Par Ridder forced out as publisher of the Star Tribune

Judge David C. Higgs ruled this morning that Par Ridder must step down as publisher of the Star Tribune. The turncoat newspaper executive will be barred from the post for one year. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by the Pioneer Press in April alleging that its former publisher had stolen a laptop containing valuable business information and violated the terms of a non-compete agreement (see "Trials and Stribulations"). Matt McKinney has the nitty gritty details.