PM