Man rams abortion clinic; buy your own skyway

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That crazy guy who rammed his vehicle into the St. Paul Planned Parenthood on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade? Well, he is actually crazy.

The Ramsey County Attorney's office charged Matthew Lee Derosia, 32, of Cottage Grove, with two counts of first-degree criminal damage to property.

Police found Derosia standing outside his vehicle holding a crucifix and shouting what was believed to be Bible verses, the complaint said. He then started shouting, "Close down the Auschwitz death camp."

According to the Pioneer Press, "Derosia said that we are in World War III and that Jesus is coming back really soon. Jesus told Derosia to drive the truck into Planned Parenthood to stop the murderers." Emily Kaiser

Survival of the Fattest

Another "no duh" University of Minnesota study: People who live in poor neighborhoods are less likely to have easy access to supermarkets carrying fresh produce and healthy food.

The report in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine looked at a wide selection of other studies to come to the conclusion that poorer neighborhoods have plenty of fast food, and less healthy food from which to choose.

Anyone who lives, works, or has traveled through a poorer area could have told you that less fortunate neighborhoods have more McDonald's, Denny's, and KFCs than the richer zip codes. There are some pretty obvious reasons for this: Fast food is fast (duh) and really cheap. You can get a whole lunch for $3 rather than buying an $8 sandwich at a more upscale place downtown. If every dollar counts, why would you buy organic apples and rob your paycheck?

Unfortunately eating healthy has become something of a privilege in the United States. Fast food has created a market in which people are willing to eat unhealthy because it is their cheapest option. And "healthy" grocery stores know this. When was the last time you saw a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's built in a poor neighborhood? —Emily Kaiser

Buy Your Own Skyway

Are you in the market for an elongated, concrete-and-glass box? Do you have $80,000 cash on hand? If so, someone has a suspended pedestrian bridge on the U of M campus they'd like to sell you.

A Minneapolis-based architecture firm has posted an ad on Craigslist (where else?) seeking to sell a 1,380-square-foot skyway. Two conditions: 1) Cash only, and 2) You gotta pay the moving costs.

What to do with a severed skyway, you ask? The listing offers some suggestions, some appropriately vague, others curiously specific: Wine bar. Restaurant. Skating warming house. Yoga studio. Inhabitable billboard.

Our personal favorite is the ninth-listed suggestion: "Skyway." Matt Snyders

Top Minneapolis Dogs

The American Kennel Club announced the top dogs of 2008 according to their registration figures. The AKC lists the national favorites as well as those for major cities. The labrador retriever topped both the Minneapolis and national lists. Some of the other dogs on the Minneapolis list may surprise you:

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Golden Retriever

3. Boxer

4. German Shepherd Dog

5. English Springer Spaniel

6. Yorkshire Terrier

7. Poodle

8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

9. Rottweiler

10. Brittany —Emily Kaiser

 
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