4/13/08 Headlines: Composting, Hmong hero Yang Dao, Northern Cargo jazz, Post civil rights era

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The dirt on composting
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Spring is here, buds are forming on trees, and soon flowers will start blooming. It’s time to organize your yard and plant some seeds. It’s also the perfect time to think about composting.

The scholar hero: the untold story of how Dr. Yang Dao negotiated the fate of By
by Wameng Moua, Hmong Today
Though he may be one of the most recognized Hmong individuals of all time, Dr. Yang Dao remains an enigmatic, complex figure whose place in history continues to be written with relevance and controversy.

Interview: Jaime Paul Lamb of Northern Cargo
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
If avant-garde jazz done the way it’s supposed to be is your thing, you will have a hard time getting enough of Northern Cargo. They’ll take you straight back to the days of Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, and such.

Discrimination in the post-civil rights era
by Voices United Newsroom, La Prensa de Minnesota and Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Darrell Davis, Voice United forum moderator and Assistant Dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs at Hamline University School of Law, kicked off the discussion about discrimination with some genuine bafflement. “People are displaying swastikas. We have kids hanging nooses on and around our college campuses. We’re seeing a proliferation of anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-GLBT–you name it–graffiti,” Davis observed. “People seem to feel free to say and do whatever they want….It just seems at time that you’re left scratching your head and asking, ‘What the heck have we achieved?’”

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Jones not guilty of third-degree sexual assault, guilty of fourth
by Jake Grovum and Emma Carew, Minnesota Daily
The jury found former Gophers football player Dominic Jones not guilty of third-degree sexual assault Friday afternoon.

Banking on diversity: an African woman redefines finance
by Edwin Okong’o, Mshale
As a little girl growing up in the African island nation of Madagascar, Felicia Ravelomanantsoa thought she already knew her destiny. Like many girls in Africa, she thought she was being raised to become a mother and nothing more. After all, her mother had quit teaching to take care of the children, while her father worked. But her thinking began to change as she grew older and went to school.

St. Anthony Park UCC welcomes new pastor
by Judy Woodward, Park Bugle
Pastor Victoria Wilgocki of the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ thinks the selection committee that hired her was taking a chance.

NEW IN VOICES

Getting away with rape
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
I was so sure Dominic Jones would be convicted of raping that woman it never occurred to me he’d walk. The Hennepin County prosecutor had him dead to rights. On film. So, when he did skate, I was so upset I couldn’t see straight. Still am.

Bogus claims on property assessment from the Taxpayers League
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
When it comes to the assessment of property values, conservative activist and Taxpayer League of Minnesota president Phil Krinkie has all the answers. Unfortunately, none of them are correct.

NEW IN BLOGS

Students deserve equal religious rights under the law
by Fedwa Wazwaz and Marcia Lynx Qualey • On April 9, we read Katherine Kersten’s column in the Star Tribune, and the e-mail exchange between Kersten and Asad Zaman, executive director of Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), and were compelled to respond.

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