News Day

Weekend Update | Shirley Sherrod / Americans with Disabilities / Sheriff Bob / Seward's Oak / more

Keep checking back - updated throughout the weekend!

The right-wing attack on Shirley Sherrod succeeded in introducing a heroic figure to the mainstream media, after they - and the Obama administration and the NAACP - recovered from their initial knee-jerk defensive response. Time Magazine published an article introducing the real Shirley Sherrod and her long-time struggle for justice within the USDA: 

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NEWS DAY | Extending unemployment benefits and MN / Bulls-eye on Target politicking / Who is Shirley Sherrod?

Minnesota unemployed will get less help from the benefit extension passed yesterday by the Senate, writes MN 2020's Senta Knuth, because Minnesota has a comparatively lower unemployment rate.

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NEWS DAY | MN, metro housing costs / Ready for Rail? / Plugging the leaks

Housing costs more than half the paycheck for approximately 22 percent of Minnesotans who rent and about ten percent of those who own their homes, according to a new report from the Minnesota Housing Project.  The report gives a county-by-county analysis, including the news that most people across the state have to pay more than the "affordable" 30 percent of income on housing:

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NEWS DAY | Extending Unemployment comp / Who's middle class in MN? / Monkeys, more

Extending unemployment compensation - is the Senate finally ready to do the right thing?

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NEWS DAY | Gang Strike Force revelations / Nashwauk taconite / Top Secret America

A Gang Strike Force raid gone wrong included abuse of apartment residents, police theft of property - and no arrests. Randy Furst at the Star Tribune uncovered a 160-page Internal Affairs Department report documenting the abuses and saying that police action amounted to civil rights violations.

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NEWS DAY | Who cares about facts?

From "nation of slaves" to "my teeth are white," from $100,000 waiters to allegations of stolen elections, nonsense and deception dominate Minnesota's political headlines in July.

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NEWS DAY | Yes, we can - close the achievement gap

Some Minnesota schools are already closing the achievement gap for poor kids and kids of color. They use a variety of strategies, focusing on individual student needs, with teachers working together and sometimes with longer school days and summer school. The successes show that we know how to educate kids - we just need to expand the successes across the educational system.

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NEWS DAY | Arsenic in Minneapolis / I-94 closing / more

This is the weekend edition of News Day, unless something incredibly big or irresistibly crazy (think Emmer's $100,000 waiter gaffe) surfaces before Monday. I'll be working on my garden, and on some articles about the status of women and girls in Minnesota - watch for them next week. So - keep reading for the latest on arsenic dumping in Minneapolis, I-94 highway closures this weekend, one more way rich people are different from the rest of us, anti-immigrant graffiti in St. Cloud, the Oakland police non-murder verdict, and more.

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NEWS DAY | 27,000 abandoned wells in Gulf / Spy stories and assassinations / more

Shots were fired at the home where family members gathered to grieve for 16-year-old Andrew Titus, who was killed Sunday night. He was with a group of people, walking to a party about 8:30 p.m., when he was shot in the head. The Star Tribune reported:

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NEWS DAY | Immigration enforcement: Arizona, Minnesota and the feds

The United States filed suit July 6 to stop Arizona's anti-immigrant enforcement law.

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