SBD/March 16, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

In Minneapolis, Kaszuba & Helgeson note more than 50 days after Republican House Speaker KURT ZELLERS "gaveled the Minnesota House into session," he remains a "puzzle to those who want a new stadium" for the Vikings. No one person "at the State Capitol is likely to have more to say about what happens to the stadium this year." Unless the plan passes a legislative committee Friday, it will "need a procedural exemption in the House and Senate to stay alive this session." While State Senate Majority Leader DAVID SENJEM has indicated that he "will grant the exemption," Zellers has "refused to say what he will do" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/16).

HALL PASS: In N.Y., Keith Kelly reports SI Group Editor TERRY MCDONELL "has been elected to the magazine editors’ Hall of Fame." McDonell will be honored by the American Society of Magazine Editors during the National Magazine Awards at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis on May 3. McDonell, hired as SI's Managing Editor in '02, is "rare in that most writers who have worked for him over the years sing his praises" (N.Y. POST, 3/16).

BOX SEATS: In Baltimore, Luke Broadwater cites public records as indicating that Maryland Gov. MARTIN O'MALLEY's guests in the state's private skybox at Ravens games this past season "included key politicians, campaign donors, and the family and friends of government officials." The records show that O'Malley "uses his box at the Orioles' stadium in a different manner" -- tickets for nearly 40% of those games "were given to charities, schools, hospitals and nonprofit institutions last season." The Orioles' 81-game home schedule "makes it easier to include charitable institutions" (Baltimore SUN, 3/16).

PLAY THERAPY: In Jacksonville, Beth Cravey notes Broncos QB TIM TEBOW Thursday was at the opening of his foundation's "first Timmy's Playroom for children with life-threatening illnesses." The playroom is located at the Jacksonville HQs of Dreams Come True, a national nonprofit that fulfills the dreams of ill children. Designed to "look like a mini-locker room, the playroom has its own mini stadium tunnel, comfy chairs in the shape of footballs, a play area and lots of toys, art tables and a large TV equipped with an Xbox." The playroom will be "used as a model for at least 18 more at hospitals around the world" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 3/16).

NAMES: Former Fiesta Bowl COO NATALIE WISNESKI pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to one count of conspiracy for her role in the Fiesta Bowl campaign-contribution scandal. Under the terms of her plea agreement, Wisneski must cooperate with prosecutors and the IRS in ongoing investigations into the conduct of the bowl and its lobbyists. She will also be sentenced to probation or a prison term no longer than 12 months (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/16)....Rays manager JOE MADDON along with 36 players and coaches had their heads shaved Thursday in a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. They were joined by 34 team execs and staff, including Owner STUART STERNBERG, President MATT SILVERMAN and, "after some coaxing," Exec VP/Baseball Operations ANDREW FRIEDMAN. The event raised $5,000 (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 3/16)....Bayer and the Penguins Thursday announced a dual-internship program open to college students in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The new media internship will have the student assisting Penguins Dir of New Media JEREMY ZIMMER from June-August and then working with Bayer's social media team lead from September-November (Bayer).
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