10/29 Morning Must Reads: Tom Petters, identity theft, get out the vote


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

Identity theft victims might not know until they are arrested Identity theft doesn't always appear through suspicious finances. Criminals also use false names and birth dates when they are arrested and create a false criminal history for an innocent victim. Just another reason not to give your sketchy sister your ID so she can get into the bars.

Last of Petters series: Several foundations could fall apart What do charities do when they realize millions of their donations came from tainted cash? Good question. Many foundations that were heavily funded by Tom Petters and his associates are wrestling with that question as the prosecution builds a case against him in an alleged $3 billion Ponzi scheme. Many have used most of the money donated and aren't sure how they could give it back.

More than Peanuts for dead Schulz St. Paul's Charles Schulz made $33 million in the past year even though he died eight years ago. According to, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip ranked No. 2 on the website's annual list of top-earning dead celebrities. Who topped the list? Elvis of course.

University of Minnesota smashes flu shot record More than 60 trained personnel dispensed 11,538 flu shots during a nine-hour period Tuesday at four locations around the campus in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The old record was 3,271, set in November of 2006 in Sanford, Fla. We love simple ploys.

Beware of the barrage of phone calls and door knocks If you think the endless campaign phone calls were too much, get ready for even more from volunteers trying to get out the vote. Reliable voters will be reminded by phone and unreliable voters might get a knock on their door. McCain and Obama organizers said this week the voter-turnout operations will be twice the size of those waged for President Bush and Democrat John Kerry in 2004.