4/27/08 Headlines: Minnesota Kenya connection; Gardeners gone wild; Bridge collapse hearing; Day of Silence



Minnesota women tackle Kenya’s water crisis
by Jennifer Haut, TC Daily Planet
“Imagine giving your baby his first bath in water teeming with amoebas and parasites.” Anika Walz spoke with intensity. “Imagine trying to grow more food so your family doesn’t go hungry this season without access to water. Imagine being a principal and having to delay the opening of the school year because the rains are late, and once again the government hasn’t come through with water.”

Gardeners gone wild
by Scott Russell, The Bridge
OK, they are just seeds, and they are in small bags mixed with wet sand. Schommer calls the process “stratifying,” a way to preserve the native seeds by simulating winter conditions. In a month, she will plant them in flats, water them and, sometime in June, she will pop the sprouts in her backyard.

Oberstar Demands 35W Bridge Collapse Hearing-Rips Into NTSB Chairman
by Staff, The Uptake
Like a lot of Minnesotans, Representative Jim Oberstar can’t understand why there isn’t going to be a public NTSB hearing on the collapse of the 35W bridge.

2008 Day of Silence honors slain gay student
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
At 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 12, 15-year-old Lawrence King was shot twice in the head as he sat at a computer in his school’s computer lab in southern California. The gunman was classmate Brandon McInerney, and the two knew each other well. According to friends of both young men, King, who was openly gay, was frequently tormented by classmates, including McInerney. To get back at him, King — who often wore makeup to school — flirted with McInerney, turning the tables on the homophobic remarks he endured daily.


Readers, Writers and Books

Book note: A controversial satire of a controversy
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Though I’m aware that Ellen Hawley’s Open Line is meant as a satire, the book left me with an uneasy feeling. To me, it felt disrespectful even to joke about the denial of a heartwrenching war that destroyed so many lives.

Book note: Raw, honest Shouting
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting is really about more than just the Replacements; it encompasses an entire era of the Minneapolis music scene. Prince, Curtiss A, the Suburbs, Hüsker Dü, and Soul Asylum are seen in the periphery of the Replacements’ rise. This is a music-lover’s book and a Minnesota-lover’s book.

Book note: New Bodies
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth is the latest in the series of books by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective providing information about women’s health and sexuality.


Answering the questions we never dared to ask
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Do you remember when you first read Our Bodies, Ourselves?


Slippery slope: America goes Bananas
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
In recent months, some commentators have argued that the U.S. is evolving toward a peculiarly American form of fascism. They have based their analysis on a checklist of characteristics common to fascist states – the glorification of the military, the loss of civil liberties, the replacement of politics with spectacle – all of which certainly do sound familiar.