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    Goldman Sachs paid out more than $12million to a veteran female executive who lodged an internal complaint about a toxic workplace for women within the highest offices of the prestigious firm. CEO of Wall Street’s legendary investment bank, David Solomon, was accused of bragging about receiving oral sex in the legal complaint, which has been viewed by Bloomberg.  The former partner of the company reached the settlement two years ago with the company fighting to keep the details of the lawsuit secret. She claimed that senior executives made vulgar and dismissing comments made about women. Solomon's alleged boast occurred shortly after he took over the firm in 2018, with the allegations making up part of the lawsuit. It claims that the investment bank fostered a sexist culture, with at least three executives reportedly hearing Solomon’s alleged remark at the time. Sources claim that it stood out because it was considered so out of character for Solomon, 60, to make that kind of comment - with the bank disputing the allegations. CEO of Wall Street’s most prestigious investment bank, David Solomon,...
    Details have emerged regarding Adam Wainwright’s one-year, $17.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis signing Adam Wainwright came as little surprise, as the right-hander was clearly disappointed with the end of his 2022 campaign. But both Wainwright and the Cardinals are optimistic that he has plenty left in the tank. And it’s reflected in his 2023 contract. According to a source with knowledge of the contract, Wainwright signed a one-year, $17.5 million contract that includes $10 million deferred. He can earn $500,000 each for 28 and 30 games started with an additional $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove, NLDS MVP, NLCS MVP and World Series MVP while earning $25,000 for Silver Slugger. He can also earn an additional $500,000 for finishing No. 1-10 in NL Cy Young Award voting. Cardinals: What Adam Wainwright’s contract meansPerhaps the most interesting element is the deferred money. In backloading the contract, it raises the possibility of the Cardinals splurging on a free agent this winter, perhaps Willson Contreras as Yadier Molina’s replacement behind the plate. They could look at a high-priced...
    Breaking down the FedEx St. Jude Championship payout for the 2022 tournament to see the prize money every player will win in the first playoff event. Previously a WGC event before it was a staple in the regular season, the FedEx St. Jude Championship was elevated in the 2022 PGA Tour season to the first event in the FedExCup Playoffs, which teed off this week from TPC Southwind in Memphis. And it was a drama-filled and tight tournament. Entering Sunday, JJ Spaun held a one-stroke lead over Sepp Straka, but heavy-hitters in Will Zalatoris and Cameron Smith were looming just a couple of shots behind… or at least they were but Smith was docked two strokes for a penalty in his round on Saturday due to a drop into a penalty area. Even still, it set the stage for a great Sunday finish in Memphis. But as we look at the massive $15 million purse, we also have to look at the FedEx St. Jude Championship payout by position to see what a finish in which spot would give these...
    Disney beat Wall Street expectations by adding 14.4 million new subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service in the last quarter, CEO Bob Chapek said in an earnings call on Wednesday.  Disney+ now has a total of 152 million subscribers, and together with Disney-owned Hulu and ESPN+ the company has surpassed Netflix to become the biggest streamer, with 221 million total paying subscribers.  The company also announced it will also launch ad-supported versions for Disney+ in December - and will hike the price of ad-free subscriptions for the streaming service, along with ESPN and Hulu.  The new ad-supported Disney+ will cost $7.99 per month, the same price the company now charges for the ad-free version, while the price of the ad-free version will increase by $3 per month to $10.99 as of December 8.  Prices for Hulu will also increase by $1 to $2 per month depending on the plan.  Disney's financial results for the quarter also blew past analyst expectations, and the company's shares rose as much as 6.6 percent in extended trading - though the stock is still down...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. For MPR, Michelle Wiley says, “Crowds marched through the heat in St. Paul Sunday over abortion access, in response the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The event, organized by UnRestrict Minnesota and other groups, had thousands of attendees. In a press release, organizers said more than 10,000 people came to the rally, while the State Patrol on Twitter estimated a crowd closer to 5,000.” Frederick Melo writes in the Pioneer Press: “The St. Paul City Council will vote this month on whether to add a question to the November ballot asking residents to fund child care and early-learning options for low-income residents. The proposal was drawn up by the St. Paul All Ready for Kindergarten coalition, or SPARK, and aims to benefit some 5,000 St. Paul families with 3- and 4-year-olds living at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. … The cost — $2.6 million in the first year, $5.2 million in the second year, $7.8 million in the third year and...
    ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The St. Louis Park City Council has approved $4 million for water main repairs. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday that the money will go to repair mains that broke twice in the same neighborhood. The first break affected more than 55 homeowners with up to 3 feet of sewage water and sludge filling their basements. An estimated 22 homes were affected in the second break. READ MORE: Xcel Energy To Begin Using All-Electric Bucket TrucksThe relief funding comes from multiple sources, including the city’s insurer, the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, the city’s general fund and federal COVID-19 relief aid. A water main broke twice in two weeks in St. Louis Park — on May 21 and June 3. Homeowners say it caused several feet of sewage to back up into their homes, costing tens of thousands of dollars to fix. Many showed up at a city hall meeting on Monday night demanding answers. READ MORE: New Dashboard Shows PFAS Monitoring Results For Minnesota’s Drinking Water“I had my photo albums from my...
    Originally published May 18 ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) – A Minnesota federal jury found a St. Cloud medical center botched the surgery of a then-19-year-old college student in a procedure that left “catastrophic” damage to his left leg, and awarded him over $111 million in damages. Anuj Thapa, a citizen of Nepal, suffered “permanent” and “disabling” damage as a “direct result of the negligence” of two St. Cloud Ortho doctors, documents say. In January of 2017, Thapa was a first-year student at St. Cloud State University. He was playing indoor soccer when another player side-tackled him and he noticed severe pain in his leg. He was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital. There, doctors determined he had a fracture in his leg. Dr. Chad Holien, who was the on-call orthopedic surgeon at the time, was called in to evaluate Thapa. Holien recommended surgery which Thapa contested, according to the complaint. Still, Holien performed surgery on Thapa that night, with the help of physician’s assistant William Paschke. After the surgery, the complaint says Thapa experienced severe and difficult-to-control pain in his...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 42-year-old Minnesota man pleaded guilty in federal court to setting fire to his St. Cloud bar in a scheme to get more than $1 million in insurance money. The U.S. Department of Justice District of Minnesota says that Andrew Charles Welsh pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of arson in connection to the Feb. 17, 2020, fire. READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': National Day Of Awareness Puts Spotlight On Missing And Murdered Indigenous WomenAccording to court documents, Welsh, the owner of the Press Bar and Parlor, used gasoline to start a fire in his office in the bar’s basement. The flames engulfed the bar and destroyed an iconic part of St. Cloud’s nightlife scene. READ MORE: Bird Flu Takes Unheard-Of Toll On Bald Eagles, Other BirdsDays later, Welsh attempted to claim more than $1.4 million in insurance money for property damage and other losses. Later, Welsh admitted to investigators that he submitted a fraudulent insurance claim. MORE NEWS: Minnesota Senate Passes Bill To Distribute $300M From Opioid SuitWelsh’s sentencing date...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange has received an anonymous donation of $53 million, a record-setting figure for the hospital.The donation is from an Orange County couple who have requested to remain anonymous.The hospital says the gift would create an endowment fund to support the greatest needs of Providence St. Joseph Hospital for years to come."We're blessed to have such charitable benefactors living in our community," Amy Daugherty, the chief philanthropy officer of Providence St. Joseph Hospital, said in a statement. "These donors should take great pride in knowing that this contribution will touch tens of thousands of lives for the foreseeable future."The donation is the largest such gift in Southern California history for Providence and the second largest in its history, according to the medical center."We hope that this investment in the future of St. Joseph Hospital will be a significant source of inspiration and pride and reinforces the value our community sees in the lifesaving care provided at our hospital each and every day," said Jeremy Zoch, the chief executive of Providence St. Joseph...
    (CBS DETROIT) – A Michigan Lottery player became a millionaire after winning the $3.39 million Lotto 47 jackpot. One ticket matched the winning Lotto 47 numbers that were drawn on Wednesday: 04-06-11-17-23-31. READ MORE: Police Investigate After Woman Found Dead Inside Inkster ApartmentThe ticket was bought at the Meijer gas station, located at 1174 Centerville Road in Sturgis, which is about 45 miles south of Kalamazoo. Michigan Lottery officials say this is the third time the Lotto 47 jackpot has been won this year. Previously, the Lotto 47 jackpot was won: 19, 2022 – $1.43 million jackpot won at the Shell gas station, located at 3950 East 10 Mile Road in Warren. 9, 2022 – $1.25 million jackpot won at Big Star Market, located at G5237 Detroit Street in Flint. READ MORE: Detroit Police Search For Suspect After Fatal Shooting Near Grand River & HubbellThe winner should contact the Lottery’s Player Relations division at 844-887-6836, option 2 to schedule an appointment to claim the prize. Lotto 47 tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. MORE NEWS:...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A generous gift from a Twin Cities animal lover will help pets find new homes. An anonymous donor recently gave the Animal Humane Society a $1 million donation. It’s one of the largest gifts in the organization’s history. The Animal Humane Society says the money will go toward the creation of a new adoption and animal care campus in St. Paul. “The new facility that we have envisioned changes how animals are housed and cared for in an animal welfare organization,” said Janelle Dixon, the president and CEO of the Animal Humane Society. The anonymous donor called it a privilege to support the Animal Humane Society’s work. Each year, the organization typically takes in more than 22,000 animals in need.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In the past few years, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has made painful decisions to merge parishes and close churches and schools. None more painful than in Bloomfield and Garfield, where it’s already closed one church and now must close another. It is causing friction between parishioners and Bishop David Zubik. READ MORE: Inflation Driving Up Cost Of Child CareIt might take the wisdom of Solomon. Should the bishop close the more modern, 1960s vintage Immaculate Conception Church or the more stately and visible St. Joseph’s Church over on Liberty Avenue? Two weeks ago, the bishop told the congregation at Immaculate Conception that it would be St. Joseph’s to stay open, much to the dismay of some parishioners. “This church is 130 years old,” said parishioner Linda Vacca. “There are serious problems with it, the structure and environmental safety.” READ MORE: Woman Accused Of Neglecting 2 Dogs Neighbors Say Are Terrorizing The CommunityVacca is leading a group of parishioners asking the bishop to reverse himself and instead close St. Joseph’s, which they say is...
    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has boosted football coach Mike Gundy’s salary to $7.5 million for the 2022 calendar year. The school’s Board of Regents approved a $1 million increase in annual compensation and a $1 million annual retention bonus over each of the next five years. Other terms of his existing contract, including the $125,000 annual escalator and the annual one-year extension, will remain in place. Gundy has a 149-69 record in 17 seasons at Oklahoma State. Last season, the Cowboys tied a school record with 12 wins, including a Big 12-best 8-1 conference. They beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 7 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. The two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year has led Oklahoma State to seven 10-win seasons since 2010, and the Cowboys have participated in 16 straight bowl games. “We’ve already established OSU football as a contender on the national stage,” Gundy said in a statement. “My excitement with our administration and their vision has me looking forward to long-term success on and off the...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Josh Verges writes in the Pioneer Press: “St. Paul Public Schools will continue to require face masks for the foreseeable future after a 3-2 school board vote Tuesday. The board rejected Superintendent Joe Gothard’s recommendation to make masks optional as long as the risk of in-school coronavirus spread is low. Of the nation’s 500 largest school districts, just 35 — including St. Paul and Minneapolis — still are requiring masks, according to the website Burbio.” In the Star Tribune, Liz Navratil and Faiza Mahamud write: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to create an Office of Community Safety that would include police, firefighters and violence prevention staff. … The mayor’s proposal is part of a broader pitch to create a cabinet that would include four high-ranking staffers to help him supervise city departments under a new government structure that hands him more power over their daily operations. It comes at the same time a small group of council members are working on their own effort to create a public...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a safe bet: Two men’s basketball games featuring St. Peter’s University landed among the 20 most-watched television programs in prime time last week for the first time ever. The NCAA tournament’s underdog darlings hit the big time with their victories over Kentucky and Murray State, the Nielsen company said. Fans are obviously intrigued by their story, since the Jersey City school’s second game against Murray State had more viewers than the game with Kentucky, one of the NCAA’s blue bloods. The CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” has a winning streak that has now reached four straight weeks as the most popular program. The opening round of the men’s NCAA tourney led CBS to a dominant win in the ratings, as the network averaged 5.5 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.2 million, NBC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 930,000. Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.54 million viewers in prime time. TBS had 1.79 million, TNT had...
    NASA has its sights set on five close approach asteroids this St Patrick's Day. The five large space rocks are all on the US space agencies 'near-Earth objects' list. 1Five asteroids just shot past EarthCredit: Getty All of the asteroids made their close approaches to Earth this morning. Asteroid 2019 PH1 is the largest at a staggering 203 feet wide. In comparison, the Statue of Liberty from base to torch is 151 feet tall. This large asteroid just came about 2.9 million miles away from Earth. Read more on NasaDANGER ZONE Nasa uncovers 10 alien planets – including 2,700F 'hell world'TIME WARP Nasa reveals NEW James Webb Space Telescope images – with mind-blowing secret That may sound pretty far away but Asteroid 2019 PH1 was technically close enough to be considered 'potentially hazardous'. Today's closest approach came from a slightly smaller space rock called 2022 EL6. This 190 feet asteroid came within 1.3 million miles of Earth. In the grand scheme of space this isn't a large distance at all, so Nasa still flagged it as something to keep an...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A possible teachers strike in the Twin Cities would begin in just a few days from now. Teachers spent much of Saturday making signs as they prepare to walk off the job. They are fighting for higher wages, smaller class sizes, and more mental health services. “The importance of today is to be ready should we need to go out on Tuesday,” first-grade teacher Maria White said. “We had hundreds of people make over 4-thousand signs. just being ready to be out there on Tuesday to show the district we are fighting for safe and stable schools.” Mediation talks are going on all weekend. If there’s no deal by Monday, Minneapolis and St. Paul students will not be in class Tuesday, March 8. Minneapolis has about 29,000 students while St. Paul has roughly 34,000. Collectively, they have around 6,500 teachers. They also employ hundreds of lower-paid support staffers who are covered by the contact and who often say they don’t earn a living wage. Minneapolis administrators say they can’t spend money they don’t have. The district says...
    Despite Albert Pujols struggles the last few seasons, he’s still got some power left in his bat. Could a return to the Cardinals jumpstart the back end of his career? At 42 years old, Pujols probably only has one or two playable years left. He’s open to playing in MLB again after his recent Dominican league stint this offseason. With Rob Manfred announcing on Thursday that a universal designated hitter will be employed come next season, it opens up the possibility of Pujols getting significant playing time with any National League team, including the Cardinals. Time heals all wounds, and while most Cards fans were taken aback when Pujols left for Anaheim a decade ago, he remains a St. Louis sports legend. Giving him an opportunity to retire as a Cardinal just seems right. So, what will it cost? Cardinals: Albert Pujols’ ideal contractFirst off, the base salary is unlikely to be much. Pujols knows he’ll put butts in seats, which is why he has some leverage here. Now, this doesn’t mean he can demand $10 million, but a player...
    The charitable sector should hope that billionaire Jared Isaacman keeps seeking new adventures. Isaacman, who turned a payments-processing firm he started as a teenager into a multibillion-dollar company, periodically indulges his passion for aviation with head-turning flights. Each time, a prominent charity has joined the ride — and the stakes keep getting bigger. In 2009, Isaacman set a speed record for flying around the world in a light aircraft, raising tens of thousands of dollars for Make-a-Wish in the process. Last September, he took both his flying and his philanthropy to a much higher level. Isaacman led the first all-civilian trip to space, accompanied by a physician assistant, a community-college professor, and a data engineer. Isaacman paid for and commanded the SpaceX flight, known as Inspiration4, and he vowed to donate even more than the cost of the flight to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman and his wife, Monica, personally donated $125 million to the hospital, and contributions by SpaceX founder Elon Musk ($55 million) and many others ultimately raised the total given to St. Jude to more than...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Josh Verges writes in the Pioneer Press: “St. Paul teachers will decide next week whether to authorize another strike, two years after a labor stoppage that canceled four days of school. The St. Paul Federation of Educators said Thursday night that its executive board agreed to ask members on Feb. 17 to authorize a strike. If the vote passes, the union must wait 10 more days before walking off the job. The parties have been in mediation since late November. The school board has said it can afford pay increases of just 1.5 percent each year of the two-year contract. The union wants 2.5 percent raises, as well as smaller class sizes and mental health teams in every building, among other initiatives.” KSTP-TV reports: “A North High School student who was shot Wednesday has died, Minneapolis Public Schools announced Thursday. ‘We cannot begin to express the sadness we feel as a result of this devastating loss,’ said MPS Superintendent Ed Graff. ‘This bright young man had everything to live for...
    The recent violent volcanic eruption in Tonga is one of the strongest ever recorded, according to a new study, and future eruptions could be possible in the area. Its explosive yield has been put at anything from 5 million to 30 million tons of TNT equivalent by NASA scientists who've studied preliminary data from the January 15 blast.  The eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington state in 1980 produced the same yield as around 24 million tons of exploding TNT.   Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, spewed debris as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere when it erupted almost a fortnight ago.  This 7.4 magnitude earthquake sent tsunami waves crashing into shorelines, causing destruction, and resulted in the death of three people in the region.  The recent violent volcanic eruption in Tonga is one of the strongest ever recorded, according to a new study, and future eruptions could be possible in the area  A new study by Texas A&M University found that the eruption ranks among the strongest in at least 30 years in terms...
    More On: st. barts Shirtless Jeff Bezos canoodles with Lauren Sánchez on yacht in St. Barts Scott Disick reunites with model Bella Banos in St. Barts Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell hit the beach in St. Barts Steve Harvey works out on yacht in St. Barts Omi-what? COVID isn’t stopping stars — from Leonardo DiCaprio to Dua Lipa — moguls, and billionaires from partying in St. Barts as usual over the holidays. Although there is a new must-have amenity for the yacht set — not a second helipad or crypto ATM, but an onboard COVID lab. At the after party for a UNICEF gala, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kygo, Meek Mill, Mike Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr, artist Alec Monopoly, Lil Baby, and Dua Lipa partied at club kings Richie Akiva and Darren Dzienciol’s bash aboard the lux $150 million Vava II yacht. “People were outside the dock area trying to get in for four hours,” says a spy. Also spotted at the party was St. Barts regular, billionaire business mogul Len Blavatnik, whose 73-meter yacht $80 million Odessa 2...
    A veritable “who’s who” of St. Paul government collected on Microsoft Teams Monday morning to celebrate an announcement by Mayor Melvin Carter and, representing Ramsey County, Board Chair Toni Carter. (Yes, they are related.) The gathering was to mark the largest investment in affordable housing in St. Paul history: $74 million devoted to the most neglected segment of the housing market — people making 30% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). It’s welcome news to anyone who’s been following the slow-motion housing crisis unfolding in the city. “Long before the pandemic, we knew our community was experiencing a housing crisis,” Mayor Carter told the group. “With a diminishing housing supply, affordability gaps, stagnant wages and rising rents, we know it’s disproportionately hitting our BIPOC residents the hardest. It’s absolutely vital we address our housing crisis with a big vision that meets the magnitude of our housing crisis.” Joining the event were both of Minnesota’s U.S. senators, as well as Rep. Betty McCollum, whose U.S. House District covers  most of Ramsey County. And looking on were more members...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Angela Renee Jones was indicted by a Stearns County grand jury on Thursday in connection to the death of Janessa Lashay Harris in St. Cloud this summer. Jones faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. Credit: Stearns County Harris, 28, was found dead on June 2 inside an apartment on the 1400 block of 12th Avenue North. She died of a gunshot wound, police said. The next day, St. Cloud police found another woman dead on the side of the road. She was identified as 25-year-old Keisa Marie Lange. Jones and two others were charged in Lange’s death a week later. At the time, police said there were “notable similarities” between Lange and Harris’ killings. Jones made her first court appearance on the indictment on Friday, and the judge set her bail at $2 million, or $1 million with conditions.   More On WCCO.com: 6+ Inches Of Snow Possible For Northern MN Over Weekend Shawn Clement, 36, Charged In Connection With 100+ Catalytic Converter Thefts Chicago-Area Family Still In Shock After...
    On the night before Christmas, more than $513 million will appear in a joint account of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. They’re not sure how they will spend it, but it’s the result of four years of litigation against National Football League team owners and the actions of Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke. After multiple attempts to throw out the lawsuit, it was scheduled to start in a St. Louis courtroom on Jan. 10, 2022, just weeks away from the Super Bowl to be played in the $5 billion stadium Kroenke built in Los Angeles after he moved the Rams from St. Louis in 2016. As the Rams’ lease to play in its stadium in St. Louis was expiring, a group of city leaders in 2014 began spending about $18 million for plans to build a new stadium for about $1 billion. Its location would be less than a mile north of the existing stadium. But several media outlets reported Kroenke convinced the other NFL owners...
    (St. Louis) NFL and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke will pay US $ 790 million in a lawsuit filed by interests in St. Louis over the club’s relocation from Missouri to California, according to the city’s joint statement. St. Louis County. Posted on November 24, 2021 at 3:37 pm. Jim Salter Associated Press Details of the deal have not been released, nor are the specific amounts paid by the owners of Cronje and 31 other NFL teams. Authorities in St. Louis have not yet determined how the funds will be used. The mediated settlement puts an end to four-and-a-half years of activity. The Cronke and NFL lawsuit failed or at least was transferred to a different jurisdiction. The courts, for their part, responded favorably to St. Louis ‘requests to disclose the owners’ financial information, resulting in this immediate settlement. More than $ 1 billion in lawsuits filed in 2017 on behalf of the city of St. Louis, the state of St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Convention Ans Sports Complex...
    LOS ANGELES -- The NFL and Rams owner Stan Kroenke will pay $790 million to settle a lawsuit filed by St. Louis interests over the team's relocation to Los Angeles, a joint statement from St. Louis city and county said Wednesday.No details of the settlement were released, and it wasn't immediately clear how much would be paid by Kroenke and how much would be covered by owners of the league's 31 other teams."This historic agreement closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process," read a statement from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.St. Louis-area officials haven't determined yet how the settlement funds will be used, the statement said.An NFL spokesman, in a brief statement, said the league and the St. Louis interests "have been able to fully resolve the dispute."The settlement, reached in mediation, ends a 4 1/2-year-old lawsuit filed in the wake of the Rams' 2016 departure. Kroenke and the NFL had failed in bids...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — NFL, Rams owner to pay $790 million to settle lawsuit filed by St. Louis interests over team’s relocation to Los Angeles. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kronke prior to a NFL playoff football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Keith Birmingham | MediaNews Group | Getty Images The National Football League and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke reached a settlement with officials in St. Louis worth more than $700 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday. The settlement stems from a lawsuit from the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles in 2016. The city, St. Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority sued the NFL and the Rams in 2017. They claimed the league did not honor its own relocation policy and hold good faith negotiations to prevent the Rams' relocation from St. Louis. The settlement also comes just before a trial set for January. Earlier this month, the NFL and Rams lost their effort to have the case tried elsewhere in Missouri instead of the team's former home of St. Louis. The defendants in the lawsuit are Rams owner Kroenke Sports...
    Two Missouri cities are reviewing Community Investment Districts (CID) to generate sales taxes or collect property taxes to pay for services. One CID might be created on Nov. 15 to pay for $2 million in infrastructure at a private development. The other expires Dec. 31 and annually collects $3.6 million in property taxes for safety and security, infrastructure, management of public space and economic development. “I think most CIDs are really just an admission that government is not working,” said David Stokes, director of municipal policy at the Show-Me Institute. “After an admission that government isn’t working, we’re going to tax ourselves more to potentially try to do some other things. Or, it’s just corporate welfare.” In Springfield, the city council will vote next week to create a CID to collect a 1% sales tax on purchases made at a 114-acre youth sports complex under construction. In addition to athletic fields and a 94,000-square feet indoor complex, an adjoining 26-acre area will have a hotel, restaurants and retail shops. The city is providing $2 million for construction of public utilities...
    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kronke prior to a NFL playoff football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, January 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Keith Birmingham | MediaNews Group | Getty Images The Rams may have moved out of St. Louis years ago, but a trial about that relocation is staying put in that city. The National Football League and the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday lost their effort to have a scheduled January trial for the suit about the team's relocation tried elsewhere in Missouri instead of the team's former home of St. Louis. A Missouri appeals court denied the bid in a brief decision that did not elaborate on the reasons for the ruling. The NFL, Rams and other defendants had argued that the trial should be moved because of the risk of bias against the league and team from jurors who live in St. Louis. The city, St. Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority sued the NFL and the Rams in 2017, claiming...
    Aaron Donald #99 of the Rams during an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams on October 24, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.Icon Sportswire | Getty Images As the National Football League gears up to take on the city of St. Louis in a 4-year-old lawsuit, it's betting that a Missouri rule will push the case to another part of the state. City officials in St. Louis are seeking financial damages they claim they suffered when the NFL's Rams departed in 2016 for Los Angeles. The move left the city with debt on the team's former stadium, The Dome at America's Center, which was built with public funds. The 2017 lawsuit alleged the NFL violated its relocation policy and said team officials misled the public about the Rams' plans and failed to have good faith negotiations. Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Rams, has been trying to get the case moved away from the St. Louis area. The company has cited Rule 51.04, which allows for a trial to be moved if favoritism...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A state auditor’s investigation concluded that Hmong College Prep Academy didn’t follow Minnesota law when it invested $5 million into a hedge fund. The St. Paul school was only able to get back $700,000, a loss of $4.3 million. The auditor’s report says the school invested in Woodstock Capital, a U.K.-based hedge fund. State law does not allow schools to invest in hedge funds or European government bonds. READ MORE: University Of North Dakota Aerospace School Halts Flights After Student Dies In CrashMinnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha noted that the school’s authorizer, Bethel University, has recommended that the Hmong College Prep Board fire superintendent Christianna Hang and hire an outside attorney to investigate the investment. While the exact intent of the investment is not known, Blaha said she believes the investment was supposed to help pay for a new middle school. “We absolutely understand that in schools resources are tight,” Blaha said. “That’s actually the reason why you have to pick safe investments. There isn’t the kind of money that you...
    After losing the NL Wild Card game to the Dodgers, here’s a look at the list of free agents for the St. Louis Cardinals entering the offseason. At the close of baseball business on Aug. 8, the St. Louis Cardinals were a below .500 baseball team (55-56). But a 17-game winning streak in September pushed them into a Wild Card spot, with the uneviable spot of taking on the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals season came to an end Wednesday night, on a walk-off home run by the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor. So now the focus will shift to the offseason, and some players will certainly not be back in the fold when they report to spring training. But the move to acquire Nolan Arenado last offseason proved the Cardinals are willing to be aggressive, and that should be the case again this winter. St. Louis Cardinals free agents for 2021 offseasonLooking to the offseason, here’s a look at the free agents the Cardinals have. 3B Nolan Arenado — $35 million player optionIF Matt Carpenter — $18.5 million club optionRP Andrew...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The St. Paul Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday night approved a plan for spending more than $200 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The board said its plan has four priorities for spending $207 million in American Rescue Plan funding over the next three years: safely reopen schools, address unfinished learning, build “lasting, equitable systems of teaching and learning” and support social emotional needs. READ MORE: Boy Scout Troops Trailer Stolen From New Brighton Church “We believe the strategies we are proposing will help us reach our goals as a district,” Superintendent Joe Gothard said, “and we are committed to monitoring their progress and making necessary adjustments to ensure every dollar is being spent to equitably meet the needs of our students, families, staff and community at large.” Of the $207 million, about $88 million is going to what the board calls “high-quality education.” That includes $24.5 million in direct funding to schools, $23 million for core reading and math instruction, $17 million in professional development for teachers and more. About $67 million will go towards...
    In the Pioneer Press, Deanna Weniger writes: “After he shot four people inside an SUV, authorities say Antoine Darnique Suggs drove around St. Paul for hours, stopped to talk with his mother, got gas and a drink, and asked his father to follow him to Wisconsin where he dumped the vehicle in a cornfield.  … ‘Suggs told his father that he snapped and shot a couple of people,’ is all the criminal complaint offers as a motive for the quadruple homicide. Suggs, 38, was charged Tuesday … with four counts of second-degree murder with intent in the fatal shooting deaths of siblings Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, and Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, both of St. Paul; and friends Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater; and Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul.” This from the Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson, “Minnesota’s tracking of how and where people are infected with the coronavirus has plummeted in the latest COVID-19 wave, with 80% of infections identified in August coming from unknown sources. The change from an unknown rate of 41% at this time one...
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the crew before launch on September 15, 2021.John Kraus / Inspiration4 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk helped achieve the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraising goal of the Inspiration4 spaceflight, just hours after his company returned the crew from orbit. The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission, which launched on Wednesday and splashed down on Saturday, was to raise $200 million for St. Jude. Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur who purchased the flight from SpaceX, donated $100 million personally to St. Jude. The Inspiration4 mission had raised another $60.2 million in donations, before Musk pledged to contribute $50 million himself – pushing the campaign's total raised to more than $210 million. "Count me in for $50M," Musk said in a tweet on Saturday. The historic Inspiration4 mission with a private crew spent three days in space, carrying Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and mission specialist Chris Sembroski. The crew orbited the Earth at an altitude as high as 590 kilometers, which is above the International Space Station and the furthest...
    Last year — amid uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposed a cautious budget, one that cut spending compared to the previous year.   He’s taken a different approach this year, unveiling a 2022 budget that boosts spending by almost 13 percent while looking to address both long-standing problems and issues exacerbated by the pandemic. “While last year’s budget was about bracing ourselves against the most devastating blows of the global crises swirling all around us, our financial discipline — along with significant help from our partners in federal government — have returned us swiftly back to a point of preparedness to imagine and invest in the Saint Paul we are building for the future,” Carter said in his budget address. As the St. Paul City Council prepares this week to consider a key element to the city budget, the maximum property tax levy, here’s what to know about the city’s spending plans — and the millions of dollars coming its way under the federal American Rescue Plan.  From austerity to ‘rebirth’ Carter’s 2022 proposal tops...
    St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones ended opposition to $33 million for neighborhood developments and voted to approve a total of $168 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. “We had to move the process forward,” Jones said after voting with Comptroller Darlene Green and Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed – the three members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment – to unanimously pass the bill for a final vote by the Board this week. “We couldn’t waste another day as we know the delta variant is spreading like wildfire across the state.” Jones and her staff worked remotely during the committee meeting and a press briefing as a vaccinated member of her staff on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19. Staff were advised to work remotely and get tested under the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In June, Jones revealed a plan to distribute $84 million of the estimated $500 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. It included direct cash payments of $500 to approximately 10,000 city residents with incomes...
    In the New York Times, Juliet Macur writes: “Sunisa Lee, an American gymnast who spent a lifetime aspiring to finish second to Simone Biles in the all-around because that was the best anyone could do, exceeded those expectations on Thursday night, winning the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. With Biles out of the event after withdrawing from it because of mental health concerns, Lee took advantage of the opening left behind by the gymnast considered to be the best of all time. Lee, who is 18 and from St. Paul, Minn., hit routine after routine, often as if she were at practice, not at the most important competition of her life.” Nick Woltman writes in the Pioneer Press: “Smoke from Canadian wildfires will cause air quality to dip in most of Minnesota over the next couple of days, according to state officials. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency placed nearly the entire state under an air quality alert from 10 p.m. Wednesday through 3 p.m. Friday, warning residents to avoid unnecessary outdoor physical exertion and local sources of pollution,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Rangers made headlines for a second straight day Friday. They traded winger Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues for forward Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick. READ MORE: Mets Trade With Tampa Bay Rays For Veteran Lefty Rich Hill Buchnevich had 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 54 games last season. The 26-year-old winger is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. Buch: To know you is to love you. Once a Ranger, forever a Ranger. pic.twitter.com/0sMGdLb3Rt — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 23, 2021 Blais, 25, has 35 points in 119 regular-season NHL games and was part of St. Louis’ 2019 Stanley Cup-winning team. He’s signed for $1.5 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired forward Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Pavel Buchnevich. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 23, 2021 Trading Buchnevich came hours after the Rangers put defenseman Tony DeAngelo on...
    Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports The St. Louis Blues may shake things up after another early playoff exit, and these four teams make sense as trade destinations for Vladimir Tarasenko. Since a surprising run to the Stanley Cup in 2019, the St. Louis Blues have lost in the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back years. The roster may look different next season, with multiple free agents who may depart, and Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff has reported the Blues are exploring the trade market for winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko has two years left on his contract and a full no-trade clause. But Seravalli added he has alerted the Blues to “several teams” he’d be willing to be dealt to, and he’s unlikely to block a move. When healthy, Tarasenko has been an elite goal scorer. From 2014-19, only John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin scored more than his 182 regular-season goals. But he has played just 34 games over the last two seasons, after undergoing surgery on both shoulders.Vladimir Tarasenko contractTarasenko has two years and $15 million remaining on...
                      by Debra Heine  It turns out that the anti-malaria drug former president Trump famously touted in March of 2020 as a promising treatment for COVID-19, would indeed have been a “game changer” if only it had been widely used. Use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus can increase survival rates by over 100 percent, according to a new study. New study reveals success of #hydroxychloroquine as COVID treatment. pic.twitter.com/cHFL3TEav0 — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 2, 2021 “Scientists found that, when ventilated patients with a severe version of COVID were given high doses of hydroxychloroquine with zinc, their survival rates could increase dramatically,” the Daily Mail reported. The authors of the new report say: “We found that when the cumulative doses of two drugs, HCQ and AZM, were above a certain level, patients had a survival rate 2.9 times the other patients.” By using causal analysis and considering of weight-adjusted cumulative dose, we prove the combined therapy, >3 g HCQ and > 1g AZM greatly increases survival in Covid patients on IMV and that HCQ cumulative...
    More On: luxury real estate Inside the $12M London spy mansion that helped end WWII The Florida seaside mansion of Lehman Brothers’ last CEO sells for $32.5M Highest infinity pool in Western Hemisphere unveiled in NYC 1-800-LAWYERS founder’s mansion sells for $19M It’s the “Million Dollar” smackdown. In the blue corner — that’s the northwest — sits at the soon-to-complete 101 W. 14th St., a 44-unit luxury condo complex marketed by Bravolebrity Ryan Serhant. In the red corner, directly across Sixth Avenue on the northeast: “Million Dollar Listing” castmate and longtime frenemy Fredrik Eklund is shilling a rival development, the 50-unit Förena (roll the “r,” like the Swedes do – it means “unite” in Eklund’s native tongue) at 540 6th Ave. These buildings and their respective brokers are now facing off: vying for similar buyers, real estate glory and the prize of morphing a lackluster locale into a new hot ‘hood.But it won’t be easy. Ask the agents to describe their respective buildings, and you’ll notice sumptuous similarities. Both buildings are designed by top architects to function as urban...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — St. Clair Health — which you may have known as Saint Clair Hospital — is opening a new outpatient center. “The new building is really designed around patient-centric care,” says Diane Puccetti, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Clair Health. READ MORE: Mt. Lebanon Police: Allegheny County Bomb Squad Called To Investigate Suspicious Package Left Outside Rep. Dan Millers Office The Dunlap Family Outpatient Center in the South Hills is a $125 million project, funded by philanthropy and grants — 280,000 square feet of exam rooms, diagnostic space, operating suites, and more. “We are certainly able to offer more care on campus, more integrated care, sort of one-stop shopping, if you will.” says Puccetti. The areas are all connected for better collaboration. The idea is to have patients come in for cancer treatments more easily, or go from the lab to their surgery, or from their orthopedics appointment to physical therapy. On the main floor of the new health center is a drugstore. This is part of the “meds to beds“ program. Prescriptions can be filled here and...
    Hennepin County Sheriff’s OfficeBranden M. WolfeAnother sentencing. The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix reports: “While others set a fire, [Branden Michael] Wolfe rolled a barrel into the police station with ‘the intent to accelerate’ the blaze, according to court records. He also entered the building and stole a police vest, duty belt, handcuffs, earpiece, baton, knife, riot helmet, pistol magazine, police radio, police overdose kit, uniform name plates and ammunition, according to prosecutors. … Wolfe was arrested at his security job at Menards wearing the police security vest a week after the riots.” Studying for 2024. The Hill’s Tal Axelrod reports: “The DNC is digging up dirt on several prominent and unconventional possible GOP contenders, ranging from former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow and a staunch Trump ally.” The grocery getter dreams are made of. Jalopnik’s David Tracy reports: “In Minneapolis, Minnesota sits a minivan so rare, I have no choice but to refer to it as The Holy Grail....
    Loading the player... St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones proposed a new city budget including a $4 million cut from the police department. According to the St. Louis Post-Disptach, Jones has shown a commitment to her promise to change the city’s approach to law enforcement and crime. On her first day in office, the freshman mayor proposed a new city budget that takes funding from the police budget and allocates the money to other causes. The budget zeroed out funding for one of St. Louis’ two jails for a projected savings of $7.8 million. $1.3 million of that will go towards social workers and other services aimed at helping jail detainees return to society. Read More: St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters back in court This week, Jones supported a cut of $4 million out of the police department’s $171 million budget for the next fiscal year and directed the newly available funds to affordable housing, a victims’ services program, homeless aid and civil rights litigators. Tishaura Jones won the St. Louis mayor’s race Tuesday, becoming the...
    As St. Louis moved to eliminate millions in police funding, Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., applauded the ‘historic’ vote to ‘defund’ police.  "Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city," Bush said in a statement. "For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe, the ‘Squad’ member continued. "But even as more and more money has gone into policing, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department continues to be the deadliest police force in the nation, year after year — all while violence in our communities continues to skyrocket." Reports show that St. Louis police were responsible for more killings per capita any of the 100 largest police departments, with about 18 people killed by police per million residents, according to a report by Arch City Defenders. But St. Louis also frequently ranks as among the most dangerous cities in America and suffered 194 homicides in 2019.  CORI BUSH DEFENDS...
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