MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Here are the four stories you need to know about for Thursday, May 21. They include a powerful signoff from late night’s longest running host, and some shocking new statistics about smart phone use while driving.
David Letterman Signs Off
It was an alternately nostalgic, hilarious and touching final episode of “Late Night with David Letterman” on Wednesday.
Letterman’s 33 years on the Late Show added up to more than 6,000 shows and 20,000 guests.
His last featured a star-studded top 10 list of “things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” The last band to play was the Foo Fighters. Letterman said they helped him recover from heart surgery. They played “Everlong” as an epic montage flashed back through Letterman’s career on TV.
Last night, Bill Hudson took a look back at the Minnesota connections to Letterman’s show, including the infamous 1997 episode centered entirely around the North Star State.
Minneapolis Police Officer Indicted
A Minneapolis police officer has been relieved of duty after being charged with criminal civil rights violations.
Michael Griffin is due in federal court Thursday, accused of assaulting several men outside city bars. Griffin is charged with beating at least four men in two separate incidents, then lying about it. He faces nine separate federal civil rights charges.
Griffin has been with the department since 2007. Since then, he’s been the subject of 22 internal investigations.
Next Step In U.S.-Cuba Relations
A meeting in Washington could finalize a deal to reopen embassies in both the U.S. and Cuba. That hasn’t happened in over 50 years.
That would mean each country could appoint ambassadors, diplomats could have more ability to travel the country and the new relationship envisioned by President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro could proceed.
Put The Phone Down, Drivers!
A new survey from AT&T shows drivers are not just texting from behind the wheel, they’re surfing the web, video chatting and using social media, too.
More than 60 percent of people text. One-third checked their email. Twelve percent did a video chat and 17 percent took driving selfies.