10/6 Morning Must Reads


Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

Former University of Minnesota student loses Hong Kong appeal in milkshake murder
Nancy Kissel, an American woman and former U of M student, lost an appeal today of her conviction in a Hong Kong court for the beating death of her husband in a case widely known as the "milkshake murder" trial, according to the Associated Press. The 44-year-old was convicted in 2005 of giving her husband a milkshake laced with sedatives in 2003 and then fatally bashing the wealthy banker on the head with a metal ornament. Kissel said she was defending herself.

Mille Lacs: Take our troublemakers, we don't want 'em
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal lawyers are trying an age-old tradition to punish troublemakers on their reservation: Banishing them from the reservation. We don't feel so bad for the four guys banished for five years; they still receive their $7,000 annual Grand Casino profits payment. In the past, this punishment wasn't so fun, according to the Star Tribune: "Such punishment was at one time essentially a death sentence. Those ostracized were either left to the whims of enemy tribes or, more likely, starved or froze alone without the help of their community. The modern-day version, formally called exclusion, is less harsh." Yikes.

Biggest disappointment of the weekend: Wild mascot is a hybrid?
The Minnesota Wild unveiled its first-ever mascot on Sunday to the disappointment of the entire state. They weren't kidding when they told us it was from the animal kingdom because frankly that's the only description someone can use. They say it's a hybrid of several animals. We didn't know the Wild were so progressive with inter-animal breeding. Oh, and they gave this freak hybrid a mullet too. Classy and scary. We were stilling hoping for a komodo dragon.

Does deodorant look like cocaine? Apparently.
A Shakopee man spent two months in jail after police arrested him with white powder. Joke's on him: deodorant, not cocaine. His attorney says a faulty field test for a false positive on the test. That's a really faulty test if you ask us.

13-year-old wants to recreate Jurassic Park real bad
A New Brighton teenager won a spot in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in Washington today for his work investigating the teeth of a 70-million-year-old reptile. According to the Pioneer Press: "In his ongoing paleontology project, Kruse is searching for the DNA containing tissue that could unlock the understanding — and possible cloning — of the ancient creatures." Sweet! We've been waiting for JP to really happen, so we rally behind the nerds of the world.


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