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Fallen Wentzville Marine, Missouri military members killed in Afghanistan honored on Capitol Hill

ST. LOUIS – Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, will be laid to rest Thursday. Supporters are hoping to top last week’s huge turnout when Schmitz’s body came home.    Thousands of flags are now being given away for Thursday’s procession to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.   

They are free for the taking just inside the front door of John Beal Roofing on Prichard Farm Road in Maryland Heights.   

Peggy Voss of Washington, Missouri, grabbed a couple.  She was so moved by last week’s news coverage of the turnout along Interstate 70 as Schmitz’s body was escorted from St. Louis Lambert International Airport to Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles.  

“I have a lot of family that has served, some that have made the supreme sacrifice,” Voss said. “I had an uncle in Vietnam. I believe. I believe in the freedom that’s been fought for and the sacrifices that have been made.  I don’t want them to be in vain.”  

Schmitz was one of 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide bombing at the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport Aug. 26, giving their lives during the evacuation of fellow Americans and Afghan allies.  The 2019 Ft. Zumwalt South graduate was just shy of his 21st birthday. 

“It’s as selfless as it gets,” said Karl Lund, a friend of Schmitz’s father, Mark. “There was gunfire. They were running toward it.  That’s when the bomb went off.  That’s the very definition of ‘hero’.” 

Lund arranged the flag giveaway. Two thousand were donated by Ralph Morse, an Air Force veteran who volunteers with the USO, Lund said.   

Sugarfire Barbecue in Schmitz’s hometown of Wentzville is also giving them away.   

“Mark’s (Schmitz) first comment to me was, ‘I want to make sure my son gets the sendoff that he deserves…(Mark) was in tears in the whole procession.  He will be Thursday as well.  He has no idea what’s coming.”  

“Through all the different groups and organizations I’m a part of, I think there’s several hundred or a thousand people that are going to be participating,” said Shari Deranja, who picked up 20 flags at John Beal Roofing, Tuesday. 

“A lot of companies are letting their employees off early, taking extended lunch breaks, or closing down completely for the whole day,” Lund said.   

“I don’t there’s anything more important on Thursday, Deranja said.  

 The Missouri State Highway Patrol will shut down the procession route: eastbound on I-70 from St. Charles to Southbound I-270 to eastbound I-255 to Telegraph Road into the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  The procession is expected to begin between 12:30 and 1:00 Thursday afternoon.   

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Howie Carr: Abolish the FBI? You heard it here first

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I saw a headline this week in The Wall Street Journal that made my day: “Abolish the FBI.”

The reason I was so pleased was because above my column in this newspaper on Jan. 24, 2018, was this headline: “Scandal-ridden FBI must be abolished.”

Is there an echo in here?

All I can say is, what took everybody else so long to realize how rotten to the core the Famous But Incompetent G-men have become, and actually have been for more than half a century now?

As the Journal noted, the FBI’s last sustained good “run of publicity … came more than 50 years ago thanks to Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and his weekly show on ABC, “The FBI,” which went off the air in 1974.

Even by dismal modern FBI standards, though, the news just keeps getting worse and worse.

Last week, one of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers was indicted by Russian collusion hoax Special Counsel John Durham. The Democrat operative was charged with lying to a James Comey briefer about one of the largely forgotten lies in the Russian hoax — Alfa Bank’s “secret servers,” which of course didn’t exist except in the fevered imaginations of far-left Democrats and their stenographers in the media.

Durham has been taking his own sweet time bringing these corrupt Deep State bad actors to justice, but better late than never. He knows a lot about how deep the corruption runs. He first brought down Whitey’s FBI hitman, Zip Connolly.

This latest indictment came only days before the five-year statute of limitations ran out.

Five years! It took that long to bring a single one of these bent Democrats before the bar of justice. But then, in this case, as in so many others involving the FBI, the cops are the actual criminals.

The joke in this latest bust is that obviously the FBI knew that Hillary’s lawyer was lying when he told the agent that he was peddling his ludicrously false stories.

Maybe not, though. They’re not making special agents like Inspector Lew Erskine anymore.

Durham’s indictment happened the same week that a newly declassified court rulings showed that the FBI had 100% lied during its illegal investigation into Trump aide Carter Page.

In the FBI’s botched frame-up of Page, one FBI lawyer has already been convicted of obstructing justice, although his punishment scarcely rose to the level of a slap on the wrist.

And yet … and yet … the alt-left media, which spent more than two years running one fake story after another about Russia-Russia-Russia, yawns. Could it be because they gave themselves Pultizer Prizes for their “deeply sourced” stories about … stuff that never happened, that they swallowed credulously because … Orange Man Bad?

The perfectly coiffed preppie trust-funder now running the FBI is a Deep State lapdog named Christopher Wray. On Capitol Hill he’s known as Alibi Ike, because his only job seems to be providing both excuses and apologies for the feds’ latest scandal.

It’s a full-time job, trying to cover up his agents’ nationwide crime spree, almost all of which end in ignominy and scandal.

This week Wray absorbed his Congressional tongue-lashing from Sen. Rand Paul about the FBI’s use of the secret FISA courts while operating as the Democrat party’s secret police, an American Gestapo.

Wray laughably said the use of the secret Star Chamber-like FISA court “protected Americans.”

Surely he meant to say it protected Democrats, especially corrupt Democrats, like the entire top brass of the FBI.

Paul pointed out to the preening Wray that when their fellow Democrats invented the preposterous Russian collusion hoax, “You guys took it hook, line and sinker.”

Of course they did. Because they were on the gag. Just like those Pulitzer Prize winners at the newspapers.

The week before, it was Wray in front of a different Senate committee, apologizing for the agency allowing Dr. Larry Nassar to molest hundreds of young female gymnasts. See, the G-men wanted to get jobs after their retirement. Sound familiar?

Wray said he was “profoundly sorry” and “especially sorry” because the FBI agents’ mishandling of the cases was “inexcusable.” It always is with these hacks, isn’t it?

The week before, it was the “kidnapping” plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that unraveled. The FBI broke that story a couple of weeks before the 2020 election to make it look like the dastardly deed was set up by Trump supporters.

It turns out there were more FBI agents than so-called militia in the “conspiracy.” The FBI picked up the tab for everything. The lead agent, whose social media was filled with vile anti-Trump ravings, was fired two weeks ago.

He’s charged with beating his wife after a wife-swapping party in Kalamazoo went bad. Again, does this all ring a bell? Remember the FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page?

The FBI needs mandatory vaccinations — against Trump Derangement Syndrome.

If you’ve been in Boston for a while, this grotesque combination of corruption and incompetence is nothing new. The framing of four innocent men for a murder they didn’t commit, the Tsaranevs, the Gary Sampson ball-drop, two G-men in prison for organized-crime hits, six agents on the Mob’s payroll …

Now the rot in Boston has gone nationwide. As the satirical Babylon Bee put it in a headline last week: “FBI Admits It’s Really Hard to Solve Crime They Didn’t Make Up Themselves.”

We’ve come a long way from ABC on Sunday nights in the 1960s with Inspector Lew Erskine chasing real bad guys and then driving home in his Ford Mustang convertible as the closing credits roll.

There’s only one solution to corruption and incompetence this pervasive. Abolish the FBI.

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Governor’s Academy, St. Sebastian’s battle to the finish

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Duxbury hangs on to defeat Scituate

NEEDHAM — There was plenty of rust to knock off Saturday when the Governor’s Academy and St. Sebastian’s football teams took the field with the rest of the Independent School League for the first time since 2019. But what eventually emerged from underneath was a thriller.

The host Arrows won the turnover battle, but Governor’s won the turnover war, recovering a fumbled handoff with under two minutes to play and St. Sebastian’s on the verge of the go-ahead score at the 1-yard line, holding on for the 15-9 win.

“There was a void for two years,” said Governor’s coach Jim O’Leary. “Some of these guys were affected by it, some of them are new to the school, but just being out here playing football again is so nice.”

Senior quarterback Tristan Aboud, a Quebec native, did most of his work on the ground, carrying the load on both GA scoring drives in the second half. He finished with 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

“We were missing one of our offensive lineman and there was a lot of pressure coming so we had to switch up the gameplan,” said Aboud. “It felt good to be back. This was extremely special.”

Trailing 15-9, St. Sebastian’s converted a critical third-and-14 on the Governor’s 34 with 2:04 to play when Braeden Donovan split two defenders with a beautiful throw to Jack Boyle, setting up first-and-goal on the 10.

Andrew Hahn carried to the 1 and nearly got in, but was injured on the play. After a short delay, the Arrows tried an unsuccessful halfback option throw on second down, then couldn’t execute the handoff, with Cooper Haas jumping on the loose ball.

The teams were scoreless at halftime before heating up after the break. Aboud’s 8-yard keeper gave the Governors a 7-3 lead midday through the third but they turned the ball over for the third time in the game on their next possession and Donovan, who threw for 143 of his 164 yards in the second half, finally made them pay with a 59-yard strike to Aidan Maguire to grab the lead back for the Arrows at 9-7.

Kristian Pothel had an answer, however. The freshman wide receiver had a huge return to kick-start a Governor’s drive then finished it on a third-and-goal from the 5, shedding a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on a jet sweep then powering through another at the goal line for the winning score with 5:32 remaining.

“Every game we play against St. Seb’s is a fistfight,” said O’Leary. “It’s been like that for years. It’s the last team that wants to get back up after they have been hit down wins the game.”

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Boston College moves to 4-0 with OT win over Missouri

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The Boston College offense and defense acted in unison when it mattered most.

Wide receiver Zay Flowers caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dennis Grosel to put the Eagles up 41-34 on the first series of overtime against Missouri on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

Then BC clinched the its biggest victory of the season when safety Brandon Sebastian intercepted Mizzou quarterback Connor Bazelak in the right corner of the end zone.

The Eagles improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2007 and were overwhelmed when their fans stormed the field in delirium. BC begins league play next Saturday night against reigning ACC champion Clemson at Memorial Stadium.

“I ran the wrong coverage, I ran the wrong thing,” said Sebastian. “I seen the man release and I seen the quarterback getting ready to throw long and I just snuck underneath it.”

The game became a frenzied spectacle in the final two possessions of regulation. Tailback Travis Levy put BC up 34-31 on a 5-yard run with 25 seconds in regulation. Missouri responded by going 36 yards on six plays and tied the game with a 56-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis with no time remaining.

“Our football team is one of the most resilient group of guys that truly love each other,” said BC coach Jeff Hafley. “They play for each other and they play fearless and they don’t flinch and that’s why I’m so proud to be their coach.”

BC rolled up 450 yards of total offense with 275 on the ground and 175 through the air.

Rugged sophomore tailback Par Garwo III rushed for a season high 175 yards on 25 carries behind an offense front that imposed its will on Mizzou’s defense. Garwo scored BC’s first touchdown on a 67-yard scamper with a splendid show of open field running

“They were a huge help and none of this would have happened without them,” said Garwo. “If you saw what they were doing to the other team they made running easy.”

Bazelak countered the Eagles ground game by completing 30-of-41 passes for 303 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Tigers rolled up 391 yards of total offense and converted on 8-of-12 first downs. Tailback Tyler Badie rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns and caught five passes for 70 yards.

“Credit to Missouri, they are very well coached and their offense is explosive just like we thought,” said Hafley. “They are big up front, their back is the most underrated in college football and their quarterback is one of the best in the country.”

Dennis the menace

On BC’s first play from scrimmage, Grosel’s long ball to Jaden Williams was intercepted by safety Shawn Robinson on the Mizzou 38. A miscue of that magnitude could have rattled a back-up QB making his second start, but Grosel recovered to complete 18-of-29 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for a net of 35 that included a pair of crucial first down runs.

“We knew there were going to be some ups and downs coming in and that wasn’t what I was hoping for on the first play of the game,” said Grosel. “It’s a long game and you have to keep going and I’m happy with that.”

‘IGM’ on-target

Mizzou got a first and goal on the seven in the second quarter when BC middle linebacker Isaiah “IGM” Graham-Mobley drew a late hit penalty on Tigers receiver Dominic Lovett. Graham-Mobley made up for the penalty with two spectacular solo tackles on Badie for a combined minus four yards. Missouri settled for a 28-yard field goal. Graham-Mobley finished with six solo tackles and one assist.

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UMass investigating reports of Black student groups receiving racist emails

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UMass Amherst is investigating after several Black student groups at UMass Amherst received what the school called “vile, blatantly racist, and violently offensive” emails earlier this month — one of several anti-Black incidents the university has acknowledged this year.

“These anti-Black racist acts run in stark contrast to who we strive to be, which is a campus where all students are welcomed and feel a strong sense of belonging,” Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Nefertiti Walker wrote in an email to students following the reports. “We condemn all acts of anti-Black racism and will work to diminish their intent to cause harm to Black students on campus.”

That’s following an email, posted via screenshots to Facebook by multiple Black students, contained the subject line “Interested in joining,” and was sent under an apparent pseudonym of “Derek Vinn.”

The email, which was several paragraphs long, relied on racist stereotypes of Black Americans. It was signed by “UMass coalition for a better society,” which is not registered as an official student organization, and was not found online.

“I’m officially exhausted,” one student who posted the screenshots wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know if I’ll finish this last year. Just someone get me out of here.”

Another student who received the email wrote on Facebook that “this is the culture of UMass Amherst,” citing other racist incidents at the school. She added, “It is incredibly scary to go to school somewhere and know that there are people out there bold enough to not only say or think such things but to send it out.”

Walker’s email to students added that Black student groups’ “Contact Us” forms have received anti-Black hate messages. In another incident earlier this year, someone drove by a group of Black students, yelling “an anti-Black racist epithet” at them, per Walker.

In response to these incidents, the UMass Police Department is partnering with UMass IT to find the sender of the emails. As of Thursday, the investigation was still ongoing, the school says. Other measures the school has taken include outreach and support for the students who received the emails. Walker also shared the process for students to report hate and bias incidents.

This is not the first time the UMass Amherst campus has seen reports of racism on its campus in recent years. In 2014, someone wrote a racial slur and encouraged violence against Black students on the mirror in a single-stall bathroom in Melville Hall, a student dorm. Another similar incident occurred just weeks earlier.

In 2018, UMass Police officers questioned a Black staff member of the school whom a caller described to police as an “agitated Black male,” though the employee in question was walking to work.

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Patriots elevate LB Jahlani Tavai from practice squad to active roster

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The Patriots have elevated linebacker Jahlani Tavai from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Tavai, 24, was signed to the Patriots practice squad earlier this month. He originally entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick (43rd overall) of Detroit out of Hawaii in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 246-pound linebacker, who was released by the Lions in August, played in 31 games with 16 starts over the last two seasons with Detroit and registered 113 total tackles, two sacks, one interception, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Tavai joins the linebacking crew with Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Matthew Judon, Josh Uche and Ronnie Perkins.

Uche was listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game with the Saints due to back trouble. So Tavai provides some depth if needed there, and could also help on special teams.

In other Patriots news, center Jake Eldrenkamp was reportedly released from the practice squad.

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Twins no match for Robbie Ray as Blue Jays roll, 6-1

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On Friday, the Twins spoiled the return of former teammate Jose Berrios, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 with a strong pitching performance from Bailey Ober.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays returned the favor, winning 6-1 and playing spoiler on what was otherwise a celebratory night welcoming Justin Morneau into the Twins Hall of Fame.

The afternoon belonged to Morneau, the 34th and latest inductee to the Twins’ shrine. An announced crowd of 27,183 celebrated the MVP first baseman with a near hour-long pregame ceremony with the likes of Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Torii Hunter on site to watch.

Former Minnesota Twins player Justin Morneau, left, sheds his jacket as former Twins great and Hall of Famer Rod Carew presents the new jacket after Morneau was inducted into the Twins’ Hall of Fame prior to a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

But the pomp and circumstance faded thanks in most part to Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray. He pitched six innings of three-hit ball, recovering from a shaky first inning to hold the Twins while striking out six.

“I think (Ray) had a lot of other starts that have been more dominating than this one. But ultimately when he needed to get some outs, he pulled it together, threw the ball where he wanted to and got it done,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Ray’s only blemish came in the first. After Byron Buxton struck out to start the inning, Jorge Polanco singled and Josh Donaldson walked. With Mitch Garver up to bat, Polanco stole third, then made it home on a deep sacrifice fly to center field by Garver.

The Blue Jays answered immediately. Teoscar Hernandez hit his 31st home run to lead off the second inning, and Toronto added another run as a Randal Grichuk double got away from Brent Rooker, resulting in an error and a run.

With a 2-1 lead, Ray settled in. The Twins were able to put a runner on base in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth. But Ray let just one batter advance to second base.

That opportunity came in the sixth. A Donaldson double opened the inning, and two batters later Miguel Sano walked to put the go-ahead run at the plate. However, Ray forced a pair of fly balls to end the inning and his outing. The performance lowered his American League-leading earned-run average to 2.68.

“When you’re facing a guy like this, you definitely have to capitalize every opportunity you can, because you’re only going to get so many,” Baldelli said.

Toronto added runs in the sixth and seventh innings, first on a sixth-inning Marcus Semien solo home run, his 43th of the season. Then in the seventh, George Springer broke an 0-16 streak, hitting a two-run home run to left field. Catcher Danny Jansen drove in the sixth and final run with a single in the eighth.

In his first appearance since returning from the 10-day injured list, John Gant started the scheduled bullpen game for the Twins. Gant pitched three innings, allowing one earned run.

Jovani Moran took over in the fourth and threw two no-hit innings while striking out four. It was a noticeable improvement from Moran’s most recent two appearances when he allowed six runs.

Baldelli called it Moran’s “best outing” of the season.

“What I was really impressed with today, was not necessarily the first inning that he went there … but that he sat down, he came back out there, focused on what he needed to do, made good pitches just like he did in the first inning,” Baldelli said. “I think he looked very strong.”

Luke Farrell and Kyle Barraclough each pitched an inning before Danny Coulombe closed the final two innings. Each allowed one run.

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Country duo Dan + Shay perform high energy evening of hits at a sold-out Target Center

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A big takeaway from Dan + Shay’s sold out Saturday night concert at Minneapolis’ Target Center is that they’re thrilled to be back on the road.

At several points during the evening, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney stopped the action to thank the crowd, reminisce about past local shows at Mill City Nights and the Armory, thank the crowd more and give each other seemingly spontaneous hugs.

When the country shut down in March 2020, the duo had just released one of the biggest hits of their career, “10,000 Hours,” and played a mere three shows on their first-ever arena tour, which went on to be postponed twice.

While the tour finally restarted earlier this month, Saturday’s show surged with pent-up energy, both on stage and in the crowd.

Dan + Shay have found huge success on country radio, but they’re really more of a straight-up pop group, sort of like a modern Hall and Oates with the slightest hint of a twang. And the aforementioned “10,000 Hours” is a collaboration with pop superstar Justin Bieber.

Various non-Nashville elements inform their songs like “What Keeps You Up at Night” (soulful rocker), “Make or Break” (boy band smash), “Keeping Score” (power ballad), “Steal My Love” (reggae) and “Lying” (elements of hip-hop).

The pair opened the show on a small plus sign-shaped stage at the back of the fenced-off, general admission pit. They opened with “10,000 Hours,” “Alone Together” and “All to Myself” and made their way up to the main stage, which featured the backing band on two platforms and a massive screen behind them.

After tearing through seven hits, they returned to the second stage for a quick cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” and “Lying.” Then they went back to the main stage for a few more songs before taking a 10-minute intermission (a rarity for most arena tours).

The second half of the show opened with Dan + Shay back on the small stage, this time with a piano and acoustic guitar. They played a handful of stripped-down versions of “Give in to You,” “Glad You Exist” and “My Side of the Fence.” (Smyers changed into a Vikings T-shirt and told the crowd he’s a big fan, in part because Jared Allen is his neighbor in Nashville.)

The main set wrapped with “I Should Probably Go to Bed” followed by a three-song encore of “Speechless,” “19 You + Me” and “Tequila.” While some of the duo’s songs are a bit suspect, Mooney’s got a big, impressive voice and they both proved they have the energy and charisma to headline arenas.

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Business People: Seena Hodges to lead Walker Arts Center board of trustees

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Seena Hodges

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, announced the election of Seena Hodges as president of the board of trustees. Hodges is the first person of color to hold the position. Other board appointments: Vice Presidents Karen Heithoff, Intoto, Minneapolis, and D. Ellen Wilson, UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka; Treasurer: Sarah Lynn Oquist, Mitchell Hamline Law School, St. Paul; Secretary: Teresa “Terry” Rasmussen, Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis.

AIRPORTS

The Air Transport Research Society and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has won its 2021 ATRS Global Airport Efficiency Award in the 15 million-40 million Passengers Per Year category.

EDUCATION

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, announced Bishop David A. Bard as the school’s 2021 Distinguished Alum. Bard currently serves as the presiding bishop for the Michigan Area and interim bishop for the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TPG, a San Francisco-based global alternative asset firm, announced it has promoted Partner Jeff Rhodes to co-managing partner of TPG Capital; Rhodes is a 1993 graduate of St. Paul Central High School. … Alerus Financial Corp., a North Dakota-based diversified financial services company with significant operations and market share in the Twin Cities area, announced the promotion of  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Katie A. Lorenson to president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022, along with the transition of current President and CEO Randy L. Newman to executive chairman. … Onward Financing, a Minnetonka-based mortgage broker, announced the appointment of Rob Webb as CEO; Webb formerly was president of UnitedHealth Group Ventures. … Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, announced that Randy Doroff, private wealth adviser and chief executive officer of Fathom Advisors in Minneapolis, was among seven of its financial advisers nationwide to be named to the Forbes list of “America’s Top Wealth Advisors.”

HEALTH CARE

HealthEZ, a Bloomington-based health insurance administrator for business, announced the appointments of Jeff Bakke to chief executive officer and company founder Nazie Eftekhari to executive chairwoman. Bakke previously led WEX Health. … Health Dimensions Group, a Minnetonka-based consulting and management firm focused on senior living and care, announced that Kim Watson has been named vice president of consulting services.

HONORS

Allisa Song and Robbie Spencer were named $50,000 grand prize winners in this year’s MN Cup for their Nanodropper micro eye-dropper; it’s the first student-led business to win the state’s startup competition in its 17 year history. … Fast-food chain White Castle announced the selection of Russ Maziarka, Richfield, and Thomas Perri, Maple Grove, into its Cravers Hall of Fame for their “deep connection to the brand.”

LAW

Henson Efron, Minneapolis, announced that 21 of its attorneys have been honored by Best Lawyers in America 2022 and that Melissa Nilsson was named 2022 Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” in family law. … Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced that Nathan M. Brandenburg has joined the firm representing closely held businesses and financial institutions, focusing on commercial real estate, secured and real estate-based lending, automobile and marine dealerships, construction trades, health care and professional services.

MANUFACTURING

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics announced the groundbreaking for its corporate headquarters and innovation center, located at 1100 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth.

SERVICES

Edina-based business broker Transitions In Business announced that Closet Factory, a developer of custom organizational storage systems for business and consumers, has sold its Plymouth-based Minnesota franchise to Doug and Theresa Williams.

TECHNOLOGY

Qumu Corp., a Minneapolis-based provider of video software and services to business, announced that Dave Ristow has stepped down as chief financial officer,  effective Sept. 10, and that Matt Walker, Qumu’s corporate controller, will serve as interim principal accounting officer and principal financial officer during an executive search process. … Arvig, a Perham-based provider of internet and telecommunication services to business and consumers, announced that Eric Wilkens was promoted to the new position of director of cybersecurity.

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Rapids continue streak of draws in scoreless “dogfight” against Toronto FC

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The Colorado Rapids failed for the fourth straight game to earn three points as they drew with Toronto FC 0-0 on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Toronto FC is in last place in the Eastern Conference and has only won four games. It had not earned points on the road (either win or draw) since July 24, over two months.

Yet once again, the Rapids couldn’t seal the deal in a very winnable match.

“We probably weren’t as sharp in the attacking end as we needed to be,” Rapids head coach Robin Fraser said. “And at the end of the day it became a real dogfight. And credit to them, they did a good job of making it difficult for us. And while we had a few good moments, probably not as many good moments as we would have liked to have had.”

The Rapids tried to create chances by using the wide areas of the pitch and delivering balls into the box either for headers or on the ground for teammate to finish. The issue was there either was not a teammate there or the teammate could not finish. The Rapids sent in a total of 28 crosses in the game compared to Toronto’s seven.

“I feel like we felt like the last 15-20 minutes, we wanted to go and get that goal so badly we just rushed things,” Colorado captain Jack Price said. “And there was plenty of time left in the game. We’ve scored many late goals here at home and we just got to be a little bit more patient, a little bit more quality around a box.”

Price alluded to utilizing the midfield more often instead of always looking to get the ball moving forward. The Rapids tout one of the best midfields in the league in Price, Kellyn Acosta and Mark-Anthony Kaye, but they failed to utilize them properly Saturday night.

“Maybe we should have been a bit more patient, move the ball side to side, because I think it was causing problems,” Price said. “They were getting tired, and I think we were just a bit impatient and getting the ball forward, just ramming it down the attacking players’ throats and maybe just go through the middle a little bit more and use myself and the pivots in there.”

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Real World Economics: Public safety is a public good

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Real World Economics: Public safety is a public good

Crime has complex economics. One can examine it at the micro level in terms of why people commit crimes and what they gain by it, and also in its differing effects on victims’ and perpetrators’ wellbeing. Then one can move to the macro level of how much society is willing to tax itself to control crime and how that money is spent.

Edward Lotterman

This second is a huge issue locally right now. Minneapolis is one of the cities where “defund the police” started, following George Floyd’s murder, and its city council voted for that generally, principally by putting the question on the ballot that voters there are now considering. If passed, it then must grapple with the specifics.

In St. Paul, spending on police versus other measures that might reduce crime is an ever-contentious issue in Mayor Melvin Carter’s budgets. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher has been sparring with county’s commissioners over his budget since December.

All this falls into “public finance.” But these specific local problems serve to exemplify general economic principles that show up everywhere sooner or later.

People don’t want to be the victims of crimes. People don’t like to pay taxes. The tradeoffs between these conflicting desires lie at the core of the public-finance problem. In a democracy, no one runs for office on a platform of “crime is fine!” Few ever say “I’ll raise taxes!” Both are political suicide. Yet crime continues, and taxes end up going up.

So instead we hear conservatives claim to be “tough on crime,” while liberals may prefer, “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.” Some progressives may even argue that police are part of the problem, as they have in Minneapolis.

“Tough on crime,” can mean the level of policing or it can mean the judicial system of indicting, trying and carrying out sentences. All these affect crime rates to some degree. All take tax dollars.

Policing works in at least two ways.

First, the very presence of police, beat cops, patrol cars or, increasingly, electronic surveillance, is an immediate hindrance to criminal acts just as fences keep toddlers out of swimming pools.

Secondly, beyond this immediate presence, policing deters some people from potential crime. If you know there is a high probability of being arrested eventually, regardless of cops on the street at the time, rational people are less likely to commit criminal acts.

The full effect of this hinges, however, on the probability of punishment after arrest. It is like the old military problem of “what is the probability of this weapon hitting a tank?,” followed by the conditional, “If hit, what is the probability the tank will be destroyed.”

Intensive policing is ineffective if not followed by effective trial and sentencing. Yet spending a lot of money on prosecutors, courts and prisons is ineffective if the chance of being caught in the first place is low. That is why income tax fraud now comes to hundreds of billions a year.

And all of this depends on the assumption, as that of Chicago Nobel laureate Gary Becker, that crime results from rational decision making. Some do, including much tax fraud. But many others are irrational “crimes of passion,” including murder and assaults. Many financial crimes such as embezzlement stem from addictions to drugs or gambling, which can retard judgment.

Yes, the prospect of harsh punishment can cool some heads some times. But the deterring effect of capital punishment, for example, is overestimated among the public. Minnesota has not executed anyone in more than a century, yet our murder rate is less than a fourth that of several states with the death penalty. Incarceration rates have increased dramatically in some states, such as California, but the changes in their crime rates generally follow national trends or of states that have not become more punitive. So many voters are rightly skeptical about slogans.

“Tough on the causes of crime,” may resonate but these are unclear and diffuse. There is the classic public-finance problem of the lack of “correspondence” between the area paying the taxes — middle- or upper-class low-crime neighborhoods, and the areas seeing the effects of the spending — poorer higher crime neighborhoods. Yes, Minneapolis could choose to tax more than St. Paul and put more police on the streets and beef up public prosecutors. This does have some immediate barrier and deterrence effects. Voters there this fall could also choose to eliminate the City Charter requirement to fund the cops, which could lead to lower taxes — and then what?

But if one city or county spends much more on poverty reduction, addiction treatment, improved education, help to troubled families and the like, the overall results may be very worthwhile. But any specific reduction in crime rates will spill over widely to jurisdictions that don’t choose to so spend tax money.

There also are “collective action” problems. People who have been assaulted or burgled are angry and may be willing to pay higher taxes. Those unaffected may tsk-tsk about crime problems but lack equal motivation. The large mass of those tepid about the issue outweigh the smaller number of those outraged when votes are tallied.

Physical isolation and ethnic or racial differences compound this effect. Many people in a high-education, high-employment, white, physical enclave like my home neighborhood of St. Anthony Park certainly have moral and religious feelings about shootings and murders in Frogtown or North Phalen, but there isn’t the same level of visceral outrage as when such crimes occur a block from our homes. Is it cynical for well-to-do progressives to tell people in crime-ridden neighborhoods what level of policing should be good for them?

Another effect is that when a collective decision to not raise taxes results in ineffective public safety, total private spending increases. The United States is a high-crime nation compared to most countries in Europe or in Australia and New Zealand having income levels and lifestyles similar to ours. And we spend far more on private security companies for businesses, home and car alarm systems and now, shields for catalytic converters, than they do in those countries. Ditto for millions of people spending $1,000 for an AR-15 clone or Glock, just to have in the house, mostly because everyone else seems to be buying one and they don’t want to be outgunned or the only household left unarmed.

We thus spend one way or another without much serious collective consideration of which mode of spending is most effective and most just for our society as a whole. Tragically, with the growing political divisions and burgeoning appeals to divisiveness, both on social media and within politics, we are headed in the wrong direction.

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