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Hennepin Co. sheriff was driving over 120 mph, not wearing seatbelt during DWI crash, according to State Patrol

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Hennepin Co. sheriff was driving over 120 mph, not wearing seatbelt during DWI crash, according to State Patrol

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson was driving over 120 mph and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of his December DWI crash in near Alexandria, Minn., according to investigative files released Thursday by the State Patrol.

The files, which include audio of interviews with Hutchinson, blood-alcohol analysis results and crash reports, paint a fuller picture of the rollover on Interstate 94 that totaled his county-owned SUV, and have renewed calls for the embattled sheriff’s resignation.

Hutchinson was sentenced last month to two years’ probation and fined $610, after pleading guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated. Elected in 2018, Hutchinson has said the crash was a “wake-up call” and that he has enrolled in an outpatient treatment program to address “my issues with alcohol and my overall health.”

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson. (Courtesy of the Ramsey County sheriff’s office)

Following the release of the State Patrol files Thursday morning, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz joined a growing chorus of public officials saying Hutchinson should step down.

“I’m not a resident of Hennepin County, and I’m speaking as an individual on this, but I think most Minnesotans know, and most Minnesotans understand, that there’s consequences for decisions like that,” Walz said during an unrelated press conference.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, who was present there, added that “it’s not our role to hire and fire the sheriff of Hennepin County, but as a constituent, I would say that it is time for him to resign.”

Earlier this month, a majority of Hennepin County commissioners also called for Hutchinson’s resignation.

Messages seeking comment from Hutchinson’s attorney and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office were not returned Thursday afternoon.

THE ACCIDENT

Hutchinson was driving back from a Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association conference at the Arrowwood Resort about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, when he crashed the 2021 black Ford Explorer about five miles east of Alexandria on I-94.

The crash analysis report showed Hutchinson reached speeds of 126 mph, and that the driver’s-side seatbelt was not engaged. Inside the vehicle were three firearms and an unopened bottle of whiskey.

Hutchinson was hospitalized with three broken ribs, as well as injuries to his head and hip. At first, he told responding officers that he had not been driving.

“Hutchinson stated multiple times that he was not driving and that he did not know who was driving. Hutchinson stated at one point that he had called a cab and he was a passenger,” Douglas County Deputy Dylan Kriese said in his report.

According to a urine analysis taken about three hours after the crash, Hutchinson had a blood-alcohol content of .134 percent. The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is .08 percent.

A State Patrol report said Hutchinson had slurred speech, poor balance, smelled of alcohol and was the lone occupant of the car.

The day after the crash, Hutchinson released a statement admitting to being the driver saying, “I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry.”

Hutchinson was originally charged in Douglas County District Court with four DWI-related counts, but three were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

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What’s the deal with NFTs? Snoop Dogg is coming to Minneapolis to explain

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What’s the deal with NFTs? Snoop Dogg is coming to Minneapolis to explain

A four-day conference exploring digital ownership and the way emerging technologies could interact with art, sports and entertainment has landed at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

VeeCon is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee.

It’s billed as an event “featuring icons of business, sports, music, arts, Web3, and popular culture in conversation to build lasting relationships, share ideas, and connect with the community.”

VeeCon is expected to draw over 10,000 visitors from around world who will hear from 150 speakers, from New Age guru Deepak Chopra to filmmaker Spike Lee and the ubiquitous rapper Snoop Dogg.

Tickets were sold in the form of NFTs, which are non-fungible tokens sold on the blockchain, a digital ledger of transactions. Much of the conference will dive into the potential applications for NFTs.

Conference attendee Ami Barzelay, a San Francisco man who has dabbled in the NFT market, described NFT ownership as “digital bragging rights.” An NFT, which could be an image, song or video, can be copied and enjoyed by anyone in the world, but it may have just one owner.

The NFT market, still in its infancy, has seen wild swings in what people are willing to pay for digital assets, which Barzelay has experienced first-hand. He said that for fun, he paid $100 for a video clip of Tiger Woods and later sold it for $5,000.

There is inherent skepticism and fear around buying and selling things that don’t exist in the physical world, which VeeCon aims to address.

During a media luncheon Thursday, Vaynerchuk said it would take education, communication and time to get people more comfortable with the idea of NFTs and the blockchain.

“Many of us remember either us, or especially our parents, being incredibly scared and uncomfortable” using a credit card for an online purchase, he said.

And while there were some early problems with fraud and theft, safeguards eventually were developed. That’ll happen soon enough for the blockchain, he said, predicting that in 20 years that’s how all property sales will be recorded.

“Education and communication solve everything,” he said.

While the conference, which runs through Sunday afternoon, is focused on NFTs, there’s much more to learn about their place in the new world of the blockchain.

“NFTs are really fun for collectability, but it is a tiny part of the consumer blockchain,” Vaynerchuk said. “We will eventually all interact with NFTs because they will be our airline tickets, they will be our receipts, they will be our tickets to U.S. Bank Stadium, they will be our membership cards. Right now, we use plastic, QR codes or email confirmations for many things that I think the blockchain will eat up because it’s better technology for those things. It will just take some time.”

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Tonight’s Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game is postponed; doubleheader set for Sunday

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Tonight’s Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game is postponed; doubleheader set for Sunday

The Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game scheduled for Friday evening at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of impending inclement weather.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, with the first game starting at 2:05 p.m. Central time.

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What Happened To Ellen DeGeneres Today

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What Happened To Ellen DeGeneres Today

Ellen Cancelled?

The audiences have adored Ellen DeGeneres’s TV Show since 2003. Ellen has been the most loving host of the talk show and finally bidding farewell after 18 seasons.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s host, Ellen, said this decision to exit the show took a hard and long year. This announcement was made looking at the turbulent times of the long-running talk show. The ratings for the show have plunged after the negative news surfaced that accused Ellen and others of forming a toxic work atmosphere on set.

On the other hand, Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter that the show doesn’t explore her creativity anymore. She decided ahead of signing a three-year extension contract in 2018. And began this journey with her first sitcom Ellen on ABC, which aired from 1994 to 1998. She began hosting Ellen Degeneres’s show after the cancellation of The Ellen Show in 2002, and since then, she has been the only host of the show.

 Allegation Of Staff Mistreatment

In a BuzzFeed article, the show was getting a bad wave of allegations of bullying and harassment behind the scenes in July 2020. It mentioned a negative workspace from one current and ten former employees. Subsequently, an article was released by BuzzFeed mentioning that 36 anonymous employees alleged “happenings of assault, harassment, sexual misconduct from show’s top producer.” Later an internal investigation was arranged by WarnerBros, and 3 top-level producers were sacked. Ellen also apologized to her staff in an email before addressing the same on 21st September, season 18.

Ellen also said that her desire to leave the show had zero to do with the ongoing conflict. She said that the accusations were sad and hurtful, but she quit the show because she would not return for another season; and also mentioned that what happened should never have happened, and she takes things like these very seriously. She expressed regret and apologized to the individuals impacted by the show.

She also said she understands her position, and with that position comes power and privilege; and she took full responsibility for what happened at her show.

The episode has the highest rating in 4 years, but soon it was followed by the loss of million viewers in less than six months, as reported by the New York Times.

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End Of An Era

Mike Darnell, Warner Bros’ unscripted TV President, lauded the show as an unforgettable piece of television and will be deeply missed.” Ellen started as a small program and became a sensation through the years. Over the years, it showed that it was home to superstars and other heartfelt stories. The show brought peace, joy, laughter, and other countless emotions for 18 years.”

Where To Watch

The soundest way to watch it is to tune in on NBC when her episodes air. You can watch short clips of episodes on her official youtube channel;or watch them on her app, EllenTube or Hulu.

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