FROM Curt Brown
Sara Jane Olson Paroled to Minnesota Sara Jane Olson was a fugitive from justice for 25 years. In 2001, she was arrested in Minnesota and returned to California to serve sentences for two crimes. In 1975, she was a member of the so-called Symbionese Liberation Army , the SLA, which kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst and committed numerous other crimes. Olson, also known as Kathleen Soliah, ultimately pled guilty to placing pipe bombs under Los Angeles police cars and participating in a Sacramento bank robbery during which a woman was killed. Today, after serving half of her 14-year sentence, she was paroled back to Minnesota , despite the objection of that state’s governor, Tom Pawlenty. Governor Schwarzenegger said he lets the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation take care of such issues.
Anti-War Protest in St. Paul Anti-war protesters have gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Speeches began a couple of hours ago, and a march to the Excel Center is about to get under way. George Bush and Dick Cheney won't be coming to St. Paul, but that hasn't stopped anti-war demonstrators from going through with their plans. Curt Brown reports for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune .
Estimate of Number Missing Lowered in Bridge Collapse In Minneapolis, the death toll from Wednesday's bridge collapse has risen to five, as rescue workers continue to search the swirling waters of the Mississippi River. The number of missing has been reduced from 30 to eight. Curt Brown reports for the Minneapolis Star Tribune .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.