Texas Gov. Greg Abbott weighs posthumous pardon for George Floyd

22December 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott every Christmas grants pardons to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. One name stands out this year: George Floyd. In 2004, George Floyd was arrested on drug charges in Houston by a former officer whose police work is no longer trusted by prosecutors.

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country, deaths from drug overdoses surged by nearly 30%. The drug crisis has also diversified from an overwhelmingly white affliction to killing people of color with staggering speed. A Bemidji mother tells her story.

DFL state Sen. Omar Fateh tweeted on Tuesday that “It’s time to break the silence on Sheriff Hutch’s DWI.” Fateh is calling on Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson to resign following his guilty plea to a fourth-degree DWI in the wake of a December 8 rollover crash in central Minnesota.

Volunteers from environmental organizations and the community, as part of the University of Georgia’s Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, logged the garbage they discovered in the river basin from April 1-25. They found nearly 13,000 pieces of garbage in and around the Mississippi River in St. Paul, mostly plastic.

In other news…

Holes in the cheese, holes in the roads: “Think Minnesota’s Roads Are Bad? Wisconsin Has It Worse, Study Finds” [WCCO]

Farewell to this year: “New Year’s Eve 2021: Celebrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul” [The Current]

Compliments to the chef: “Saying goodbye to the Twin Cities restaurants that closed in 2021” [Star Tribune]

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