Daily Digest: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Matt Herbert

Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, Oct. 11:

Diane Bakdash, the Roseville mother originally charged with being her son’s accomplice in a fatal hit-and-run accident of a University of Minnesota student last April, has filed a petition to change her name.

Bakdash, 66 filed a petition with the Ramsey County District Court on Monday, requesting the permission to change her last name to O’Grady, her maiden name.

All charges against Bakdash were dropped last month.  Her son Timothy Bakdash, 29 of Roseville is scheduled for trial Nov. 14. Timothy Bakdash is accused of first-degree murder for running down a group of students, including University student Benjamin Van Handel, as they walked away from a Dinkytown bar April 15. Van Handel, 23, died April 21 from injuries sustained in the crash.


About 200 participants in the Occupy Minnesota protest that began last week marched on downtown Minneapolis banks Tuesday morning to communicate their message that Wall Street is not doing enough for the majority of Americans, according to the Star Tribune. The Occupy Minnesota protest is one of several cities around the country participating in demonstrations following the protests in New York City.


On Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said they’ve gained New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement for the GOP presidential nomination. Romney and Christie will hold an event Tuesday in New Hampshire, ahead of the GOP presidential debate in Hanover, N.H., where Christie will make the announcement official, the campaign said.

Last week, Christie announced he will not run for President in 2012.

Oct. 11 in history

-1968: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

-2002: Former President Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”