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A day later the Star Tribune greeted readers with a self-aggrandizing ad from the Vikings praising the team for “putting thousands of people back to work,” hailing a team that cherishes and embraces its “special role and responsibility” to the people of Minnesota, and lauding a team that is “deeply imbedded into [sic] the rich culture of this great state.” One can only imagine the number of raised eyebrows among readers, not to mention the U negotiating team.
SANDRA NELSON, Minneapolis
WHY NOT PAGE 1?
Florida case retested ‘stand your ground’
By burying the story in a brief on page A6, the Star Tribune added insult to injury in the tragic case of Marissa Alexander (“New trial for woman who fired warning shot,” Nov. 29). Alexander, who is black, defended herself and her three children against an estranged husband with a history of domestic violence by firing a warning shot after he violated a protective order. Unlike the white George Zimmerman, who got away with atally shooting a stranger who did not pose a clear danger, Alexander received a 20-year prison sentence. Both invoked Florida’s “stand your ground” law. I’d like to understand how this egregious story of injustice, particularly on the heels of the Trayvon Martin case, failed to make the front page.
CHRISTA SURERUS, Eden Prairie
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