Breakfast of Champions 5/7: Storm clouds


News, like spring, is busting out all over. Also like spring, this can lead to turbulent patterns, like the thunderstorm yesterday or fresh information about the Star Tribune's woes popping up.

Enough with the extended metaphors. Let's get to the news. First, the expanded web content packages for two of our stories:

Buried Treasure: the feature about mining in northeastern Minnesota, the Reporter's Notebook post, the first slideshow and the second slideshow.

The Campus Con Man: Andy Mannix's news story, his update and the slideshow of party images.

Strib Watch: Star Tribune news continues to break. We started here in the morning with a Q+A about the Strib's financial status, citing Dun & Bradstreet reports. This gave way to an afternoon Web-only feature about how low the Strib's debt is trading.

When previously unknown facts are coming to light all the time (and MinnPost's David Brauer has new details this morning on how the financial turbulence will affect the newsroom), you're going to wind up publishing certain facts that seem in tension with each other. In this case, the D&B report has some positive data for the Strib, while the debt market makes the situation look pretty bleak. Three reasons I can reconcile writing these two stories on the same day:

1. I'm a Libra 2. Elephant, blind guy, smoke flares thrown by Geist 3. When the facts change, etc. etc.

You can also check out the latest from the New York Post on the story and Kevin Hoffman's post about the Strib purging their website of critical comments.

Hey, hold onto your seats! Katherine Kersten wrenched a quote of context, and used it for her own -- oh, you've heard this one before? Okay, my bad. So, this guy walks into a bar ...

Kersten's missive is actually about Grand Theft Auto IV, which I am sure she has played as much or more than Nate Patrin has. Nate found some stuff to dislike about it, too.

Rachel Hutton reports from the Specialty Coffee Association's annual conference.

Rush Limbaugh dreams of riots in Denver. Riots led by drug-addicted felons, no doubt.

The world is made of math, and I'm fond of numerical quantification. But, like Gary Hodges, I'm not so fond of hierarchical scoring.

Judd Spicer checks in twice in one day, first to report on the Twins heating up ... and then to report on them nearly getting no-hit by Gavin Floyd. At least I'm not the only one backpedaling.