4/8/08 Headlines: Pawlenty vetoes St. Paul spending, teen videos on deck, green industry ahead



War, pollution, boys vs. girls: You name it, teen videos address it
by Lisa Peterson de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
Lenny Bankhead had always wanted to be on or behind the camera, and Bankhead is suited for both, with his crooked smile and charismatic presence.

Bonding bill meets veto pen
by Staff, Session Daily
The capital investment bill (HF380) received a $208 million line-item trim from Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Taking a direct hit from Pawlenty’s veto pen was a $70 million allocation for the proposed Central Corridor light-rail transit project that would link St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Green industry stands ready to stimulate the economy
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
The wind sweeps across the plains. Construction materials are hauled to landfills to decompose, rather than converted to energy. Organic farmers look at the sun, hoping for ways to stretch the Minnesota growing season. And restaurant cooking oils spiral down the drain, instead of into gas tanks.


Radio host on RNC protesters: ‘Mow ’em down, baby!’
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Twin Cities’ newest conservative talk show host has an idea for managing the thousands of protesters coming to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September: machine guns.

Seexeng Lee: the significance of culture in Hmong art, Part 2
by Carlos Gallego, Asian American Press
Seexeng Lee, the renowned Hmong artist, presented at Macalester College on last week. Event organizers spoke of the importance of presenting Hmong culture and art to the community, which, despite a large Hmong population in the Twin Cities, is not very familiar with the group. This is part two in a series about the significance of Hmong art and the work done by the artist Seexeng.

Volunteering matters
by Lisa Steinmann, Park Bugle
Sharon Sandgren, who grew up in St. Anthony Park, remembers the children who lived in the orphanage at 2237 Commonwealth Ave. They were her friends and classmates at Gutterson Elementary School on Como Avenue.

South Africa’s ‘Bob Dylan’ Vusi Mahlasela coming to Twin Cities
by Susan Budig, Mshale
South African singer and songwriter, Vusi Mahlasela will perform at the Guthrie in Minneapolis, April. 27.


Metro traffic congestion at a record high
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Twin Cities freeway congestion hit a record high last year, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Of memory and forgetting
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
All in all, my night in jail was only the tiniest glimpse of the dragon’s teeth of rage, fear, grief, violence and official retaliation that consumed American cities that night, but it was enough to leave a lasting impression. In the 40 years since King was martyred, the violence and chaos of 1968 has faded from view while the gross social and economic injustices that simultaneously set America aflame and hurled us headlong into the hell that was the Vietnam War have slipped a little beneath the national radar screen.