6/10/08 Headlines: Silver lining in black gold; Wild days and sleepless nights; Going green and blue;



The silver lining to black gold’s high price
By Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
It may be hard to appreciate as you’re shelling out what seems like a small fortune at the gasoline pump, but there are silver linings hidden in the dark clouds of runaway oil prices.

Wild days and sleepless nights: The 48 Hour Film Project
by Myron Berdahl, TC Daily Planet
The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. “While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers,” reads the 48HFP mission statement, “it is also liberating.” Teams from the Twin Cities have been participating in the international competition since 2004, and this year there may be more teams from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area than from any other area.

Going green and blue: millions ready to gain in new economy
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
More than 300,000 Minnesotans – and millions across the United States – are poised to take advantage of new job opportunities in the growing “green” economy, according to a new report released by a group of labor and environmental organizations.

SNG completes audit of 2006 finances
by Liz Riggs, The Bridge
Less than a year after Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) found itself in a serious financial crisis, the community organization celebrated its survival last month at Matthews Park.


Paris Hilton = Hard news?
More video from NCMR: The FCC’s latest giveaway to Big Media: reclassify Fox’s “TMZ” celebrity gossip show as a “bona fide newscast.”

Music note: Awesome Snakes rock the patio
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Local groups the Vignettes, the Talkers, and Awesome Snakes were undaunted by storms that flooded the patio last Thursday night at the Minnesota Museum of American Art as they launched the museum’s Patio Nights music series. The crowd was small—only a few dozen—but more than enthusiastic for the loud, fast, thunderous punk music.

Deficit fixed for now
by Mike Cook, Session Weekly
While recently eating a meal, Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal) opened a fortune cookie to see the following message: “You shouldn’t overspend at the moment. Frugality is important.”


by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
My friend Erin’s youngest child, Emily, has always been her “difficult child.” Emily is academically gifted but doesn’t always like to work hard. She’s had some behavior issues, including stealing from her sister Cara and acting out in school.


Apology to St. Olaf and Minnesota students
by Joe Nathan, 6/5/08 • Several weeks ago I wrote a column with a serious mistake. The column discussed what I felt, and feel, is a major, mostly undiscussed problem in Minnesota – shockingly low graduation rates at many of our colleges and universities. There’s plenty of evidence on this that I’ll share later in the column. But my earlier column provided inaccurate information about St. Olaf College. For that, I apologize to you, the readers, St.Olaf, and to anyone who may have formed an opinion about that college, based on what I wrote.