By ALYSSA DANDREA Monitor staff Thursday, December 27, 2018 Print Concord NH Owen Labrie St. Paul's School 2018 story of the year How government oversight could reshape a pervasive culture of sexual abuse and misconduct at St. Paul’s School is a story that will take shape long after 2018. But this year ushered in that new beginning, set in motion by what experts coined a groundbreaking move by the state attorney general’s office to hold the prestigious Concord prep school accountable for decades of ignoring sexual misconduct and abuse.The state’s top prosecutors made the decision this summer not to pursue criminal charges against St. Paul’s after a 14-month investigation. Instead, the attorney general signed an agreement with the institution’s leaders that provides a mechanism of enforcement with an independent overseer and creates recourse for victims who have disclosed stories of abuse spanning six decades.As more victims came forward in 2017 … [Read more...] about 2018 Stories of the Year: St. Paul’s School falls under government oversight
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Melvin Carter, who became St. Paul’s mayor in January, is giving his first budget address on Thursday night. These are his remarks about the 2019 budget, as prepared for delivery, at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School: “I am excited to finally share with you my proposed city budget for 2019. We are in a critical moment in our city. We are growing, we are changing. And as we continue to emerge as a 21st-century global community, we must work together to build a city that truly works for all of us. In an increasingly polarizing national landscape, we must be champions of local unity, and move forward together in building a city that meets our needs today, but also creates a Saint Paul of the future that our children, and grandchildren want to live in. To realize this vision, we need a city budget that reflects our values and invests in a future for all of us. That is why our city budget invests in the people and things that matter most to us. We’ve built a … [Read more...] about St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter delivers budget speech. Read his prepared remarks.
As the intoxicated inmate waited to be processed, he became increasingly agitated. He called out to correctional officers about the status of his charges. They ordered him to sit down and wait his turn. According to reports from five jailers staffing the booking area, he singled out CO Jason Flahave, demanding to know why the “smallest guy” in the room was telling him to be quiet. Finally, the inmate was called. As he walked past Flahave, he leaned in and whispered something no one else could hear. In a flash, Flahave shoved the inmate against the wall, where he cracked his head against a window. Three other jailers forced him to the ground. Sgt. Amber Gray, Flahave’s wife, sprinted from an adjacent room. She pressed a taser against the inmate’s back as he was cuffed. Bob Fletcher Ben Garvin / Star Tribune According to Flahave, the inmate had threatened to “beat [his] little ass.” But a supervisor thought he overreacted. The Ramsey County … [Read more...] about Showdown in St. Paul: Two sheriffs clash over dysfunction in the Ramsey County Jail
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Jack Morris cried on Sunday afternoon. Just like he thought he would. After belting out a rousing “Hello, Cooperstown!” to open his speech, his eyes started to well up with tears late in his speech, the dam bursting at about the 11:45 mark when he started talking about his family. While he quickly composed himself, it was a strange sight, especially considering the big, bad Morris made a career out of being the gruffest competitor on the field, the very definition of the idea that there’s no crying in baseball. It was emotional for the 63-year-old St. Paul native because he never thought he’d be in this position. After baseball writers opted not to vote him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during his 15 years on the ballot, Morris had come to peace with the fact that he might never make it into the exclusive club. And then, six months ago, Little Jack Morris from St. Paul got the call telling him he had been … [Read more...] about ‘Hello, Cooperstown!’ St. Paul’s Jack Morris takes his place in Hall of Fame
With a running start, Anwar Hassouni, Captain of the Sky Pirates, leaps off the mat, flips into a somersault, bounces into a backward one, then repeats the somersaulting zigzag just for good measure. Rehearsing for Circus Juventas’ big summer show, “Steam,” which debuts Thursday, Anwar makes his tumbling pass look as effortless as walking. That’s because the 18-year-old began learning acrobatics before he took his first step, coached by his father, Mostapha Hassouni, who performed with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus before coming to teach at the St. Paul circus school. In a dozen years with Juventas, Anwar has trained in circus arts from trapeze to trampoline, coached by his father, his aunt (another Ringling alum) and his older cousin. Two years ago, Anwar broke into the international circus scene with a solo handstand act that earned first place at a German competition. After co-starring in Juventas’ sci-fi-meets-steampunk … [Read more...] about A St. Paul performer who learned acrobatics from his dad is trying to go pro