Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor
With only one full day left in his term as mayor, R.T. Rybak offered up this tweet on New Year's Eve night:
Happy New Year,n hope for no snowstorm or other catastrophe in the next day so I can go out with a whimper as befitting a happy lame duck.-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Just hours later, an explosion and fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood injured 14 -- six critically. In addition, the Star Tribune reports that three or four others known to have lived in the apartments still haven't been located and are feared dead.
As a result, the tweets that could end up being Rybak's last while in office are exactly the sorts of ones he publicly wished he wouldn't have to write:
Pls send prayers to the brave people in hospitals suffering the impact of a horrible fire on Mpls' West Bank-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Please thank firefighters and others who were heroic fighting the terrible West Back fire in frigid weather-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Red Cross providing temp housing for those displaced by West Bank fire and you can contribute to a fund they are setting up tomorrow-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Betsy Hodges will be sworn in as the new mayor today during a ceremony set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Thorpe Building, 1620 Central Ave. NE.
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