Daily Digest: Romney pulls negative ads, Twins home opener, ‘Titanic 3-D’ and Peeps

by Cali Owings


Here’s your Daily Digest for April 9, 2012

Mitt Romney has pulled negative ads against fellow Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum while Santorum takes a break from the campaign to spend time with his ill three-year-old daughter, the Washington Post reports.

Santorum canceled all of his campaign events Monday to be with Bella who was hospitalized Friday morning. She has Trisomy 18, “a rare genetic disorder that in 90 percent of cases kills children before they turn one.”

Romney’s campaign replaced “Historic” — an ad that highlights Santorum’s 2006 reelection loss — with an ad that focuses on Romney’s conservative record.

The ads began airing in Pennsylvania as the candidates gear up for the April 24 primary.

The Minnesota Twins will play their home opener at Target Field today against the Los Angeles Angels.

Gates at the ballpark open at 1 p.m. and several familiar faces will be there to greet fans, MPR reports. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown by Nick Blackburn at 3:10 p.m.

Fans making their first trip back to Target Field for the season will notice a few additions to the concessions menu including Valentini’s meatball — a cheese stuffed meatball served with marinara sauce from restaurants in Duluth and Chisholm, Minn. — deep-fried pickle chips and a baked potato bar.

And if you’re wondering what’s on tap at Target Field, according to a report from MLB.com, the Twins have recently added beers from Fulton, Lift Bridge, Granite City and Cold Springs Brewery to lounge 573.

Anheuser-Busch is the official beer partner of the Twins, but they have local and craft brews from Surly, Summit, Fulton, Finnegans and Schell’s available throughout the ballpark.

“The Hunger Games” dominated the box office for the third weekend in a row, despite the 3-D release of 1997’s recording-busting “Titanic,” according to the LA Times.

“Titanic 3-D” opened Wednesday and only took in about $17.4 million over the weekend while the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novel grossed another $33.5 million.  “The Hunger Games” has made $302 million in U.S. and Canada since its March 23 debut.

The original version of James Cameron’s romance about two lovers who meet on the “unsinkable” ship is the second-highest grossing film of all time and took home 11 Oscars.

Let’s keep this Monday digest really fun… Check out this slideshow of entries for the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ annual Peep diorama contest.

Each year, the paper calls for creative people to make scenes using the marshmallow candy and awards prizes, including money for groceries and Peeps swag, to the winners.