Strib editor Scott Gillespie admits decision to not ID TCF Bank CEO was "borderline"

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Scott Gillespie photo via Twitter
Yesterday, the Star Tribune published an anti-tax letter to the editor written by TCF Bank CEO William A. Cooper, but editors decided not to identify him as such and instead merely noted that Cooper resides in Wayzata (TCF is also headquartered there).

That call raised some eyebrows. After all, since Cooper and other TCF Bank execs stand to gain from low taxes on wealthy people, shouldn't his affiliation with a major bank be mentioned?

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Star Tribune publishes anti-tax letter written by TCF Bank CEO and doesn't identify him

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:::: UPDATE :::: Strib editor Scott Gillespie admits decision to not ID TCF Bank CEO was "borderline"

Today's Star Tribune "Readers Write" page features an anti-tax letter entitled "All are burdened when upper incomes are" penned by a Wayzata resident named William A. Cooper.

But unless there are two William A. Coopers in Wayzata, it appears the writer isn't just some Joe Blow off the street. That's because William A. Cooper is the CEO of Wayzata-based TCF Bank.

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Michele Bachmann is on the New Yorker's cover [IMAGE]

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President Obama has had fun at Michele Bachmann's expense in the past. On the cover of this week's New Yorker, illustrator Barry Blitt depicts Barack doing it once again.

The occasion this time is the announcement that 7.1 million people signed up for Obamacare before the end of March, a number surpassing the Obama administration's original seven million person goal.

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Star Tribune misidentifies Betsy Hodges as St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's wife

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Coleman photo via Edina Realty
In fairness, there is a bit of a resemblance between Coleman (left) and Hodges.
Yesterday, Minneapolis's newspaper misidentified Minneapolis's mayor.

The Star Tribune's Sunday story on Betsy Hodges's first 100 days in office features a photo of Chris Coleman and his wife Connie with this mistaken caption: "Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman made their way to dinner Friday after taking a tour of the newly remodeled Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota."

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Star Tribune moving into Capella Tower next year

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The Strib will move into the Park Building (to be renamed the "Star Tribune Building"), seen in the foreground of this picture.
This afternoon, Star Tribune publisher Mike Klingensmith sent staff an email confirming that the paper has agreed to move into the Capella Tower by mid-2015.

The paper recently agreed to sell its current property to developer Ryan Cos. for $30.8 million in order to make way for all the redevelopment going on around the new Vikings stadium, necessitating a relocation.

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Glen Taylor, new Star Tribune owner, once paid $10k for a Bachmann-Palin photo op

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Taylor (center) vows to keep his politics out of the Strib newsroom.
Not only is the Star Tribune Minnesota's largest newspaper, but it also prints the state's number-two fish wrap. In other words, it has a lot of sway.

So the news that former Republican legislator Glen Taylor is buying the usually left-leaning Strib has some wondering aloud whether that means the paper will be moving to the right.

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Star Tribune employees told Wolves owner Glen Taylor is buying paper

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In recent days, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been rumored to be closing in on a deal to purchase the Star Tribune.

It appears the transaction is now all but official.

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Here's the Facebook rant Jeff Dubay deleted after he was abruptly fired by Tom Barnard

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Dubay made a triumphant return to the radio last year after ending up behind bars thanks to a crack addiction.
:::: UPDATE :::: Jeff Dubay, Sean Barnard waging social media war on each other

Barely two weeks into his new gig as a podcast host for the Tom Barnard Network, Jeff Dubay was abruptly fired yesterday.

When Dubay was let go by 1500 ESPN in January, he accepted the news with equanimity and actually thanked the Hubbard family "for the great opportunity." This time around, however, he posted a vitriolic Facebook rant in which he characterized Sean Barnard, general manager of the Tom Barnard Network, as "a genuinely bad person with no sense of ethics or professionalism whatsoever who let's his alcoholism dictate how he conducts business."

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Twins announce "Sid Hartman Day" just in time for his birthday

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On May 18, the Twins will honor Minnesota's most iconic sports journalist with bobbleheads, commemorative coffee mugs, and a pregame ceremony.

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"Sid Hartman Day" was announced by the organization this morning, just one day shy of Sid's 94th birthday.

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Minnesota Daily runs photo of students snorting Molly in dorms

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All photos courtesy of the Minnesota Daily and taken by photographer Lisa Persson
Perhaps the most shocking thing about this photo isn't that this college student is preparing to snort Molly, but rather that she has a $100 bill in her possession.
The Minnesota Daily recently ran a slideshow featuring photos of $100-dollar-bill-rolling students snoring Molly, grinding pot, and pouring shots, among other mood-altering shenanigans.

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No, they didn't dispatch a photog to a rave. In fact, it was just another Friday night in the dorms.

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