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Friday, March 04, 2005

Katherine Lanpher - DUI Whitewash, Cover Up?


Katherine Lanpher, co host Air America

March 5, 2003

http://www.stg.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/columnists/ed_williams/5765975.htm

The below story is getting harder and harder to find. It seems conspiracy-like, in searching on the terms "Katherine Lanpher DWI/DUI". I wasn't able to find nary a cached item on this story. The reason I find it relevant is, that the Left, especially the Katherine Lanpher, Al Franken, Robin Williams looney left crowd seems to ask the public for their support, and to respect their personal privacy when one of "theirs" takes their third or fourth trip into the Betty Ford Clinic, or some other substance abuse for the wealthy and famous.

It's off limits to make a re-hab jokes about Robert Downey, Jr., (whom I think is a very talented actor), but then the Left found layer upon layer of Rush Limbaugh and oxycontin jokes from the well, didn't they.

Well, Bless the Charlotte Observer for having cached the Lanpher Liquor Lane Craze, whereupon she made the decision to drive her car at .21 blood alcohol content, (.10 is legally drunk in Minnesota), and allegedly side-swiped another parked vehicle, and drove off, leaving the scene of the accident. No one was injured.

Lanpher, former Minnesota Public Radio on the air personality can only be described as listening to a rake being scraped across the old style, slate blackboards.

Below, and with full Fair Use Doctrine rights, is one of the very few remaining links to this story. Is it being whitewashed and removed from story cache's? The google search that led to a link in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes "file not found" when searching their site. Here then, is the story:

Posted on Fri, May. 02, 2003

The Charlotte Observer

ST. PAUL BRIEFING: MPR HOST PLEADS: guilty in DWI case

Katherine Lanpher, the Minnesota Public Radio talk-show host and former newspaper columnist, received a $300 fine and 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge, her attorney said Thursday.

Lanpher, 43, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court on Wednesday to a gross misdemeanor in connection with an incident in which she allegedly hit a car and left the scene. No one was injured in the April 12 incident.

St. Paul City Attorney Manuel Cervantes said Lanpher's sentence appears standard. "I'm confident that this is not extraordinary treatment," Cervantes said. Ron Rosenbaum, Lanpher's attorney, said the incident was a wake-up call for the local celebrity.

"Katherine actually views this situation as a positive," Rosenbaum said. "She recognizes that she has a problem and she's dealing with it."

An Intoxilyzer breath test showed Lanpher's blood-alcohol level at the time of her arrest was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.10 percent for driving.

Lanpher began her news career at the Pioneer Press and spent more than five years as a columnist before taking a job in 1998 with MPR, where she hosts the two-hour "Midmorning" program weekdays.

Rosenbaum said the radio station has been supportive and that he expects Lanpher, who has temporarily left her job, to be back on the air soon.

[end of Charlotte Observer article]

(c) 2005


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