5/5/08 Headlines: Horn of Africa, Sex and City Pages, The nuclear option in MN



To our readers:

Yesterday a server problem meant that the Twin Cities Daily Planet was unavailable for about half the day. We apologize for this inconvenience. In order to make yesterday’s stories more accessible, today’s front page includes all of yesterday’s stories, as well as today’s stories. Thank you.

Mary Turck, Editor


An outsider looks into the turmoil of the Horn of Africa
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Editor’s note: The Horn African Americans for Peace conference, held April 13 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, seemed like an event of interest to the community. We asked free-lance writers on our list who would like to cover it. Melissa Slachetka said she was interested. This is her report, along with additional information in sidebars.

Your local alt-weekly: putting the “sex” back in sexism
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
Let me be the first to admit: Media stories about other folks in the media tend to be self-aggrandizing, self-referential, and just plain self-absorbed. This isn’t to say that I don’t think there are important media stories to be had out there. The corporatization of media makes it more important than ever that the public is made aware of how stories are gathered, created, and reported.

The nuclear option
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
When Minnesotans think of nuclear power, any number of things might come to mind. They might think of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier patrolling the Persian Gulf, or the incidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Others might conjure images of doughnut crumbs spilling from Homer Simpson’s mouth onto the reactor control panel at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.


Congressmen Payne and Ellison paid tribute to myriads of political chaos and calm in the Horn of Africa
by Abdulahi Sheekh, African News Journal
“Too many people are dying and instead of agreeing not to go to war to stop the carnage in the Horn of Africa,” Congressman Donald Payne, the Chair of Subcommittee of Africa and Global Health said in his characteristic rich voice laced with passion and concern.

Training leaders from the ground up
by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
Beth Hyser sits on an advisory board at Dayton’s Bluff Early Childhood Family Education Program and is also involved in the Saint Paul public school that her daughter attends. She has spent her career in the non-profit sector, and has been very involved with community work. And yet, in all her years of community work and leadership, she never received any leadership training.

Gears shift abruptly at Hampden and Raymond
by Anne Holzman, Park Bugle
While the rest of us were filling out tax returns in mid-April, owners and tenants of the Odd Fellows building at Hampden and Raymond — all of them either volunteers or small business owners — found themselves with some extra challenges.


Minnesota 2020 Journal: Gubernatorial game playing
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
I don’t have all the answers but due to a rich and unrestrained family discursive tradition, I have strong opinions. I’m quite willing to share them.