9/30 Morning Must Reads

Tuesday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp.

Petters steps down during federal investigation We reported this last night, but the news is still big this morning. According to the more detailed reports in the papers, Petters spoke to employees yesterday during a morning meeting and said he was stepping down because he was too much of a distraction. We tend to believe he left for other reasons. To distance itself from Petters, Sun Country is attempting to be financially independent by cutting its employees' paychecks in half for the rest of the year.

Did we get rid of Ventura for good? Maybe. Former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will add a new career path to his already interesting list of accomplishments. Now he will be uncovering conspiracies and righting wrongs in the world. "I've been a mayor; I've been a governor. Now I get to be a detective and seek the truth," he said in a news release. Should he have been seeking the truth in government too? The show will run on TruTV (formerly Court TV) and filming starts next month.

Breaking down the bailout The Strib's Mitch Anderson analyzes the Minnesota delegation's even split on the House financial bailout bill that failed yesterday. He says their split matches that of the House as a whole and has more to do with their geography and philosophy rather than their party affiliation. That's a first.

So much for that informant We've been following the story of the man who is accused of strapping his beaten-to-death girlfriend to her crashed motorcycle to fake an accident. His brother is charged in the murder as well and now there is a new twist in this strange story. The brother, 31-year-old Timothy Boland, used to be a police informant for drug-related investigations. Clearly this guy had a reason to continue pretending to be on the side of law enforcement. It might work for crack, but not murders.

Media organizations really want to know who you voted for The Minnesota legislature passed a law in April prohibiting anyone except for voters and election officials to be within 100 feet of a polling place. While it sounds well-intentioned, media organizations are pretty ticked off. The Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News and NBC sued the state to challenge the law because they say it violates their First Amendment rights to gather information about the political process through exit polls. We think they might have a good case here, but why didn't they pursue this before the law passed or at least more than a month before the law will interfere with their work on Nov. 4? Smart move, media.

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