4/15/08 Headlines: Critical Mass, Ashwin Madia, Clean car laws, Stopping hatred

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HEADLINES

Critical Mass: Not guilty
by Katrina Plotz, TC Daily Planet
On April 14, after a week-long trial, Gus Ganley was found not guilty of charges stemming from last August’s clash between Critical Mass bike riders and Minneapolis police. On August 31, 2007, Gus Ganley was among 19 people arrested during Critical Mass, a bike ride that takes place on the last Friday of every month in Minneapolis. The August event, which drew hundreds of riders, was sponsored jointly by Critical Mass and the the pReNC anarchist and anti-authoritarian gathering to plan for protests at the Republican Convention.

First Generation American gains DFL nod for Congress
by staff, The Uptake
Ashwin Madia is the Third District DFL nominee.

Clean cars vs. clean fuels
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
When members of the House agriculture policy and finance committees sat down to hear arguments for and against toughening Minnesota’s vehicle emission standards April 7, they were probably hoping to come away with some clear answers as to how it would impact the state’s ethanol industry.

Stopping the spread of hatred
by Voices United Forum, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and La Prensa de Minnesota
What is the single most important issue, in your view, that needs to be addressed first and with a united voice because it has the potential to have the most positive effect on all other issues? Why? And how would you address that issue?

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Singer Amie Dibba: Gambian ‘People’s Choice’
by Anna Otieno, Mshale
On Amie Dibba’s last trip to her home country of The Gambia she stumbled across a familiar land and a familiar tune. Dibba frequently heard the polyphonic version of her favorite song “African King” – the song that she wrote for her Child of Africa album had morphed into a popular cell phone ringtone. Those bobbing their heads to the catchy R & B/Reggae beat did not recognize Dibba’s face, but that was temporary. A couple years and awards later, Amie Dibba’s voice and face are recognizable to her fans in The Gambia, the United States, and everywhere in between.

Students’ community celebration honored their elders
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
An eighth-grade class in Minneapolis’ InterDistrict Downtown School (IDDS) is taking pride in their recent event — called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song — for having accomplished three things; It was a successful literacy and history project for the students. It honored and celebrated the lives of three community elders. And it gave legendary local songwriter and performer Larry Long a chance to begin passing the torch to two rising local stars.

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Two thumbs up
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
I was saddened but unsurprised to hear the recent news that film critic Roger Ebert does not expect to return to television, having lost the use of his voice in the course of treatment for cancer of the salivary gland. Fortunately the treatment was successful, and Ebert will continue reviewing films—in print and online—for the Chicago Sun-Times. I owe a lot to Roger Ebert.

Pawlenty derails more economic development
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Largely overlooked amid all the protests over Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of state funding for the Central Corridor light-rail line is his equally short-sighted obstruction of 11 other transit and regional rail projects that bear great promise for Minnesota’s economic future.

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by Chris Pommier, 4/14/08 • It’s not often that I have the chance to be trained by professional, working reporters and editors from nationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning newspapers. For a nominal fee of $25, which included lunch and a year’s membership to IRE, I was practically obligated to go.